You're clearly not a real fan of this band...
You have a right to like or dislike whatever you want, but come on, man.
Any hardcore Opeth fan should love Watershed.
Change is fine. They have changed alot over the years, but managed to still sound like the same band. Did they need to go this far and try and resurrect a dead 30+ year old genre? Opeth used to just incorporate the 70's prog into Thier own style, but now they are trying to clone it completely with most of this record. Is it ever time for a drastic change? Yes, but maybe only when every other band is trying to copy what you do. But this has not happened! Opeth has remained unique and unparalleled.
I don't get you. First you say you have utter contempt for the album and now you're saying "change is fine, Opeth is the same band"?
I might get flamed for saying this but as of right now Im going to say Watershed is Opeth's best album so far.
Are you kidding?
1. happy and gay
2. thier most brutal song to date
3. avant garde nonsense
4. barry manilow rip off
5. regurgitated riffs from 2 previous albums coupled with cheesy lullaby lyrics
6. Total hippie rock with a few verses of death vox thrown over a few lazy riffs (kind of as a last goodbye to the all the death metal aspects of this band)
7. Could easily be on a porcupine tree album.
So no I'm not kidding, this album is all over the freakin place my friend, thus denying it atmosphere and any form of continuity. All of thier previous efforts flowed with a seamless brilliance and took you on a dark yet blissful journey.
But hey I'm glad that the rest of you like it....well......not really. I wish you all were suffering with me in this worst of all time musical let downs.