Opeth releases Deliverance

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 whereas Damnation experimented with a much mellower progressive rock-influenced sound.

Deliverance and Damnation were originally intended to be released as a double album, but the band eventually decided against this and released them separately, approximately five months apart from one another.