Opeth - Pale Communion



7.6 | 778 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]

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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28.08.2014 - 16:54
Rating: 6
Unhealer
Eclecticist
A 7 is a fair score I guess. There are some really good tunes, but the overall listen is just ok.
I believe I won't revisit this one too much, just like Heritage.
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28.08.2014 - 20:17
Rating: 7
God Alone
Not an absolute shit nor an enlightening listen like many claim; just a solid and consistent work, can't spot any big flaws apart from the fact that I don't find it more than just pleasing.

The main problem with this new shift of genre is that ten years from now I'll still be listening to the glorious Morningrise, while Heritage and Pale Communion and the following prog albums will be just... there.
Sorry, Mike. You're still a good songwriter, at times even very good. Just not good enough for the standards you had been establishing for 15 years.
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29.08.2014 - 22:51
Rating: 4
Opethian
Just finished listening to it and it is as I feared. Unforgettable and Mediocre. This was actually even more of an earache than 'Heritage'. If i could say something to Mikael, "I hope that this shift in sound and retro style has made you a happy person, because you have lost a lot of fans over it"
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30.08.2014 - 00:22
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Opethian on 29.08.2014 at 22:51

Just finished listening to it and it is as I feared. Unforgettable and Mediocre. This was actually even more of an earache than 'Heritage'. If i could say something to Mikael, "I hope that this shift in sound and retro style has made you a happy person, because you have lost a lot of fans over it"


Just curious if this is your opinion after just one spin through or have you listened to it multiple times? I thought it was very average after one listen but with many more listens, it really grew on my and I really like it now. I know everyone isn't the same in that regard, and I've had discussions on this site with others in the past who say they can always rate an album after just one listen, but for others (like myself) multiple listens is required.
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30.08.2014 - 01:00
Rating: 4
Opethian
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.08.2014 at 00:22

Just curious if this is your opinion after just one spin through or have you listened to it multiple times? I thought it was very average after one listen but with many more listens, it really grew on my and I really like it now. I know everyone isn't the same in that regard, and I've had discussions on this site with others in the past who say they can always rate an album after just one listen, but for others (like myself) multiple listens is required.


I probably will but to be honest this album doesn't convey any action to the listener other then doubt and anger lol. I'm going to shelve this one for now. In other words, "I'm not missing out on anything"
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30.08.2014 - 13:16
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Opethian on 30.08.2014 at 01:00

I probably will but to be honest this album doesn't convey any action to the listener other then doubt and anger lol. I'm going to shelve this one for now. In other words, "I'm not missing out on anything"


Oh well, each to their own. Right now, I'm captivated by this album. More interesting than most metal albums I've listened to this year and you can hear all the instruments. And it has a singer that can sing clean vocals.
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30.08.2014 - 17:53
Rating: 7
Warman
Erotic Stains
It's good stuff, but nothing which makes me wanna see them live this autumn. I fucking love Opeth but I remember last time I saw them. They opened with six Heritage songs in a row, after that they played something from Damnation. After that The Grand Conjuration came on, so it took seven songs before some headbanging was a must.
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31.08.2014 - 03:45
Dima
They're probably gonna have a more varied setlist this time around. Ever since their 2012-13 tour (the tour after the Heritage one) they've mixed it up nicely.
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31.08.2014 - 10:43
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Yes, I just watched a YouTube interview and Akerfeldt acknowledged that they would now be playing a variety of songs, including their older "classics", or heavier songs. He knows that there are fans that come away disappointed from a show if they don't hear them play some of these older songs (myself included). I've also noticed from looking at setlist.fm that they haven't started playing any of the songs from Pale Communion yet. I wonder when that is going to happen?
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31.08.2014 - 10:59
Dima
They haven't started playing any PC because all the gigs they've done have been before the PC release
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31.08.2014 - 17:00
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Dima on 31.08.2014 at 10:59
They haven't started playing any PC because all the gigs they've done have been before the PC release

That's not necessarily the reason, as plenty of bands play material from upcoming albums.
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31.08.2014 - 17:20
Dima
Written by Troy Killjoy on 31.08.2014 at 17:00

Written by Dima on 31.08.2014 at 10:59
They haven't started playing any PC because all the gigs they've done have been before the PC release

That's not necessarily the reason, as plenty of bands play material from upcoming albums.


Ahh ok sorry then.
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31.08.2014 - 20:03
Rating: 10
Illwill
The more I listen, the more I like it. Might not be a 10 but when I see ratings of 1 makes me wonder if Justin Bieber fans have just joined Metalstorm. Haters gonna hate, Mikael hears you, Mikael doesn't care
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03.09.2014 - 05:21
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
This is a modern day PROG rock MASTERPIECE.
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04.09.2014 - 06:58
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Congratulations..I gave it 9! (too many reasons for repeat listening to this album in first time).
first time hear it I think it would be bad, too many variations of each song.. but wow really nice.
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05.09.2014 - 08:44
Rating: 8
Mrophine
I dont love this album as much as i've loved Watershed and Ghost Reveries. But its still a good album. I really love the first three songs. Some songs are pretty boring but some really innovative. So all and all pretty descent album.
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07.09.2014 - 12:13
Rating: 8
robpal
Proglord
This is amazing. Stop whining and learn to appreciate real prog music.
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07.09.2014 - 13:50
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by robpal on 07.09.2014 at 12:13

Stop whining and learn to appreciate real prog music.

Ok.

*goes and listens to Chimp Spanner and Last Chance To Reason*
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07.09.2014 - 14:12
Rating: 10
metalody
This album is a masterpiece. Wonderful melodies, great songs. The 7.5 average rating is very unfair and not representative for its quality. Ok, it is not metal, so what? The inspiration flows non-stop in the veins of that guy. Well done, Mikael.
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07.09.2014 - 19:11
Rating: 7
BloodTears
ANA-thema
It is a grower indeed. "Moon Above, Sun Below" is my favourite song so far. Still need more listens to process the whole thing but so far, I think it's a good, solid album.
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07.09.2014 - 22:46
Rating: 8
moonflash
Yeah, definitely liking it more and more each passing day. It has this strange addictive quality and I keep coming back to it. Not a bad album by any means.
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09.09.2014 - 06:28
Rating: 9
Atna
This is a real grower. It took be like 4-5 spins before I really started getting into it.

I really adore the first 3 songs. The last half, has its moments and its wonderfully expressive side to look forward to after the first 3 tracks.
Overall I'm impressed with how it all comes together. The drums especially, Axe has great 'thwacky' feel and really makes the rhythm ebb and flow throughout the tracks.

my favorite parts are scattered throughout the various progressions that take the stage at different times, like the "Moon above, sun below" crooning on the track of the same name, and the Dueling guitar solo section that lands about 2/3 through "River". The last 2 tracks vocal atmosphere and lyrics, cut in with the bass and cascading keyboards.

a facsinating release, with a good deal of opeth's signature sound and creativity. I couldnt stop listening to it for several days, it just has a certain addictive quality to it.
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10.09.2014 - 14:39
Rating: 5
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
As an Opeth fan for a long time I had really hard time to make my mind about my vote, it's not as bad as their previous shit but it's not really that good either, it's totally new Opeth which I can't relate to.
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14.09.2014 - 09:51
Rating: 8
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
I've grown to actually really love this album after a lot of listens. One of this year's best for me.
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Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
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14.09.2014 - 19:10
Fearmeister
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This album has really taken me by surprise! This is the first Opeth that I liked in a long time.
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16.09.2014 - 00:22
FB_10
Account deleted
Dissapointed ! Only "Eternal Rains Will Come" is good to listen :(
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19.09.2014 - 17:22
Rating: 5
rlro
It is really bad when a band that I deeply like changes completely its style of music (my first great deception was with Paradise Lost, but let's not change subject). Opeth last two albums, besides being very different from the previous ones, are simply bad and boring. I like progressive rock, but it definitely something Opeth can't do well. I was hoping Heritage was just an unique album like Damnation was, but it seems my hopes were in vain.
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20.09.2014 - 05:05
Rating: 9
Desert Father
I finally listened to it and was pleasantly surprised. Glad that they have moved beyond piecing random whole-tone scale riffs together. I still feel that all the vocal lines sound like Mikael just improvised them, nothing memorable about them at all. River and Eternal Rains are my favourites so far.
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30.09.2014 - 02:21
Darrek
This is a good album, enjoyable, easy going. But after thinking about it, won´t buy it for now. This one was definitely a relief after their previous production. Maybe I could give them an 8, but a 7.5 will do. Anything from Opeth is worth listening to and everything above 7 is valuable. Goblin, good track.
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02.10.2014 - 22:04
Rating: 9
akvan
Does anyone care something more than just MUSIC ? ! for examples lyrics ! if u know what i mean !
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