Monday, 11 November 2019

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

New week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

"In Cauda Venenum" the 13th album by the Swedish progressive rockers OPETH. It's a sonic brew of "13 miljoner 100 tusentals" (13 million 100 thousands).

That OPETH set out to do something a little different with the album "In Cauda Venenum", he decided to release two versions, one in English and one in Swedish. Outside of vocal cadence, the records are the same. Take your pick or buy them both as I did :)'

The fact that the English version may certainly be the more accessible of the two. But that the Swedish version becomes more real and more "True" for us Swedes is not strange but fully understandable, that Mr. Åkerfeldt voice is just lovely when he’s singing in his native tongue when he expresses himself in a more normal way with his native language makes it closer, clearer and easier to get a grip of his thoughts and feelings significantly more than when he is trying to translate. Even if his English lyrics are high class the use of Swedish makes a bigger impact on me. Still, both have strong songwriting no doubt about that. The resonating guitar solo, instrumentally and the vocals are the stars here, no matter the version.

The album is a massive piece with its 67 mins of playtime divided into 10 tunes. It's an amazing sounding album, a band in a playful mood with engaging tunes full of passion and life. It's a true delight instrumentally and really fun to play and suits perfectly with a glass of red wine and slippers around the open fire that burns lively in the living room along with OPETH in your speakers. From the brilliant way to start in "Svekets Prins" (Dignity), excellent guitar playing with a guitar solo that gives goosebumps and the superb vocals from Åkerfeldt. Heavy riffing opens up the progressive rocker and the album's first single "Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" (Heart In Hand) that takes you on a frenetic dopamine ride. "De Närmast Sörjande" (Next Of Kin) is a heavy and dark tune that musical and lyrically is a masterpiece. The freakout piece "Charlatan" with shredding bass licks in a spaced-out religious world. "Banemannen" (The Garroter) and "Kontinuerlig Drift" (Continuum) are two of the more spectacular halfpace tunes. "Ingen Sanning Är Allas" (Universal Truth) is another beauty. Albums finale "Allting Tar Slut" (All Things Will Pass) flows in a bit jazzy way, flawless guitars and marvelous drumming make this a perfect and powerful ending of an excellent album. "In Cauda Venenum" shows the sheer level of talent that OPETH has taken and this is the best record for the band since "Heritage".

Sum: The 4th and strongest of the albums in the band’s progressive path.

Today's tune "Svekets Prins" (Dignity) is taken from "In Cauda Venenum", Released on September 27th, 2019 on Moderbolaget and Nuclear Blast. Enjoy!

Upcoming tour dates:

Wed, NOV 13 E-Werk Köln, Germany
Thu, NOV 14 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Germany
Fri, NOV 15 Meistersingerhalle Nuremburg, Germany
Sat, NOV 16 HUXLEY'S NEUE WELT Berlin, Germany
Sun, NOV 17 Det Kongelige Teater København K, Denmark
Fri, NOV 29 Bacardi Pune NH7 Weekender Pune, India
Sat, NOV 30 Bacardi Pune NH7 Weekender Pune, India
Sun, DEC 1 Bacardi Pune NH7 Weekender Pune, India
Mon, DEC 2 MAO Livehouse Shanghai, China
Tue, DEC 3 MAO Livehouse Beijing, China
Thu, DEC 5 Umeda Club Quattro Osaka-shi, Japan ローソンチケット
Fri, DEC 6 Zepp Tokyo 江東区, 日本
Sun, DEC 8 Live At The Crossroads Singapore, Singapore
Tue, DEC 10 The Barton Theatre Torrensville, Australia
Wed, DEC 11 The Astor Theatre Perth, Australia
Fri, DEC 13 Palais Theatre Melbourne, Australia
Sat, DEC 14 State Theatre Sydney, Australia
Sun, DEC 15 The Tivoli Brisbane, Australia
Jan 12, 2020 Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway
Jan 13, 2020 Stockholm Cirkus Stockholm, Sweden
Jan 15, 2020 Helsinki Ice Hall Helsinki, Finland
Feb 13, 2020 The Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
Feb 14, 2020 The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Feb 15, 2020 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Feb 17, 2020 Palladium Worcester, MA
Feb 18, 2020 Mtelus Montréal, Canada
Feb 19, 2020 Rebel Toronto, Canada
Feb 21, 2020 Apollo Theater New York, NY
Feb 22, 2020 Apollo Theater New York, NY
Feb 23, 2020 The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD
Feb 25, 2020 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Feb 26, 2020 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Feb 28, 2020 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
Feb 29, 2020 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX
Mar 1, 2020 Arvest Bank Theatre At the Midland Kansas City, MO
Mar 2, 2020 The Mission Ballroom Denver, CO
Mar 4, 2020 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA
Jun 6, 2020 Rockwave Festival Μαλακάσα, Greece
Aug 20, 2020 ArcTanGent (Performance Date TBA) Compton Martin, United Kingdom

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