Opeth - Heart in Hand - Song Review - Vintage Progressive Rock from Stockholm, Sweden

Opeth - Heart in Hand - Song Review - Vintage Progressive Rock from Stockholm, Sweden
Opeth - Heart in Hand - Song Review - Vintage Progressive Rock from Stockholm, Sweden

Today, we are thrilled to feature the legendary Swedish progressive metal band Opeth and their highly anticipated new release, 'Heart in Hand.' Join us as we explore the essence of this song, including its character, style, captivating story, and the potential it holds for Opeth and their devoted fans.

OPETH - "Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart In Hand" (OFFICIAL VISUALIZER TRACK)

Opeth undoubtedly stands as one of the most creative bands in death metal history. With their new track, they continue to push boundaries and captivate listeners. While watching their live performances at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on YouTube recently, I came across a comment that has stayed with me: 'Opeth, they are their own genre.' This statement epitomizes the immense respect and unparalleled status Opeth has achieved as artists. In my opinion, they have reached the pinnacle of metal musicianship and are at the forefront of captivating metal listeners worldwide.

'Heart in Hand' (Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör) is their latest release, offering a glimpse into their upcoming full-length album, 'In Cauda Venenum.' Personally, I am a fervent fan of Opeth's mid-era, which saw the masterful fusion of jazz and black metal elements in albums like 'Blackwater Park,' 'Deliverance,' 'Damnation,' 'Ghost Reveries,' and 'Watershed.' It was during this period that Opeth solidified their unique sound, leaving an indelible mark on the genre and influencing countless individuals with their authentic musical approach. However, as time passes, artists naturally evolve. Opeth's late-era, which commenced with 'Heritage' in 2011, followed by 'Pale Communion' (2014) and 'Sorceress' (2016), represents a new chapter in their career. 'Heart in Hand' beautifully embodies this late-era Opeth style, particularly resonating with their latest album, 'Sorceress.'

Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, performing live on stage. Credit: Unknown

The song begins with an enthralling section that immediately recalls the atmospheric and haunting vibe of 'Sorceress.' Compared to Opeth's classic compositions, especially from their mid-era as described earlier, 'Heart in Hand' may be considered less progressive. This shift is intentional and consistent with their recent albums. Rather than focusing on sharp changes and intricate compositions, Opeth now emphasizes a smoother, more flowing experience. It is worth noting that these albums are arguably the least musically innovative in Opeth's storied career. Consequently, listeners should not anticipate the grand surprises of the past. Mikael Åkerfeldt's recent exploration of 1970s jazz classics has influenced the band's sound, resulting in a sonic resemblance to that era.

Technically, 'Heart in Hand' maintains Opeth's exceptional standards. As previously mentioned, the song possesses musical and technical characteristics akin to their previous album, 'Sorceress.' It feels as though both albums were recorded in the same studio during a shared creative period.

Ultimately, I am grateful that Opeth continues to create astounding music, release new material, and tour the world. Considering these factors, 'In Cauda Venenum' is likely to represent another significant contribution to Opeth's classic late-era. Let us await its arrival with anticipation.

Opeth, In Cauda Venenum, album art graphic. Art Credit: Travis Smith

In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team extends heartfelt congratulations to Opeth for their extraordinary piece of work, 'Heart in Hand.' We eagerly await the future endeavors of this remarkable band. Thanks for reading.

Opeth, In Cauda Venenum (2019), album front cover artwork. Art Credit: Travis Smith

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