“The best way for me to write is always to just write the stuff that I want to hear myself. I’m pretty headstrong, so a few negative reactions to ‘Heritage’ didn’t push me in any way. That album started something new.
“Every record feels like part of a chain. We wouldn’t have done ‘Heritage’ without the previous records and the same is true of ‘Pale Communion’. I sat down and wrote the songs like I did for ‘Heritage’ and the one before that.
“’Heritage’ rejuvenated the band a little bit and I could see a way to continue doing this band without focusing on what we’re known for. We’d done that for so many records that I was a bit fed up with it. Now we have a future and ‘Pale Communion’ is the continuation of that.”
I dig Pale Communion. Really I do. But I like prog rock. And that’s what Opeth are now. They’re not death metal, but death prog.
The sooner you get used to that, the better off we’ll all be.