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Hell Bent for Metal’s latest special reimagines Opeth’s classic ‘Watershed’ as a queer concept album

Posted by Tom Dare in Hell Bent for Metal on October 6, 2021

The latest special episode from the LGBT+ heavy metal podcast is an extended version of the Camp Classic feature from the regular show. It explains why Opeth’s album ‘Watershed’ could be interpreted as a concept record about the life of one queer person.

Hell Bent For Metal's fourth special looks long and hard at 'Watershed', the 2008 masterpiece by Swedish progressive death metallers Opeth, in a much more in-depth version of the Camp Classic feature you can hear on the main show (nearly) every week. Much like how Matt went really off piste in seeing Anaal Nathrakh's 'Endarkenment' as a gay concept record, Tom has gone completely off into the weeds in what he sees in 'Watershed'. Because, whatever Opeth are actually singing about, Tom's managed to view this as a very particular period of the time in a very particular queer person. It's a varied journey, taking in experiences from queer life that cover sorrow, joy, self-discovery, loss, love, betrayal, sex, and shame. Which sounds heavy, but there's a surprising amount of laughter too. Going track by track, the hosts dig into every song, find lyrics the real meaning of which are hard to find,
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