I have never been interested in this Swedish Black/Death metal band,for me they have been locked in the same closet as Meshuggah and Entombed. But when a friend of mine Mr.Polzer who?s into more progressive rock had Opeth?s latest album "Damnation" at the 2nd place on his Top album list of 2003-I started to feel that something was wrong with this picture! Had he gone completely mad or had the band changed dramatically in their sound?,well to my surprise this very dark metal act has skraped off their old sound and turned into a pure symphonic rock band with no growls in sight for light years and without the low tuned metal riffs that used to be Opeth?s trademark. I can imagine many of their older fans will use this album as a frisbee and the most daring fans continues to support their favorite band that once was a true metal act! With Porcupine Tree maestro Steven Wilson at the steering wheel,he has taken Opeth up on the melancholic road and giving them his own personal touch using the fantastic instrument Mellotron on many of the songs. "Damnation" is a very soft album that demands your full attention and many turns in the stereo,using headphones was a good advice from my friend Mr.Polzer so I understand why they have been nominated for a Grammy in the category best rock/metal album 2003 here in Sweden and on Feb.9th we know the answer. Among Pop/Disco hits loving people this album ain?t new at all because it?s a year old already (it was out in April last year) but to us Rock fans that aren?t only living in the now,"Damnation" is as new as fresh orange juice...........music should be timeless just like Opeth?s last album!