Stockholm metal legends Opeth are getting ready to release their new LP, Pale Communion, and they've shared an experimental new single called "Eternal Rains."
The track is a far cry from death metal, with swirling organs, slow-strummed clean guitars, and layered, melodic vocals. The song is a nearly 7-minute epic, with several distinct segments and a marked change in sound from their most successful work. The '70s-influenced prog sound is intentional, though, with frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt explaining that the band writes what they want to hear. He spoke with Stereogum about his expectations for the record's reception:
Some songs will be subject to hate. I hope people will appreciate that we aren’t playing it safe. I think for a band called metal we have balls. It’s supposed to be rebellious music but I see little rebellion, just people raking in money putting out the same shit out over and over. A lot of bands actually don’t like that stuff and would want other influences in their music. But they are too afraid to fuck up their career. Then, it becomes a job. I won’t let this happen. This will be about our artistic needs and what we want to do. Career is secondary even if bills depend on it.