Opeth - Svekets Prins - Song Review - Vintage Progressive Rock from Stockholm, Sweden

Opeth - Svekets Prins - Song Review - Vintage Progressive Rock from Stockholm, Sweden
Opeth - Svekets Prins - Song Review - Vintage Progressive Rock from Stockholm, Sweden

Today, we delve into the world of Swedish progressive metal legends Opeth, as they grace us with another track from their upcoming album 'In Cauda Venenum.' The second single, 'Svekets Prins,' continues to captivate listeners with Opeth's signature vintage progressive rock sound.

OPETH - "Svekets Prins" (OFFICIAL VISUALIZER TRACK). Video by Costin Chioreanu (http://www.twilight13media.com). Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages.

After reviewing Opeth's first single, 'Heart in Hand,' from their highly anticipated thirteenth album 'In Cauda Venenum,' I am excited to share their latest offering, 'Svekets Prins.' While both tracks bear Opeth's distinct style, 'Svekets Prins' stands out as a richer, more creative composition with much to offer.

This song embraces the characteristics of Opeth's recent style and sound. The absence of distortion, the clean sound with a hint of gain, and the ethereal atmosphere create a captivating ambiance. Mikael Akerfeldt's clean vocals and the fusion/jazz elements and ideas further enhance the distinct Opeth experience. It is worth noting that Opeth has been undergoing a significant evolution in their music, with Akerfeldt expressing a change in his musical preferences and desire for self-expression in previous interviews. This transformation, which began with the album 'Heritage,' is clearly ongoing.

'Svekets Prins' showcases Opeth's signature composition style, incorporating dynamic changes, shifting moods, and intricate arrangements. The fusion/jazz passages, a hallmark of Opeth's recent works, make a prominent appearance. It is reminiscent of their album 'Sorceress,' serving as a testament to the band's current sound and style.

OPETH - In Cauda Venenum: The Recording Process (OFFICIAL INTERVIEW). Mikael Åkerfeldt discusses getting out of his comfort zone to record the new album, In Cauda Venenum, at Park studios with Stefan Boman, the decision to also record the album in English and mastering the album with Geoff Pesch at Abbey Road.

While 'Svekets Prins' may not offer an extraordinary melodic experience typically associated with Opeth, it is important to recognize the band's perpetual challenge of surpassing their previous works. Opeth remains the epitome of creativity and influence in the music industry. Consequently, it is only natural to compare each release with their illustrious discography.

Taking a closer look at 'Svekets Prins,' the song exhibits a higher level of dynamism and reduced incorporation of Eastern elements, which have been prevalent in recent Opeth compositions. Instead, the track presents more traditional and instrumental Opeth passages, reminiscent of a captivating soundtrack. Notably, Mikael Akerfeldt's delivery of dirty vocals adds depth and intensity to the song. Many have remarked on his improved vocal performance, highlighting the changes in his approach and writing style. This cleaner execution, until now, has been a conscious decision aimed at preserving his voice. In 'Svekets Prins,' however, the vocals are notably satisfying.

As the second track from 'In Cauda Venenum,' 'Svekets Prins' offers a promising glimpse into Opeth's forthcoming album. With my personal preference leaning towards 'Svekets Prins' over 'Heart in Hand,' I eagerly anticipate hearing more from Opeth.

P.S. I remain hopeful that Opeth will someday create an exceptional album reminiscent of their 'Deliverance' era, a nostalgic journey for longtime fans.

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

In conclusion, we, as the Metalhead Community Team, extend our congratulations to Opeth for their remarkable achievement with 'Svekets Prins.' We wish them continued success in their future endeavors. Thanks for reading.

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

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