Sweden's Opeth are one of the most influential heavy metal groups to emerge from Northern Europe. They have traveled a long way since their humble beginnings in Huddinge, a small town south of Stockholm.
The band has recently released their thirteenth album ‘In Cauda Venenum’. While a record in Swedish is a first—there’s also an English version—for frontman and founding member Mikael Åkerfeldt, the 10 songs on offer feel and sound completely natural. As if years of listening to and being a fan of Swedish rock and hard rock has paid off. In a way, Opeth have come home.
Clearly, since the bi-lingual brilliance of “In Cauda Venenum” has been released, Opeth’s dedicated fanbase will be eager to hear, absorb, and experience the record in the flesh. As for what Åkerfeldt wants from his ardent followers is for them to appreciate the latest Opeth chapter in the same way they have 1996’s “Morningrise”, 2003’s “Damnation”, and 2014’s “Pale Communion”.