"Ghost of Perdition", "The Baying of the Hounds", "Beneath the Mire" and "Harlequin Forest" are all songs I consider among Opeth's best. "Hours of Wealth" and "Isolation Years" are beautiful but lack the edge of their earlier ballads and are too 'poppy' for my tastes; "The Grand Conjuration" is allright I guess. That, young man (I assume you are 14 from your handle), is a very silly comment to make. First I am not an "Opeth fan", I am an OPETH FAN DAMMIT, and also devoted to music in general. I never said anything about progressive music, so you made that up, and OVERLY soft is, well, OVERLY soft and as a METAL fan OVERLY soft IS not that interesting to me; especially when the melody lines are sweet and sappy. I love "To Bid You Farewell", "Credence", "Face of Melinda" ... note that these songs do not need Mikael crooning as if he were a soul singer. Exactly. "Ohhh Watershed must be good because Mikael thinks so". Well, Mikael thinks it's good, and he is probably honest about it, but that doesn't mean *I* have to think it's good. I probably appreciate Morningrise far more than he does (the album, not the other ... morningrise..thingy). So I agree with you here Blue Moon. But the important thing here is, that OPETH always was the band where I loved the BALANCE between the death metal and the acoustics/proggy bits. And that BALANCE has been skewed more and more, up until Watershed where there is way too much ambience/quiet moments, making the truly heavy parts seem awkward when they appear (listen to "Hessian Peel" - now honestly do you feel that the grunted parts fit well with the rest of the song)? Before, their acoustic parts were more eerie, darker...having the same atmosphere as the heavy parts. Now the acoustic parts are PRETTY like a little schoolgirl drawing Hello Kitty in her schoolbook, while the heavy parts are Satan taking a dump in her panties. It doesn't gel as it did before. So individually, I love many parts on Watershed, but as a whole, it's not good enough IMO. Still, as I said, very interested in the next step. I admit I am pretty skeptical, I have lost a lot of faith over the last year, but OPETH has been my number one band for a decade and I am definitely giving them the benefit of the doubt. Who am I to spew forth such vitriol? Nobody, of course. Mikael goes his own ways, and I respect that, but every band loses fans at some point of their career, and gain new ones. That's how it works. Now, My Dying Bride is the metal band that have the longest running line of consistenly good albums IMO. And their new album is FUCKING AWESOME, even though they haven't really changed that much since their first album released two years before Orchid.