Release date: 20 August 2014
Style: Progressive rock

Rating:

7.6 | 282 votes

Owners:

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144 want it


01. Eternal Rains Will Come
02. Cusp Of Eternity
03. Moon Above, Sun Below
04. Elysian Woes
05. Goblin
06. River
07. Voice Of Treason
08. Faith In Others

09. Solitude [Black Sabbath cover] [live] [special edition bonus]
10. Var Kommer Barnen In [Hansson De Wolfe United cover] [live] [special edition bonus]

11. Atonement [live] [Japanese bonus]
12. Demon Of The Fall [live] [Japanese bonus]

Review
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keyboards, backing vocals
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars, backing vocals
Martin "Axe" Axenrot - drums, percussion
Martin Mendez - bass

Session musicians
Steven John Wilson - backing vocals


Additional info
Produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt
Mixed by Steven Wilson

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
N/A
Opeth have softened their sound. This is old news, and this is also an old sound. Pale Communion is their sophomore in a retrograde and vintage style of progressive rock, yet it remains poised with their distinctive craftsmanship. The question arises as to whether this record builds upon the band's efforts in Heritage. It does.

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published 20.08.2014 | Comments (59)

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infernalius - 26.08.2014 at 16:44  
Rating: 5 Disillusion.
Frank Comstock - 27.08.2014 at 02:20  
Rating: 9 Really enjoyed it. Loving the new sound.
copycat - 27.08.2014 at 05:11  
Rating: 7 It is known that the trend would continue where Heritage left, still a pretty enjoyable album, I'm not disappointed at all.
Daniell - 27.08.2014 at 19:17  
Rating: 8 It's a grower. My initial 7 just turned into 8. The songs start to really shine after repeated listens.
Ace Frawley - 28.08.2014 at 05:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Daniell on 27.08.2014 at 19:17

It's a grower. My initial 7 just turned into 8. The songs start to really shine after repeated listens.


Yeah, it's growing on me as well. I certainly am enjoying this album more than Heritage. I gave that a 6, so at this stage I think this album will probably rate a 7 for me.
Unhealer - 28.08.2014 at 16:54  
Rating: 7 A 7 is a fair score I guess. There are some really good tunes, but the overall listen is just ok.
I believe I won't revisit this one too much, just like Heritage.
God Alone - 28.08.2014 at 20:17  
Rating: 7 Not an absolute shit nor an enlightening listen like many claim; just a solid and consistent work, can't spot any big flaws apart from the fact that I don't find it more than just pleasing.

The main problem with this new shift of genre is that ten years from now I'll still be listening to the glorious Morningrise, while Heritage and Pale Communion and the following prog albums will be just... there.
Sorry, Mike. You're still a good songwriter, at times even very good. Just not good enough for the standards you had been establishing for 15 years.
Opethian - 29.08.2014 at 22:51  
Rating: 4 Just finished listening to it and it is as I feared. Unforgettable and Mediocre. This was actually even more of an earache than 'Heritage'. If i could say something to Mikael, "I hope that this shift in sound and retro style has made you a happy person, because you have lost a lot of fans over it"
Ace Frawley - 30.08.2014 at 00:22  
Rating: 9
Written by Opethian on 29.08.2014 at 22:51

Just finished listening to it and it is as I feared. Unforgettable and Mediocre. This was actually even more of an earache than 'Heritage'. If i could say something to Mikael, "I hope that this shift in sound and retro style has made you a happy person, because you have lost a lot of fans over it"


Just curious if this is your opinion after just one spin through or have you listened to it multiple times? I thought it was very average after one listen but with many more listens, it really grew on my and I really like it now. I know everyone isn't the same in that regard, and I've had discussions on this site with others in the past who say they can always rate an album after just one listen, but for others (like myself) multiple listens is required.
Opethian - 30.08.2014 at 01:00  
Rating: 4
Written by Ace Frawley on 30.08.2014 at 00:22

Just curious if this is your opinion after just one spin through or have you listened to it multiple times? I thought it was very average after one listen but with many more listens, it really grew on my and I really like it now. I know everyone isn't the same in that regard, and I've had discussions on this site with others in the past who say they can always rate an album after just one listen, but for others (like myself) multiple listens is required.


I probably will but to be honest this album doesn't convey any action to the listener other then doubt and anger lol. I'm going to shelve this one for now. In other words, "I'm not missing out on anything"
Ace Frawley - 30.08.2014 at 13:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Opethian on 30.08.2014 at 01:00

I probably will but to be honest this album doesn't convey any action to the listener other then doubt and anger lol. I'm going to shelve this one for now. In other words, "I'm not missing out on anything"


Oh well, each to their own. Right now, I'm captivated by this album. More interesting than most metal albums I've listened to this year and you can hear all the instruments. And it has a singer that can sing clean vocals.
Warman - 30.08.2014 at 17:53  
Rating: 7 It's good stuff, but nothing which makes me wanna see them live this autumn. I fucking love Opeth but I remember last time I saw them. They opened with six Heritage songs in a row, after that they played something from Damnation. After that The Grand Conjuration came on, so it took seven songs before some headbanging was a must.
Dima - 31.08.2014 at 03:45  
Rating: 7 They're probably gonna have a more varied setlist this time around. Ever since their 2012-13 tour (the tour after the Heritage one) they've mixed it up nicely.
Ace Frawley - 31.08.2014 at 10:43  
Rating: 9 Yes, I just watched a YouTube interview and Akerfeldt acknowledged that they would now be playing a variety of songs, including their older "classics", or heavier songs. He knows that there are fans that come away disappointed from a show if they don't hear them play some of these older songs (myself included). I've also noticed from looking at setlist.fm that they haven't started playing any of the songs from Pale Communion yet. I wonder when that is going to happen?
Dima - 31.08.2014 at 10:59  
Rating: 7 They haven't started playing any PC because all the gigs they've done have been before the PC release
Troy Killjoy - 31.08.2014 at 17:00  
 
Written by Dima on 31.08.2014 at 10:59
They haven't started playing any PC because all the gigs they've done have been before the PC release

That's not necessarily the reason, as plenty of bands play material from upcoming albums.
Dima - 31.08.2014 at 17:20  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 31.08.2014 at 17:00

Written by Dima on 31.08.2014 at 10:59
They haven't started playing any PC because all the gigs they've done have been before the PC release

That's not necessarily the reason, as plenty of bands play material from upcoming albums.


Ahh ok sorry then.
Elusivest - 31.08.2014 at 20:03  
Rating: 10 The more I listen, the more I like it. Might not be a 10 but when I see ratings of 1 makes me wonder if Justin Bieber fans have just joined Metalstorm. Haters gonna hate, Mikael hears you, Mikael doesn't care
Ace Frawley - 03.09.2014 at 05:21  
Rating: 9 This is a modern day PROG rock MASTERPIECE.
Paw!! - 04.09.2014 at 06:58  
Rating: 9 Congratulations..I gave it 9! (too many reasons for repeat listening to this album in first time).
first time hear it I think it would be bad, too many variations of each song.. but wow really nice.
GrayWizzard - 05.09.2014 at 08:44  
Rating: 7 I dont love this album as much as i've loved Watershed and Ghost Reveries. But its still a good album. I really love the first three songs. Some songs are pretty boring but some really innovative. So all and all pretty descent album.
robpal - 07.09.2014 at 12:13  
Rating: 10 This is amazing. Stop whining and learn to appreciate real prog music.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.09.2014 at 13:50  
Rating: 6
Written by robpal on 07.09.2014 at 12:13

Stop whining and learn to appreciate real prog music.

Ok.

*goes and listens to Chimp Spanner and Last Chance To Reason*
metalody - 07.09.2014 at 14:12  
Rating: 10 This album is a masterpiece. Wonderful melodies, great songs. The 7.5 average rating is very unfair and not representative for its quality. Ok, it is not metal, so what? The inspiration flows non-stop in the veins of that guy. Well done, Mikael.
BloodTears - 07.09.2014 at 19:11  
Rating: 7 It is a grower indeed. "Moon Above, Sun Below" is my favourite song so far. Still need more listens to process the whole thing but so far, I think it's a good, solid album.
moonflash - 07.09.2014 at 22:46  
Rating: 8 Yeah, definitely liking it more and more each passing day. It has this strange addictive quality and I keep coming back to it. Not a bad album by any means.
Atna - 09.09.2014 at 06:28  
Rating: 9 This is a real grower. It took be like 4-5 spins before I really started getting into it.

I really adore the first 3 songs. The last half, has its moments and its wonderfully expressive side to look forward to after the first 3 tracks.
Overall I'm impressed with how it all comes together. The drums especially, Axe has great 'thwacky' feel and really makes the rhythm ebb and flow throughout the tracks.

my favorite parts are scattered throughout the various progressions that take the stage at different times, like the "Moon above, sun below" crooning on the track of the same name, and the Dueling guitar solo section that lands about 2/3 through "River". The last 2 tracks vocal atmosphere and lyrics, cut in with the bass and cascading keyboards.

a facsinating release, with a good deal of opeth's signature sound and creativity. I couldnt stop listening to it for several days, it just has a certain addictive quality to it.
Fritillaria - 10.09.2014 at 14:39  
Rating: 5 As an Opeth fan for a long time I had really hard time to make my mind about my vote, it's not as bad as their previous shit but it's not really that good either, it's totally new Opeth which I can't relate to.
Dentura - 14.09.2014 at 09:51  
Rating: 9 I've grown to actually really love this album after a lot of listens. One of this year's best for me.
Fearmeister - 14.09.2014 at 19:10  
Rating: 9 This album has really taken me by surprise! This is the first Opeth that I liked in a long time.
FB_10 - 16.09.2014 at 00:22  
Rating: 6 Dissapointed ! Only "Eternal Rains Will Come" is good to listen :(
rlro - 19.09.2014 at 17:22  
Rating: 6 It is really bad when a band that I deeply like changes completely its style of music (my first great deception was with Paradise Lost, but let's not change subject). Opeth last two albums, besides being very different from the previous ones, are simply bad and boring. I like progressive rock, but it definitely something Opeth can't do well. I was hoping Heritage was just an unique album like Damnation was, but it seems my hopes were in vain.
Desert Father - 20.09.2014 at 05:05  
  I finally listened to it and was pleasantly surprised. Glad that they have moved beyond piecing random whole-tone scale riffs together. I still feel that all the vocal lines sound like Mikael just improvised them, nothing memorable about them at all. River and Eternal Rains are my favourites so far.

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