Solid. It's not much different than what they've been doing lately, but it has a nice vibe.
OPETH Tour Dates:
July 12 - Warsaw, Poland - Prog In Park III
July 27 - Sibiu, Romania - ARTmania Festival
Aug 2 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Aug 3 - Borgholm, Sweden - Borgholm Brinner
Aug 9 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Festival
Aug 11 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Into The Grave Fest
Aug 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Oct 27 - Norwich, United Kingdom - UEA LCR
Oct 29 - London, United Kingdom - London Palladium
Oct 31 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - SWG3 Galvanizers
Nov 1 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Damnation Festival
Nov 3 - Bristol, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Bristol
Nov 6 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
Nov 8 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
Nov 9 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
Nov 10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus Zurich
Nov 11 - Paris, France - L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
Nov 13 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk
Nov 14 - Munich, Germany - Schlachthof
Nov 15 - Nuremberg, Germany - Meistersingerhalle
Nov 16 - Berlin, Germany - Huxley’s Neue Welt
Nov 17 - Kobenhavn K, Denmark - Det Kgl. Teater
Dec 5 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
Dec 6 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp Tokyo
Dec 10 - Torrensville, Australia - The Barton Theatre
Dec 11 - Perth, Australia - The Astor Theatre
Dec 13 - Melbourne, Australia - Palais Theatre
Dec 14 - Sydney, Australia - The State Theatre
Dec 15 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
Digging: Devourment - Obscene Majesty
it b wildin broskies
Digging: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
I guess it’s one of the more straightforward songs on the album.
Damn, this one could be a rollercoaster in that case.
Great song, Mike’s cleans are strong and Axe is just straight up killing it.
Feels very ‘Opeth’, might be a silly thing to say but the last 2 records really haven’t had an identity.
Very curious for the rest, this is good!
Band's best material since Watershed.
Nov 9, here I come (probs).
Cool stuff, I dig the psychy part in the middle. The song flows by so quickly for being the second longest one. And he said the rest is more varied? This might be tight.
This was pretty damn good, I'm excited
Digging: Shadow of Intent - Melancholy
Liking the positive vibes in here so far, I usually abstain from checking individual tracks before the album releases, but it might be hard to resist this time, especially as I'm curious after the last 2 (dud) albums. My curiosity is well and truly piqued.
Digging: Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
The most hopeful thing here is the knowledge that this is one of the more straightforward tracks. It's not a bad track, just forgettable and employing very little of what I believe Opeth traditionally excel at.
It's fine. About the same as all their most recent output
It's quite a bit more interesting at the very least man, cmon.
Especially production-wise. Waayyyy better than Sorceress in that regard.
not much of an evolution from previous works
Nope, agreed. It's still better though, a little more comfortable and less stale.
Granted it's not much of an evolution but at least there's an actual Opeth identity within the songs.
I can't really name a track from the past 2 albums that felt like trademark Opeth.
I was listening to some 17 minute version thinking it was one giant song unaware of the different language versions while reading this. Thank you for saving me from having to listen to 17 minutes of newer Opeth.
Digging: Knocked Loose - A Different Shade of Blue
Song's pretty good, nothing special though. Not really listened to the past 2 albums so can't compare, but yeah, this isn't bad.
Digging: Sacred Son - Arthurian Catacombs
i dont know if it is an Opeth identity but it does have some Opeth "feel" somehow..
It's because there's actual dynamics within the song, something the past 2 records had barely any of.
Sounds more like Opeth than the last 3 albums [#]
Digging: Guild Of Lore - Storm Haven
Wow, actually really dig this song. My expectations for the new album just went up. m/
Digging: Erang - Kingdom Of Erang
At this stage I'd definitely settle for Watershed pt.2 non-growl edition.
Production is worlds better than Sorceress. Wouldn’t let that fool anyone though - the music itself isn’t far removed from Opeth’s last couple releases. The acoustic section was very pleasantly surprising though
“Sounds more like Opeth than the last 3 albums“
Digging the track though, album will be good
''At this stage I'd definitely settle for Watershed pt.2 non-growl edition.''
That isn't what we're getting though, or at least this strongly speaks against that. Have you tried it yet Demon?
@SpaceJester I gave it one listen, and maybe my thoughts will change over time, but it was the first time in the prog era where I felt like I wasn't listening to a cover band. It is closer to the Heritage sound than MAYH sure, but it feels like an Opeth song to me.
Dungeon knows, the Opeth motifs are there.
No Trifo, just basing that on what a couple of other people have said and stating expectations, nothing more. Heritage had it's own personality, but the two after not so much.
Their artist, Travis Smith, follows me on Instagram. Just fyi. Just so you know.
Song is good for their more proggy, less metal styles of late, but still not my preference for Opeth
I've already caved, will check later.
Nice! Curious to hear what you think. Very strongly agree with this ''Heritage had its own personality, but the two after not so much.''
Hope it leaks soon, I can't wait 2 and a half months.
but were r teh growls, guise?
Very solid song. I haven't really liked anything these guys have done since Watershed, so to finally hear a song I more or less like from beginning to end is refreshing to say the least.
Song is very average by their standard and I'm kinda surprised that people think it has more of an opeth identity than the last few records because I feel the opposite. Sounded very derivative of 70s prog to me
Meh, I like prog Opeth, so this was pretty good.
this is the wokest shizzle
I do as well. I'm not one of the guys that's like "gimme ma growls" and I actually really liked pale communion. But i do wish they could make prog rock that's more distinctly them like damnation was
I'm still not hyping this song. It's nice, but I just don't know
Digging: The Hirsch Effekt - Holon : Hiberno
They will never top Damnation when it comes to the whole prog rock thing. Idk though bros I actually really dig this song and I agree with the notion that it sounds more like Opeth than the past 3 albums.
I don't really hear that actually, this being more Opeth sounding, but it's better than Sorceress and that's fine by me.
Digging: Knocked Loose - A Different Shade of Blue
"I don't really hear that actually, this being more Opeth sounding"
I dont either. Dont know where people are getting that
not bad but the album cover looks like something you'd find in a medieval DOS game art cover
There is a little more going on compared to Sorceress and that's great
"not bad but the album cover looks like something you'd find in a medieval DOS game art cover"
which is why it owns
Agree with it being their best since Watershed but still very much miss the metal dynamic from the past. I’ll give this a shot but not expecting it to hold my attention too long. I did enjoy this more than I expected to though.
WTF I wasn't expecting to like this so much. Are Opeth finally Opeth again?!
Spun it twice. It’s solid. Production is an improvement. Yeah it’s kind of PC-ish, but the execution is a little better, more soul. I’ll see where this goes from here. Cautiously optimistic.
This is pretty good, especially the increased energy and the production, but hoping the rest of the album is weirder and more adventurous. Despite the length this isn't particularly surprising or much above the level of PC and Sorceress, which are solid albums but their worst.
Digging: Kayo Dot - Blasphemy
Wouldn't mind if more tracks featured a psych touch like this one.
Rhythm section makes the song.
Agreed, put a smile on my face.
I think this track would fit pretty well on Sorceress tbh, similar vibes. Digging the whack rhythms
Def their best since Watershed, which is a borderline classic for me. I'm pumped.
Digging: Taylor Swift - Lover
So happy to see that mostly everyone is positive about the new song, I haven't seen this since the Watershed days.
Digging: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
Song isn't bad, but that's kind of where Opeth is at nowadays. At least it's better than the last couple of albums
This is their best since Heritage, easily. I'm very excited for this thing.
Digging: Taylor Swift - Lover
Very good song! Hype.
Very nice, i loved the way the song evolves; i am for sure excited for the full thing, sounds better than the last one to me
Very good, really looking forward to listening to the rest of the album.
Don't like it. Too much wankery, no feeling in this music.
Wonderful to be able to marvel at Axe's brilliance again without being totally put off by horrible production. He nails it here, incredible drummer.
Oh and Mendez too, very nice performance.
i thought it was gonna be a hip hop song in the beginning
Digging the crystal clean vocals tbh. Rest of the song is average
Digging: Ultravox - Vienna
this is a banger, acoustic outro is cash money
Digging: Strange Ranger - Remembering the Rockets
song is meh
By the way, how come this band said they didn't like doing the same album every time yet they did death metal for like 15 years and now prog albums (like 5 so far) for like 9 years?
they're just confused
“By the way, how come this band said they didn't like doing the same album every time yet they did death metal for like 15 years and now prog albums (like 5 so far) for like 9 years?“
They’ve changed up their sound pretty consistently, very few of their albums could be seen as retreads imo. It seems a bit unfair to say they “just did death metal” and now they’re “just doing prog”, unless you expect them to completely change genres every album
I’d argue they’ve never changed up their sound they just happen to be great songwriters fairly consistently.
sounds like soft deliverance
Digging: Silver Jews - Bright Flight
I think this is at least catchier than the crap of the last three albums. The melodies Mikael is singing seem well thought out and the music also seems composed with listenability in mind. The stuff from the last few albums was just random shit imo, compared to this song.
I'm already enjoying this more than Sorceress : D
Sounds a bit like Tool...but with something of Opeth older stuff. A touch of prog metal as well. Interesting song.
Yay me too Morningrise! Super happy about that.
This is like a much tighter Sorceress with some psychedelic experimentation thrown in because why not. Honestly the more I listen the more I'm interested in the album.
It's also promising that the label ended up picking the second longest song as a single, I expect some curveballs.
The cover had me worried with the dad palette admittedly.
needs moar opeth
I like it but I’m still waiting for it to fully click.
Production is better than Sorceress, Mike sounds great and Axe is brilliant as usual.
My main issue is the first 4 minutes are just of a repetitive verse/chorus/verse structure.
Feels like they could’ve done more to justify the 8:30 runtime.
Thankfully, the outro ends the track on a high note.
''My main issue is the first 4 minutes are just of a repetitive verse/chorus/verse structure.''
Agreed! That chugging riff is also not really interesting or what I'd love to hear from them, luckily the melodic riff which accompanies it is amazing.
I’ve only heard it twice, scared to give in another spin tbh. I might just wait it out now. Patience...
The riff at 2.13, more of that please.
It’s ok Aiwaz, we always have the new Disillusion to give us that old school Opeth fix.
"unless you expect them to completely change genres every album"
They're no Ulver, of course.
I liked the song, though it is missing a little "spice," as someone else put it. Will check out the album when it drops.
heritage fucking sucks
Ulver has more than 1 album??
These guys are headlining an all-day festival thing in my home city in Nov, so I’ll take either of the following... new album rules, or they don’t play much/or at least it splits time with Sorceress, therefore leaving ample time for the classic cuts.
When I saw them on their Sorceress tour the balance was fine and the songs sounded better live that on record (a record I’m not fussed for).
I dig Sorceress and I’m sure the new album will be better.
Heritage is a ahrd 5.
I mean it’s good but idk why you guys act like it’s so much better than PC or Sorceress tbh. They’re all same level stuff for me.
''Heritage is a ahrd 5.'' 
they don’t even need growls, they just need energy again
the last three have been so lifeless
Digging: Tool - Fear Inoculum
It's ''two''. ''The last two''. Heritage is the opposite of lifeless man! Every single track is bursting with energy and soul on that one!
Nah PC and Sorceress were good too
Bloc that's the dumbest thing you've ever said on this site.
nattens madrigal ain't their only album worth listening to :0
Ooof no! One of the worthiest discogs I know of, so consistently high quality.
like this track a lot more. flows waayyyy better than anything on the last few and feels a bit less prog-rocky and more early prog-metally, maybe a bit speed metally
It's okay but kinda boring like most modern Opeth in my opinion.
agreed with verm
i think it's less messy and much hookier than other modern opeth but it obviously kinda lags tempo wise and is a bit lacking in power
It's got those classic menacing Opeth leads
Yeah production needs more bite, but I like the loose tempo feel
Transition flows better than any off Sorceress
It is definitely better than most of the work on Sorceress for sure, but it is still incredibly boring and unbearably safe. The wank is off the charts too.
Digging: Cloudkicker - Unending
This isn’t wanky lol
...Watershed pt.2 non-growl edition. 
It's got those classic menacing Opeth leads 
Massive lol at the sorceress hate.
how dare we dislike a boring album ikr lol xd
it ain't wankin 
Yea, this might not be that interesting, but it ain't wankin at all
What do you think of this zar?
Sorceress had some cool moments, but the production tainted its virtues
Very true. The production tainted the little virtues it had. Their absolute worst album.
I'm happy this sounds one step in the right direction, hopeful for the new one.
I'm glad that this song isn't more boring than the Sorceress stuff. Well ... I hope it grows on me
Definitely got into this more over the weekend.
The outro is a massive win but I still feel they could've implemented a different riff in the second verse, as opposed to just repeating the chuggy main riff.
Yeah, sounds like a good plan. That chuggy main riff is the worst part about it. Other than that it's very nice!
Nice btw kalk, it grew on me too so let's hope this is the same for you!
Band's best material since Watershed. 
Digging: Meridian (CHE) - The Seventh Sun
All of Heritage plus Eternal Rains and River are better than this, but apart from that I agree.
Agree with Trilo, minus River cos that song is just ok.
It such an overly happy song for Opeth, wrong kinda cheese for me.
Thank god they abolished their extreme metal tendencies, worst genre ever
And now we can all appreciate their genius in its purest form
Y’all love overrating Heritage huh? Lol
Giving it the love it deserves more like.
It mean it’s cool but idk why you guys act like it’s on the level of anything before and including Watershed.
It's top 4 Opeth my man.
Hell no Plebster lol.
Never been a ahrder 'ahrd' man.
in support of pleb, i like heritage more than three records that came before it
Heritage is certainly better than the two that came after it. These days I prefer it to the first two and Deliverance as well. Maybe even Watershed too.
''It's top 4 Opeth my man.''
It so is.
Haha, we're the Heritage Appreciation Squad though.
But I’ll also say the same about PC and Sorceress
Tbh how can you like the new song and not appreciate a track like Strange Brew
Or Chrysalis which could have fit on one of their heavy albums if they just turned up the distortion and added growls
And added more dynamics. And had better production.
I’m not gonna argue that Sorceress could’ve had better production but I dunno what you mean about the dynamics
I mean that Chrysalis is big and loud all the time, it's very not dynamic at all and I think that's dragging it down to an extent. Maybe better production would fix this issue though
Isn't 4:35~5:45 the most psychedelic they've ever been? I feel like almost nobody is giving it credit. (this song I mean)
@kalk never really bothered me too much since the outro is a lot more calm and the track in general is one of the moments on the album where they jam the hardest
In fact the new track has a pretty similar structure to Chrysalis imo
Kinda true. I think Chrysalis is the track that suffers the most from the awful production issues. I wanted to like it so much
Didn't need that that long, quiet outro. They were galloping so excellently up to that point.
Eh, minor detail, it's an excellent song. That's right, I'm slapping a 4 on this.
> the dad palette
''Isn't 4:35~5:45 the most psychedelic they've ever been? I feel like almost nobody is giving it credit. (this song I mean)''
Agreed, and it rules! Love to hear more like this. I think we discussed about this in the Sorceress thread.
''Kinda true. I think Chrysalis is the track that suffers the most from the awful production issues. I wanted to like it so much'' 
Maybe there's a good live version of Chrysalis out there. The heavier louder sections on Sorceress don't sound good due to the production, but their live albums usually sound excellent; I'm not sure if they've recorded Chrysalis yet.
wtf is the ahrd meme
That's pretty much it.
I think it was a typo at first and then it turned into a thing
again for the people in the back:
Heritage is fucking lame as birds shitting and it's not an opinion as much as a declaration of gospel.
^ Fake News!
it's dece agreed
Sux 4 u.
@Sabrutin yeah that and the solo sound wild!
Gospel can be wrong.
Still like the new track.
What is the point of people like Skoj?
Do they just crave any kind of attention? I'd like to think it goes deeper.
Every time I see him comment, it's about him shitting on Heritage. We get it dude, you don't like Heritage, and don't have to.
Skoj likes it 'deeper' confirmed.
I wish I could maintain attention, deep.
heritage is okay, was just undercooked. man metalheads love to hate
That's not my impression. When I stumble into a normie thread it's often filled with hate and trolling.