Opeth – Heart in Hand Song Review – Metalhead Community

Today we are featuring a legend; Opeth. We have reviewed their super exciting new release; Heart in Hand, along with its character, style, story, potential and more.

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.

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The story begins with an exciting section that immediately reminded me of the song Sorceress with its atmosphere and vibe. Compared to classic Opeth compositions (especially from the mid-Opeth era which I explained above) Heart in Hand can be considered less progressive. Actually, this is one of the things they change with their latest records. Their focus is mostly on the flow. No more sharp changes and surprises, no more challenging compositions. At the same time, you might or might not agree with me in this but, these latest albums are the least creative Opeth albums in their careers. So in Heart in Hand, don’t expect to hear big surprises that we used to expect from them before. As you might also know that Mikael has started listening to some jazz classics from the ’70s lately. It seems to me that his search for the ultimate Opeth sound still continues, and as time goes by they started sounding more like from those times.

Technically, Heart in Hand has exceptional standards as well. As I have mentioned above, the song has almost the same musical and also technical characteristics as their previous album; Sorceress. They sound like they were recorded at the same time, in the studio, with the same state of mind.

Eventually, I am happy that Opeth is still writing amazing music, making releases and touring the world. When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that In Cauda Venenum is probably going to be another piece from the classic Late-Opeth era. Let’s wait and see.

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In conclusion, we, as Metalhead Community Team, congratulate Opeth for their amazing piece of work; Heart in Hand, and wish them the very best in their future. Thanks for reading.

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Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” / “Heart In Hand | In Cauda Venenum, out September 27, 2019 via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast. | the powers that be | vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt | Hofner Beatles-esue bass guitar | Stockholm’s Park Studios | 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