Opeth have unveiled some new music ahead of the release of their upcoming album In Cauda Venenum. Two versions of the same song in fact.
The band have released a song called “Dignity” and its Swedish version “Svekets Prins.”
The Swedish version has an accompanying video complete with images of gothic inspired artwork images to help keep you entertained if you want to hear it but don’t speak a word of Swedish.
In Cauda Venenum is due to be released in both Swedish and English, hence the reason for the separate versions of the song.
The track sees Opeth expanding on the 1970’s inspired progressive metal that has been present on many of the band’s more recent albums when they ditched being more of a death metal group in favour of all clean vocals.
The track does come with its moments of heaviness though, which should keep older fans entertained.
According to a article on the subject of heaviness by Ultimate Guitar, frontman Mikeal Åkerfeldt has reportedly said, “for us, at this stage with ‘In Cauda Venenum’, heaviness isn’t guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That’s not necessarily what I call ‘heavy’ music these days. I can listen to KORN and say, ‘Okay, that’s heavy.’ But it doesn’t really mean anything to me.”
So if you were hoping the new album might bring back the death metal Opeth did for years you’ll be out of luck this time.
You can hear both the Swedish and English versions of the new song below.
In Cauda Venenum will be released on September 27.