Deliverance (Opeth album)

Deliverance (Opeth album)
Studio album by Opeth
Released November 12, 2002
Recorded 22 July 2002 – 4 September 2002 at Maestro Musik & Studio Fredman[1]
Genre Progressive death metal
Length 61:50
Label Koch, Music for Nations
Producer Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson
Opeth chronology
Blackwater Park
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [3]

Deliverance is Opeth's sixth studio album, following the band's highly successful 2001 album, Blackwater Park. It was recorded between July 22 and September 4, 2002 (see 2002 in music), at the same time as Damnation, which was released the following year. The two albums contrast starkly with one another, purposely dividing the band's two most prevalent styles, as Deliverance is considered to be one of the band's heaviest albums,[4] whereas Damnation experimented with a much mellower progressive rock-influenced sound.[5]

The band originally intended for Deliverance and Damnation to be released as a double album, but the record company eventually decided against this and released them separately, approximately five months apart from one another in order to promote them properly.[6]

The album peaked on Top Heatseekers at #16 and the Top Independent Albums chart at #19.[2]


Track listing

All songs written by Mikael Åkerfeldt.

No. Title Length
1. "Wreath"   11:11
2. "Deliverance"   13:36
3. "A Fair Judgement"   10:23
4. "For Absent Friends"   2:17
5. "Master's Apprentices"   10:32
6. "By the Pain I See in Others"   13:50


  • The track "Master's Apprentices" was named after the Australian hard/progressive rock group The Masters Apprentices.[6]
  • The track "For Absent Friends" was named after a song of the same name, originally appearing on the album Nursery Cryme by progressive rock group Genesis.
  • Opeth won a Swedish Grammy with Deliverance for Best Hard Rock Performance.[7]
  • At the end of "By the Pain I See in Others", the final note fades slowly and ends at 10:38. Silence follows until 11:58, followed by two reversed verses from "Master's Apprentices" at 12:19 and 13:15.
  • This album is in the Collecter's Edition Slipcase.
  • As of 2011, "By the Pain I See in Others" has never been played live in concert.


Additional performer


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