Opeth
Pale Communion


2.5
average

Review

by Urinetrouble USER (73 Reviews)
August 18th, 2014 | 43 replies


Release Date: 08/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Life is a constant process of dying.”

“Stop listening to *** tech death. Are you Jac"”

-With this quote, quasi-famous sputnikmusic user Climactic aptly pointed out the biggest flaw of the new Opeth album, Pale Communion: it’s ***.

Opeth are essentially the trend-setting goth-proggers of their time, all black uniforms and ugly, crude makeup depicting the primal aspects and the tribe-like community of the technical death-rock scene. They were Cannibal Corpse with better guitar solos, which isn’t saying much. At some interim point in the band’s lifespan, they became a progressive jazz-rock band in the vein of King Crimson, Rush, or Camel (it’s really up to the audience at this point as to who they borrowed liberally from/were influenced by). The elastic desert-gypsy melodies of “Cusp of Eternity” help pinpoint the exact moment they started sucking, which was, as soon as this album started.

Don’t get me wrong, Ghost Reveries is great, but Pale Communion is the equivalent of a David Foster Wallace novel, specifically Infinite Jest, in that it may seem complex and dense at first, but it’s really just heavy-handed wordplay and lengthy think-pieces about tennis. It is in some ways a very Opeth move, and in others an entirely not Opeth move at all. Who are we, as an audience, to quantify what actions the band makes as Opethian" Are there set parameters or is it just a product of the abstract phenomena of thought" The world may never know.

Akerfeldt is essentially a continental philosopher with dreams of being an analytical one, all bright-eyed optimism and populist idealism but yearning for indisputable facts and categorical knowledge. His approach of trying to mix the two is very much like the series The Big Bong Theory, wherein it tries to mix obscurest cultural knowledge with a broad, accessible appeal that just doesn’t quite work.

The album opens up with some jazzy bass playing and an extremely out of place organ. When did Rick Wakeman join Opeth" That was pretty much the entire singular thought I had running throughout the course of this album, or at least for the majority I stayed awake for. So yes, it’s not a great album for a band known for making some of the most hardcore death-rock this side of Cradle of Filth, but at least it’s a good album for taking lengthy naps.

Honestly though, would you rather listen to yet another trite, watered-down prog-rock beast repurposing the melodies of yesteryear or would you rather listen to something with some verve and energy in it" Pale Communion would probably pass for a mediocre Kansas album, but as its own entity, it does not work within the parameters that the band has set for themselves. An extra 0.5 for putting me to sleep.



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Urinetrouble
August 18th 2014


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

let the hate flow through you

DungeonBoy
August 18th 2014


3374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"They were Cannibal Corpse with better guitar solos"



"So yes, it’s not a great album for a band known for making some of the most hardcore death-rock this side of Cradle of Filth"



best review yet.

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ResidentNihilist
August 18th 2014


1292 Comments


how does one trouble their urine?

Urinetrouble
August 18th 2014


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

mods pls feature

treeqt.
August 18th 2014


16894 Comments


well thank god we have 3 reviews for this

emester
August 18th 2014


8186 Comments


theres gonna be 6 more by tomorrow tree

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BMDrummer
August 18th 2014


14079 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yay another review, we need a 1 review now

fallenbird
August 18th 2014


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We also need the obligatory 5

JJKeys
August 18th 2014


833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bazoopers

Urinetrouble
August 18th 2014


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wrote this like a month ago though and have been saving it for when it streamed

adarkishman
August 18th 2014


627 Comments


bazinag

JJKeys
August 18th 2014


833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

>It is in some ways a very Opeth move, and in others an entirely not Opeth move at all.



This review is both good and not good

SnakeDelilah
August 18th 2014


19999 Comments


holy shit this is bad



the review that is

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adarkishman
August 18th 2014


627 Comments


julien loeposer

Flugmorph
August 18th 2014


17563 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not buying it.

cusp of eternity isn't the first track troubler of the urines

Tunaboy45
August 18th 2014


15646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is going to have more reviews than Kid A.

Efficient
August 18th 2014


31 Comments


This is probably really good tbh, haven't heard it yet though.

Tunaboy45
August 18th 2014


15646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm sticking to my guns and waiting for my preorder.

Efficient
August 18th 2014


31 Comments


M/


climactic
August 18th 2014


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thank you based julien



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