Opeth - Pale Communion

7.6 | 801 votes |
Release date: 20 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
09. Solitude [Black Sabbath cover] [live] [special edition bonus]
10. Var Kommer Barnen In [Hansson De Wolfe United cover] [live] [special edition bonus]
11. Atonement [live] [Japanese bonus]
12. Demon Of The Fall [live] [Japanese bonus]

Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keyboards, percussion, vocals
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Martin Axenrot - drums
Martín Méndez - bass

Session musicians
Steven Wilson - backing vocals

Additional info
Produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Mixed by Steven Wilson.

Staff review by
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.

published 20.08.2014 | Comments (61)

Guest review by
My favorite band is Opeth; I was on the bandwagon around the days of My Arms, Your Hearse and have never jumped off. When it comes to an album like Pale Communion there is an important question I've had to ask myself: do I like Opeth because they're a metal band or do I like Opeth because of the way they play their music? Is it the heavy death metal growls that make them so great or the overall vibe they create with their experimentation? In the end, I find it is the latter that is true for me in both cases.

published 31.05.2016 | Comments (6)

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17.04.2016 - 23:11
Rating: 8
Gem Seeker
Written by LeKiwi on 17.04.2016 at 23:06

Written by Hex_Omega on 17.04.2016 at 22:59

Heritage: better production, better ideas, more variety.

Ideas aside, Heritage is a quite messy at times whereas this one is seamless from start to finish.

It's faster, more dynamic and also a bit more chaotic true but this makes it more interesting.
17.04.2016 - 23:12
Rating: 9
High Fist Prog
Written by Hex_Omega on 17.04.2016 at 23:11

It's faster, more dynamic and also a bit more chaotic true but this makes it more interesting.

It's not so much the eccentricity that makes me say it's messy. I just meant that some of those ideas and transitions simply don't work
29.07.2016 - 21:54
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My favorite Opeth album and, well, only Opeth album, haha. I haven't been the biggest fan of the band but I found the songwriting on this record to be especially focused, resulting in many an enjoyable lesson since said discovery. Elysian Woes is something else.
13.07.2018 - 12:41
Rating: 6
After a few years I'm really starting to appreciate Cusp Of Eternity. I think I regarded it as the worst song on the album when this was released, then after hearing it live a bunch of times I grew to like it better, but now it's pretty much the only song from Pale Communion I ever come back to They should try to write more stuff like that!
And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow

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