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Opeth Streaming Full "Pale Communion" Album

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Swedish retro rock band Opeth is on the cusp of dropping new album "Pale Communion" - due out next week (August 26th) via Roadrunner Records.

Before the official release, Opeth has now launched an online stream of the entire album.

Hear all of "Pale Communion" at Prog.Teamrock.com here (since the stream doesn't seem to be available in the U.S. or Canada we've included a YouTube stream below - listen in now before it gets taken down).

Opeth will also be heading off on a North American tour alongside In Flames this December. Get the full list of dates and venues at this location.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others

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1. coldiem writes:

If they had condensed this into the "highlights", stripped all of the terrible vocal sections, and marketed it as an instrumental prog album they may have had something here.

There are some really great instrumental sections, but almost everything else is yawningly boring or just feels awkward.

Even the band comes across as sounding bored most of the time.

# Aug 19, 2014 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. RememberMetal? writes:

My first impression after 1 spin: It’s about as metal as a lambskin condom… but I also liked it better than “Heritage”.

Whether I like it better because “Pale Communion” is less of a shock to the system after “Heritage” or that the performances connect more is hard to gauge.

Things I noticed:
--The “Damnation” vibe is everywhere, even if the album is more electric and less depressive.

--“Heritage” was plagued by moments that felt like Queens of the Stone age covering Alice Cooper… That unwanted abstraction is blessedly absent. But in its place is even more of the 70’s prog sound. A net gain for most fans I think.

--The guitar solos are amazing.

--The melodies are stronger, as Ackerfeldt promised.

--Transitions within the songs flow better (be they gradual or sudden, jarring or gentle) they all make more sense than those on “Heritage” but they’re still less dynamic and engaging than those on every album before “Watershed”.

--“Moon Above, Sun Below” is a stand out. “River” finishes strong and “Faith in Others” is appropriately bleak and beautiful.

I’ll probably never like new Opeth as much as I loved old Opeth but I’m glad Ackerfeldt is making music he likes.

# Aug 19, 2014 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ZMA writes:

I barely touched Heritage. But I listened to most of this and it wasn't terrible.
Remember could be right by saying it might be less of a shock now that we're two records into this. I'd much rather have another Blackwater Park though. Those days are probably over for good I'm afraid.

# Aug 20, 2014 @ 6:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I will preface this post by saying that Opeth has been one of my favorite bands for about 12 years. I first saw them on tour after the release of Blackwater Park and I was blown away. I will also preface my post by saying that I am first and foremost a prog fan. Prog and Metal are my passion in music. This is why progressive-metal bands, like Opeth, appeal to me.

*The last two albums, Watershed and Heritage, marked a change in the band towards a more progressive evolution. This is well documented, and most metal fans have expressed that both these albums have been disappointing (especially Heritage). I like both albums, but if I were listing the Opeth records by rank they would certainly be the bottom two.

*The problem with Heritage in particular was that it is very scattered and unfocused. I think the album was very brave and certainly shocked the metal camp. Coming from the prog world, I wasn't shocked but I like my prog focused.

*Here comes Pale Communion. As RM? has stated, this album has great flow from start to finish. The guitars on this album are amazing. The album is well produced, mature and very focused. It seems as though Ackerfeldt finally feels comfortable making this type of music. I don't think he gets enough praise for making the transition in overall sound. Did fans really expect the transition to be amazing over the course of one album?

*With Watershed, Opeth dipped their toes in the water...Heritage was a cannonball into the prog waters....Now with Pale Communion they are swimming around gracefully.

*With every listen I am enjoying this album more and more. Great progressive albums, especially from the 70s, take a few listens to really appreciate and understand. I hope the metal community really takes their time with this album and soaks in what Opeth has achieved here.

*I'm not sure where this album ranks compared to all other Opeth albums. What is clear to me, however, is that this album is their strongest since Ghost Reveries. On top of that, it is a very strong progressive record on it's own merits. I give it an 8 out of 10 after about 8 full album listens.

# Aug 22, 2014 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. coldiem writes:

This album could be a lot of things but the vocals are BOOOORRRINNGGGGG. They SOUND bored. There are some amazing musical passages but I refuse to give the vocals any credit. They do nothing but remove from the musical integrity in my opinion.

Unless it's just the stream, I can clearly hear distinct shifts in volumes (implying cuts or a sh**ty take being "cleaned up") in a lot of the vocal lines. The other ones, while performed well, are just so benign they add nothing.

Face it, this is a fragment of what once was. It's time to lay it to rest and call it something other than Opeth.

# Aug 22, 2014 @ 9:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Why do the vocals bother you so much? What are you comparing them too? Ackerfeldt's clean vocals on Damnation or Heritage? Are you mostly upset there are no death metal vocals on the album?

The overall sound on the album mixes the instruments and vocals in an equal balance. Much like a Tool or Meshuggah album. The vocals play a role but are not of meant to overshadow anything. You might argue that the Damnation had better vocal delivery in terms of Ackerfeldt's overall clean-vocal range...I would agree. In terms of this album I think the album's vocals fit nicely with the songs and fit the overall mood of the album...which is far from boring.

Why shouldn't this be called Opeth? How is it fragment of the old Opeth? If you want old Opeth then listen to old Opeth albums...there are plenty progressive-death metal albums to pick from.

# Aug 23, 2014 @ 10:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. coldiem writes:

I don't care at all that there are no death growls (Although that IS the reason I skipped seeing them live when they came through last year). The vocals are bored sounding to me. Period. They bother me because I think they just really aren't that good. They lack passion. Sure, they "fit" the music but that's not necessarily a good thing either.

The problem with the music is that complete awesomeness is spaced apart by long, meandering jam-band sections that you can hear at a jazz club on any given night.

I like progressive rock music, but if this weren't labelled as an Opeth album I would have turned it off within minutes and forgotten about it. The truth is, I just like to see how riled up people get over this band.

As far as why it shouldn't be called Opeth, with reference to by above comment (drawing more attention to the music just by name alone), I do not personally feel that this sounds like Opeth. That is simply my ears' opinion.

My point is, if Porcupine Tree's next album turned out to be a start-to-finish brutal death metal album do you think the majority of the fan-base would be totes cool with that? Or might they feel like they were misled into expecting a different product based on the band's name? Although, to be fair, Opeth hasn't exactly been shy about their new direction. I still feel like they should have called it something else.

# Aug 23, 2014 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. hellrat writes:

O-phish :)

# Aug 23, 2014 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Possible band name changes:

*Mike Ackerfeldt and the Melancholic Jazz Masters

*O-2the-Peth (for their subsequent trip-hop album)

*City on the Moon (sounds more progressive when you describe the meaning of the original band name)

*Freshwater Bath (No need for blood anymore)

*Pretty Pink Orchid

*Steven Wilson's Swedish Nightmare

*My Vocals, Your Ear's Hearse

# Aug 23, 2014 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Drum_Junkie writes:

I've listened to this album about 8 times now and when taken as a whole, this does sound like an Opeth album.... but... it sounds like a diluted version. At least to me it does.

Here are the things I find lacking or missing:
-Creative drumming. Axenrot is a great drummer, but his fills, groove and approach to the kit is that of a classic rock drummer. His drumming is not progressive and does not complement the music nearly as well as it could. Even the syncopation following the guitars is rather basic. Goblin gave him a lot of room to let loose, yet he clung to the keyboards. I wish he'd put some splashes in his cymbal set-up instead of wearing out that hi-hat choke trick. His fills are more flurry than accentuating.

-The guitar tone. The warm slightly over driven sound matches perfectly the goal of sounding like the classic albums that influenced Mikael's youth. But, it's just not what I want to hear. If there is going to be a light and dark, I prefer a heavy crunch. If this same album had been recorded with the tone from Ghost Reveries or Still Life, it would sound more diverse, in my opinion.

-The mix. I would have also preferred that the keyboards be a little bit behind the guitars in the mix. I really like both the keyboards and the guitar solos, but the overall balance is skewed too far to the keys for my taste. The way that the guitars complement each other is buried and should have been made more prominent. Between headphones and speakers, I still wish there was more of Mendez' bass. The vocals are OK. I like Mikael's voice best without the harmony vocals. He hits hard in some places, but not enough if he wants to have light and dark without growls. They don't sound bad, but the combined voices in the harmony sections level off the inflections that add nuance and emotion.

-Originality. This is my biggest problem with being impressed by this album. With Heritage, you could hear influences in the music, but it didn't constantly dominate. Here, this sounds too heavily influenced by old material from the progressive rock greats. To me they gave too much of their own identity away and sound more derivative of them. For that reason, I have difficulty calling it progressive. If you're emulating the sounds of the past, how can you be considered progressive. I always thought that being progressive was breaking new ground and trying new things. Here, Opeth is trying old things. It's somewhat new to them, but not breaking new ground or being innovative.

I'm not expecting them to stay the same. Hell, it's been 10 years since Ghost Reveries and we've all matured to differing degrees. I just wish they tried harder to sound like themselves than to sound like their musical idols.

# Aug 23, 2014 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Critic writes:

BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  This album is so damn boring i had completely tuned it out before getting to the end. What a FLOP!

# Aug 23, 2014 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. mediocre writes:

opeth can definitely do better than this. On cusp of eternity the chorus is nothing but a hum--I wish ackerfedlt had words added in to the chorus instead of that :(

# Aug 24, 2014 @ 12:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Houston from Houston writes:

I thoroughly enjoyed and ultimately loved heritage and I'm definitely diggin pale communion. ...so what if mikael isn't doin the raar rarrs or the bree bree VOKILLS that made his previous releases "death metal-ish" ....he's doin the music he wants to do....let him, opeth will be just fine....tickets will sell,merch will be sold etc... NOW i would be more elaborate as to why i really enjoyed heritage and pale communion but it's like i tell my boss when he tries to get me to work Sundays. ."NOPE....there's blunts to be smoked AND nissans to be drifted''

# Aug 24, 2014 @ 11:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. OverkillExposure writes:

I think the CD should come with a hidden track at the end, without music, that's simply one long isolated death growl from Akerfeldt. For the LOLZ.

# Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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