Opeth is undoubtedly one of the most creative bands (probably the MOST CREATIVE) in metal music history. Today, they have released a brand new track from their upcoming album and I wanted to take a closer look at it for all Opeth fans out there.
A few days ago I was watching Opeth’s live performance videos from the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Youtube and someone wrote something on comments I am not able to forget about; “Opeth, they are their own genre”. This, probably, is the most honorable thing, the greatest thing you can achieve as an artist/band that brilliantly sums up everything that they have done so far. There are so many incredible bands and artists out there. But when it comes to Opeth, they are unrivaled in what they do. In my book, they are at the highest level one can reach as a metal musician and a listener at the moment.
Heart in Hand (Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör) is their latest release, off from their upcoming full-length album; In Cauda Venenum. I am a big fan of the mid-Opeth period (Blackwater Park, Deliverance, Damnation, Ghost Reveries and Watershed). The period when they have shown the most exquisite pieces from their own combination of jazz and black metal elements. In addition, this is the time where they became the greatest in their own genre, and influenced millions of people with their authentic way of making music. However, we all change in time, and the Heritage album, which was released in 2011, was the end and also the beginning of another era in Opeth’s career. This I choose to call, late-Opeth era, started with Heritage album and continued with Pale Communion (2014) and Sorceress (2016) albums after that. Heart in Hand is a great example of this late-Opeth style. It has so many things in common, especially with their latest album; Sorceress.