Opeth unveil new song “Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” / “Heart In Hand”

In Cauda Venenum will be released by Swedish prog-masters OPETH on September 27th

One of 2019’s most anticipated heavy rock/metal albums, In Cauda Venenum, will be released by Swedish prog-masters OPETH on September 27th via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has unveiled a bi-lingual visualizer the record’s first new song, “Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” / “Heart In Hand,” which you can see here in 2 languages (“Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” (Swedish Version begins at 0:00) / “Heart In Hand” (English Version begins at 8:28):

Commenting on the new song, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt says, “”Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” or ”Heart in Hand” as it’s called in English is one of the first couple of songs I wrote for ”In Cauda Venenum.” I immediately knew that it would probably be favoured by ”the powers that be” when talks of future singles for the record would commence. And I was right. I generally leave it up to the labels or managements to pick the so-called singles. I’m indifferent as I put an equal amount of dedication into all songs, so it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I guess it’s one of the more straightforward songs on the album. A rather rocking little thing. It’s got one of the ”happy mistakes” in it too. Mendez bass broke down in the middle of recording. At the time he played an old Hofner Beatles-esue 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. This is the first full taster of the new Opeth album, and of course I hope you like it. All the songs on the new album are different from each other and therefore equally representable in my view. Enjoy!”

Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages.

Regarding the sonic direction of the new record, Åkerfeldt adds, “For us, at this stage with In Cauda Venenum, heaviness isn’t guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That’s not necessarily what I call ‘heavy’ music these days. I can listen to Korn and say, ‘OK, that’s heavy.’ But it doesn’t really mean anything to me. I mean, I catch up on things in magazines or online. I read about bands that have the ‘heaviest record ever,’ and I’m not too impressed by that. OK, it’s cool but what does it say? What does it mean? It’s an impossible mission, to be the heaviest. That’s been done before. Over time, I got tired of that tag. Of course, when I was younger it meant everything to me. I was always on the pursuit for heaviness in my youth, trying to find the next level of heaviness. First it was death metal, then it was bands like Meshuggah, but heaviness is now more about emotions, heavy chord progressions, music that has feelings. Heaviness doesn’t mean Meshuggah anymore, although indeed they’re a fucking heavy band. I’m not trying to tap into that anymore.”

OPETH will be performing shows in support of In Cauda Venenum around the world through the end of the year. Dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at www.opeth.com/tour-dates. Additional touring will be announced soon.

Pre-order In Cauda Venenum in various formats, here:

In Cauda Venenum Tracklising:
1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights
2. Svekets Prins / Dignity
3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin
5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime
6. Charlatan
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

OPETH Tour Dates:
July 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Prog In Park III
July 27 – Sibiu, Romania – ARTmania Festival
Aug 2 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug 3 – Borgholm, Sweden – Borgholm Brinner
Aug 9 – Kortrijk, Belgium – Alcatraz Festival
Aug 11 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave Fest
Aug 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Oct 27 – Norwich, United Kingdom – UEA LCR
Oct 29 – London, United Kingdom – London Palladium
Oct 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – SWG3 Galvanizers
Nov 1 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Damnation Festival
Nov 3 – Bristol, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Bristol
Nov 6 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
Nov 8 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk
Nov 9 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz
Nov 10 – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Zurich
Nov 11 – Paris, France – L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
Nov 13 – Koln, Germany – E-Werk
Nov 14 – Munich, Germany – Schlachthof
Nov 15 – Nuremberg, Germany – Meistersingerhalle
Nov 16 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt
Nov 17 – Kobenhavn K, Denmark – Det Kgl. Teater
Dec 5 – Osaka, Japan – Club Quattro
Dec 6 – Tokyo, Japan – Zepp Tokyo
Dec 10 – Torrensville, Australia – The Barton Theatre
Dec 11 – Perth, Australia – The Astor Theatre
Dec 13 – Melbourne, Australia – Palais Theatre
Dec 14 – Sydney, Australia – The State Theatre
Dec 15 – Brisbane, Australia – The Tivoli

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