If there’s one band in the metal realm that deserves the high praise that they consistently receive it would be Opeth. Album after album they constantly release completely solid material and perpetually progress and improve on their sound. They are forever growing and don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. So, it is pretty obvious when I say I am really hyped up for their upcoming new album Heritage to be released this September 20th.
Mikael Åkerfeldt, the driving creative force behind Opeth, is a musician that I have come to highly respect due to the fact that he is always honest in his music. Since he always pushes to create the music he wants to create Opeth fans are always left with an album that seethes his passion for what he does. A lot of fans seemingly are anticipating that Opeth are straying away from their death metal roots and abandoning the whole growling vocals thing and the big rumor about this album that has lots of fans panties in knots is that the album will feature no harsh vocals and only Mikael’s clean vocals. Fans seemed to be worried about the album to turn out to be a 70’s prog rock fest also.
With the release of this new song, so far those rumors seem true, and I say this, so f’n what if they are. Would you rather have an uninspired album where Opeth goes back and forces themselves to create Still Life or Orchid again or an album where they pursue a sound that they are enthusiastic about and put every bit of passion into making it. I for one always enjoy when a band evolves their sound, if a band just keeps churning out the same thing over and over again I usually stop buying their new releases from them. So if Heritage turns out to be a clean vocaled 70’s prog fest, I will be more than ecstatic about it and will certainly be looking forward to where they go with their sound on the next album.
So about this weeks song itself. “The Devil’s Orchard” is the first single off the upcoming album Heritage and it’s chock full of 70’s style prog rock along the lines of Gentle Giant, King Crimson and Yes(who also have a new album out for all you other prog rock nerds out there) combined with Opeth‘s signature feel and sound. What can I say, I love it, it’s awesome, it’s the bee’s knees. Check it out and let us know what you think.