Release date: 26 August 2014
Style: Progressive rock

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01. Eternal Rains Will Come
02. Cusp Of Eternity
03. Moon Above, Sun Below
04. Elysian Woes
05. Goblin
06. River
07. Voice Of Treason
08. Faith In Others


Line-up
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Martin "Axe" Axenrot - drums
Martin Mendez - bass

Guest musicians
Martin Lopez - drums


Additional info
Produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt
Mixed by Steven Wilson

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Lit. - 20.07.2014 at 15:41  
^Gotta love those fanboys.
Lethrokai - 20.07.2014 at 16:15  
Written by Hex_Omega on 20.07.2014 at 11:25

What... sorry but I disagree with you. We have cool instrumentals on Heritage, catchy Slither, quite heavy The Devils Orchard, Doomish-Folkish Famine, atmospheric and epic Folklore... Pale Communion sound less varied to me.

Welp, I guess that disagreement is mutual then. For me, Slither was hardly catchy and Folklore just seemed to just have too little to it to be considered "epic". Will agree with Famine though, that was my favourite track from Heritage, since it actually gave me a bit of a different flavour. Heritage just seemed to be an album that, while I'd consider it to be good overall, just droned on a little too much for my liking. Many of the songs didn't really have an identity for me.

With Pale Communion however, I immediately seem to recognise and distinguish songs like Eternal Rains Will Come (with its folk-ish proggy tones), Voice Of Treason (with its immediately recognisable drumbeat), Faith In Others (with its strings and the production on Mikael's voice) and especially songs like River and Goblin, which are both something quite new from Opeth altogether.

That being said, its probably down to taste and preference anyway, but Pale Communion definitely has a lot more standout to me than Heritage did. Don't get me wrong, I loved some of Heritage's more standout tracks such as Folklore and Lines In My Hand, but PC just works better for me overall.
Lethrokai - 20.07.2014 at 16:17  
Written by Ganondox on 20.07.2014 at 11:42

The only song I've heard from the album is Cusp of Eternity, and it doesn't remind of 70's prog at all, just of general progressive metal in terms of structure, riffing, ect. Sure, it's not the heaviest song ever, but I'm getting much more of Symphony X vibe than a Kansas one. Anyway, I'm fine with Opeth not using growls or even stop being metal, but while I like this song is far worse than anything on Damnation, and likewise isn't as interesting as most their material.

Eh, I personally considered Cusp Of Eternity to be the worst song on the album, and was actually low in hopes after I heard it. That being said, I'm quite liking the album overall so far, so take from that what you will.
Hex_Omega - 20.07.2014 at 16:27  
Written by Lethrokai on 20.07.2014 at 16:17

Written by Ganondox on 20.07.2014 at 11:42

The only song I've heard from the album is Cusp of Eternity, and it doesn't remind of 70's prog at all, just of general progressive metal in terms of structure, riffing, ect. Sure, it's not the heaviest song ever, but I'm getting much more of Symphony X vibe than a Kansas one. Anyway, I'm fine with Opeth not using growls or even stop being metal, but while I like this song is far worse than anything on Damnation, and likewise isn't as interesting as most their material.

Eh, I personally considered Cusp Of Eternity to be the worst song on the album, and was actually low in hopes after I heard it. That being said, I'm quite liking the album overall so far, so take from that what you will.

At least here I agree with you. Cusp Of Eternity is the worst song on PC for me.
RaVeN - 20.07.2014 at 17:18  
The album is good, much better than heritage , the melodies are nice, and some symphonic elements coming in as well, which is new for opeth. But something that bothers me a lot is mikael's singing. It seems to be getting worse by the minute. That or it just doesn't fit this style of 70's prog rock. If you listen to Elysian woes for instance, it's like they just picked someone off the street and asked him to sing this without any rehearsing.
I don't mind that the growls are gone, in fact Mike's singing on songs like Face of Melinda, Benighted and anything off Damnation is really good. But here it just doesn't do it for me. I feel like some songs on this could have been just instrumentals without any singing.
Ganondox - 21.07.2014 at 04:24  
Written by Lethrokai on 20.07.2014 at 16:17

Written by Ganondox on 20.07.2014 at 11:42

The only song I've heard from the album is Cusp of Eternity, and it doesn't remind of 70's prog at all, just of general progressive metal in terms of structure, riffing, ect. Sure, it's not the heaviest song ever, but I'm getting much more of Symphony X vibe than a Kansas one. Anyway, I'm fine with Opeth not using growls or even stop being metal, but while I like this song is far worse than anything on Damnation, and likewise isn't as interesting as most their material.

Eh, I personally considered Cusp Of Eternity to be the worst song on the album, and was actually low in hopes after I heard it. That being said, I'm quite liking the album overall so far, so take from that what you will.


Well, it's the only song from I've heard, so how does the rest compare musically? For example, does it have more of 70's prog sound?
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.07.2014 at 04:27  
Written by Ganondox on 21.07.2014 at 04:24


Well, it's the only song from I've heard, so how does the rest compare musically? For example, does it have more of 70's prog sound?

Quite different from all the others. It's very straightforward whereas the others are far proggier and more complex. It's the best song on the album by far to me.
Ganondox - 21.07.2014 at 08:00  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.07.2014 at 04:27

Written by Ganondox on 21.07.2014 at 04:24


Well, it's the only song from I've heard, so how does the rest compare musically? For example, does it have more of 70's prog sound?

Quite different from all the others. It's very straightforward whereas the others are far proggier and more complex. It's the best song on the album by far to me.


Okay, listened to Goblin and River, and not only do I know see where the 70's prog sound is, but also I have to agree with you. While neither of those songs were bad (and they sounded quite different) simple prog metal is much better than extended aimless proggery. I'm fine with Opeth doing prog rock, but this just isn't as impactful as Damnnation. Not bad by any means, but not as good as older stuff.
Jacob33 - 30.07.2014 at 14:00  
Okay, after 5 or 6 spins of Pale Communion I can say it's an album worth listening to..needless to say, it's too soon to evaluate it reasonably, I hope it will grow on me in the course of time...but for now , I consider it the best LP since GR.
I've been with Opeth since 1997 and it has always been my top band, this is for sure. I really think they will never go back to the era of SL and BWP, speaking in terms of music quality. Those albums were outstanding efforts, hard to be overtaken. This is as always up to one's taste but for me those are hard facts (and sad).
Anyway, Pale Communion seems to be more interesting than previous Heritage, more vibrant and colourful, especially when it comes to melodies..indeed, there are decent tunes on the entire album, at last! I don't blame them for crafting such a record like Heritage, but for me it was incomplete and very mediocre, the new one is far better !!
Cheers!
Dentura - 31.07.2014 at 03:52  
I know it's been leaked, but I don't want to hear anything until the album comes out soon (reserved my copy at FYE). Hopefully I really like it.
Troy Killjoy - 31.07.2014 at 03:54  
I feel like it's been so long since I bothered giving an Opeth album a complete listen through. I know this isn't the best place to start in their career but the last thing I heard in full was probably Blackwater Park. Part of me wants to work my way backwards through their discography.
Ilham - 31.07.2014 at 04:04  
Why?
Troy Killjoy - 31.07.2014 at 04:16  
Eh, why not. My taste in music has changed a lot since I even bothered giving these guys a serious chance. I kind of liked Blackwater Park but for the all negative things I have to say about the band, I'm not sure I can back it all up. It's like when I used to talk shit about System of a Down based on what I thought of them when I first heard them, but then my tastes changed and I love their sound.

I'm not saying that will happen with Opeth. But if it does then that would be cool. It would be even cooler if I actually managed to like these retro prog albums. Might open up a new area of interest for me musically.
Ilham - 31.07.2014 at 04:19  
No I know, I have been doing a lot of that lately, especially after such a long break. But from the little I heard these last two months, it seriously killed my motivation. I already have so much to catch up, and I would be extremely disappointed again if I gave it an nth chance for nothing.
deadone - 31.07.2014 at 04:54  
Retro prog doesn't interest me. I'll stick to their more metal moments.
Matus Dust - 01.08.2014 at 11:57  
Written by RaVeN on 20.07.2014 at 17:18

The album is good, much better than heritage , the melodies are nice, and some symphonic elements coming in as well, which is new for opeth. But something that bothers me a lot is mikael's singing. It seems to be getting worse by the minute. That or it just doesn't fit this style of 70's prog rock. If you listen to Elysian woes for instance, it's like they just picked someone off the street and asked him to sing this without any rehearsing.
I don't mind that the growls are gone, in fact Mike's singing on songs like Face of Melinda, Benighted and anything off Damnation is really good. But here it just doesn't do it for me. I feel like some songs on this could have been just instrumentals without any singing.


I can see where you're coming from regarding the vocals. There are parts on this album that remind me more of Damnation and I was delighted to hear that, however some parts are more like The Devils Orchid, where his vocals could be described (for the lack of better word) annoying. The way he goes "God Is Dead" or slightly higher singing on that song. Meh. I still like the album though.

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