Opeth: Pale Communion – Album Review

Swedish heavy metal legends Opeth are back with their 11th studio album Pale Communion, out now from Roadrunner/Warner.

Pale Communion once again moves away from the band’s original sound, exploring an older, more progressive rock style, similar to that of 2011’s Heritage – a release that shocked some of the band’s die-hard old-school fans.

Opeth continues on this new path, dismissing many of the pre-Damnation sounds that made them famous. Instead, Pale Communion is a progressive rock album, with clear influences from the 60’s and 70’s. A prime example is opening track “Eternal Rains Will Come”, which sets the tone for the album with its atmospheric instrumental. This does make for a bit of a repetitive experience, however, especially by the time you’ve heard “Goblin”, a fully instrumental track.

The album features stunning solos, though, and pitch-perfect vocals by frontman, Mikael Akerfeldt. Overall, Pale Communion is a solid release, but one that is likely to generate some controversy among the band’s fans; Opeth is not afraid to experiment, and this release sees the band moving further towards old-school rock and away from metal.

Pale Communion is out now in Australia from Roadrunner/Warner



1.     “Eternal Rains Will Come”
2.     “Cusp of Eternity”
3.     “Moon Above, Sun Below”
4.     “Elysian Woes”
5.     “Goblin” (instrumental)
6.     “River”
7.     “Voice of Treason”
8.     “Faith in Others”


Pale Communion is out now in Australia from Roadrunner/Warner