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Pale Communion

Opeth Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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In a metal scene glutted with traditionalists and bandwagon jumpers, Opeth continue to create epic, iconoclastic music, inventing the rules as they go along. From the jazz-inflected rhythms and acoustic embellishments of their 1994 debut, Orchid, to the Middle Eastern flavors and stoner metal riffs of 2001's Blackwater Park, these Swedes continue to venture where others couldn't fathom ... Read more in Amazon's Opeth Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ROADRUNNER UK
  • ASIN: B00KQ5RCA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
Disc: 2
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
9. Solitude (Live)
10. Var Kommer Barnen In (Live)

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Roadrunner Records group Opeth has announced the release of their hugely anticipated eleventh studio album.

Pale Communion which was produced by the band’s very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, will be heralded by the lead single, “Cusp of Eternity”.

The new material find’s Opeth once again challenging the boundaries of extreme music. In a recent interview with VICE’s Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated, “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album… there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall… I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process.” Recently, Metal Injection’s Greg Kennelty broke down Opeth’s Pale Communion in a track by track review, exclaiming “This record knows exactly what it's doing and nails it through and through… one of my favorite records of 2014. If not my favorite record of 2014.”

Pale Communion follows 2011’s critically acclaimed “Heritage” which proved a milestone album for Opeth, earning them widespread acclaim and an ever-growing fan following.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 26 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
From what I'd read in articles leading up to the release of the album, I knew I'd be expecting something special when listening to this latest release from Opeth. Mikael Akerfeldt had said in numerous interviews that he'd been wanting to concentrate on melody a lot more for this album and he really was telling the truth. This album is one of the most melodic Opeth releases, if not the most melodic release in their entire catalogue. Not only is the singing melodic but also the guitar parts and the strings, making for an extremely listenable album.

The songs are memorable, catchy and with all the right twists and turns / light and dark bits that we all love Opeth for. The Prog elements really work on this album. Even though they're a lot more subtle when compared to Heritage it makes it sound very organic and fluid. It's obviously progressive but not in a jarring way, which is also down to the emphasis on melody. People moping about the 'excess' of prog that Heritage was (apparently) seem to forget that Opeth have always been progressive. They've certainly gotten more progressive over the years but they've not released anything that's been completely out of the blue. This is them taking the prog of Heritage and cleaning it up a bit. Heritage had to happen for this album to be made, although oddly enough it sounds as if this would've been a more logical follow up to Watershed than Heritage was (I would like to point out that personally, I love Heritage and have absolutely no problem with it).

I've listened to the entire album a good 4 or 5 times now and it's rather addictive. No one is like Opeth. I've heard people say that the Opeth of today release music that is '70's prog worship', and I've never heard so much bollocks in my life.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind, and the rewards are all there. 25 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
The forums are fit to bursting with fan and critic opinion and reaction to the latest career curve ball from Opeth, and, as an open minded (and admittedly, bit older) fan, I find it hilarious that people can't accept the decision by Mr. Akerfeldt to move away from the days of the death growl onto a more progressive rock pathway with excitement and good grace. I've been a massive addict of this band since Blackwater Park in 2001 and have absorbed each and every album with utter amazement and delight, and I love the aggressive, death metal side of their catalogue as much as anyone, and sometimes I do yearn for a bit of that, but I promise, if you approach this album with an open mind and the thought that the willingness to break the mould and be 100 times more exciting than most bands out there today is what got you into Opeth in the first place, then this album could take it's place at the top table with the aformentioned BP, Still Life, Deliverence et al as one of your fave Opeth releases. It flows beautifully, and is far more cohesive than previous opus Heritage, and in my opinion contains some of Akerfeldt's strongest writing to date. From the labyrinthian opener Eternal Rains...with it's glorious layered vocal harmonies, to the epic and challenging Moon Above, Sun Below with it's stunning opening riff, straight from Satan's record collection (just cause there's no death growls, don't mean it can't evoke the Devil). Some have criticised Moon Above, .. for being boring and plodding, give it time and open you ears. The album then really open's up into anything goes territory, with prog-tastic instrumental Goblin, sounding just like um...Goblin, the stunning River, evoking an Opeth-ian version of The Moody Blues. Read more ›
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By Mr. George Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Like many I was a little dismayed when Opeth headed off in a more prog-rock direction ( as opposed to their prog-metal roots ). Watershed was not a huge favourite with me but I stuck with them, then Heritage came out and I just didn't like it at all. Like many I'd loved their earlier stuff, having been listening to them since "My Arms, Your Hearse", seen them several times live, so I've invested a lot of time in them and I wasn't going to let all that go to waste.

I'm always willing to give artists a fair crack so PC arrived and I bought it. First listen...oh no Heritage Mk II! Much to my shame I didn't get past the first track! Two weeks later I was discussing Opeth with a mate and I decided to give PC another fair hearing, really listen to it, a few times if need be.

I have to say after a couple of days with it and I'd completely forgotten the golden rule of an Opeth album, IT TAKES TIME TO GET INTO! It's really growing on me.

Stand out tracks, obviously "Cusp of Eternity"!
"Goblin" - I really love this track despite it sounding like a 1980's cop show incidental music track! Ha ha!
"Eternal Rains Will Come" - Really mellow track with menace.

As others have referenced, the Metal Injections review is spot on, at first listen die-hards will just lose it saying it sounds all weedy and proggy, but the clever thing Akerfeld and Co. have done is managed to take all that anger and aggression from the prog-metal work on previous albums and somehow keep mellow out but keep the underlying tone of menace in their music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Blu Ray
As others have already stated the 5.1
audio on the Blu Ray disc is faulty.

There is no low frequency effect coming
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Published 2 days ago by Mr. S. Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not as immediate as heritage but rewarding when persevered with
Published 2 days ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good as expected.
Published 2 days ago by cath Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars It Keeps Getting Better
Its Opeth. Top quality Opeth. What more needs saying? If you're new to Opeth, don't expect to get it on the first listening, it gets better and better the more you hear it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rosemary A Holt
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't match hype
I should be liking Opeth. 'Prog' magazine waxes lyrical about them. The greatest thing since...well the last greatest thing. I have Watershed, but just didn't connect with it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Brendan Newport
4.0 out of 5 stars Well. I;ve never seen a wholemeal Host
Chapter 11: In which the PROG metamorphosis is completed.

For me the sound of Opeth has always been an evocation of autumn, with Pale Communication this is still the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Pesto Fingeration
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Different from there last album but still cracking.
Published 8 days ago by barry jeary
4.0 out of 5 stars Opeth influenced by Riverside?
Heritage was a little inaccessible in my opinion but perhaps it needed to be made to fulfil Pale Communions potential. Read more
Published 8 days ago by AER1
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnum "Opeth"
This will be the shortest review I have done. It's not even a review as such.

Suffice to say, Pale Communion is as important a purchase in the last two years to me as... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Damian Steels
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