With their upcoming 11th studio album, Pale Communion, Swedish metal band Opeth sought to transcend the “growls or death metal vocals” in favor of more sonically-pleasing territory. “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album,” explained frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt. “There’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall…I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process.”
If nothing else, lead single “Cusp of Eternity” eschewed brutal noise for the confines of Dio-esque theatricality. Today, however, the band demonstrates an even softer sound with “Eternal Rains”. Aside from a few pops of righteous guitar, the track is practically some eastern European folk ballad, with gentle piano, light, sashaying drums, and some spirited strings comparable to a rootsier Blue Oyster Cult. As if all that wasn’t quite stirring enough, the lush harmonic interplay nearly had me welling up for a second or two.
Listen in below (via Stereogum):
Pale Communion is due out August 26th via Roadrunner Records. In support, Opeth will be on tour in Europe this October and November. Consult their full schedule here.
Pale Communion Tracklist:
01. Eternal Rains
02. Cusp of Eternity
03. Moon Above, Sun Below
04. Elysian Woes
07. Voice of Treason
08. Faith in Others