Opeth Delay 'Pale Communion'

Opeth Delay 'Pale Communion'
Were you all ready to kneel down at the heavy metal altar and take in Swedish crew Opeth's Pale Communion this coming June? Well, we have some bad news for you. The band have postponed the release a couple of months.

Opeth guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt confirmed the calendar move in a press statement, noting that a number of as-yet-undetailed circumstances have forced the group to push Pale Communion from its initially reported June 17 due date through Roadrunner Records to August 26. Though the specifics were not given, it appears as if the album was just not ready to be launched next month.

"Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the release of Pale Communion has indeed been pushed back to late August," he said, adding, "Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June."

The push also means that the unveiling of lead single "Cusp of Reality" has also been delayed. The track was planned to have gone live on May 6, but it's now set to premiere on June 3, with a second to-be-determined single to arrive July 15.

As previously reported, Pale Communion was tracked at Wales' Rockfield Studios with Åkerfeldt producing, while mixing duties were handled by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. Åkerfeldt had previously noted that the set features "stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall," than their last full-length, 2011's Heritage.