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In the early nineties, your average Swedish death metal band would flatten the crowd like a runaway freight train but in 1995 the rules changed overnight when Opeth released their debut. Opeth developed a flamboyant crossover between progressive seventies rock and the melodic but brutal death metal of their hometown Stockholm. The result is a cocktail of sharp contrasts where subdued, semi-acoustic passages with soothing vocals suddenly degenerate into pounding riffs punctuated with bowel-churning grunts. They became the flag bearers of ‘progressive death’, a title they vacated with the release of their tenth album, ‘Heritage’ (2011), on which blast beats and grunts were completely absent. Mikael Åkerfeldt said Opeth were done with death metal as far as new recordings goes and to date that still holds true. ‘Pale Communion’ (2014) and ‘Sorceress’ (2016) continued down the prog path first carved out by ‘Heritage’. Their latest masterpiece ‘In Cauda Venenum’ (2019) explores a variety of styles and brushing up on your Swedish would help to understand some of the lyrics. Some of the old fans may grumble over the new musical direction their studio albums have taken but not to worry because their live set contains both old and new songs.(#GMM21)