Recently, I have reviewed Opeth’s first track release; Heart in Hand, off from their upcoming, the thirteenth official Opeth album; In Cauda Venenum(will be out September 27, 2019), and shared with Metalhead Community readership. Today, they have released another new track; Svekets Prins and I wanted to write about it as well.
First of all, there are some significant differences between Heart in Hand and Svekets Prins, as well as many things in common. Heart in Hand was a much more easy-going, easy listening, less complicated, less progressive song, a very typical song with the characteristics of the latest Opeth album; Sorceress. Svekets Prins is certainly richer, more creative and have much more to offer compared to Heart in Hand.
In fact, Svekets Prins also has the characteristics of the latest Opeth style and sound. No distortion, very close to a clean sound with a little gain, huge atmosphere, cleanish vocals, traditional Opeth passages, and fusion/jazz elements/ideas. It is not possible to talk any negativity about Opeth’s music, the only upsetting thing I can say about this song was most probably we shouldn’t be expecting to hear anything from the Ghost of Perdition era from In Cauda Venenum album. Mikael Akerfeldt was talking about the change of his thoughts, understanding of music and the way he would like to express his own music, some time ago in an interview. And I remember he was saying after Watershed that this music style wasn’t the music he actually wants to make in the future. So, the dramatic change which started in Opeth’s career with Heritage album obviously still continues.
The composition is a classic Opeth’s piece of work. It is another post-production marvel. There are many changes in dynamics, mood, and feeling. They used similar fusion/jazz passages in so many places as they have started doing with the Heritage album. I don’t know why but every time I listen to Svekets Prins, it always reminds me of Sorceress album. Undoubtedly this is going to be the present Opeth sound and style for some more time, and it seems like Swedish gentlemen are quite satisfied with what they are doing at the moment.