In Cauda Venenum

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #42 / 689
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2019 Ratings: #582
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September 27, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nuclear Blast / Label
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Metal Sucks

Opeth are making some of the best music of their career right now, and without giving a damn about popularity or what anyone else thinks. In Cauda Venenum may very well be their best prog rock effort to date.


It may be the fourth entry in their progressive evolution, but it's their first to deliver the full realization of the band's potential.

Metal Injection

Clear, strong songwriting and a renewed vision are carried on the energetic gales of Opeth's sheer level of talent.


It's not metal in the traditional sense, but the Swedish group's 13th album proves that heaviness is a state of mind, not a setting on your amplifier.


The writing is catchy and memorable, interesting and complex, giving the ten-track release tremendous depth that offers a brand new listening experience with every listen.


It’s a good album, though not an Opeth classic.

2019 has been a very weird year for metal. Despite so many big names releasing albums this year, there's only been a handful of bands to actually release anything worthwhile. With Tool and Slipknot's albums seemingly being hit-or-miss among fans, some claiming the albums to be their best and others claiming it to be their worst, Korn releasing an album that has been highly successful with fans and critics alike even if I myself don't actually like it, Killswitch Engage coming back from ... read more
Yes guys, I listened to the Swedish version and not the English, don't ask me why. Opeth definitely intrigue me more with their progressive death metal combo, but since they have gone more prog-folk, their music has been pretty solid; albeit inferior. As a huge fan of their music, I have listened to everything, having now heard their latest studio album, "In Cauda Venenum". "Sorceress" was my favourite of the three predecessors for sure, as it explored elements of heavy ... read more
"In Cauda Venenum" definitely ain't bad, especially compared to some releases from other (former) metal bands this year. The production and instrumentation is fantastic and "All Things Will Pass" is one hell of a closer. But Mikael's bland vocal performances and meandering track lengths keep it from reaching the amount of praise their earlier records received.

Fav Tracks: Heart in Hand, Charlatan, Dignity, All Things Will Pass, Universal Truth

Least Fav Track: ... read more
Despite all of its progressive posturing and complex instrumentation, this record cannot help but be completely boring. Opeth, while not being "my thing", has a definite knack for technical skill and bombastic passages; however, brevity nor subtlety are their strong suits, leading to overblown and uninspired symphonic metal that overstays its welcome on every song. This doesn't feel "progressive" in the slightest, just another example of the degeneration of the word.

Opeth ... read more
The Castle Without A King
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Track List

  1. Garden of Earthly Delights
  2. Dignity
  3. Heart in Hand
  4. Next of Kin
  5. Lovelorn Crime
  6. Charlatan (English Version)
  7. Universal Truth
  8. The Garroter
  9. Continuum
  10. All Things Will Pass
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Added on: July 15, 2019