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Opeth is much more than metal

Opeth has made more than half a dozen "metal albums" With the heavy riffs and growls and whatnot. But even those "death metal songs" that are mostly metal indeed have periods of folk and jazzy melodies commonly in the interludes and individual songs and of course prog. No one complained about Damnation only because Deliverance came during the same time period and Damnation was every note Opeth. Opeth has released 11 albums so far and most of which one dimensional metalheads have gotten their fix. However its time to adapt and realize that Opeth delivers a much richer wider sound that encompasses many genres if you prefer to label music as such. For me Pale Communion is every note Opeth experimenting into new territories that deliver powerful and emotional soundscapes that pack the same punch as their older albums. Music is about experimentation.

Meh

How do they still classify Opeth as metal? This is a good album if you like where they're trending. It's far from metal though

Pretty good follow up to heritage

this album unfortunately had leaked on youtube.
I wasn't a fan of the first single released, but the rest of the album is much better than that single "cusp of eternity".
I'll say that some of the albums feels like heritage 2.6 or something. similar vibe and progressions, riffs an whatnot.
there's a lot of vocal harmonizing which is cool, sounds good. it definitely lacks no heaviness, and also no soft gentle sounds. the guys deliver some great sounds and ideas. the string section works well.
some of the songs feel rushed to me and end almost out of nowhere. and the album doesn't have the same flow as heritage. start to finish it doesn't feel like one experience but many experiences.
there's some good heavy grooves, best guitar from akkesson so far, keys are awesome, singing is pretty good, vocals are good, drumming and bass just sound like heritage ideas to me, but still good technique wise.
good effort from opeth, I like the new direction of progressive heavy rock fusion. as a stand alone album it's great, but compared to heritage I feel it's not quite as good, but pretty close.
basically if you like good harmony, soft delicate parts, good melody, awesome grooves, heavy riffs, and the opeth sound, then you will enjoy this album.
I say 4 stars.
I'll pre order the Vinyl asap.
can't wait to hear it live !

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Brought together in Stockholm by guitarists Peter Lindgren and Mikael Åkerfeldt in 1990, Opeth added progressive influences and acoustic instrumentation to their brand of Swedish death metal. As the group progressed, it was very common for an Opeth live set to fly in several different musical directions -- and an average song lasted no less than ten minutes. Impressed by their originality, Candlelight Records released their debut full-length in 1995, which was titled Orchid, and featured a rhythm...
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