Opeth - Stream First New Track Online


September 27th is the official release date that has been set for Opeth's new record In Cauda Venenum. The group tracked the album in both English and Swedish language versions. Today, the band has unveiled a bi-lingual visualizer for the first new song, "Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart In Hand". Check it out.

Commenting on the new song, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt says: "Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" or "Heart In Hand" as it's called in English is one of the first couple of songs I wrote for In Cauda Venenum. I immediately knew that it would probably be favoured by 'the powers that be' when talks of future singles for the record would commence. And I was right. I generally leave it up to the labels or managements to pick the so-called singles. I'm indifferent as I put an equal amount of dedication into all songs, so it doesn't matter all that much to me. I guess it's one of the more straightforward songs on the album. A rather rocking little thing. It's got one of the "happy mistakes" in it too. Mendez bass broke down in the middle of recording. At the time he played an old Hofner Beatles-esque bass guitar that started humming real bad, but it sounded so good we immediately decided to keep it in there. I'd be putting myself down if I said that noise is the best part of the song, but it's up there. I like when stuff happens out of your control, and it actually adds to the piece. This is the first full taster of the new Opeth album, and of course I hope you like it. All the songs on the new album are different from each other and therefore equally representable in my view. Enjoy!"




Regarding the sonic direction of the new record, Åkerfeldt adds: "For us, at this stage with In Cauda Venenum, heaviness isn't guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That's not necessarily what I call 'heavy' music these days. I can listen to Korn and say, 'OK, that's heavy'. But it doesn't really mean anything to me. I mean, I catch up on things in magazines or online. I read about bands that have the 'heaviest record ever', and I'm not too impressed by that. OK, it's cool but what does it say? What does it mean? It's an impossible mission, to be the heaviest. That's been done before. Over time, I got tired of that tag. Of course, when I was younger it meant everything to me. I was always on the pursuit for heaviness in my youth, trying to find the next level of heaviness. First it was death metal, then it was bands like Meshuggah, but heaviness is now more about emotions, heavy chord progressions, music that has feelings. Heaviness doesn't mean Meshuggah anymore, although indeed they're a fucking heavy band. I'm not trying to tap into that anymore."

Source: nuclearblast.de
Band profile: Opeth
 
Posted: 12.07.2019 by Abattoir


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13.07.2019 - 03:48
Lord Slothrop
I love it.
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13.07.2019 - 06:00
Rupert
Their drummer is so good.
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13.07.2019 - 07:48
DonMoenning
Damn! This is the most "classic Opeth" thing they've done since Watershed, by far. Love it!
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13.07.2019 - 08:13
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Not bad actually. Reminds me of Pale Communion with a hint of the "good" parts of the last album, which were few and far between. I think it's hard for me to get excited for an Opeth album at this point, but I don't doubt this will be at least decent.
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13.07.2019 - 13:28
AndreMarcos
Honestly this song is a lot more boring than what i was expecting. It had one or two good moments but with amount of material they had, it had no business being 17 minutes long, that just made so repetitive.
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13.07.2019 - 13:48
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by AndreMarcos on 13.07.2019 at 13:28

Honestly this song is a lot more boring than what i was expecting. It had one or two good moments but with amount of material they had, it had no business being 17 minutes long, that just made so repetitive.

The video is 17 minutes long but it has two versions of the same song. One in Swedish and one in English. It's funny to me that you were so bored you didn't realize this haha.
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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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13.07.2019 - 14:30
BehzadSh
Written by AndreMarcos on 13.07.2019 at 13:28

Honestly this song is a lot more boring than what i was expecting. It had one or two good moments but with amount of material they had, it had no business being 17 minutes long, that just made so repetitive.


Seems like you didn't listen to it completely, yet you judge it.
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13.07.2019 - 16:40
BlankFile
Written by Deviant on 12.07.2019 at 17:28

Written by BlankFile on 12.07.2019 at 16:29

Wow... this if fucking awsome. Are they really back?


Yeah man, this is good stuff. After being unable to get into Pale Communion and Sorceress, I'm seriously digging this. To me it is reminiscent of their old sound without trying to recycle old work, and of course without growls.



Absolutely. I have the same sensation. I think this álbum will probably be the best one from Opeth since Watershed.
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13.07.2019 - 17:34
Deviant
Written by BlankFile on 13.07.2019 at 16:40

Written by Deviant on 12.07.2019 at 17:28

Written by BlankFile on 12.07.2019 at 16:29

Wow... this if fucking awsome. Are they really back?


Yeah man, this is good stuff. After being unable to get into Pale Communion and Sorceress, I'm seriously digging this. To me it is reminiscent of their old sound without trying to recycle old work, and of course without growls.



Absolutely. I have the same sensation. I think this álbum will probably be the best one from Opeth since Watershed.


I really hope so, actually looking forward to this one.
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Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun...
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13.07.2019 - 18:22
JayMo4
I really like it, but then I love this kind of music in addition to loving progressive death metal. I don't care what genre Akerfeldt wants the band to play, so long as the music is interesting. To me, this is.
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14.07.2019 - 19:38
SoUnDs LiKe PoP
A lot of the metal elitist, "NeEdS tO bE fAsTeR n' HeAvIeR" people on here could really benefit from reading his thoughts on "heaviness."
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I lift weights and listen to metal
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14.07.2019 - 20:49
Maco
Carnivore
Written by SoUnDs LiKe PoP on 14.07.2019 at 19:38

A lot of the metal elitist, "NeEdS tO bE fAsTeR n' HeAvIeR" people on here could really benefit from reading his thoughts on "heaviness."

We read it and we concluded that he's an old fart out of touch.
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By blood... Resurrection?
By body... Redemption?
By God... Domination?
By Pilate... Crucifixion!
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14.07.2019 - 22:12
JoHn DoE
It's ok, but I can't say it's impressive or anything. Maybe it needs more listens which i for now don't have the time.
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15.07.2019 - 22:25
Greg L.
I wrote this haiku for you all.. Enjoy!

People like Opeth
People like to hate Opeth
People hate Opeth
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16.07.2019 - 13:17
AndreMarcos
Written by Zaph on 13.07.2019 at 13:48

Written by AndreMarcos on 13.07.2019 at 13:28

Honestly this song is a lot more boring than what i was expecting. It had one or two good moments but with amount of material they had, it had no business being 17 minutes long, that just made so repetitive.

The video is 17 minutes long but it has two versions of the same song. One in Swedish and one in English. It's funny to me that you were so bored you didn't realize this haha.

You are absolutely correct. I just thought that they had mixed english and swedish lyrics
But to be honest knowing this makes me even more disappointed with the song.
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16.07.2019 - 15:41
Bad English
Masterchief
Better as old non metal albums, but still. I ask does you like metal or are fan boys of one band?
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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17.07.2019 - 22:39
dterric
I tried, just like everything after Watershed, not my style, seems groovy tho.
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