New Opeth Album Cover
2014-05-27 by Onirium | 172 Comments
Even though the release of Opeth's 11th studio album, Pale Communion, has been delayed to August, the band has officially revealed the album artwork. It was once again done by graphic artist Travis Smith, who has designed the band's album covers since 1999's Still Life.
You can see the Pale Communion artwork here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Opeth_Pale_Communion_album_artwork.jpg
Tagged: Opeth

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2014
8949 Comments


this doesn't really make me feel anything at all [:

Kris.
May 27th 2014
12525 Comments


yeah idk bout that

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
May 27th 2014
2024 Comments


Boring compared to their other covers

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JF Williams
May 27th 2014
51 Comments


Egh... easily their worst album artwork. It looks like a DVD menu screen.

chug73
May 27th 2014
1229 Comments


The picture on the far right should be he album cover.
Not sure how I feel about this though. Like I said in another thread: The music and album covers usually go together so well.
BWP and it's cover fit perfectly. The warm feel of heritage fits it's cover too.
Idk about this.

R6Rider
May 27th 2014
4750 Comments


what was wrong with the other cover?

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2014
16504 Comments


really bizarre

BMDrummer
May 27th 2014
10111 Comments


Strange cover, don't know how the music is going to sound with it though

Futures
May 27th 2014
12504 Comments


idk about this

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BigPleb
May 27th 2014
38224 Comments


Cos the 3 portraits are so small this just really looks like...well, nothing.

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Greyvy
May 27th 2014
5137 Comments


if that is the album artwork i will not listen to it.

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TheMoreira
May 27th 2014
7182 Comments


Artwork is underwhelming. Damn

Fieryfenderz
May 27th 2014
1484 Comments


"if that is the album artwork i will not listen to it."

Um... seriously?


Thunderkat
May 27th 2014
576 Comments


Not as strange as Heritage

TheEnygma
May 27th 2014
46 Comments


Very meh, same with the Heritage cover. I've always loved their eerie dark covers but this looks bland

TheMoreira
May 27th 2014
7182 Comments


"if that is the album artwork i will not listen to it."

lol man, cmon

TheMoreira
May 27th 2014
7182 Comments


Agreed but i still prefer Heritage's to this.

tommygun
May 27th 2014
25434 Comments


The 3 portraits look stunning, they would look much better without that brick wall back drop imo though. Still, beyond excited for this album and can't wait for the first single to drop on June 3rd!

Underflow
May 27th 2014
2675 Comments


Looks unbelievably cheesy.

BigPleb
May 27th 2014
38224 Comments


hahaha, tommy you little bugger!!!

tommygun
May 27th 2014
25434 Comments


:D

adace1
May 27th 2014
231 Comments


The 3 portraits look stunning, they would look much better without that brick wall back drop imo though.

This. The lighting needs to be changed too.

zaruyache
May 27th 2014
7452 Comments


Ugh Mike are you serious? This does not assuage my fears at all.

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TalonsOfFire
May 27th 2014
9789 Comments


I think it's great, hopefully the art is part of a concept and this album will have an overarching story involving these pictures and themes. SOMEONE in this thread has to be optimistic anyway.

Satellite
May 27th 2014
20826 Comments


wow even lamer than heritage somehow

Green Baron
May 27th 2014
20358 Comments


yeah not a fan of this but w/e

LordePots
May 27th 2014
9481 Comments


thats some pretty bad artwork but album will probs be better than 90% of their homogenous discog if heritage was any indicator

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Jamper
May 27th 2014
107 Comments


just a marketing move for people to buy the cd in order to actually read what's written in the pictures

ExplosiveOranges
May 27th 2014
3913 Comments


Meh.

Digging: Millicent Waffles - Under Dark Blue Blanket

Satellite
May 27th 2014
20826 Comments


that's what fullscreen mode is for, einstein.

oltnabrick
May 27th 2014
31700 Comments


that brick wall lmfao

IronGiant
May 27th 2014
947 Comments


haven't listened to Opeth in like 4 years but this artwork blows nonetheless

DeathGrinder
May 27th 2014
152 Comments


How the mighty have fallen.

trackbytrackreviews
May 27th 2014
1906 Comments


>implying their previous covers were good.

The ray of light on the left just looks awkward specially on 350px standard

SadAndHolyGlow
May 27th 2014
1547 Comments


Ugh. Ugly cover.

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ConsumerOfNut
May 27th 2014
184 Comments


Whatever I like it

zaruyache
May 27th 2014
7452 Comments


All of their artwork outside of this and Heritage has ruled.

emester
May 27th 2014
4393 Comments


Kinda mixed on how I feel bout the cover here. I love the pictures themselves but that beam of light really doesn't resonate with the rest of the thing itself. Also the colors of the wood and the gold nameplate seem way too light

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StallionMang
May 27th 2014
6178 Comments


Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhh not feelin it

Digging: Neutral Milk Hotel - Ferris Wheel on Fire

Wizard
May 27th 2014
19649 Comments


Fuck this shitty prog band. I want Opeth back!

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mindleviticus
May 27th 2014
8340 Comments


you guys need to lighten the fuck up

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2014
21845 Comments


the other one was way better

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emester
May 27th 2014
4393 Comments


"hopefully the art is part of a concept and this album will have an overarching story involving these pictures and themes. SOMEONE in this thread has to be optimistic anyway."

Pretty much thinking the same thing. Just some of the colors used here are way too bright for something called Pale Communion

Inveigh
May 27th 2014
25216 Comments


Wiz I'm not sure that's ever happening, and it's depressing as fuck. I wasn't much for a lot of the post-BwP stuff, but at least Deliverance and Ghost Reveries retained a little of the darkness that made the other stuff awesome.

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someguest
May 27th 2014
21438 Comments


ever since akerfeldt started making out with wilson his music has been slowly declining

Inveigh
May 27th 2014
25216 Comments


can't judge the music yet, but if it continues in the downward trend and it's quality is analogous with the album art, I feel like we could be witnessing a Load/ReLoad-style downward spiral of self parody.

botb
May 27th 2014
9783 Comments


way better than heritage's art

Inveigh
May 27th 2014
25216 Comments


lol well that one was laughable, this one is more just super lame

LordePots
May 27th 2014
9481 Comments


heritage was like classic cheesy 70's prog so it was awesome

this jsut looks like some fucking shadows fall cover or some shit

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 27th 2014
13467 Comments


^^^

exactly what it reminds me of ty

Onirium
May 27th 2014
2417 Comments


Well, it sure isn't great, but their covers can't only always be as dark as possible. I mean, when I first saw the fake one and I thought it was the real one, I felt that darkness like this can be awfully redundant. Come on, the fake one was really bad... Still not sure how I feel about this one, though... This lighting....

TalonsOfFire
May 27th 2014
9789 Comments


Is that real??? Sounds legit to me. Cool song

Itwasthatwas
May 27th 2014
772 Comments


Lol what the hell are they thinking

Hypochondria
May 27th 2014
61 Comments


Not that great of a cover :/ A bit disappointed to be honest

TalonsOfFire
May 27th 2014
9789 Comments


Hell yeah hopefully the other songs take it even further in that direction

Emester you fucking rule

EyesWideShut
May 27th 2014
3210 Comments


looks kinda Pale.

Green Baron
May 27th 2014
20358 Comments


song is alright

yourgodisinferior
May 27th 2014
1061 Comments


4/5 on the song

XxUpinsiderxX
May 27th 2014
87 Comments


People will get over it when the music comes out lol

Satellite
May 27th 2014
20826 Comments


nah i've already dismissed this album by virtue of lame artwork

Mike08
May 27th 2014
609 Comments


A big shoutout to emester, thanks very much for the single. I for one really liked Heritage album artwork. This however... bleh.


Inveigh
May 27th 2014
25216 Comments


listening to that single, I hear a band that once had a proggy take on death metal that was totally awesome, who now has a generic take on prog that's totally lame

Itwasthatwas
May 27th 2014
772 Comments


Pretty much

NodScene23
May 28th 2014
272 Comments


If they deliver a good record I probably won't give a goddamn about the cover. It will take shape if the tunes are there.

chug73
May 28th 2014
1229 Comments


Is this legit? If so then the vocals are hiting the right spots for me.
Liking that bwpish solo after the first chrous but overall there is a Ghost Reveries vibe being felt.
Finally, Fredrik is allowed to show off a bit, I love his shreddy style.

AdolfChrist
May 28th 2014
1824 Comments


uhh, no to this album cover. no.

Mabbitt
May 28th 2014
1383 Comments


meh cover

Ovrot
May 28th 2014
10555 Comments


falling fruit heads > terrible window glare

AdolfChrist
May 28th 2014
1824 Comments


most of their album covers a great, a few are just decent, but this is their worst easily. its not terrible but it just does nothing for me.

savaah
May 28th 2014
516 Comments


Fake cover was miles better I agree.

Faraudo
May 28th 2014
767 Comments


Not feeling anything with this, i'm completely indifferent, but still hoping that the album is great.

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Alucard125
May 28th 2014
538 Comments


I quite like it. Just sayin'

AstrialExpedition
May 28th 2014
51 Comments


heritage artwork was fuckin mean, especially on the vinyl. This also seems like it'll only be cool at a larger scale where you can see the pictures. Not much of a fan of the background though. IDK it might grow on me like the heritage artwork.

AstrialExpedition
May 28th 2014
51 Comments


Reminds me of In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson album cover

Wizard
May 28th 2014
19649 Comments


ever since akerfeldt started making out with wilson his music has been slowly declining

Nailed it right on the head.

BigPleb
May 28th 2014
38224 Comments


So ever since Blackwater Park?

Motiv3
May 28th 2014
8953 Comments


Album cover is so bad OMG.

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chug73
May 28th 2014
1229 Comments


The fake one was also pretty cool.

Motiv3
May 28th 2014
8953 Comments


The new song however I'm digging a lot.

Eunuch
May 28th 2014
1285 Comments


shit cover shit band

Onirium
May 28th 2014
2417 Comments


Musically this could be their best since Damnation

Betray
May 28th 2014
4823 Comments


looks like a DVD menu screen [2]

KILL
May 28th 2014
72295 Comments


pictures at an exhibition???????????????? it aint bad tho

AngryNeighbor
May 28th 2014
105 Comments


NEW SONG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KZwMDBjA_E

Sabrutin
May 28th 2014
1069 Comments


Intrigued.

Solbrave
May 28th 2014
320 Comments


looks like a dvd menu screen [3]

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BigPleb
May 28th 2014
38224 Comments


New song is sweeeeeeet.

Gmork89
May 28th 2014
5579 Comments


I like the cover. Song was good too, vocals were especially great.

Betray
May 28th 2014
4823 Comments


song sucks omg lol

BigBlob
May 28th 2014
1728 Comments


lol terrible

wayfaringstranger
May 28th 2014
57 Comments


can't say i like the new single nor the album artwork. ah well

beefshoes
May 28th 2014
4380 Comments


^
Both are ridiculously uninspired.


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beefshoes
May 28th 2014
4380 Comments


^
Both are ridiculously uninspired.


North0House2
May 28th 2014
5890 Comments


They should just take the art in the right-hand frame and use that image alone.

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Uranium
May 28th 2014
7321 Comments


i kinda like it i guess

Gyromania
May 28th 2014
16143 Comments


this cover is awesome.

however i do agree north that the picture to the right is the best. it's what caught my eye at first

Gyromania
May 28th 2014
16143 Comments


this album is going to rule. can't wait for crysis' 2/5 review

ButteryBiscuitBass
May 28th 2014
10362 Comments


looks like three turds in murky toilet water

Emyay
May 28th 2014
6010 Comments


lol gyro

Gedacht
May 28th 2014
9 Comments


Not the best cover they've had, but you can always tell the butthurt Opeth fans out there by their desperate reaching to criticize them in any way they possibly can....the covers are evolving in a similar fashion to the music--more eclectic. Fans who still complain about Heritage being "boring" or the like are just metalheads unwilling to break down the walls of genre.

Uranium
May 28th 2014
7321 Comments


you can say that but come on it really is boring no need to front

Gedacht
May 28th 2014
9 Comments


I don't think its boring. There are three separate paintings. The question will be, does it fit?

TheHamburgerman
May 28th 2014
1303 Comments


I liked it :/ Made me want to play Resident Evil 4 again...

TheHamburgerman
May 28th 2014
1303 Comments


Also, new song is quite good. Not the genius from Blackwater Park, Still Life or Ghost Reveries, but still better than anything from last fucking 9 years...

Kris.
May 28th 2014
12525 Comments


wow, dat exaggeration

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


excuse my hyperbole but there isnt much that makes me happier than opeth fanboys getting butthurt that the band stopped writting the same album over and over

lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


"Fans who still complain about Heritage being "boring" or the like are just metalheads unwilling to break down the walls of genre. "

wrong. some of them (like me) just know the band since the early nineties and had very high expectations for each new opeth album and those expectations were met every time despite the evolution of their sound from album to album. then came heritage.

and im definitely not a metalhead. i just like good music.



Gyromania
May 28th 2014
16143 Comments


well, that's your problem for having such expectations, isn't it?

lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


"the band stopped writing the same album over and over"

yeah it's so much better to stop doing what made you unique (and rich) to just become average crafting a sound that was already made endless times in the past by other bands

Eons
May 28th 2014
482 Comments


these guys aren't fanboys, i doubt they're fans at all really. Fucking whiners if you ask me.

I don't mind this. Tarot cards are cool.

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


yeah it's so much better to stop doing what made you unique


haha right! because it was so unique after the 15th time they did it !



and im definitely not a metalhead. i just like good music.


Alcest Shelter
4.5


lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


well, that's your problem for having such expectations, isn't it?

not a problem at all. people just should respect other's opinions without labeling others

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


song was turd tbh, needs more nepenthe

lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


nice to know you even had to check my ratings LOL

and yeah deliverance is just like watershed is just like mayh is just like damnation is just like ghost reveries.

lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


Alcest Shelter
4.5

yeah because i'm the only one giving it a 4.5

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


of course i had to check your ratings i dont know who the fuck you are so when u said you like good music i had to make sure!!!

boy was i surprised to see what immaculate taste you have!

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


Alcest Shelter
4.5

yeah because i'm the only one giving it a 4.5


yeah because i was insinuating you are the only one on this site with such awesome taste in music

Eons
May 28th 2014
482 Comments


you two should fuck off. nobody wants to hear this shit. talk about the album the cover/band or fuck off.

lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


pointless argument

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


you hear with your ears, you read with your eyes. also slob on my knob.

lensag
May 28th 2014
93 Comments


sorry eons mom and dad wont argue in front of you anymore

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


fuck eon anyway what a fuckin mook i dont even care about ur great music taste anymore ugh what a turn off im fully limp now

GringoSuave89
May 28th 2014
1058 Comments


Huh. Just... Huh. Should have gone the NIN route and made each portrait a different cover (cd/vinyl/deluxe/etc).

Digging: Mike Will Made-It - Ransom

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014
16504 Comments


"this album is going to rule. can't wait for crysis' 2/5 review"

Someone else has it dibbed but if no other reviews reflect my opinion I may write one later on

Gyromania
May 28th 2014
16143 Comments


you know i jest, kyle :P

who knows, maybe you'll even love it. in which case, i'll start to have my doubts. ahhh i did it again

ncguitar
May 28th 2014
2482 Comments


album's gonna bring the steven wilson hard

ChoccyPhilly
May 28th 2014
8289 Comments


From what I read, all he did was mix it, so it's hardly probable

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LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments



album's gonna bring the steven wilson hard


From what I read, all he did was mix it, so it's hardly probable


thats where you're wrong, everything wilson touches turns to walk-in clinic waiting room

ChoccyPhilly
May 28th 2014
8289 Comments


Some, but not all

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


all

ChoccyPhilly
May 28th 2014
8289 Comments


All being his solo material, but BWP and PT's stuff is hard to fault.

But then again, I happen to like his production style

TheSpirit
May 28th 2014
18005 Comments


Terrible cover

Inferis
May 28th 2014
433 Comments


song is pretty good, definitely the single though.

LordePots
May 28th 2014
9481 Comments


All being his solo material, but BWP and PT's stuff is hard to fault.


no, all being his PT stuff the most because porcupine tree is the worst thing ever

solo material the least, his new king crimson cover album or whatever was fine

ChoccyPhilly
May 28th 2014
8289 Comments


Agree about the cover album ^

What's so wrong about PT?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014
16504 Comments


"you know i jest, kyle :P

who knows, maybe you'll even love it. in which case, i'll start to have my doubts. ahhh i did it again"

Haha yeah I know. I thought the leaked song was pretty bad so you'll like it!

Wizard
May 28th 2014
19649 Comments


Bet it will suck ass like Heritage. Band has broken my heart.

Onirium
May 28th 2014
2417 Comments


"solo material the least, his new king crimson cover album or whatever was fine"

except The Raven is the best album of all-time

jrowa001
May 28th 2014
8750 Comments


album art is cool. dont understand how people can not have a feeling about just an album cover lol

chug73
May 28th 2014
1229 Comments


I think everyone here does have a feeling about it.
Personally it's not my thing and think one if the portraits (the far right specifically) should've been the cover.
Mike probably wanted it to be hella cheesy.

chug73
May 28th 2014
1229 Comments


@wizard. Poor baby


Eons
May 29th 2014
482 Comments


Did you guys know Mikael buys custom made jeans in the 70's style from boutique stores?

someguest
May 29th 2014
21438 Comments


explains the ABBA vocal style he's been doing for awhile now

demigod!
May 29th 2014
45286 Comments


artwork is ok, would like more if i could actually see wtf's goin on in them paintings

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Gbhill
May 29th 2014
107 Comments


Usually love Travis Smith's work but this one missed.

Vakarian12
May 29th 2014
3925 Comments


don't like it

Confucius
May 29th 2014
219 Comments


Well there are classic albums with worse covers

Wizard
May 29th 2014
19649 Comments


@wizard. Poor baby

Maybe Mikael will see my comments do something about it : p.

Makemebad35
May 29th 2014
766 Comments


It's okay. Hope this album is good.

Necrotica
May 29th 2014
10148 Comments


The Flowers of Opeth Maplethorpe

LordePots
May 29th 2014
9481 Comments


except The Raven is the best album of all-time


i literally just said i like it

but on that note saying its the best album of all-time is probably the stupidest thing ive heard all day

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2014
10385 Comments


artwork looks like it came off the wall of Jolly Roger's Lagoon

Digging: Thou - Heathen

facupm
May 30th 2014
8679 Comments


the other artwork i saw for the album was quite better


Emyay
May 30th 2014
6010 Comments


raven? as in the raven that refused to be a good album?

ChoccyPhilly
May 30th 2014
8289 Comments


Haha sums it up nicely there Emyay

Gbhill
May 30th 2014
107 Comments


Boooo...Wilson's Raven was fantastic

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2014
21710 Comments


"The Wilson that refused to shut the fuck up"

- BaselineOOO (if I remember correctly)

Sums it up the best.

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Underflow
May 31st 2014
2675 Comments


All three of Wilson's solo albums have been better than Opeth's last two, imo.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2014
21710 Comments


I'd have to disagree.

Watershed is a bit of a mess but still better and Heritage is miles better.

Aftertheascension
May 31st 2014
945 Comments


http://imgur.com/ND4xMWb

This is the one I saw.

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Wizard
May 31st 2014
19649 Comments


All three of Wilson's solo albums have been better than Opeth's last two, imo.

Fuck no.

Verm
May 31st 2014
1002 Comments


Is decent, sadly album will be another dissapointment

Underflow
May 31st 2014
2675 Comments


Sorry, Wiz! Band dropped off hard after Ghost Reveries.

TalonsOfFire
May 31st 2014
9789 Comments


Watershed had it's moments and heritage was good but probably their worst

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2014
21710 Comments


lol Heritage being their worst, good one.

Wizard
June 1st 2014
19649 Comments


Sorry, Wiz! Band dropped off hard after Ghost Reveries.

I agree with this however Wilson has never put out anything worth a minute of your time outside of Porcupine Tree.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2014
21710 Comments


He's hardly put out a minute of music worth your time inside Porcupine Tree with the exception of like 2 albums and 1 EP.

Keyblade
June 1st 2014
15500 Comments


"artwork looks like it came off the wall of Jolly Roger's Lagoon"

Haha, had to quote this.

On Wilson, his last 2 albums were great...with Grace being incredible and one of my favorites of the past few years

Digging: Nachtreich/Spectral Lore - The Quivering Lights

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1229 Comments


Raven is great. Porcupine tree is one of the most overrated bands around here.
Fear of a Blank Planet and a few songs here and there are the exceptions.
He is a great producer though.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
21710 Comments


Wtf Fear of a Blank Planet is Porcupine Tree at their absolute worst.

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1229 Comments


Nah. The Incident is.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
21710 Comments


Yeah true actually but FOABP is almost as terrible.



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