Release date: 20 August 2014
Style: Progressive rock


7.6 | 168 votes


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Lyrics (8)

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

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.

published 20.08.2014 | Comments (57)

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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  
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.

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