|Double vinyl picture disc in gatefold sleeve (English version) of Opeth's 2019 album
Format: Album / Cat No: 0727361455736 / Released: 27/09/2019
Track Listing: Side A: 1. Garden Of Earthly Delights / 2. Dignity / 3. Heart In Hand
Side B: 1. Next Of Kin / 2. Lovelorn Crime
Side C: 1. Charlatan / 2. Universal Truth / 3. The Garroter
Side D: 1. Continuum / 2. All Things Will Pass
More information: “In Cauda Venenum” was written surreptitiously by Åkerfeldt when he was scheduled for sabbatical after the “Sorceress” record cycle. Tired of Gantt charts, milestones, and other Project Management Office essentials presented by management, he told his handlers it was high time for break from Opeth and its many and varied responsibilities. They complied. Almost immediately, however, Åkerfeldt was holed up in his studio, Junkmail, writing music by himself without pressure or influence. Ultimately, the Opeth songman wanted a return to the old days - think “Orchid” through “Blackwater Park”—when writing music was a creative endeavor not a factor in the business equation of being in a full-time, internationally recognized band. Described as more fun than spadework, the writing sessions were eventually exposed to the rest of the band and management. They were into Åkerfeldt’s newest creations but before anyone had a word in edgewise, “In Cauda Venenum” was, more or less, in the proverbial bag. The only thing that remained the same was Åkerfeldt writing and performing in his aging studio.