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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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Product details

  • Vinyl (25 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ROADRUNNER UK
  • ASIN: B00KQYNI0E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp Of Eternity
Disc: 2
1. Moon Above, Sun Below
2. Elysian Woes
Disc: 3
1. Goblin
2. River
Disc: 4
1. Voice Of Treason
2. Faith In Others

Product Description

11th studio album by the Swedish heavy metal band. Preceeded by the release of the single 'Cusp of Eternity' the album debuted at #14 in the UK Albums Chart.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Huw Roberts on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.K. on 22 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Opeth, like all progressive rock bands before them, have evolved. It took them a while, too - whilst they have pushed the boundaries of metal in many ways compared to their metal peers, looking back over their back catalogue it becomes clear that they almost became victims of their own success. Carving out a nice unique formula for themselves, it was still that - a formula. A heavy bit with growls here, a heavy bit with clean vocals there, an acoustic bit after that, do each section 4 times and repeat for 10 minutes or so. Don't get me wrong here - that's not necessarily a criticism, as pretty much all of their albums are amazing, and to be fair they didn't always stick to that formula, but with Watershed you could feel the whole thing getting a little tired. But the problem was, by having followed the same formula for so long, the fans had come to expect a certain type of thing from an Opeth album. So how does Akerfeldt allow himself to musically evolve naturally as his heart desires without pissing everyone off? The answer it turned out was simple - just do whatever the hell he wants and if he has to piss everyone off in the meantime, well, so be it. Evolve he did, and piss the fans off he also did. And so Heritage was born. It was interesting, but still missing something. It was great to finally see the birth of a new direction (in my humble opinion, anyway) whilst retaining the typically bleak atmosphere of Opeth, but it just felt like it was continually building up to something and never quite getting there. Like Akerfeldt was glad to be doing something different, but still holding himself back a little.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Green on 25 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Pale Communion is the 11th album by Swedish progressive metal titans Opeth. It was released on 25 August, 2014 via Roadrunner Records, having been pushed back several months from it's initial release of June due to not having all the logistics ready for its release. Pale Communion was produced by Mikael Akerfeldt and was mixed by Steven Wilson. Mikael has stated that this album has more melody and is the first Opeth release to feature strings. Pale Communion has the lead single "Cusp Of Eternity".

Opeth are no stranger to evolution. Since Blackwater Park, and notably in the albums that followed, the band have evolved their sound and have continued to push the envelope. Since Ghost Reveries (2005) - to me, their absolute magnum opus - the band have been on this quest to show their progressive rock side and have since dropped all things that made Opeth the savagely heavy band they were once were. This has left many of the fans isolated and distraught. When "Cusp Of Eternity" broke onto the internet, much like "The Devil's Orchard" from Heritage when the single was released, fans were both excited and dismayed at the same time - some loved it, some hated it. The single has a `modern' production to it, but sounded very progressive to my ears, with a catchy chorus. I loved the single and couldn't stop listening it so much that I even had it as my ringtone, that's when I realised that the fever of excitement had caught and knew I would be counting down the days until the album's release.

Throughout their evolution, members have come and gone. The famous five and the five that would release the best Opeth albums is one that will always stay special to me.
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