Release date: 20 August 2014
Style: Progressive rock

Rating:

7.6 | 548 votes

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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]

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
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
R'Vannith

Rating:
N/A
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.

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published 20.08.2014 | Comments (61)

Guest review by
WayTooManyCDs

Rating:
8.7
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.

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published 31.05.2016 | Comments (6)

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Zaphod - 01.05.2015 at 15:06  
Rating: 6
Written by Dima on 01.05.2015 at 14:55

Hmm having Bleak would make the setlist even better for me! Wish they'd dump Advent for The Night and the Silent Water and replace Deliverance since i've heard that one already.

Oh totally agreed on Advent and Deliverance. Deliverance is one of the worst Opeth songs to me. Master's Apprentices or Wreath would be highly preferable if it has to be from the same album.
Dima - 01.05.2015 at 15:09  
Rating: 5
Written by Zaphod on 01.05.2015 at 15:06

Oh totally agreed on Advent and Deliverance. Deliverance is one of the worst Opeth songs to me. Master's Apprentices or Wreath would be highly preferable if it has to be from the same album.


Ye I had Master's Apprentices in mind too CMON MIKAEL I KNOW YOU'RE READING THIS.
Zaphod - 01.05.2015 at 15:20  
Rating: 6
Written by Dima on 01.05.2015 at 15:09

Ye I had Master's Apprentices in mind too CMON MIKAEL I KNOW YOU'RE READING THIS.

Yeah, of course he's following the thread, how else would he know about how disappointed people were with Opeth's last two albums?
Dima - 03.05.2015 at 17:38  
Rating: 5 Cusp of Eternity is a blast live!
Ace Frawley - 04.05.2015 at 12:24  
Rating: 9
Written by Dima on 03.05.2015 at 17:38

Cusp of Eternity is a blast live!


I really enjoyed "Elysian Woes" live but maybe as an old man I'm starting to enjoy the softer, gentler songs a bit more. My back was killing me in the standing section. Should have bought a ticket for the seats. Still, I'm not as old as Mikael and he stood the whole night too. (Correction, I just checked and I'm a year and one day older, in fact).
Dima - 04.05.2015 at 14:39  
Rating: 5
Written by Ace Frawley on 04.05.2015 at 12:24

Written by Dima on 03.05.2015 at 17:38

Cusp of Eternity is a blast live!


I really enjoyed "Elysian Woes" live but maybe as an old man I'm starting to enjoy the softer, gentler songs a bit more. My back was killing me in the standing section. Should have bought a ticket for the seats. Still, I'm not as old as Mikael and he stood the whole night too. (Correction, I just checked and I'm a year and one day older, in fact).


Ye my back had some issues near midpoint but that's only cause I was standing still. Once the final few songs came on we up front went apeshit so it meant I could loosen up a bit.

How far back were you? It was pretty hard to hear his growls from the front.
Ace Frawley - 05.05.2015 at 00:02  
Rating: 9
Written by Dima on 04.05.2015 at 14:39

How far back were you? It was pretty hard to hear his growls from the front.


I was at the mid point of the standing section and could barely hear his growls. Cleans could hear fine, but the growls were very hard to hear, sadly.
Dima - 29.10.2015 at 10:01  
Rating: 5 My gosh this album is much more tedious than I remember it being. I actually think I prefer Heritage over it now. Less Cusp of Eternity, Faith in Others and the bit after the intro in Eternal Rains Will Come (aka the most egregious material Opeth has ever written), it's a snooze fest.
Ace Frawley - 29.10.2015 at 13:04  
Rating: 9
Written by Dima on 29.10.2015 at 10:01

My gosh this album is much more tedious than I remember it being. I actually think I prefer Heritage over it now. Less Cusp of Eternity, Faith in Others and the bit after the intro in Eternal Rains Will Come (aka the most egregious material Opeth has ever written), it's a snooze fest.


I still rate this album very highly.
Dima - 29.10.2015 at 13:40  
Rating: 5
Written by Ace Frawley on 29.10.2015 at 13:04


I still rate this album very highly.


Fair enough. At this juncture Heritage comes across as one with more personality and that's what puts it ahead of this one for moi.
Hex_Omega - 17.04.2016 at 22:59  
Rating: 8
Written by Dima on 29.10.2015 at 10:01

I actually think I prefer Heritage over it now.

Heritage is much better IMO. Better production, better ideas, more variety. Pale Folklore is unfortunately their worst so far.
LeKiwi - 17.04.2016 at 23:06  
Rating: 9
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.
Hex_Omega - 17.04.2016 at 23:11  
Rating: 8
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.
LeKiwi - 17.04.2016 at 23:12  
Rating: 9
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
BeneathTheMoon - 29.07.2016 at 21:54  
  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.

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