Is it a Rip-Off? OPETH vs. VIRGIL

Okay, so you should know how this works by now. We got a good one.

Take a listen to this track, and let me know which category you think this example falls into:

  1. This is a rip-off! Some bastard stole some other bastard’s jam!
  2. This is an homage. This is too similar. The artist is merely giving a wink and nod to a predecessor.
  3. This is a coincidence. Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox both invented photography independent of each other, after all. There are only so many ways to make music.
  4. This is an accident. Yeah, it’s probably inspired by the older piece, but they probably didn’t even realize it.
  5. You are smoking. Don’t even see it.

OPETH – “Deliverance” vs. VIRGIL – “Will it Blend?”

Tell me what you think.


  1. I honestly thought this was going to be about Opeth ripping off the poet Virgil. It would have been ballsy if they had. I honestly would not have noticed a similarity between these two sound bites. As such I can’t call it a rip-off even if it is. It’s not blatant enough. I hear it when you point it out, so not a 5. Stylistically it’s too different to give it a two in my opinion (check my spellings in that sentence please). I haven’t heard the rest of the album. If it goes with the rest of it, I have to give it a 3, but if it’s distinct from the rest of the work, it might be a 4.


  2. 3. It’s an accident. I hear what you hear–and it did make me chuckle. But I don’t think one inspired the other.

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series, though. It’s not like you’re going for underhanded pitches like Dani California vs. Learning to Fly. Or that Queen song vs. that Vanilla Ice song.


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