Opeth // In Cauda Venenum // Album review
Opeth // In Cauda Venenum // Album review9
Opeth // In Cauda Venenum // Album review9
Opeth // In Cauda Venenum // Album review9
Opeth // In Cauda Venenum // Album review9
Opeth // In Cauda Venenum // Album review9
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Formed in 1990 in Huddinge near Stockholm, Opeth set out to be the “most evil band in the world” and as a 5 piece set out to corrupt the world using black-hearted music. Over the next two years members came and went and now the band have put together their 13threlease for the world, one which is by their own admission “the most important record to date.”

This Opeth isn’t the dark and heavy Death Metal that older records have produced, here the band have evolved into a more experimental side of darkness. Having recorded the album in both English and Swedish, both versions work perfectly well as this more Prog Rock, blended with hints of string sections, atmospheric keys and chunky hooks to create a new sound.

The vocals are very clean and soar above the music that is regularly heavy in sound, however whilst experimenting with other sounds and styles, Opeth have created their own new way of sounding ‘heavy’, a way which is unconventional and may take some listeners a few spins to fully get into the album, but it’s definitely worth giving it some time.

When your perspective adjusts to what the band are now creating, the guitars are white hot, the drums piercing and thumping at the same time, the beats constantly changing and the vocal just whisks you away on a trip of a ride.

The 10 tracks span some 70ish minutes and travel across most influence of rock music, blending them perfectly and creating something very special. Maybe its time for people to expand their horizons a little and realise that heavy isn’t always in the obvious, sometimes its in the process and the subtlety that including acoustic moments, easier listening and strings can create when combined with the traditional heavy guitars and battering drums. The latter still exist in the album, perhaps sounding heavier than normal due to the fact that they are not constant.

The feeling of In Cauda Venenum is one of beauty and intricacy through experimentation and Progressive music, not playing by the rules, upsetting a few but creating the music that means to the maker which in turn produces an album some will shun without giving it the respect it deserves, but those that give this album the respect and time that it deserves will be blown away by it.

In Cauda Venenum is due for release September 27th via Nuclear Blast.


Ed Ford

Various physical and digital formats will be available

Check out the first three webisodes detailing the making of ‘In Cauda Venenum’:

Video #1 – About ‘Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör’ / ‘Heart In Hand’ – https://youtu.be/lBiLa5OersA
Video #2 – ‘In Cauda Venenum’: The Writing Process – https://youtu.be/D0Sxlhr2xuM

Video #3 – ‘In Cauda Venenum’: The Recording Process – https://youtu.be/Rm9DU0KIKd8

OPETH will be touring the UK and Europe in support of In Cauda Venenum through the end of the year.  Dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at http://www.opeth.com.  Additional touring will be announced soon.

In Cauda Venenum Tracklisting:

1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights

2. Svekets Prins / Dignity

3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand

4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin

5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime

6. Charlatan

7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth

8. Banemannen / The Garroter

9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum

10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

OPETH Tour Dates:

Oct 27 – Norwich, United Kingdom – UEA LCR

Oct 29 – London, United Kingdom – London Palladium

Oct 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – SWG3 Galvanizers

Nov 1 – Leeds, United Kingdom – O2 Academy (Damnation Festival)

Nov 3 – Bristol, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Bristol

Nov 6 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique

Nov 8 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk

Nov 9 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz

Nov 10 – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Zurich

Nov 11 – Paris, France – L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix

Nov 13 – Koln, Germany – E-Werk

Nov 14 – Munich, Germany – Schlachthof

Nov 15 – Nuremberg, Germany – Meistersingerhalle

Nov 16 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt

Nov 17 – Kobenhavn K, Denmark – Det Kgl. Teater

Dec 10 – Torrensville, Australia – The Barton Theatre

Dec 11 – Perth, Australia – The Astor Theatre

Dec 13 – Melbourne, Australia – Palais Theatre

Dec 14 – Sydney, Australia – The State Theatre

Dec 15 – Brisbane, Australia – The Tivoli

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