Opeth – Svekets Prins Song Review – Metalhead Community

Today we are featuring a legend; Opeth. We have reviewed the second release; Svekets Prins, off from their upcoming album; In Cauda Venenum, along with its character, style, story, potential and more.

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.

The song melodically didn’t give me anything extraordinary, as I always expect to hear from Opeth. This has been a habit, cause I believe Opeth is the most creative and influential band ever existed. On the other hand, as you also know, every artist has one challenge with themselves for a lifetime, kinda curse; trying to do something better than the previous. And this is why I unconsciously compare everything they release with their previous works.

When I take a closer look at Svekets Prins, I can say that it is much more dynamic and contains less Eastern elements inside as well. I don’t know why but they used Eastern elements in their music a lot lately. This time, the song offers much more traditional and instrumental Opeth passages (like a soundtrack) instead, which is awesome. What I liked the most about this song was probably Mikael Akerfeldt’s dirty vocals. Almost every single person I know told me that he is singing much more successful lately. As I have mentioned earlier, there’s a big change in his way of handling and writing vocal lines as well. For instance, James Hetfield has started singing with a cleaner tone in Metallica shows because of the difficulty of keeping your voice healthy at his age. I can see that Mikael is also much more focused in writing his lines in a cleaner way, until this song. In this way, Svekets Prins has quite satisfying vocals without a doubt.

Eventually, Svekets Prins is the second track off from In Cauda Venenum, and there are a lot more to come. I liked Svekets Prins more than Heart in Hand, and looking forward to hearing more from Opeth.

P.S. I am still hopeful that they will make an exceptional album that will take us back to Deliverance days, someday in the future.

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In conclusion, we, as Metalhead Community Team, congratulate Opeth for their amazing piece of work; Svekets Prins, 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