Opeth Pale Communion
3.9 Release Date: 2014
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2.0 poorFrayFray | July 17th 14

More cheesey monotonous 70s prog with mikael's sub-par clean vocals. Lacks contrast and everything else that made Opeth good

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0.0 RiffOClock | July 18th 14

First of all "Opeth" continue to the same direction like the previous album..For me i'm not satisfy for that direction..This sound is not for me..But i understand "Michael"...He grow up...How long time play like that?With brutal vocals and extreme riffs?..The time goes by and he need to play like that..And all we must respect this.This album,for me is better than previous...For sure..But still worst from the old times..And for the music part,i don't hear something i never heard from "Opeth"..Some same melodies and same synthetics abilities..And this over the time really tired me...That album have high level technique and alternations on songs but i don't think is one of the best on this year..For the sound(because is not my type 70s progressive rock) and i heard again on some point the same melodies and the same synthetics formulas on songs...But is better than "Heritage"..That is the good thing....The songs " Eternal rains will come" "Cusp of eternity" and perhaps the best on this record "Voice of treason" is really great stuff...

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4.5 superbMeat | July 16th 14

best opeth album since heritage it's okay 5/5

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4.0 excellentDaniel Garrett Irwin | July 18th 14

As their 25th anniversary draws near, Opeth returns on a high note with "Pale Communion", an
eclectic mix of old-school blues, progressive hard rock and jazz fusion. As far as I am
concerned, these boys may finally start transcending metal. The memorable one-two punch of
"Eternal Rains Will Come" and "Cusp of Eternity" suggest new live staples in their ever-
adventurous catalog, while the mind-bending "Goblin" represents a new creative high for the
Swedish titans. And let's not forget the brilliant album closer "Faith in Others". If
"Watershed" hinted at change, and the underrated "Heritage" ushered in said change, then
"Pale Communion" completes and perfects this new-meets-old style. Very strange and
deliciously melodic, "Pale Communion" is yet another winner in Opeth's already perfect
career.


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3.0 goodyourgodisinferior | July 17th 14

This is like an Opeth parody where they all wear tye dye shirts and pass the bong around one
too many times


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3.0 goodNecroSandro | July 18th 14

People complain. But here are the facts - this is better than Heritage. This is different from Watershed, Ghost Reveries, Blackwater Park, etc. Admit it, if Mikael released this as a side project instead of calling it "Opeth" everyone would be eating it up and praising its absolute brilliance (just like Casualties of Cool).

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2.0 poorDeadwing42 | July 18th 14

Boring as hell. If I want to listen to 70s prog, I'm going to listen to 70's prog.

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3.4 greatBrendan Schroer STAFF | July 8th 14

The flowers of Opeth Mapplethorpe

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1.0 awfulSamaelTheDestroyer | July 17th 14

I thought heritage was the final nail in this bands coffin. Looks like I was wrong. R.I.P.

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4.0 excellentMotiv3 | July 18th 14

I've learned two things from listening to this album: 1) Heritage was a fluke 2) Opeth still
have the ability to surprise me. Best Opeth album since Ghost Reveries.


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3.5 greatBrendan M. | July 17th 14

I thought that Opeth was metal... I guess I was wrong...

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4.5 superbRaketbosse | July 17th 14

Better and better with every listening, this was a real surprise after the very average Heritage.

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1.0 awfulKarl V.H. | July 28th 14

Talk about pissing all over your legacy. A self-indulgent, Camel cover band Opeth has turned into.

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3.0 goodJasdevi087 | July 19th 14

How to divide your fanbase in 56 minutes or less.

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3.0 goodandersvisa | July 18th 14

No Sun, no moon. No earth, no heaven. No growls, no Opeth.

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1.0 awfulhassanguason | July 17th 14

Opeth had its own incredible sound. If I want to listen to retro prog rock music i'll go check somewhere else.

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4.0 excellentMythodea | July 17th 14

Okay, I am not sure whether this is better than Heritagte or not. I enjoy it a lot but I believe Heritage was more diverse than this one. Maybe 5 listens are not yet enough (they were a little bit hasty tbh). It's definately the most different thing they've ever composed and it's definately not a bad album.

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4.0 excellentBen Kuettel | July 17th 14

Parts of this don't even sound like Opeth, they've never pushed themselves harder than they have here. Diverse, emotional, and at times heavy, this is Heritage new and improved, but manages to sound completely different. Very proggy and wonderful. 4.4/5

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2.0 poorDarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR | July 25th 14

a bit better than heritage but that isn't saying much

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4.5 superblmanvonbraun | July 22nd 14

Not a perfect album, but most certainly a good one. The whole thing sounds like Yes and King Crimson had a baby, and that's a good thing. I'm sure that the whiny Opeth "fans" won't like it because "skrm pls, no sing", but I think it works perfectly into their sound, and advances upon it. Yes, this album is better than Heritage, and it is pretty darn good.

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3.5 greatignorethefashion | July 21st 14

I know the IMN's will hate it, but it's a good album. If you are able to put aside their previous albums and judge it on it's own merits, then you should enjoy it. If you can't handle the lack teh metalz, then you might as well skip it. The guitar work is stellar. The production is crisp. It's just a really solid album from front to back.

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2.5 averageTheNotrap | July 19th 14

It's perfectly understandable and even desirable for an artist to explore new paths, new ideas on each album, however "Pale Communion" isn't a creative progression or the masterpiece of an experienced musician, it's just a collection of retro songs. After "Watershed" the band lost the contrast between heaviness and softness, which was basically the most interesting element of Mikael's music. It's a shame but Mikael is getting older and at this stage of his career he can do whatever he wants.

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4.0 excellentCorne Janssen | July 18th 14

Seriously, this is a grower. Just listening to this album gives me the feeling Opeth is on the right track again. And not a single song isn't worthy or something like that. I'm really digging this.

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4.0 excellentTheAristocrat96 | July 17th 14

Listened to it a few times last night, overall it's quite enjoyable, and all leads into one another, and at times it just feels like one long song. This is also a negative, though, as at times, it gets a little lost in the un-adventurousness of it (if that's a word) at times. Not to say this isn't a great album, I really enjoy it, but it doesn't feel like a band progressing through their career, it sort of feels like a band putting out another album, just because it's been a few years. It feels a little uninspired, that being said, it's got some fantastic moments.

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4.0 excellentUranium | July 28th 14

why in the fuck did my original sound off for this album getd

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3.5 greatChristopher Edward | July 26th 14

Not a 'bad' effort, but Opeth used to be interesting - they used to push the boundaries of Progressive music. Now they're just trying to recreate that 70's prog sound, that by today's standards, just sounds dated. Still better then Heritage though.

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4.5 superbRashaun27 | July 23rd 14

Listen to the entire thing, at least three times. It really starts to come out 70's prog...ahh whatever. It's good music, and people who force-feed metal down their throats will find it quite hard to digest. Give it a chance, guys.

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4.0 excellentsabs93 | July 22nd 14

Like Heritage but with something resembling cohesion.

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2.5 averageD-D-D-D-Dave | July 19th 14

Could this be the Kansas comeback album we've been waiting for?

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2.0 poorOswaldo88 | July 19th 14

Boring as fuck.

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3.0 goodShogun | July 18th 14

Really like the first and last song, unfortunately a lot of guff inbetween.

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1.0 awfuljoshkat galeos | July 18th 14

Yep, listened to it and I was right. They're is going to be a 70's prog pop band not metal anymore.

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0.0 Mackinlay McBride | July 17th 14

I want Mikael to sing me to sleep at night

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4.5 superbTotengott | July 17th 14

A fantastic proggy record that also offers some experimentation that works very well. Great vocals, but not in complete harmony with the music at times. Excellent songwriting.

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3.0 goodMarxman | July 17th 14

Takes what Heritage did and focuses and improves upon it. If you're looking for heavy,
there's barely a shred of even semi-heavy guitars on this album. Mikael's voice sounds
better than ever, but there's none of his excellent growls to be heard. The first 2 songs
'Eternal Rains Will Come' and 'Cusp of Eternity' are both excellent prog rock jams, but
after that the creativity and inventiveness completely dies and you're left with nearly 40
minutes of same-y boring prog wank. Not good prog wank, mind you, but the extremely
monotonous sort of prog wank.

The album is decent only because of the first 2 great songs and the overall high level of
musicianship, but look elsewhere if you want interesting and inventive prog rock/metal.
This is only a slight step up from Heritage in my opinion, but it's nowhere near as
interesting or diverse.


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3.0 goodPhilippe | July 28th 14

I refuse to compromise just because this is Opeth. The direction that the band are going in is promising and exciting too, but one can't help but think that this will obviously lead to them trying some styles that just doesn't work for them. The acepella within Moon feels awkward and out of place whilst the cringe worthy happiness of River simply feels plastic and fake. The ideas in this album simply don't work and is beyond anything special or interesting.

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4.0 excellentzentatonic | July 22nd 14

Compared to all other modern prog, I give it a 5. Compared to 70's prog, a 4. To Ghost
Reveries, BP, Damnation, Deliverence...3. Meh. I take it or leave it.

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4.0 excellentchug73 | July 22nd 14

as someone stated, imn's will hate this. rHeritage was full retard. This is an actual collection of songs.

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4.0 excellent1drummer | July 20th 14

On first listen this is amazing. Super prog. They have completely done away with the old Opeth sound, and they are now following the amazing albums of Stephen Wilson and Haken. They lost most of their founding members after "Ghost Reveries." They tried to continue their same sound with "Watershed" and that is their worst IMO. They tried to come into their own sound with "Heritage" and they have honed in on it completely with "Pale Communion" How can anyone expect it to be the same Opeth of old, with nearly none of the same members??

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5.0 classicPulyx | July 19th 14

Rectifying the score. There isn't a single second of this album wasted in mediocrity. It ranges to Good to Mind blowing.

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0.0 Joxer The Mighty | July 19th 14

Pale to say the least

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0.0 Aftertheascension | July 18th 14

100000000% sure this will be better than heritage. completely sure

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4.0 excellentFriday13th | July 16th 14

somewhere between 3.5 and 4.0

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