The popular Swedish progressive band, Opeth, released their last album back in 2011. The album, Heritage, was issued in 2011. The album, a breath of fresh air for Opeth fans, delivered a strong set of Rock and Roll tracks that, in any other era, would have sold at least half a million units. But being in this time, the album, while selling well for these days’ sets of standards, does not live up to the sales it should have had.
From the beginning, Opeth, who started with Candlelight Records back in 1995, before signing with other labels (Music For Nations, Roadrunner Records), has delivered a robust collection of albums, ten in all. In addition, Opeth has released several well-received live sets (Lamentations – 2003, The Roundhouse Tapes – 2008, In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall – 2010), as well as having a Candlelight Box collection released in 2008.
On August 26, Roadrunner Records will release Opeth’s eleventh studio effort, Pale Communion. The new album will be released in multiple formats that include CD, a CD/BD Special Edition, and an LP set. All sets have a special bundles that can can be pre-ordered over at the band’s site. Some of the bundles include t-shirts, leather coasters, a limited edition corkscrew, postcards, and signed, numbered sets.
“Cusps Of Eternity”, one of the eight tracks from Pale Communion, was released ahead of the album on June 6. The song previews well, and underscores what is likely a fine, fine Opeth effort.
Me? I would love to hear this band do a cover of ELP’s “From the Beginning”. Don’t ask me why. I just feel they could do a rather phenomenal version of it.