Opeth - Pale Communion

Limited Edition Double 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl, EU Pressing

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Pale Communion is the eleventh studio album by Swedish metal band Opeth, released in August 2014 by Roadrunner Records.

When Opeth released ‘Heritage’ in 2011, some longstanding fans were offended because the band had abandoned death metal. Truthfully, they had been exploring prog in fits and starts since 2005. Pale Communion completes the transition, proving that ‘Heritage’  was not only a next step, but a new beginning altogether.

With Pale Communion, they continue to follow a prog-rock vein, but focusing much more on melody it is a far more rounded, involving and engaging collection.

Though the majority of songs are still guitar driven, organ and synthesizer are just as prominent, if not more so, whether in lending atmosphere and depth, weaving a playful melody or adding an emotional counterpoint that enhances a song’s unique impact.

Opener “Eternal Rains Will Come” embraces all three dimensions, its jarring rhythms and haunting harmonies somewhat confrontational before giving away to a frail melancholy that is every bit as moving.

Not one song on Pale Communion evokes just one emotional reaction, often pulling you in opposing directions. “Moon Above, Sun Below” is perhaps the lynchpin of the record, evoking dark, doom-laden imagery, anger and acceptance, which might be hard to take in if it were not so finely crafted. “River” is by far the "prettiest" of the songs, and is suffused with potent warmth and charm before breaking into a funky rock-out, once again emphasizing diversity and the players’ keen ability to weave together such contrasts.

Holding it all together is the voice of Mikael Åkerfeldt, who continues to eschew the gruff growls of Opeth's earlier records, crooning and howling his way through the album. His intonations write as much of the story as the lyrics themselves.

For fans of classic prog-rock with plenty of noodling and convolutions, there is a lot to love on Pale Communion. Those hoping the Swedish quintet would return to the weightier pre-‘Heritage’ sounds should not necessarily dismiss Pale Communion, for it is still very much the work of Opeth, and maintains the exploratory traditions that added so much depth and character to their earlier releases. It’s hard to argue though that Opeth have earned the right to do whatever the hell they want.

Check out the tracks: “Cusp Of Eternity” ; "Moon Above, Sun Below" and “Eternal Rains Will Come”. 

This Limited Edition double LP with printed inner sleeves in a gatefold cover is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(016861757311)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Eternal Rains Will Come

6:43

A2

Cusp Of Eternity

5:35

B1

Moon Above, Sun Below

10:52

B2

Elysian Woes

4:47

C1

Goblin

4:32

C2

River

7:31

D1

Voice Of Treason

8:00

D2

Faith In Others

7:41

SKU 016861757311
Record Label Roadrunner Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number RR 7573-1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 August 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 26 August 2014
Barcode # 016861757311
Shipping Weight 0.5650kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

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