In Cauda Venenum

In Cauda Venenum (Latin for "Poison in the tail") is the thirteenth studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Opeth, released on 27 September 2019 through Moderbolaget and Nuclear Blast.[4] It was released in two versions: a Swedish-language version and an English-language version.[5] The band toured in support of the album throughout 2019 and into 2020.[6] At 67 minutes and 57 seconds, it is the band's longest studio album. It is also the band's last album to feature drummer Martin Axenrot before his departure in 2021.

In Cauda Venenum
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum.png
Cover art by Travis Smith
Studio album by
Released27 September 2019 (2019-09-27)
Recorded18 November 2018 – 6 March 2019
Studio
Various[1][2]
Genre
Length67:57
Language
  • English
  • Swedish
Label
Producer[2][1]
Opeth chronology
Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater
(2018)
In Cauda Venenum
(2019)
Singles from In Cauda Venenum
  1. "Heart in Hand" / "Hjärtat vet vad handen gör"
    Released: July 12, 2019
  2. "Dignity" / "Svekets Prins"
    Released: August 16, 2019

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Blabbermouth.net          [8]
Exclaim!favorable[9]
Consequence of SoundA[10]
Kerrang!     [11]
Metal Storm7.8/10[12]
NME     [13]
PopMatters          [14]
The Quietusfavourable[3]
Sputnikmusic3.7/5[15]

The album received a score of 10 out of 10 from Wall of Sound, who stated it was "the best album the band has ever created in their prog era".[16] Loudwire named it one of the 50 best metal albums of 2019.[17]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Mikael Åkerfeldt.

English version
No.TitleLength
1."Garden of Earthly Delights"3:28
2."Dignity"6:36
3."Heart in Hand"8:30
4."Next of Kin"7:10
5."Lovelorn Crime"6:34
6."Charlatan"5:29
7."Universal Truth"7:30
8."The Garroter"6:45
9."Continuum"7:22
10."All Things Will Pass"8:33
Total length:67:57
Swedish version
No.TitleLength
1."Livets trädgård"3:28
2."Svekets prins"6:36
3."Hjärtat vet vad handen gör"8:29
4."De närmast sörjande"7:10
5."Minnets yta"6:34
6."Charlatan"5:29
7."Ingen sanning är allas"7:21
8."Banemannen"6:43
9."Kontinuerlig drift"7:23
10."Allting tar slut"8:31
Total length:67:44

PersonnelEdit

OpethEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 20
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 13
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 49
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[26] 29
Irish Albums (IRMA)[27] 65
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 24
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[29] 97
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 9
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[31] 19
Scottish Albums (OCC)[32] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[33] 26
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[34] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[36] 13
US Billboard 200[37] 59

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Opeth's In Cauda Venenum: in-depth rock luxury from 21st-century prog monarchs". loudersound.com. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ "OPETH To Release 'In Cauda Venenum' Album In The Fall; Track Listing, Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
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