New Opeth album, In Cauda Venenum, to be released on 27th September
Opeth are set to release one of 2019’s most anticipated albums, In Cauda Venenum, on 27th September via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has unveiled a bi-lingual visualiser for the opus’s first new song, ‘Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör’ / ‘Heart In Hand’.
Commenting on the new song, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt says, “‘Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör’ or ‘Heart in Hand’, as it’s called in English, is one of the first couple of songs I wrote for ‘In Cauda Venenum’. I immediately knew that it would probably be favoured by ”the powers that be,” when talks of future singles for the record would commence. And I was right. I generally leave it up to the label or management to pick the so-called singles. I’m indifferent, as I put an equal amount of dedication into all songs, so it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I guess it’s one of the more straightforward songs on the album, a rather rocking little thing. It’s got one of the ”happy mistakes” in it too. Mendez’s bass broke down in the middle of recording. At the time he played an old Hofner Beatles-esque bass guitar that started humming real bad, but it sounded so good we immediately decided to keep it in there. I’d be putting myself down if I said that noise is the best part of the song, but it’s up there! I like when stuff happens out of your control, and it actually adds to the piece. This is the first full taster of the new Opeth album, and of course I hope you like it. All the songs on the new album are different from each other and therefore equally representable in my view. Enjoy!“
Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available and additional details will be announced in the coming months.
Regarding the the sonic direction of the new record, Åkerfeldt adds, “For us, at this stage with In Cauda Venenum, heaviness isn’t guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That’s not necessarily what I call ‘heavy’ music these days. I can listen to Korn and say, ‘OK, that’s heavy.’ But it doesn’t really mean anything to me. I mean, I catch up on things in magazines or online. I read about bands that have the ‘heaviest record ever,’ and I’m not too impressed by that. OK, it’s cool but what does it say? What does it mean? It’s an impossible mission, to be the heaviest. That’s been done before. Over time, I got tired of that tag. Of course, when I was younger it meant everything to me. I was always on the pursuit for heaviness in my youth, trying to find the next level of heaviness. First it was death metal, then it was bands like Meshuggah, but heaviness is now more about emotions, heavy chord progressions, music that has feelings. Heaviness doesn’t mean Meshuggah anymore, although indeed they’re a fucking heavy band. I’m not trying to tap into that anymore.”
Opeth will be playing shows in support of In Cauda Venenum around the world through the end of the year. Dates are listed below and additional dates will be announced soon.
In Cauda Venenum Tracklisting:
1. 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
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass
Opeth Tour Dates:
July 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Prog In Park III
July 27 – Sibiu, Romania – ARTmania Festival
Aug 2 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug 3 – Borgholm, Sweden – Borgholm Brinner
Aug 9 – Kortrijk, Belgium – Alcatraz Festival
Aug 11 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave Fest
Aug 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Oct 27 – Norwich, United Kingdom – UEA LCR
Oct 29 – London, United Kingdom – London Palladium
Oct 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – SWG3 Galvanizers
Nov 1 – Leeds, United Kingdom – O2 Academy (Damnation Festival)
Nov 3 – Bristol, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Bristol
Nov 6 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
Nov 8 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
Nov 9 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz
Nov 10 – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Zurich
Nov 11 – Paris, France – L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
Nov 13 – Koln, Germany – E-Werk
Nov 14 – Munich, Germany – Schlachthof
Nov 15 – Nuremberg, Germany – Meistersingerhalle
Nov 16 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
Nov 17 – Kobenhavn K, Denmark – Det Kgl. Teater
Dec 10 – Torrensville, Australia – The Barton Theatre
Dec 11 – Perth, Australia – The Astor Theatre
Dec 13 – Melbourne, Australia – Palais Theatre
Dec 14 – Sydney, Australia – The State Theatre
Dec 15 – Brisbane, Australia – The Tivoli
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