Opeth reveal new single
2014-06-02 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 310 Comments
Today, June 2, Metal Hammer debuted Opeth's first single, 'Cusp Of Eternity' off the band's much anticipated 11th record. Pale Communion has been delayed to August 26.

Listen to it at the following link - http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-06-02/exclusive-hear-the-first-track-from-the-new-opeth-album
Tagged: Opeth

Comments:Add a Comment 
Hypochondria
June 2nd 2014
56 Comments


Song's great, very dynamic. Seems like they refined their prog rock sound after the experiment that was Heritage

MO
June 2nd 2014
18646 Comments


it's good

FiveLeavesLeft
June 2nd 2014
9838 Comments


It's fine

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014
14823 Comments


Sweet track

Digging: Strawberry Switchblade - Strawberry Switchblade

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
21053 Comments


sounds like something off systematic chaos except actually good

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

BIaziken
June 2nd 2014
57 Comments


Sounds great.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Dig it hard, song sounds more dynamic in this official version too.

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


inb4 some dude is like "inb4 1000 comments"

FiveLeavesLeft
June 2nd 2014
9838 Comments


Inb4 1000 comments

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Even worse than I remember it being the day it leaked.

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt

N2B3J
June 2nd 2014
36 Comments


I like the track. Hopefully album is good as well.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Doesn't Jethro Tull at all so sucks really hard, agreed Jamie.

Kusangii
June 2nd 2014
307 Comments


ZZZZZZZZZZ

That was absolutely terrible

Betray
June 2nd 2014
2957 Comments


i guess i'll have to be the first to say that this dynamically fellates penises

Digging: In Flames - Siren Charms

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Yeah cos that's all I look for in music, Pleb.

NeroCorleone80
June 2nd 2014
28998 Comments


Decent song

Makemebad35
June 2nd 2014
750 Comments


Might be growing on me...

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


No Anderson = NO REDEEMING QUALITIES

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014
14823 Comments


Video is cool too, artwork is starting to grow on me

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


I don't want Opeth with Tull influences (they kinda did that with Famine and it wasn't all that good) I just want something a bit more interesting than this bullshit.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


You just can't get into the grooooove fella.

Got a feeling this is gonna be Opeth's swansong, so its gonna rulleeeee!!!!

BloodSweatandBeers
June 2nd 2014
1007 Comments


"Doesn't Jethro Tull at all so sucks really hard, agreed Jamie."

you'r such an idiot

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


An idiot who can spell.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
16008 Comments


sounds like any other generic polished prog with a bit of ethnic flavour, forgettable

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

BloodSweatandBeers
June 2nd 2014
1007 Comments


gd comback tht doesnt mean sht your stll a complete plague on ths site

titanslayer
June 2nd 2014
1715 Comments


I really don't care for opeth, but this isn't half bad

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014
14823 Comments


Haven't heard too much of that mena, so it's all good to my ears

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
16008 Comments


well it aint bad but yknow sorta expect better from them thats all

TheMoreira
June 2nd 2014
7177 Comments


Awesome song

Artuma
June 2nd 2014
12957 Comments


nothing mind-blowing but song is enjoyable. pretty much what i expected

Digging: Suffocate For Fuck Sake - Blazing Fires and Helicopters on the Fro

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


That solo with dat lead hnnnnngggg

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014
14823 Comments


And the drumming behind it, good shit

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Axe rules, probably the best thing about the song.

GoobaDooba
June 2nd 2014
20 Comments


my dick is so fucking hard right now sweet jesus it hurts

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


^lol

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
16008 Comments


it's like a song that you'd be happy listening through between 2 really good songs on an album

Underflow
June 2nd 2014
2563 Comments


Unbelievably dull track.

Havey
June 2nd 2014
9680 Comments


very bad

Relinquished
June 2nd 2014
25033 Comments


ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

ShadowRemains
June 2nd 2014
20698 Comments


meeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhh

Digging: Banks - Goddess

demigod!
June 2nd 2014
44350 Comments


another middle of the road opeth single fuck yeah m/

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

LunaticSoul
June 2nd 2014
158 Comments


I'm afraid I'm not interested to their sound anymore.

Relinquished
June 2nd 2014
25033 Comments


gets all the spazzes and nerds on this site excited yea

insanedrexl1
June 2nd 2014
550 Comments


Sounds great m/

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 2nd 2014
13134 Comments


cusp

Digging: Electric Wurms - Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk

BlackLlama
June 2nd 2014
1666 Comments


I dig the passage @ 3:40 in.

Not sure on the vocals though, it comes across a little like "Coldplay does harder rock".

Digging: Stigmata - Do Unto Others

BloodSweatandBeers
June 2nd 2014
1007 Comments


"gets all the spazzes and nerds on this site excited yea"

in other werds all teh kill wannabe tryhards

adr
June 2nd 2014
2513 Comments


damn this is meh, i have a bad feeling this album will be worse than Heritage..

Digging: Nihilist - Nihilist 1987-1989

emester
June 2nd 2014
3268 Comments


Its good. nothing terrible about.

Digging: Aphex Twin - Syro

jtswope
June 2nd 2014
2139 Comments


Not bad but not very good either.

tacos N stuff
June 2nd 2014
359 Comments


not spectacular, but good

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


Ya'll bein' too hard on this shit tis a very good song

emester
June 2nd 2014
3268 Comments


I loved it at first but it grew off me very quickly song is a 3 or 3.5 for me

smokersleeper5268
June 2nd 2014
168 Comments


its alright

Henderson
June 2nd 2014
10 Comments


Sounds great to me. If it's mostly up this alley, Pale Communion will end up being better than Heritage (which I enjoyed a lot despite its flaws).

Mesm277
June 2nd 2014
179 Comments


I like it. Musically it's a logical progression from Heritage for sure.

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


I love Dream Theater

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


If it's mostly up this alley, Pale Communion will end up being better than Heritage (which I enjoyed a lot despite its flaws).


omfg


Musically it's a logical progression from Heritage for sure.


Taking out all the creativity is a logical progression?


I swear I'll never understand Opeth fans.

fallenbird
June 2nd 2014
3832 Comments


I dig it, I don't see what you hate about it Jamie.

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

saorstream
June 2nd 2014
8 Comments


It's too bad they didn't stop making music after Watershed

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Heritage is way better than Watershed so it's just as well they didn't.

saorstream
June 2nd 2014
8 Comments


You may have a point. *Ghost Reveries

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


alright jt we get it you love heritage a lot

you dont have to let everyone know every second post

Emyay
June 2nd 2014
5952 Comments


Dig it hard, song sounds more dynamic in this official version too. [2]

Video is cool too, artwork is starting to grow on me [2]

Pale Communion will end up being better than Heritage [2]



BloodSweatandBeers
June 2nd 2014
1007 Comments


ughh

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
1992 Comments


Leaked a while ago. Still sounds like Porcupine Tree + Mikael's singing.

Henderson
June 2nd 2014
10 Comments


"Heritage is way better than Watershed so it's just as well they didn't"

I agree. Watershed is probably their weakest album as a whole IMO (I still like it though). Heritage was far from perfect (seeing we both have it at a 4.0), but was a much needed change. We'll see how much they've decided to keep from that, but this track sounds very promising to me (and with much better production).

Gwyn.
June 2nd 2014
15077 Comments


meeeeeh

would be really bad if Mikael didn't have a good voice on him but as it is it's just kind of obnoxious and not really memorable

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


alright jt we get it you love heritage a lot

you dont have to let everyone know every second post


It was relative to the discussion. Not sure why it bothers you so that I bring up what I consider one of Opeth's best albums in Opeth discussions.

wwf
June 2nd 2014
706 Comments


great video, neat ebow stuff, dull song.

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


you dont have to reply like literally every single time someone says it sucks lol

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Well obviously, and I don't, only if I'm already participating in the discussion.

If someone said AiC's Dirt (album you really like picked at random) sucks in a thread you were posting in you'd probably insult them or something, what's the difference?

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


lol

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


Burden > Anything on Heritage

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


I'd respond with a 'lol' but Lloyd will get upset.

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


im not pleb lol

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


I mean I liked Heritage, but I find it so weak compared to the rest of their discog

Emyay
June 2nd 2014
5952 Comments


Burden > Anything on Heritage [2]

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


I find Heritage stronger than a lot of their discography and Burden kinda sucks.

Sup Lloyd

Verm
June 2nd 2014
1002 Comments


Great m/m/m/m/m/

ExplosiveOranges
June 2nd 2014
2596 Comments


Not bad.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


Burden > Anything on Heritage
any song on watershed is better than any song on heritage.

pale communion will certainly be meh.
at least heritage had the benefit of the doubt

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


nm man its like 4:30 am here so i gotta rest up

i bought Her on blu-ray the other day so gonna watch it tomorrow. did you ever see it? it's like one of the best films i've ever seen no joke. just incredible.

ti0n
June 2nd 2014
1390 Comments


decent. nothing earth shattering

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


@Lloyd: Nope never seen it. There's a shitload of classic films I haven't seen, music has always been more my thing y'know.

tempest--
June 2nd 2014
13441 Comments


it's not a classic it came out this year!

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


The score was also made by Arcade Fire so it's fantastic

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


any song on watershed is better than any song on heritage.


Other way around.

Well actually no but it's closer to being the other way around.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


For real, I really think this is gonna be Opeth's last LP.

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


time to call upon the 2 star reviews on heritage

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


ah ah burden? heir apparent? hex omega? the lotus eater? versus what?

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Haxprocess, Nepenthe and Folklore can stand up to those.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


it's not a classic it came out this year!


Oh yeah of course, I've heard about it actually thinking about it, but yeah the second part of my post is till true.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
21053 Comments


Burden > Anything on Heritage


agreed except the devils orchard, nepenthe, haxprocess, folklore, slither, actually its just easier to say youre wrong

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


What Pleb said, and some others. Well pretty much any song on Heritage beats Burden cos it sucks.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Ins knows.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Love Burden but there are stronger songs on Heritage.

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


Damn the contributors are on the def

The Lotus Eater > heritage

CK
June 2nd 2014
4912 Comments


Solo was cool but overall didn't dig it at all

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


lets agree in disagree. i don't understand people's love for heritage on this website

BMDrummer
June 2nd 2014
7089 Comments


Not bad, got a kind of DT vibe to it. Plus Mikael's cleans are pretty good.

Digging: Shellac - Dude Incredible

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


Also hessian peel and hex omega

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


Heir, Lotus, Hessian>rest of Watershed, and all of Heritage. It is known.

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


Also hessian peel and hex omega keep them coming. you can name them all they are all better

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


Heir, Lotus, Hessian>rest of Watershed, and all of Heritage.
absolutely right


Emyay
June 2nd 2014
5952 Comments


pleb why do you think this will be opeth's last?

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


He's gonna run over Mikael with his car

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


lol

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Just cos it'd seem fitting, they have progressed their sound so far that it seems they'd struggle to go any further.

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


Why would that stop them

climactic
June 2nd 2014
18892 Comments


highly doubt that

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


It's gonna be their 10000 Days

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014
36568 Comments


Well it's only gonna be a matter of time before the band becomes a parody.

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


Watershed was their 10,000 Days. Flawed and inconsistent but still great. I don't know what the hell Heritage was. It was good though but their worst

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014
1032 Comments


Punk rock Opeth coming soon, they're gonna have their own American Idiot

RenegaDrifter
June 2nd 2014
179 Comments


Honestly, I'm worried. Heritage was one thing, but this is semi scary.

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


C'mon this isn't worse than Heritage which was good but disappointing from 'Peth standards

TzarChasm
June 2nd 2014
143 Comments


This is better than all but about two songs from Heritage, one being the bonus track "Pyre." It's not exemplary but hopefully it's more typical of the "average" songs on the album and not the high points. I really wish this band would go back to redefining death metal, though.

On the bright side, the production values are going to be astounding (as usual). Even through the crappy headphones that came with my cellphone the cymbals are clean and well-defined. I cannot wait to play this in my car!

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


lol this is better than Pyre

ResidentNihilist
June 2nd 2014
1033 Comments


song is crap but solo rocks

MeatSalad
June 2nd 2014
14528 Comments


Pyre rules, better than this anyway

Henderson
June 2nd 2014
10 Comments


Glad to see some love for Pyre, it's probably my favourite track on Heritage. Compared to Pyre or
Häxprocess yes, this isn't as good, but compared to I Feel the Dark or The Lines in my Hand for
example it's brilliant. If compared to Heritage's first released track, The Devil's Orchard, I still
have to give it more time but I think I'll end up enjoying this one a bit better.

lensag
June 2nd 2014
93 Comments


pyre is also my favorite track on heritage

Scoot
June 2nd 2014
17749 Comments


no growls is lame

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Personally I find it mind boggling that people are saying this is better than some songs on Heritage let alone every song.

Underflow
June 2nd 2014
2563 Comments


Yeah, at least Heritage was so bad in places it was entertaining, this is just a non event in every aspect.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


they have progressed their sound so far that it seems they'd struggle to go any further.


Really can't agree with you here, Pleb. They could have progressed their sound so much more. They only started getting interesting again with Heritage (after many rather uninteresting albums) - and now it seems they're taking two steps back with this boring, generic rock song.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


lol Underflow.

Emyay
June 2nd 2014
5952 Comments


lest we forget that this is only 1 song and not the whole album

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
20645 Comments


Yeah I still have some hope for the new album.

Underflow
June 2nd 2014
2563 Comments


I actually do like a number of parts on that album, I just find that every good part is eventually sabotaged by something unnecessary or poorly thought-out. This, as you've said, is just incredibly uninspired.

Also, does anyone else feel that Mike has been over singing lately?

ti0n
June 2nd 2014
1390 Comments


the devils orchard is like the worst thing theyve ever done. i hate it to pieces

ABlake
June 2nd 2014
11 Comments


I like the art style.

Mesm277
June 2nd 2014
179 Comments


Mike's voice is definitely different since Watershed. Maybe because he's focusing on cleans a lot more. It does seem to have
a more raspy edge to it, maybe growling for so long took its toll...

KjSwantko
June 2nd 2014
9277 Comments


RIP Opeth

GringoSuave89
June 2nd 2014
1035 Comments


I haven't listened to Heritage too much, so I can give strong opinions one way or another, but I'm not all that interested in giving it more listens so take that how you will.

Hope this album will be great, but it could go either way. I'll have to listen to this track when I get home.

As for this being Opeth's last album, I'm not too sure about that. Last album with Roadrunner for sure. The way they've been handling the delay I have a feeling relationships have really soured.

Digging: xSPONGEXCOREx - How Tough Are Yah?

Notaflower
June 2nd 2014
147 Comments


Yeah I do feel like hes sort of over-singing. The song would be more memorable if he toned it down a bit.

AdolfChrist
June 2nd 2014
1762 Comments


anything on Heritage beats the shit out of this.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
8818 Comments


boring

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

GodOfAtheism
June 2nd 2014
7 Comments


Liked Devil's Orchard more than this. The song's neat but not very memorable. The album received early glowing reviews so I hope this ends up the weakest track.

thesystemisdown
June 2nd 2014
413 Comments


the part where he starts singing reminded me weirdly of System of a Down

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1055 Comments


It's good. Solo is good and sputnik is going to break

Wizard
June 2nd 2014
19395 Comments


So fucking bad. Might as well be another band but hey it's new Opeth so it's automatically awesome.


RIP Opeth

At least he nailed the solo.

Digging: Katatonia - Night Is the New Day

Motiv3
June 2nd 2014
8932 Comments


Great song. Lol @ Burden being bad. It destroys anything on Heritage with ease.

Digging: Punch - They Don?t Have To Believe

TheNotrap
June 2nd 2014
8067 Comments


The song has a nice dynamic, but that's about it.

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
16388 Comments


terrible song, riffing couldn't possibly get any worse

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Wizard
June 2nd 2014
19395 Comments


Wow, we agree on something Kyle.

RIP Opeth

zaruyache
June 2nd 2014
6433 Comments


Song was OK.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1055 Comments


Wizard is breaking his Opeth records.

minimesmyidol
June 2nd 2014
191 Comments


Sounds ripped from porcupines last album, and we all know how that one turned out. idk I may have just lost interest in Opeth, but their last 2 albums have sucked and this isnt a good sign for Pale Communion

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1055 Comments


Double post

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1055 Comments


It's probably going to be here for another album or two. I just wonder if the other dudes are into this revival sound as much as Mike.
I'm enjoying where he is taking it but I hope it doesn't become a parody.

PistolPete
June 2nd 2014
3608 Comments


This sounds like a poor man's Riverside, which is sad coming from a band that's had far more critically acclaimed albums than that band.

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Wizard
June 2nd 2014
19395 Comments


If anyone was smart enough to realize that Mikael is one of the biggest prog record collectors in the world, they would realize he's turning himself into his record collection.

GringoSuave89
June 2nd 2014
1035 Comments


Finally listened to it. Pretty groovy. Had my toes tapping, and that's more than what Heritage did for me.

Underflow
June 2nd 2014
2563 Comments


If anyone was smart enough to realize that Mikael is one of the biggest prog record collectors in
the world, they would realize he's turning himself into his record collection.


Most definitely. Not sure how anyone following the band could miss it.

Skoj
June 2nd 2014
1136 Comments


opeth sang arthur.

Digging: Surfer Blood - Pythons

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1055 Comments


When will Opeth go full 80's and rip off momentary lapse of reason.


Cappa
June 2nd 2014
106 Comments


Song is great. Sounds a bit like Orphaned Land, oddly enough.

bloc
June 2nd 2014
34848 Comments


Pretty boring song

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

NecrogenicShrimp
June 2nd 2014
70 Comments


I really want to like this, but to me, the song just drags on with no aim. Also really missing the dark/moody atmosphere which probably won't ever return at this point

chug73
June 2nd 2014
1055 Comments


Read the review that was posted about Pale Communion, it's got it apparently.


Scoot
June 2nd 2014
17749 Comments


watershed was great, heritage sucked

ghost reveries all the way back to morningrise is awesome

Thibs
June 2nd 2014
1462 Comments


ya terrible till the solo hit. hopefully album is better than this.

Digging: Bolzer - Soma

Pebster49
June 2nd 2014
2992 Comments


This is a lot more focused than their last album. I really like the sound of it, hopefully there is more of this to come in the rest of the album. Hertiage sounded scattered and unfocused, like they weren't sure of the direction of the album.

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


Scoot gets it. Heritage was good but all their other albums were better

Inveigh
June 2nd 2014
24963 Comments


yep more boring prog obsession from Opeth. Heritage wasn't great, but at least it had some creative energy in it. this is just lame.

Gard3n
June 2nd 2014
285 Comments


Oh I see, Mike is trying to take some advantaje of PT hiatus...

Graveyard
June 2nd 2014
5730 Comments


everything this band has done after blackwater park is so dull

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014
7061 Comments


I wouldn't call GR or Watershed dull at all

Onirium
June 2nd 2014
1966 Comments


GR is dull yeah... But this is kind of duller imo... I adored Heritage, and I still have really high
expectations for Pale Communion, but this, while still being a really good song, feels a little bland
to me...

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

johnnyblaze
June 2nd 2014
2605 Comments


ew so much over-singing. music is okay, but ya, pretty disappointing single.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
14315 Comments


Song is fucking boring

Digging: We Will Fail - Verstörung

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014
4424 Comments


it's good, but it kind of sounds like something out of Mastodon's The Hunter. At least, I thought so. It's grown on me with multiple listens, it's got a cool 'riding' kind of groove to it.

I'm glad that they moved away from Heritage's vintage sound, but retained the prog-rock sound they were trying to go for. It's not nearly as dynamic as I hoped. I was really hoping for some 8-10 minute epic with hard-hitting prog-rock and jazzy or (to go back to the familiar) acoustic 'scenic route-like' instrumental segments. I dont know about anyone else here. I'm still excited for this though.

XingKing
June 3rd 2014
10565 Comments


This is unbelievably boring

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014
6089 Comments


Good song, but If it was any band other than Opeth, the song would fly under the radar.

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

Havey
June 3rd 2014
9680 Comments


"everything this band has done after blackwater park is so dull"

including blackwater park

Keyblade
June 3rd 2014
14823 Comments


"it's good, but it kind of sounds like something out of Mastodon's The Hunter."

That's a good analogy. It's kinda whimsical, nonchalant and catchy like The Hunter is. Sounds like it would make a great jam in the car. I agree with the criticisms that it's not very interesting musically, but I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing in context. With Mastodon, fans expect "proggy" songs whatever that is and kinda seem to refuse to accept The Hunter. Hope the same thing doesn't happen with Opeth if the rest of the album is like this (I don't think it will be, mind).

jimmykidd
June 3rd 2014
528 Comments


omg this fucking sucks dick. akerfeldt has lost his shit.

Funeralopolis
June 3rd 2014
11336 Comments


sucks

Digging: No Joy - Wait to Pleasure

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014
4424 Comments


Thanks, Keyblade. From what I remember about Mikael's descriptions of the album (although I haven't been keeping up to date
cuz school *sigh*) I was expecting something along the lines of "Lotus Eater" or "The Baying of The Hounds" with clean vocals.
the kind of instrumental arrangements that are more prog-oriented than metal. although this, with its Mastodon-esque prog-
metal sound, grew from a disappointing surprise to a relatively enjoyable track with each listen. I'm starting to not care what the
rest of the album will sound like really. While I wish the rest of the album gets heavier and weirder from here, I honestly just
hope the album is enjoyable no matter what direction they chose to go. I'm open for anything, as long as it's enjoyable really.

Imperial
June 3rd 2014
1730 Comments


Song rules.

Totengott
June 3rd 2014
831 Comments


The track is awesome.

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

Emyay
June 3rd 2014
5952 Comments


sgtpep there's def gonna be some long tracks on the album. theres one that's over 10 minutes and three that are over 7 minutes. i don't know why you're assuming that just because of 1 song that there won't be an "8-10 minute epic with hard-hitting prog-rock and jazzy or (to go back to the familiar) acoustic 'scenic route-like' instrumental segments"

agreed with everything else you said though. very excited for the album

Emyay
June 3rd 2014
5952 Comments


i also have a feeling most people in here have not read this:

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

Wizard
June 3rd 2014
19395 Comments


It basically told me the album is going to be shit.

baldymort
June 3rd 2014
771 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQoJJi_450w

DominionMM1
June 3rd 2014
9926 Comments


meh

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - In The Beginning

Emyay
June 3rd 2014
5952 Comments


i don't understand the meaning for posting that video from 2012

bnelso55
June 3rd 2014
168 Comments


^ Emyay: I think it's being included as a 7" with the special edition of the new record.
http://store.roadrunnerrecords.com/music-1/deluxe-pale-communion-box-set-582214.html

Digging: Earth - Primitive and Deadly

Emyay
June 3rd 2014
5952 Comments


oh okay cool. special edition looks cool but all i'd really be interested in is the 5.1 bluray and
maybe the commentary. still modestly priced compared to the mastodon one

bnelso55
June 3rd 2014
168 Comments


No kidding. The Mastodon one is pricey, but it looks really nice. The Pale Communion special edition is actually fairly reasonable, so I may go for it. I'm still pretty optimistic about this album.

CerberusLives
June 3rd 2014
52 Comments


Dull as ditch water. I think we might be done, Opeth. You were good while it lasted.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014
4424 Comments


@emyay
I was actually just talking about this one song and what my expectations were based on past descriptions of the album. I wasnt really assuming anything about the rest of the album based on one song, or at least it wasnt my intention, i merely just said what i 'hope' the rest of the album will sound like. Im sorry if i wasnt speaking clearly earlier.

Emyay
June 3rd 2014
5952 Comments


its all good man. we're hoping for the same thing. hopefully we get our wish

FearThyEvil
June 3rd 2014
12545 Comments


I thought it was alright but way to simplistic and lacking in any depth. I'd say for most people judging it's way to early to say to give up on Opeth based on one single. Hopefully the album has much better highlights though.

iliasvas1
June 3rd 2014
8 Comments


It's great.

OceanMechanic
June 3rd 2014
451 Comments


The band is really tight. Props to Axe especially for stepping up his game. Mikael needs to STFU though

Digging: Novembre - The Blue

CynicalComplex
June 3rd 2014
56 Comments


...Nice. Nice. Not THRILLING, but nice.

weedblunt
June 3rd 2014
558 Comments


cool i love dream theater

chug73
June 4th 2014
1055 Comments


I got that vibe too. Right around when mike sings "scenes from a memory" funnily enough.

Gyromania
June 4th 2014
15686 Comments


was ready to come in here and defend this but that really bored the hell out of me tbh

BigPleb
June 4th 2014
36568 Comments


Get ready to be hyped for the new record once more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaoAFiFEXRw

chug73
June 4th 2014
1055 Comments


I heart u pleb

Willie
Moderator
June 4th 2014
15969 Comments


Already better than anything from the previous album.

Digging: Necropoli - I

MO
June 4th 2014
18646 Comments


pretty much Willie

Gyromania
June 4th 2014
15686 Comments


willie wtf? that is just so, so wrong

chug73
June 4th 2014
1055 Comments


No, 2:48 on Famine is wrong.
Good intro ruined by stupid ideas. Judging by that leak this will be more cohesive and ideas linked properly.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2014
20645 Comments


Already better than anything from the previous album.


I hope you're referring to the other song that just leaked (which I haven't heard yet) and not Cusp cos if it's the latter then wow.


Eons
June 4th 2014
482 Comments


2011 - ''this sucks, fuck heritage, even watershed was better than this''

2014 - ''this is boring, heritage kicks ass''

MO
June 4th 2014
18646 Comments


"2014 - ''this is boring, heritage kicks ass''"

uhhh that's not what's going on at all actually good job

Emyay
June 4th 2014
5952 Comments


2014 - excited for new album. heritage still blows

Epilogue
June 4th 2014
1591 Comments


2014 and beyond - Opeth continue to be classic

Eons
June 4th 2014
482 Comments


you people are full of shit though

Aftertheascension
June 4th 2014
388 Comments


I for one love this song. I hope the rest of them album is better than Heritage... it wasn't good.

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - What It Takes to Move Forward

chug73
June 4th 2014
1055 Comments


Eons. Care to elaborate?

facupm
June 4th 2014
7639 Comments


leaked song is better

Diamondize
June 4th 2014
1367 Comments


I dug it never listened to heritage so no idea what the fuss is about

Digging: Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

Emyay
June 4th 2014
5952 Comments


don't bother

Killerhit
June 4th 2014
5250 Comments





"sounds like any other generic polished prog with a bit of ethnic flavour, forgettable"


PortalofPerfection
June 4th 2014
484 Comments


Groovy, catchy, atmospheric, great singing, nice solo. Good stuff.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

facupm
June 4th 2014
7639 Comments


not that good

ProtestTheLegacy
June 4th 2014
34 Comments


Comparisons to Riverside, Mastodon's The Hunter, and Systematic Chaos all sound pretty apt.

Liked it a lot initially, not so sure now. The guitars are pretty stagnant other than the one solo around 3:35. Nice bit of groove throughout the entire song, but it feels a bit generic to me. Drums are killer though.

I like that it seems to be a bit of a harder rock edge instead of full-on Genesis level prog like Heritage was, but this is a bit too generic for my taste. Cautiously hopeful this will turn out better than Heritage, though I hope this won't be a heavily promoted single.

Vakarian12
June 4th 2014
3833 Comments


both new songs are better then everything off Heritage.

Digging: Eternum - The Devouring Descent

Friday13th
June 4th 2014
2426 Comments


pretty average tune

Digging: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Solar Fire

Nomos
June 5th 2014
840 Comments


Holy shit, this sounds like an early Tea Party song.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


both new songs are better then everything off Heritage.


I know I've said this many times but I seriously can't get my head around how someone can prefer Cusp to anything on Heritage. It's not even close to the weakest songs on that album for me. The only songs from their last few albums that it might be on a par with are Porcelain Heart and Burden but I think even those are still superior, as boring as they may be.

Lowder91bird
June 5th 2014
510 Comments


I like it. The song Reminds me a little bit of ELP.

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

ScuroFantasma
June 5th 2014
1781 Comments


Pretty good song actually, this album should be good. The video thing was pretty interesting too, gave some meaning to the artwork at least.

Digging: Coils of the Serpent - Withered Kingdom

Friday13th
June 5th 2014
2426 Comments


Yeah both songs are like ELP and Cusp has a rip off chorus of The Court of the Crimson King. I'm not a big fan of Opeth and especially not death metal, but I prefer their old stuff like Still Life and this just doesn't jive with me.

Wizard
June 5th 2014
19395 Comments


Going to agree with Jamie on this and say both singles are actually worse than anything off Heritage.

BigPleb
June 5th 2014
36568 Comments


Lol are you kidding me Wiz? I think JT was referring to Cusp on that one, he enjoyed Eternal quite a bit I think.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
14315 Comments


"sounds like my ears are being molested by a rusty blade mikael is a faggot etc." - wiz

Wizard
June 5th 2014
19395 Comments


Whatever.....

R.I.P. Opeth

"sounds like my ears are being molested by a rusty blade mikael is a faggot etc." - wiz

MO
June 5th 2014
18646 Comments


lol

KILL
June 5th 2014
71750 Comments


lol man jamie is relentless these days good on ya brother m/

wiz dude find your inner eloy i mean theres lots to love about the leaked song even if you are a black metal purist retard, that organ break sounds like some shit off of hlioskjalf then when it comes in its like camel meets elp meets opeth how could you not find something to dig

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Apollo
June 5th 2014
10302 Comments


This sucks hard. Probably won't even bother downloading the album.

MO
June 5th 2014
18646 Comments


yo apollo here is a second tune. way better than the first

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhCazeuRINA

Emyay
June 5th 2014
5952 Comments


apollo has 4 opeth albums 5'd and won't even bother giving the new album a shot bc of one single not meeting his expectations...wow

YoYoMancuso
June 5th 2014
11080 Comments


all this made me want to do was jam Ghost Reveries

XfingTheSullen
June 5th 2014
2611 Comments


Every die-hard fan of opeth seems to think that this suckles bollocks

Digging: Kalisia - Cybion

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014
7061 Comments


They're not die hard fans then are they. The song isn't the second coming or anything but it's still really good, they're just nitpicking to feel better about their own sad lives

AngryNeighbor
June 5th 2014
36 Comments


ANOTHER SONG

https://soundcloud.com/spiral2012/track1

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


lol Talons, someone can be a die hard fan and still think one particular song sucks.

I'm not saying I'm a die hard fan because I'm not but that logic is ridiculous. Do you think all die hard Metallica fans like Invisible Kid?

Emyay
June 5th 2014
5952 Comments


perfectly fine to think one song sucks or even think a whole album by a band sucks, but to not check an album just bc you think one song sucks? blasphemy

Chortles
June 5th 2014
17956 Comments


probably ass

Emyay
June 5th 2014
5952 Comments


angryneighbor that's eternal rains. cool that it's up on soundcloud now i guess. also lol at the hashtag #htepO

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014
7061 Comments


Of course a song like Invisible Kid can be hated on by 'tallica fans because it's from St. Anger. But this is a very solid song and anyone who hates it is clearly being a nitpicking bitch or just has really weird taste

Betray
June 5th 2014
2957 Comments


ur n0t a tru fan unles u 5/5 every album everi track br0 lmao

XfingTheSullen
June 5th 2014
2611 Comments


being a die-hard fan is not about trying to talk yourself into liking stuff that you don't like, even if it's your favorite band

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


Of course a song like Invisible Kid can be hated on by 'tallica fans because it's from St. Anger. But this is a very solid song and anyone who hates it is clearly being a nitpicking bitch or just has really weird taste


lol seriously? That's just your opinion on the song. Cusp is bland as fuck (numerous people have said this or something similar) so I think it's reasonable for a "diehard Opeth fan" to dislike it.

Emyay
June 5th 2014
5952 Comments


wouldn't say its bland as fuck but i totally agree with the rest Jamie

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


Yeah I don't expect everyone to agree with that specific opinion but saying a song that has received such a lukewarm and polarizing reception has to be liked by diehard Opeth fans is ridiculous

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014
7061 Comments


I'm not saying everyone has to love the song or even like it, but this is far from their worst. Endlessly bashing it just comes across as pathetic to me

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


I know you're not saying everyone has to like it, you said you can't be a diehard Opeth fan if you don't like it. If you weren't being 100% then fine.

The endless bashing as you call it could just be a result of the fact that people genuinely really dislike it perhaps?

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014
7061 Comments


How could anyone dislike this song though, it's so harmless. I guess people are entitled to their opinions

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014
7061 Comments


Even if they're wrong ;)

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


"it's so harmless"

One of the problems with it, it's so inoffensive and dull.

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014
7061 Comments


Yeah if I had a complaint it it'd be that, but the singles from their last three albums were also all the most simplest and among the least great on the album, so I'm sure it's still the case here. Can't have every song on an album be a 10-minute prog wankery session, there has to be variety

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014
20645 Comments


Of course, I'd just like better quality variety ;)

But yeah I still have fairly high hopes for the album after hearing Eternal Rains.

PortalofPerfection
June 5th 2014
484 Comments


I really like this, not sure why people think this is so terrible. The solo is damn awesome, lots of passion there, and in the vocals.

ScuroFantasma
June 6th 2014
1781 Comments


Yeah, I thought this was pretty good too, not as interesting as most of their tracks but still pretty damn solid.

HorrorBusiness78
June 6th 2014
104 Comments


I've never been an Opeth fan, but I actually really like this.

Thunderkat
June 6th 2014
558 Comments


Check out blackwater

facupm
June 6th 2014
7639 Comments


check still life

Relinquished
June 6th 2014
25033 Comments


check these nuts

MO
June 7th 2014
18646 Comments


mayh >

someguest
June 7th 2014
20525 Comments


I refuse to listen to Opeth until Mikael quits being a baby.

TalonsOfFire
June 7th 2014
7061 Comments


What

JAV
June 7th 2014
1936 Comments


S'alright

Funeralopolis
June 7th 2014
11336 Comments


Opeth haven't had a good album in 15 years so who cares lol

ti0n
June 7th 2014
1390 Comments


^
thank you for your useless opinion

zaruyache
June 8th 2014
6433 Comments


That Eternal Rains track was also not very interesting. I am sad for this new album.

Mabbitt
June 8th 2014
1364 Comments


It was just alright, might grow on me. (I liked Heritage, too)

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014
29130 Comments


Can't judge the album based on one track obvs. With that being said, this track is boring and ineffective.

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

TalonsOfFire
June 18th 2014
7061 Comments


You heard Eternal Rains yet? It leaked over a week ago and its better than cusp

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014
29130 Comments


I was just playing cusp was pretty sweet actuall. Will check Eternal Rains, youtube?

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014
29130 Comments


edit: just found it

TalonsOfFire
June 18th 2014
7061 Comments


I'm sure it's up on there somewhere, or if you google it for a link. Hopefully it wasn't taken down

ChoccyPhilly
June 18th 2014
6159 Comments


Cusp has that cringeworthy DT esque solo

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014
29130 Comments


eternal rains sounds pretty sweet, def better than cusp

TalonsOfFire
June 18th 2014
7061 Comments


What's wrong with a DT esque solo that means LaBrie isn't singing. IMO the solo and that GR esque part after it are Cusp's highlights

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014
29130 Comments


yeah solo was sweet in cusp.

there's also some DT vibes in Eternal Rains, doesn't detract from the music at all

ChoccyPhilly
June 18th 2014
6159 Comments


I'm off DT right now and anything new that sounds remotely like them makes me cringe. Other than that, I think it's a solid track

Avagantamos
June 19th 2014
2077 Comments


I like the guitar riff in the verse

Digging: Buried Inside - Chronoclast

Avagantamos
June 19th 2014
2077 Comments


calling it now, closing track will be a brutal death metal surprise, like something from winds of creation

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2014
20645 Comments


Calling it now, it won't be.

BigPleb
June 19th 2014
36568 Comments


Damn, thought a leak was imminent after that bump :[

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014
7061 Comments


It won't be but it should

BigPleb
June 19th 2014
36568 Comments


Damn, thought a leak was imminent after that bump :[

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014
6159 Comments


If a leak does come out, I reckon it'll surface at the end of July latest

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014
7061 Comments


Latest? I'd say late July at the earliest

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014
6159 Comments


Oh yeah, that's what I meant. It's late and football has melted my brain all week.

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


might be earlier than usual since it was pushed back though

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014
7061 Comments


That's what I'm hoping for. And the fact that it's probably the most anticipated metal release of the year

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


wouldnt be unrealistic to say it could leak late july tbh

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014
6159 Comments


"I'm not sure if that's anticipated or if people even would want another record with STORM CORROSION, but [Steven and I] talked about that, and both of us agreed that we want to do another record. But if it's gonna happen or not, I'm not sure."

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/opeths-mikael-akerfeldt-talks-pale-communion-album-possibility-of-second-storm-corrosion-cd-audio/

A second Storm Corrosion album maybe? If so, that would be fucking awesome

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


i feel bad about SC. i listened to it like twice when it came out ,and then forgot about it. i just dled a FLAC version of it so i'm gonna give it another listen soon

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014
6159 Comments


Drag Ropes and the title track are perfect especially the latter

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


i remember really enjoying the last song quite a bit.

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014
7061 Comments


Storm Corrosion is amazing, almost perfect album

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


eternal rains sparked my opeth interest for the first time in a while so im watching all these mike interviews over the years now

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014
6159 Comments


The stuff he and Steve did (separately) for Faceculture on YT is pretty cool and in depth. Check it out Talons

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


yea those fc reviews rule

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014
7061 Comments


Yeah I saw some of these a while ago they're interesting. Though the one where he listened to his own album constantly makes him sound pretty full of himself

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014
6159 Comments


Mikael's incredibly proud of his work and doesn't care what fans necessarily think. Nothing wrong with that I guess

fsharptrit0ne
June 19th 2014
4814 Comments


i mean look the albums the man has under the belt. pretty crazy

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014
7061 Comments


It is a nice album to listen to

Acey
July 4th 2014
2578 Comments


Surprisingly good. Sounds much better than Heritage, but i like the progressive style. Yes it is similar to something Dream Theater would do, but that isn't a bad thing at all. Hater's gonna hate.

KILL
July 4th 2014
71750 Comments


acey omg



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





MOST VIEWED NEWS

Kanye West causes uproar
Manchester Orchestra Hope
Foo Fighters tease 'Outsides'
Unearth release new song
The Ghost Inside detail new album
Chris Cheney forms supergroup
New Helmet album in the works
Yellowcard offer third single
Tokio Hotel with new single
Nick Holmes joins Bloodbath


OTHER RECENT NEWS

New Chief Keef song
Mineral robbed on tour
Josiah Leming Long Gone Video
Today Is The Day New Song
This Legend (Ex-Yellowcard) finis..
Parker Cannon side project
Musk Ox announce Tab Book
Kenn Nardi posts title track
As Blood Runs Black premieres new..
Yelawolf debuts new song
Godflesh post new song
OnCue releases new video
Erasure stream new album
Schizoid Lloyd stream new song
Man Overboard Post New Song

» see all news

RELATED REVIEWS
Opeth
Pale Communion
Opeth
Heritage
Opeth
The Devil's Orchard - Live at Rock Hard Festival
Opeth
In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Opeth
The Wooden Box
FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy