Album Review: Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

Artist: Opeth

Album: In Cauda Venenum

Genre: Progressive Rock

Review by Sam Radojcin

Without question, Opeth have never been a band to conform to what is the standard despite worldwide commercial popularity, they tend to think outside the norm and lean towards a progressive way of thinking and composing their material which has emanated in their 13th studio release In Cauda Venenum.

The progressive rock stylings that Opeth have primarily adopted in their past efforts are well on show in tracks such as "Lovelorn Crime", the jazzy and spiralling "The Garroter" and the gloriously epic aural journey of "Universal Truth" which is quite reminiscent places where Genesis went in their earlier formative years.

However, things seem to be getting a bit heavier which will certainly please some who have been detracted from the last few albums - there is a greater emphasis on bringing the riffs back to the forefront in "Heart In Hand", the evil and brooding "Charlatan, Dignity" with it’s middle eastern tinge and the dark and slinky "Next Of Kin". Admittedly, It’s certainly not Blackwater Park or Ghost Reveries heaviness, but it’s still nice to hear some big riffs prominent in Opeth’s newer material.

Taking In Cauda Venenum as a whole, it’s apparent Opeth are pretty comfortable where they are musically as a heavy progressive rock band and it works, yet they still strive to push and better themselves with every release. For those wishing for a return to their death metal inspired days, it’s pretty safe to say those days are in the rear view for Opeth and they continue to look forward rather than behind. Rating: 8 out of 10

In Cauda Venenum is out now on Nuclear Blast Records.

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