Opeth Unveil 'Pale Communion' as New Album Title, Confirm June Release

Record mixed by Steven Wilson, pre-orders starting on May 6.

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Opeth have officially announced "Pale Communion" as the title of their new eleventh studio record.

Produced by frontman Mikael Akerfeldt and mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, the album is scheduled to drop on June 17 via Roadrunner Records.

As the press release reads, the album will be introduced by "Cusp of Eternity" single, while pre-orders are set to kick off on May 6.

"I wanted to do something more melodic with this album - there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process," Mikael told Noisey.

The frontman also stressed his desire to go back to early '80s production values and deter from certain modern metal characteristics he finds dull. "I revalued what I think is heavy," Akerfeldt told Metal Injection. "Turning up the distortion and tuning down and triggering the drums doesn't make it heavy to me anymore, it just sounds ... like nothing."

Furthermore, the band presented the new album's full track listing. Check it out below.

"Pale Communion" track listing:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River7. Voice of Treason8. Faith in Others

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    Several bands need to release something to the public soon! Opeth is one of them and Mastodon certainly come to mind.
    there's one other band that needs to release something soon. Can't think of the name, though. I know it starts with a T...
    Sewage Rat
    New Porcupine Tree now maybe Steven!?
    He's planning on recording another solo album with his band in the summer. Also, mixing, mixing, mixing. Mega excited for both SW number four and Pale Communion.
    I don't think that's gonna happen anytime soon.
    Unfortunately this is true
    To be honest I care very little about Porcupine Tree anymore. Steven's solo work has far surpassed anything he has ever done with Porcupine Tree in my opinion.
    Sewage Rat
    Disagree, Fear of a Blank Planet is the best work he's ever done (and potentially will ever do).
    For some reason I'm expecting PT reactivation after he records and tours the fourth solo album, especially based on the new tracks played on the last tour, plus Trains and Radioactive Toy.
    I for one can't wait! I loved Heritage and am excited to see what they do this time round.
    I don't know what happened but Opeth, one of my favorite bands ever, managed to drop very fast on my list of favorites, and now I'm kind of disinterested in their new album. It's not because of Heritage. It's because Mikael seems to be going in the opposite direction of what I wanted Opeth to do. I later learned that what I wanted Opeth to do is what Between the Buried and Me already does, so I transferred over and never looked back. Sorry Opeth, you're just not as powerful of a band to me, it's kind of boring now.
    As a fan of both Opeth and Between the Buried and Me, I will disagree. They are 2 completely different bands. While they are both brutal/melodic and very technical experts of their craft, BTBAM doesn't have the darkness that is in Opeth. There are darker, more brutal moments in Heritage than anything BTBAM has done
    Its only 8 songs,but they are Opeth afterall,its gonna be more like 12 songs, maybe 13 are on Pale Communion.
    Fucken awesome! Opeth is entirely excellent, and I--no, WE-- can't wait to hear the new shit. I hope there are some death growls on this release. Mikael's clean vox are brilliant also, but I (as do many fans) favour the combination. \m/
    Check out the vocals (and the phucken awesome riffage!) from 1:25sec. onward. Best death growls EVER! "Ripped from my embrace! / Melinda reflected in shafts / Red line round her neck-a / Met the earth in silence, yeaa." Bow down. \m/