Upcoming Opeth Album Reviewed
2014-03-28 by AstrialExpedition | 95 Comments

Greg Kennelty, a writer at Metal Injection, has published a track-by-track review of Opeth's as-of-now-untitled record, slated for a June 2014 release.

Evidently, there are "no growls or death metal vocals on this record" and it's one of Kennelty's "favorite records of 2014, [if not his top] record of 2014".

http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/first-impressions-of-the-new-untitled-opeth-album-a-track-by-track-review

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Mesm277
March 29th 2014

112 Comments


Sounds interesting. Looking forward to them releasing the first track.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2014

20631 Comments


"no growls or death metal vocals on this record"

dammit

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BigPleb
March 29th 2014

33987 Comments


Getting my 5 ready.

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FictionalFlames
March 29th 2014

1516 Comments


er merr gewwrrd

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2014

4766 Comments



"no growls or death metal vocals on this record"

dammit [2]

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Underflow
March 29th 2014

2525 Comments


Cautiously excited. Hope he's remembered how to write a song.

Artuma
March 29th 2014

10492 Comments


can't wait

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StallionMang
March 29th 2014

5216 Comments


All aboard the hype train

WHOO WHOO

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BassDemon333
March 29th 2014

3350 Comments


Again with the no death growls shit? Fuck

BigPleb
March 29th 2014

33987 Comments


Stfu about no growls, what did you expect? To go straight back to death metal would only undermine the prog rock transition they made.

AdolfChrist
March 29th 2014

1716 Comments


lol undermining the transition?

TalonsOfFire
March 29th 2014

5098 Comments


I just hope the music is similar if not pretty much the same as their 1997-2006 albums, but just with no growling, that would be the best possible outcome from this.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2014

16246 Comments


oh man i can't wait to dib this and 1.5/5

EvoHavok
March 29th 2014

1338 Comments


They proved enough times there's no need for death growls for the songs to be interesting.

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GringoSuave89
March 29th 2014

1009 Comments


What if we're not feeling that "progression"? I could not get into Heritage, and I hope this album isn't the start of a new trend.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

tempest--
March 29th 2014

12594 Comments


lol @ this having a news article

Underflow
March 29th 2014

2525 Comments


Here we go again!

BassDemon333
March 29th 2014

3350 Comments


They could easily implement the new structures from Heritage into their signature style with the clean/death sections so possible regression by including death growls is no excuse. I really enjoyed Damnation but I liked that it was a one-off thing at the time. They need to include death growls again the balance between heavy and ethereal was what everyone loved about them in the first place.

Mabbitt
March 29th 2014

1324 Comments


I could see an album full of tracks like Porcelain Heart or Face of Melinda.

climactic
March 29th 2014

18338 Comments


stfu about no growls [2]

theyve had 8 albums of it, mikeael obviously wants to do things differently now. dont know why anyone is surprised

hassanguason
March 29th 2014

24 Comments


Don't care much for the lack of growls as long as the music is enjoyable. Heritage was interesting and it definitely has the Opeth sound but it wasn't enjoyable.

GringoSuave89
March 29th 2014

1009 Comments


Well,after reading the article, I feel a bit better. If it is on par with Ghost Reveries like the author states, I will be pleased as punch.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2014

16246 Comments


The reviewer makes it seem like this album is the second coming of God but then goes on to say "Well it's the best since Ghost Reveries".

There have only been two records since Ghost Reveries and both were pretty bad so idk what he's on about

dannyboy89
March 29th 2014

11911 Comments


Album should be sweet.

Underflow
March 29th 2014

2525 Comments


Yeah, he was slobbering pretty hard in the review. It sounds interesting and like it may well be better than the last two records, but caution seems warranted as far as expectations go.

emester
March 29th 2014

1986 Comments


im not expecting to be blown away by it, but it probably will be quality stuff one way or another

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Scoot
March 29th 2014

17681 Comments


they should still have the odd growl here and there

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zaruyache
March 29th 2014

5866 Comments


If this sounds like a more experimental Ghost Reveries with no death growling then I will be a happy
camper. Some metal riffs were all I was asking for.

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tacos N stuff
March 29th 2014

348 Comments


interest is peaked

ResidentNihilist
March 29th 2014

962 Comments


i can't wait for your review Crysis; '1.5; To the first reviewer; you're wrong.'

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2014

16246 Comments


If they have some metal riffage and solos and strings and shit it will almost certainly be above a 1.5 but you never know!

BigPleb
March 29th 2014

33987 Comments


yuk

ResidentNihilist
March 29th 2014

962 Comments


well i'm gay for the review whatever happens :D!

Gyromania
March 29th 2014

15198 Comments


watershed is excellent gtfo

Gwyn.
March 29th 2014

14888 Comments


I think I saw a website reviewing Mikael's ballsack too, that should get a news article too

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2014

16134 Comments


Gonna be 5/5. The people still bitching about the lack of growls can go play in traffic.

IronGiant
March 29th 2014

720 Comments


haven't liked opeth in so long. the growls were always kind of a gimmick to me. hopefully this is heritage + damnation. heritage was a bit too unfocused for me and damnation was a bit too slick. but i really dug the crimson influences of their last album so now we just play the waiting game i guess

silentstar
March 29th 2014

2231 Comments


"no growls or death metal vocals on this record"

lol if you thought otherwise

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2014

20631 Comments


"the growls were always kind of a gimmick to me."

what does that even mean

beefshoes
March 29th 2014

2865 Comments


This is going to be really awesome, or extremely boring.


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conesmoke
March 29th 2014

5175 Comments


Dw insurr, iron giant clearly doesn't know what the fuck he's talkin bout. On another note I'm excited for this growl less prog rock Opeth album. m/

NeroCorleone80
March 29th 2014

28377 Comments


"the growls were always kind of a gimmick to me"

if anything the cleans are (which they're not), since the band is routed in death metal.

Underflow
March 29th 2014

2525 Comments


Mikael's reliance solely on cleans on Heritage really showcased how awful his less abstract lyrics are. "Hey you / will you / be true?" and "feel the pain / in your brain / insane" are perfect examples. Granted, the music on Heritage would have sounded even worse with growled vocals, so it's a weird problem. Guess he just needs to start writing about trees again.

NeroCorleone80
March 29th 2014

28377 Comments


I think the lyrics are fine personally, and thats one of the last things I care about when it comes to prog.

conesmoke
March 29th 2014

5175 Comments


He has an interesting point tho Nero, unlike friggen irongiant..

ChoccyPhilly
March 29th 2014

3426 Comments


Pretty stoked for this

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LordePots
March 29th 2014

6518 Comments


people are surprised there are no growls?

did u miss the whole Heritage thing?

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RiffOClock
March 29th 2014

984 Comments


the growls wouldnt help this band anyway at this point. mikael really needs to focus his diminishing creative talent on something else

TalonsOfFire
March 29th 2014

5098 Comments


No surprise that there's no more growling, but maybe this new album will sound more like Storm Corrosion than Heritage, that'd be preferable if they're gonna keep going all-out obscure 70's progressive rock.

beefshoes
March 29th 2014

2865 Comments


I'm still waiting for an Opeth album with bagpipes.

Underflow
March 29th 2014

2525 Comments


Neuropeth?

KILL
March 29th 2014

70573 Comments


cant even WAIT

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fromtheinside
March 29th 2014

17714 Comments


hopefully they still use guitars

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AstrialExpedition
March 29th 2014

17 Comments


Well their latest album was what got me into opeth so I'm pretty fuckin stoked. Also that review seems more like a promotional description of the album.

IronGiant
March 29th 2014

720 Comments


opeth fans are the worst haha too pretentious. and I mean I personally don't like them if that's ok with everyone. I understand the bands roots (which is more black metal actually) and appreciate them musically but think they come off cheezy sometimes in the songs. just my opinion

AstrialExpedition
March 29th 2014

17 Comments


By 2020 Opeth will be avant-guard classical music

Matthaios
March 29th 2014

128 Comments


Sounds like it will be good.

17WordHaiku
March 29th 2014

73 Comments


go listen to opeth live performances from 2009-2013 and you won't want anymore growls from mikael. why? because he can't do it anymore.
i saw them live in 2012 and '13 and they were great but i'm not a fan in denial. he cannot do the harsh vocals anymore. they sound so strained and awful. his singing voice is actually good so i'd rather he just sing and move on from the harsh vocals.
and if you're still not convinced then go listen to his live performance of 'eaten' in 2010. i love him to death man but i cringed.

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BMDrummer
March 29th 2014

4092 Comments


"no growls or death metal vocals on this record"
A part of me wants them, but a part of me also doesn't care. I understand they want to move on from the growls, although this might just be a move for Mikael since his growls have weakened live a bit in the past few years. Heritage was good, but Still Life, Blackwater Park, Morningrise, and My Arms, Your Hearse will still be better.

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Onirium
March 29th 2014

1666 Comments


Bands need to move on sometimes. I'm pretty sure that if they did another death album after Watershed, it would've been one of their worst, because the band needed to move on and explore new things. And so they did Heritage, which was one of their best imo.

So yeah, this new album sounds really promising and, based on what the review says, I think I can say that it'll be the perfect logical next step in Opeth's career.

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zaruyache
March 29th 2014

5866 Comments


Mikael's reliance solely on cleans on Heritage really showcased how awful his less abstract lyrics are.


His lyrics on Ghost Reveries were killer, so I agree that he should go back to do that... I guess?

SGGreenman
March 29th 2014

814 Comments


Oooooo real damn excited now

MeatSalad
March 29th 2014

14190 Comments


gonna be good

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chug73
March 29th 2014

907 Comments


Any metal nerd that is seriously upset about the lack of harsh vocals needs to go back to cradling his immolation cd.
"But that was why I liked them" u will reply with your head up your ass. Oh well, guess you don't like them anymore.
Heritage was messy but had great performances from all the band and I for one am looking forward to this.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2014

20631 Comments


Any metal nerd that is seriously upset about the lack of harsh vocals needs to go back to cradling his immolation cd. "But that was why I liked them" u will reply with your head up your ass.


pretty sure no one is saying that. it just so happens that their best albums have harsh vocals and their weakest dont, simple as that. no need to get so upset about it

Spec
March 29th 2014

27053 Comments


I guess I'll check this out. Not expecting much though.

chug73
March 29th 2014

907 Comments


Im not arguing their best albums had them but from my understanding not only does Mikael really not want to perform harsh vocals but he also is not able to anymore. What I was getting at is that many people on the internet seem to be so butthurt over the lack of harsh vocals. It's like they are stuck in the past and only want retreads of their material from the 90's.
I see many references in the review about Damnation, an album that I loved and was collectively loved by many fans so this is a good sign.


TalonsOfFire
March 29th 2014

5098 Comments


Heritage was meandering and unfocused but was still a great album. It's no Damnation, and all their other albums are way better of course. But after hearing Storm Corrosion, I trust Mikael to keep making whatever kind of progressive rock/metal he wants to (as at this point the band is practically his solo project now) and it will always be high quality, with or without the DETH GRWWWLINGGG you all seem to be so fond of.

BMDrummer
March 29th 2014

4092 Comments


I'm sure it will be good, because Heritage was an excellent album. The growls just added this evil atmosphere to their music that wasn't really on Heritage.

chug73
March 29th 2014

907 Comments


@talons Pretty much.
@the other guy
The review mentioned that this has some cool atmosphere going on so more good signs.

TalonsOfFire
March 29th 2014

5098 Comments


Aside from all the musical/creative reasons, If the guy can't physically do the growls anymore, than that's that don't expect him to destroy his own throat when he can't even do it

Onirium
March 30th 2014

1666 Comments


Actually, I'd say death growls certainly add something to Opeth's music, but imo, the band's best moments contain clean vocals. So I'm really looking forward to this.

CutMan
March 30th 2014

1766 Comments


Judging by the review? Sounds fucking amazing. BRING IT

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chug73
March 30th 2014

907 Comments


I'm looking forward to hearing the mentioned Damnation moments. Album was amazing.

Fieryfenderz
March 30th 2014

1424 Comments


Track six sounds really interesting.

zaruyache
March 30th 2014

5866 Comments


I thought Damnation was boring. It was just nonstop mellow rock track-after-track-after-track.

Wadlez
March 30th 2014

3820 Comments


That was the point. They went in a different style, and it sounded great.

chug73
March 30th 2014

907 Comments


That was the point? I though it was top notch. Something different.


zulop
March 30th 2014

162 Comments


I hope to fucking god the lack of growls means a Damnation pt. 2, and not a Heritage pt. 2.

TalonsOfFire
March 30th 2014

5098 Comments


It'll be a combination hopefully, also remember he says this is heavier than Heritage. So who knows, personally I'm hoping it'll be closer to their early 2000s albums except without growling.

zaruyache
March 30th 2014

5866 Comments


Hopefully it'll be Harlequin Forest with a strings section.

titanslayer
March 30th 2014

1458 Comments


to bad there's no growls, but I guess the music is more important then the vocals

climactic
March 30th 2014

18338 Comments


did you really expect growls after heritage? even watershed was mostly cleans

Futures
March 30th 2014

7800 Comments


yeah dudes get off the no growls thing. they are going in a new direction.

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Pebster49
March 31st 2014

2991 Comments


Hopeing its closer to Damnation sounding than Heritage.

Nocturnal
March 31st 2014

1329 Comments


"no growls or death metal vocals on this record" = Not music.

Ive already heard this album and its only in the 3-3.3 range. Def not aoty material.


Wadlez
March 31st 2014

3820 Comments


Congrats

chug73
March 31st 2014

907 Comments


Have you now? When was this

MarkvandenBerg
March 31st 2014

71 Comments


Yay, no awful growls. Stoked!

Thunderkat
March 31st 2014

472 Comments


That's disappointing, Nocturnal

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chug73
March 31st 2014

907 Comments


Would still like to know how he had access to it.

TalonsOfFire
March 31st 2014

5098 Comments


A link to the download would be nice too

Nocturnal
April 4th 2014

1329 Comments


Lol Mikael is my nephew. Thats how i heard it.

Futures
April 4th 2014

7800 Comments


yeah right

chug73
April 4th 2014

907 Comments


And fredrik is my father. Srs



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