“Pale Communion”, the highly anticipated eleventh studio album from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, has had its release date pushed back to August 26 (via Roadrunner Records) from the previously announced June 17.
“Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the release of ‘Pale Communion’ has indeed been pushed back to late August,” commented OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt. “Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June.”
“Pale Communion”, which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, will be heralded by the lead single “Cusp Of Eternity” and available for pre-order starting Tuesday, June 3. Pre-orders for “Pale Communion” made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of “Cusp Of Eternity” as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records webstore and O Merch.
“Pale Communion” track listing:
01. Eternal Rains Will Come
02. Cusp Of Eternity
03. Moon Above, Sun Below
04. Elysian Woes
07. Voice Of Treason
08. Faith In Others
In a recent interview with Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated about “Pale Communion”: “Normally when I start writing for a record, I’m a bit nervous. You don’t know whether or not you’re going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think.”
He continued: “[2011’s] ‘Heritage’ was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don’t, to be honest.”
Mikael added in a separate interview with Metal Assault: “[‘Pale Communion’ is] the next album, so I guess it’s closer to [‘Heritage’] than, say, the first album. But I’d like to think there’s an upgraded sound, and by that I don’t mean a modern sound. We were looking at some of the late ’70s and early ’80s production, and that’s what we were going for sound-wise and it’s one of the reasons why we ended up recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales, which is a legendary studio where many of our favorite bands recorded. So, musically, I guess you could say it’s similar to ‘Heritage’, but I’d like to think it’s more hard rock and metal sounding. We also have something new that we didn’t have before in certain songs. I don’t really know what it is, which I like. I like to either recognize our sound or to hear something completely new, and I think we have both on the new album.”
Asked if he thinks if it would be fair to say that people who liked “Heritage” will like this new album as much as, or even more than, the last OPETH CD, Mikael said: “Yeah, I hope so. I hope everybody will like it, of course. I think it’s probably a bit easier to get into because it’s a bit more melodic. There’s definitely more attention to melodies and I wouldn’t say it’s an easy-listening album at all, but there’s more melody than ever before, not just ‘Heritage’. I’m hoping that people who liked ‘Heritage’ will like this one too and also fans who liked the old shit will hopefully like this one as well, and may be some new fans. You never know.”