Opeth Set Release Date for 'In Cauda Venenum,' Share New Song

"Heart in Hand" arrives in both Swedish and English versions

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 12, 2019

Back in May, Opeth revealed that their 13th studio album In Cauda Venenum would arrive this year, and the Swedish prog masters have now set a release date for the effort, as well as given us a new song.

The 10-track effort will see release September 27 through Moderbolaget Records/Nuclear Blast. As previously reported, Opeth will release two versions of the album, in both Swedish and English languages.

The band have also shared a first taste of the effort with the arrival of "Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart in Hand." Both Swedish and English versions of the track can be heard in the player below.

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt called the song "a rather rocking little thing" in a statement, and also recalled "one of the 'happy mistakes'" from recording sessions that ended up being included in the finished product:

[Martín Méndez's] bass broke down in the middle of recording. At the time he played an old Hofner Beatles-esque bass guitar that started humming real bad, but it sounded so good we immediately decided to keep it in there. I'd be putting myself down if I said that noise is the best part of the song, but it's up there. I like when stuff happens out of your control, and it actually adds to the piece.

Opeth have mapped out tour dates in Europe and Australia towards the end of 2019, with the promise that further performances will be revealed. You can check out their present itinerary here.

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