- Audio CD (25 Aug. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: ROADRUNNER UK
- ASIN: B00KQ5RCA0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Well, well, well. Along comes Pale Communion. Whatever Akerfeldt was trying to achieve with Heritage, well, here it is, and it was worth the wait.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband and I love Music night Very entertaining and well worth the cost (more than resonable).Published 1 month ago by Kaarina
An awesome album drawing heavily from the Steve Wilson/Porcupine tree sounds but with some Opeth edge still in there. Recommended for fans of any of the above.Published 1 month ago by Pete
Very good album but let down by dry flat production, if the production had been better it would be 5 stars. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ken. Yorkshire.
Prog album of the year if there is justice in the world! Excellent album in an excellent package (I might have to buy a Bluray player now - dammit!)Published 7 months ago by Dave Rogers
This album bleeds atmosphere, its epic and the songs are extremely original. Im a longtime fan of Opeth's back catalogue but this is up there with the best, controversially better... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brass Horse
Another awesome album from Opeth. it's not their old-school death metal but that's the point! They've evolved into something much more special.Published 8 months ago by Nick Dearnley
A massive fan of the band, I was disappointed with Heritage. I really loved all their earlier output (including melodic albums, such as Damnation). Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Nicholls