have officially unveiled the second single off their upcoming new album "Pale Communion
," a swingin' prog jam titled "Eternal Rains
About two months after the first single "Cusp of Eternity
" was premiered
, the new track sees the band venturing forth in the same proggy direction, with many twists and turns, quality production and fine musicianship.
As expected, fan reactions vary quite a bit, ranging from new-direction praises to full-on bashing. Whichever side you might be on, we still recommend checking out the tune below.
When it comes to the new album, "Pale Communion" is still due out on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. You can pre-order it here
Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt
recently gave a very sincere interview, explaining
to Metal Hammer
how the group's prog rock stint and "rebelling"
against metal strictly come out of their love towards the guitar-heavy genre."Metal should be rebellious, even within its own genre,"
he pointed out, noting that "there are lots of bands that don't seem to like what they're doing."
Adding that "a lot of metal bands don't have the guts to experiment,"
Akerfeldt switched to Opeth, saying, "Maybe what we are doing is rebelling against metal, but only 'cause we love it so much."