Opeth: In Cauda Venenum-2019.

Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal/rock band from Stockholm, formed in 1989.[2][3] The group has been through several personnel changes, including the replacement of every single original member. Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth’s primary driving force since the departure of original vocalist David Isberg in 1992. Opeth has consistently incorporated progressivefolkbluesclassical, and jazz influences into its usually lengthy compositions, as well as strong influences from death metal, especially in their early works. Many songs include acoustic guitar passages and strong dynamic shifts, as well as death growls. Opeth is also well known for their incorporation of Mellotrons in their work. The band rarely made live appearances supporting their first four albums, but since conducting their first world tour after the 2001 release of Blackwater Park, they have led several major world tours.

Opeth has released 13 studio albums, four live DVDs, four live albums (three that are in conjunction with DVDs), and two boxsets. The band released its debut album Orchid in 1995. Although their eighth studio album, Ghost Reveries, was quite popular in the United States, Opeth did not experience major American commercial success until the 2008 release of their ninth studio album, Watershed, which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200, and topped the Finnish albums chart in its first week of release. As of November 2009, the band has sold over 1.5 million copies of their albums and DVDs worldwide,[4] including 300,000 collective SoundScans of their albums Blackwater ParkDamnation, and Deliverance in the United States.[5]


My Arms, Your HearseFull-length1998
Still LifeFull-length1999
Blackwater ParkFull-length2001
Still Day Beneath the SunSingle2003
Lamentations – Live at Shepherd’s Bush EmpireVideo2003
Ghost ReveriesFull-length2005
Lamentations – Live at Shepherd’s Bush EmpireLive album2006
Collector’s Edition SlipcaseBoxed set2006
New Dark Classics Vol.IISplit2007 
The Roundhouse TapesLive album2007
Porcelain HeartSingle2008
The Candlelight YearsBoxed set2008
God of War: Blood & MetalSplit2010
The Wooden BoxBoxed set2010 
In Live Concert at the Royal Albert HallVideo2010
The Throat of WinterSingle2011 
The Devil’s OrchardSingle2011
The Devil’s Orchard – Live at Rock Hard Festival 2009Live album2011 
Pale CommunionFull-length2014
Deliverance & DamnationCompilation2015 
Will o the WispSingle2016 
The Wilde FlowersSingle2016 
Live in PlovdivSplit2017
Ghost of Perdition (live)Single2018 
Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks AmphitheatreVideo2018
Svekets PrinsSingle2019 
Cirkelns riktningSingle2019
In Cauda VenenumFull-length2019
Mikael Åkerfeldt
Guitars (1990-present), Vocals (lead) (1992-present)
See also: Storm Corrosion, ex-Steel, ex-Bloodbath, ex-Katatonia (live), ex-Eruption, ex-Sörskogen
Martín Méndez
Bass (1997-present)
See also: White Stones, ex-Eternal, ex-Vinterkrig, ex-Fifth to Infinity, ex-Requiem Aeternam, ex-Vidres a la Sang (live), ex-Proxima
Martin Axenrot
Drums (2006-present)
See also: Bloodbath, ex-Blasphemous, ex-Morgue, ex-Nephenzy Chaos Order, ex-Decay, ex-Nifelheim, ex-Witchery, ex-Triumphator, ex-Satanic Slaughter, ex-Funeral Frost
Fredrik Åkesson
Guitars, Vocals (backing) (2007-present)
See also: Biff Byford, ex-Southpaw, ex-Krux, John Norum, ex-Arch Enemy, ex-Shock Tilt, ex-Tiamat (live), ex-Sabbtail, ex-Monsters of Metal, ex-Talisman
Joakim Svalberg
Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron (2011-present)
See also: elGamo, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Mastodon (live), ex-Tiamat (live), ex-Hughes Turner Project (live)

Past Members:

Nick DöringBass (1990-1991)
See also: ex-Eruption
Martin PerssonBass (1990)
See also: ex-Conductor, ex-Crowley, ex-Pathalog, ex-Scurvy, ex-Phidion, ex-Dog Faced Gods, ex-Murdering Murders, ex-Plague Divine, ex-Remasculate, ex-Maggot, ex-Slaganfall
Amirion EvénDrums (1990)
See also: ex-Crowley
Anders NordinDrums (1990-1997)
See also: ex-Steel, ex-Eruption
Dan NilssonGuitars (1990)
See also: ex-Crowley
Andreas DimeoGuitars (1990-1991)
Mikael BergströmGuitars (1990)
See also: ex-Absurd, ex-Crowley
David IsbergVocals (1990-1992)
See also: Bloodofjupiter, ex-Procreation, ex-Liers in Wait, ex-Mynjun, ex-Braathum, ex-Casket, ex-David Isberg & the Stockholm War Ensemble, ex-Dr. Deaths Armageddon, ex-Dubplate Connection, ex-Grooveza, ex-Satanic Slaughters from the Grave, ex-Somn, ex-Tutorial
Johan De FarfallaBass (1991, 1994-1997), Vocals (backing) (1994-1997)
See also: ex-Nader Sadek (live)
Mattias AnderBass (1991)
Peter LindgrenBass (1991), Guitars (1991-2007)
See also: ex-Steel, ex-Sylt i Krysset
Kim PetterssonGuitars (1991)
Stefan GuteklintBass (1993-1994)
See also: ex-Eyekon, ex-Moment 22, ex-Tingod
Martin LopezDrums (1997-2006)
See also: Fifth to Infinity, ex-Eternal, ex-Vinterkrig, Soen, ex-Amon Amarth, ex-Requiem Aeternam
Per WibergKeyboards, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Vocals (backing) (2005-2011)
See also: Spiritual BeggarsSwitchblade (live), Tiamat (live), Kamchatka, King Hobo, Per Wiberg, ex-Candlemass (live), ex-Grand Magus (live), ex-Krux (live)
Disc 1
1.Livets trädgård03:29  Show lyrics
2.Svekets prins06:36  Show lyrics
3.Hjärtat vet vad handen gör08:28  Show lyrics
4.De närmast sörjande07:08  Show lyrics
5.Minnets yta06:34  Show lyrics
6.Charlatan05:29  Show lyrics
7.Ingen sanning är allas07:31  Show lyrics
8.Banemannen06:44  Show lyrics
9.Kontinuerlig drift07:23  Show lyrics
10.Allting tar slut08:31  Show lyrics
Disc 2
1.Garden of Earthly Delights03:29  Show lyrics
2.Dignity06:36  Show lyrics
3.Heart in Hand08:28  Show lyrics
4.Next of Kin07:08  Show lyrics
5.Lovelorn Crime06:34  Show lyrics
6.Charlatan05:29  Show lyrics
7.Universal Truth07:31  Show lyrics
8.The Garroter06:44  Show lyrics
9.Continuum07:23  Show lyrics
10.All Things Will Pass08:31  Show lyrics

One thought on “Opeth: In Cauda Venenum-2019.

  1. loWildChild, October 15th, 2019
    Written based on this version: 2019, CD, Moderbolaget Records (EU, Swedish)

    Opeth’s thirteenth album opens with an awkward but full detailed intro reminiscent of Tangerine Dream. Closer to electronic and synth, the first two proper songs (“Svekets Prins”, “Hjärtat Vet vad Handen Gör”) show material really similar to their previous opus Sorceress with one sinple difference: Mike’s vocals. The Swedish language seem to fit in a more intimate way and his (clean) vocal ranges have clearly improved. While we could same the same about the production (done by Mikael himself) being similar to Sorceress, the following tracks show a cleaner, less muddier sound, maybe due to the different composition approach. With loads of small details, there’s a lot of details that shine specially in the quiet and isolated parts, with a stunning tuning in every main instrument and a sublime recording of piano, mellotron and strings.

    Starting in “De Närmaste Sörjande” we get to notice one of the new elements introduced in ICV: The keyboards and orchestrations are present in almost every song providing a background as opposed to being added as a external element. Two bass guitars (no actual guitar here!) are used in “Charlatan”, where we get to revisit Rush’s trademark riff that was also used in the classic outro to “Deliverance”. This is one of the progiest tunes in the record, with multiple effects in the vocals.

    A Spanish guitar followed by a short piano intro that seems to come straight from Jan Johanson’s Jazz på Svenska opens “Banemannen”, a jazzy, obscure and mean tune completely driven by the two Martins: Méndez in the bass and Axenrot at the drums. Ripping-off Camel once again, the track ends with a funny outro where Mikael mimics the chats of their classic “Migration”. Fredrik Åkesson, main guitar, does a killer job with some of the most complex solos in Opeth’s discography, with “Minnets Yta” and “Kontinuerlig Drift” as absolute highlights of the album.

    “Allting Tar Slut” closes the album as what we can call Opeth’s version of Carmina Burana. After a short piano intro, powerful drums reverberate in a slow song full details and a really cool production. A blend of influences using acoustics reminiscent of the Still Life and Blackwater Park era and a vocal line closer to contemporary Swedish rock. The dark tune “Marrow of the Earth” from Heritage gets his reprise as orchestral background while the song evolves in a beautiful second part that represents the acceptance of the inevitable end.

    I’ve been an Opeth fan since I got to listen to Blackwater Park short after it came out. I’ve embraced their discography but since they decided to follow the “prog prath” I felt something was missing. After In Cauda Venenum everything seems to fit, it all makes sense: Heritage was an exploration of the classic progressive rock Åkerfeldt have been worshiping since forever, a proof to himself writing and publishing a prog record. A leap of faith. Pale Communion brought back key elements from their “classic” sound, and Sorceress a stronger, heavier sound. ICV is the culmination of a band’s journey, a record that combines the classic Opeth sound (growls apart) and a lot of influences from classic prog bands, Swedish sound and even jazz.


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