Opeth reveal new single
2014-06-02 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 311 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

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Hypochondria
June 2nd 2014

55 Comments


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

MO
June 2nd 2014

18250 Comments


it's good

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

9681 Comments


It's fine

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014

14248 Comments


Sweet track

Digging: Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

20639 Comments


sounds like something off systematic chaos except actually good

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

BIaziken
June 2nd 2014

57 Comments


Sounds great.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


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

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

tempest--
June 2nd 2014

12613 Comments


inb4 some dude is like "inb4 1000 comments"

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

9681 Comments


Inb4 1000 comments

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 Comments


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

N2B3J
June 2nd 2014

36 Comments


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

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


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

Kusangii
June 2nd 2014

269 Comments


ZZZZZZZZZZ

That was absolutely terrible

Betray
June 2nd 2014

2030 Comments


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

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 Comments


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

NeroCorleone80
June 2nd 2014

28394 Comments


Decent song

Makemebad35
June 2nd 2014

737 Comments


Might be growing on me...

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


No Anderson = NO REDEEMING QUALITIES

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014

14248 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

34066 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

999 Comments


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

you'r such an idiot

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


An idiot who can spell.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

15795 Comments


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

Digging: Synaesthesia (UK) - Synaesthesia

BloodSweatandBeers
June 2nd 2014

999 Comments


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

titanslayer
June 2nd 2014

1476 Comments


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

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014

14248 Comments


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

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

15795 Comments


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

TheMoreira
June 2nd 2014

6948 Comments


Awesome song

Digging: Vinterbris - Solace

Artuma
June 2nd 2014

10654 Comments


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

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


That solo with dat lead hnnnnngggg

Keyblade
June 2nd 2014

14248 Comments


And the drumming behind it, good shit

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 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

5274 Comments


^lol

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

15795 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

2526 Comments


Unbelievably dull track.

Havey
June 2nd 2014

9617 Comments


very bad

Digging: Cecil Taylor - Dark to Themselves

Relinquished
June 2nd 2014

24443 Comments


ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

ShadowRemains
June 2nd 2014

20240 Comments


meeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhh

demigod!
June 2nd 2014

43885 Comments


another middle of the road opeth single fuck yeah m/

Digging: Black Flag - My War

LunaticSoul
June 2nd 2014

154 Comments


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

Relinquished
June 2nd 2014

24443 Comments


gets all the spazzes and nerds on this site excited yea

insanedrexl1
June 2nd 2014

325 Comments


Sounds great m/

Digging: Amethystium - Transience

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 2nd 2014

11907 Comments


cusp

Digging: J Mascis and Friends - J and Friends Sing and Chant for Amma

BlackLlama
June 2nd 2014

1617 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: Cinderella - Heartbreak Station

BloodSweatandBeers
June 2nd 2014

999 Comments


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

in other werds all teh kill wannabe tryhards

adr
June 2nd 2014

1761 Comments


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

emester
June 2nd 2014

2015 Comments


Its good. nothing terrible about.

Digging: Slugdge - Gastronomicon

jtswope
June 2nd 2014

1864 Comments


Not bad but not very good either.

tacos N stuff
June 2nd 2014

348 Comments


not spectacular, but good

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014

5274 Comments


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

emester
June 2nd 2014

2015 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

6 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

112 Comments


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

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


I love Dream Theater

Digging: Sigur Ros - Kveikur

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

3163 Comments


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

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

saorstream
June 2nd 2014

8 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

12613 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

5794 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

999 Comments


ughh

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

1981 Comments


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

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

Henderson
June 2nd 2014

6 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

14896 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

Digging: Grief - Come to Grief

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

405 Comments


great video, neat ebow stuff, dull song.

tempest--
June 2nd 2014

12613 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

12613 Comments


lol

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


Burden > Anything on Heritage

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 Comments


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

tempest--
June 2nd 2014

12613 Comments


im not pleb lol

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


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

Emyay
June 2nd 2014

5794 Comments


Burden > Anything on Heritage [2]

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 Comments


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

Sup Lloyd

Verm
June 2nd 2014

1004 Comments


Great m/m/m/m/m/

ExplosiveOranges
June 2nd 2014

1416 Comments


Not bad.

Digging: Seven Lions - Worlds Apart

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

12613 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

1377 Comments


decent. nothing earth shattering

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

12613 Comments


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

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

34066 Comments


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

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 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

34066 Comments


Haxprocess, Nepenthe and Folklore can stand up to those.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

20639 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

19993 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

19993 Comments


Ins knows.

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


Love Burden but there are stronger songs on Heritage.

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


Damn the contributors are on the def

The Lotus Eater > heritage

CK
June 2nd 2014

4881 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

4207 Comments


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

Digging: Svffer - Lies We Live

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


Also hessian peel and hex omega

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014

5274 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

5794 Comments


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

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


He's gonna run over Mikael with his car

lensag
June 2nd 2014

93 Comments


lol

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 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

5274 Comments


Why would that stop them

climactic
June 2nd 2014

18342 Comments


highly doubt that

trackbytrackreviews
June 2nd 2014

715 Comments


It's gonna be their 10000 Days

BigPleb
June 2nd 2014

34066 Comments


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

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014

5274 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

715 Comments


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

RenegaDrifter
June 2nd 2014

175 Comments


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

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014

5274 Comments


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

TzarChasm
June 2nd 2014

120 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

5274 Comments


lol this is better than Pyre

ResidentNihilist
June 2nd 2014

967 Comments


song is crap but solo rocks

MeatSalad
June 2nd 2014

14193 Comments


Pyre rules, better than this anyway

Digging: Love - Forever Changes

Henderson
June 2nd 2014

6 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

17681 Comments


no growls is lame

Digging: Unjust - Glow

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 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

2526 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

19993 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

19993 Comments


lol Underflow.

Emyay
June 2nd 2014

5794 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

19993 Comments


Yeah I still have some hope for the new album.

Underflow
June 2nd 2014

2526 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

1377 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

112 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

9054 Comments


RIP Opeth

GringoSuave89
June 2nd 2014

1010 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: Opeth - Pale Communion

Notaflower
June 2nd 2014

130 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

1720 Comments


anything on Heritage beats the shit out of this.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

8744 Comments


boring

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

412 Comments


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

chug73
June 2nd 2014

907 Comments


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

Digging: Last Days of Humanity - Putrefaction in Progress

Wizard
June 2nd 2014

19220 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: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Motiv3
June 2nd 2014

8920 Comments


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

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

TheNotrap
June 2nd 2014

7981 Comments


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

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

16259 Comments


terrible song, riffing couldn't possibly get any worse

Wizard
June 2nd 2014

19220 Comments


Wow, we agree on something Kyle.

RIP Opeth

zaruyache
June 2nd 2014

5879 Comments


Song was OK.

Digging: Sunwolf - Beholden To Nothing And No One

chug73
June 2nd 2014

907 Comments


Wizard is breaking his Opeth records.

minimesmyidol
June 2nd 2014

188 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

907 Comments


Double post

chug73
June 2nd 2014

907 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

3556 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: Nothing More - Nothing More

Wizard
June 2nd 2014

19220 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

1010 Comments


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

IWillReturn
June 2nd 2014

378 Comments


Weaksauce.

Underflow
June 2nd 2014

2526 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

1089 Comments


opeth sang arthur.

chug73
June 2nd 2014

907 Comments


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


Cappa
June 2nd 2014

90 Comments


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

bloc
June 2nd 2014

34679 Comments


Pretty boring song

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

NecrogenicShrimp
June 2nd 2014

69 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

907 Comments


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


Scoot
June 2nd 2014

17681 Comments


watershed was great, heritage sucked

ghost reveries all the way back to morningrise is awesome

Thibs
June 2nd 2014

1206 Comments


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

Digging: Hoth - Oathbreaker

Pebster49
June 2nd 2014

2991 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

5274 Comments


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

Inveigh
June 2nd 2014

24798 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

280 Comments


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

Graveyard
June 2nd 2014

5598 Comments


everything this band has done after blackwater park is so dull

TalonsOfFire
June 2nd 2014

5274 Comments


I wouldn't call GR or Watershed dull at all

Onirium
June 2nd 2014

1680 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: Nick Drake - Pink Moon

johnnyblaze
June 2nd 2014

2595 Comments


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

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

13503 Comments


Song is fucking boring

Digging: Krusseldorf - Fractal World

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014

4380 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

10040 Comments


This is unbelievably boring

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014

5918 Comments


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

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

Havey
June 3rd 2014

9617 Comments


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

including blackwater park

Keyblade
June 3rd 2014

14248 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

11023 Comments


sucks

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014

4380 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

1721 Comments


Song rules.

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

Totengott
June 3rd 2014

404 Comments


The track is awesome.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Emyay
June 3rd 2014

5794 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

5794 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

19220 Comments


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

baldymort
June 3rd 2014

745 Comments


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

DominionMM1
June 3rd 2014

9541 Comments


meh

Digging: Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood

Emyay
June 3rd 2014

5794 Comments


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

bnelso55
June 3rd 2014

150 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

Emyay
June 3rd 2014

5794 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

150 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

50 Comments


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

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2014

4380 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

5794 Comments


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

FearThyEvil
June 3rd 2014

12252 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

310 Comments


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

CynicalComplex
June 3rd 2014

54 Comments


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

weedblunt
June 3rd 2014

549 Comments


cool i love dream theater

chug73
June 4th 2014

907 Comments


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

Gyromania
June 4th 2014

15200 Comments


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

BigPleb
June 4th 2014

34066 Comments


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

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

chug73
June 4th 2014

907 Comments


I heart u pleb

Willie
Moderator
June 4th 2014

15877 Comments


Already better than anything from the previous album.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

MO
June 4th 2014

18250 Comments


pretty much Willie

Gyromania
June 4th 2014

15200 Comments


willie wtf? that is just so, so wrong

chug73
June 4th 2014

907 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

19993 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

446 Comments


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

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

Digging: C.A. Quintet - Trip Thru Hell

MO
June 4th 2014

18250 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

5794 Comments


2014 - excited for new album. heritage still blows

Epilogue
June 4th 2014

1585 Comments


2014 and beyond - Opeth continue to be classic

Eons
June 4th 2014

446 Comments


you people are full of shit though

Aftertheascension
June 4th 2014

173 Comments


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

Digging: Upon The Water - Rise

chug73
June 4th 2014

907 Comments


Eons. Care to elaborate?

facupm
June 4th 2014

7109 Comments


leaked song is better

Digging: Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

Diamondize
June 4th 2014

1147 Comments


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

Digging: Aquilus - Griseus

Emyay
June 4th 2014

5794 Comments


don't bother

Killerhit
June 4th 2014

5209 Comments





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


PortalofPerfection
June 4th 2014

333 Comments


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

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

facupm
June 4th 2014

7109 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

3639 Comments


both new songs are better then everything off Heritage.

Friday13th
June 4th 2014

2187 Comments


pretty average tune

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Nomos
June 5th 2014

808 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014

19993 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

479 Comments


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

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

ScuroFantasma
June 5th 2014

1162 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: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Friday13th
June 5th 2014

2187 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

19220 Comments


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

BigPleb
June 5th 2014

34066 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

13503 Comments


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

Wizard
June 5th 2014

19220 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

18250 Comments


lol

KILL
June 5th 2014

70599 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: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Apollo
June 5th 2014

10266 Comments


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

MO
June 5th 2014

18250 Comments


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

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

Emyay
June 5th 2014

5794 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

10869 Comments


all this made me want to do was jam Ghost Reveries

XfingTheSullen
June 5th 2014

2379 Comments


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

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014

5274 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

26 Comments


ANOTHER SONG

https://soundcloud.com/spiral2012/track1

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014

19993 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

5794 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

17908 Comments


probably ass

Digging: Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura

Emyay
June 5th 2014

5794 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

5274 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

2030 Comments


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

XfingTheSullen
June 5th 2014

2379 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

19993 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

5794 Comments


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

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014

19993 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

5274 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

19993 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

5274 Comments


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

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014

5274 Comments


Even if they're wrong ;)

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014

19993 Comments


"it's so harmless"

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

TalonsOfFire
June 5th 2014

5274 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

19993 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

333 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

1162 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

477 Comments


Check out blackwater

Digging: Culture Club - Kissing to Be Clever

facupm
June 6th 2014

7109 Comments


check still life

Relinquished
June 6th 2014

24443 Comments


check these nuts

MO
June 7th 2014

18250 Comments


mayh >

someguest
June 7th 2014

20285 Comments


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

Digging: Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

TalonsOfFire
June 7th 2014

5274 Comments


What

JAV
June 7th 2014

1921 Comments


S'alright

Funeralopolis
June 7th 2014

11023 Comments


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

ti0n
June 7th 2014

1377 Comments


^
thank you for your useless opinion

zaruyache
June 8th 2014

5879 Comments


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

Mabbitt
June 8th 2014

1325 Comments


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

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014

28335 Comments


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

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

TalonsOfFire
June 18th 2014

5274 Comments


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

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014

28335 Comments


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

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014

28335 Comments


edit: just found it

TalonsOfFire
June 18th 2014

5274 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

3573 Comments


Cusp has that cringeworthy DT esque solo

Digging: Cristobal Tapia de Veer - Utopia (Original Television Soundtrack)

CaptainDooRight
June 18th 2014

28335 Comments


eternal rains sounds pretty sweet, def better than cusp

TalonsOfFire
June 18th 2014

5274 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

28335 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

3573 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

1812 Comments


I like the guitar riff in the verse

Digging: IDYLLS - Prayer for Terrene

Avagantamos
June 19th 2014

1812 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

19993 Comments


Calling it now, it won't be.

BigPleb
June 19th 2014

34066 Comments


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

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014

5274 Comments


It won't be but it should

BigPleb
June 19th 2014

34066 Comments


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

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014

3573 Comments


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

TalonsOfFire
June 19th 2014

5274 Comments


Latest? I'd say late July at the earliest

ChoccyPhilly
June 19th 2014

3573 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

5274 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

3573 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

3573 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

5274 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

3573 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

5274 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

3573 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

5274 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

70599 Comments


acey omg



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