Having cut their teeth as a progressive death metal band, Opeth’s audacious move to exclude all extreme metal traits from their sound has given them new pastures to explore.
Sorceress will not placate Opeth’s diehard fanbase, but it will satisfy those into the retro prog vibe of Heritage/Pale Communion. Moreso than ever, the music has a medieval feel to it a la early Rainbow – which shouldn’t come as a surprise, given guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is a huge influence on band leader Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Sorceress finds Opeth in a reflective mood, making for a poignant listening experience.
Sorceress is available September 30 via Caroline/Nuclear Blast