Although I was underwhelmed by Pale Communion after Opeth set such a high standard with their previous few albums, something feels different about the upcoming Sorceress. The title, imagery, and vibe from clips I’ve heard so far suggest an album closer to what Opeth excel at (mystique) than what they’ve been molding themselves towards (just plain prog).

The band holed up at the iconic Rockfield Studios in Wales to lay this thing down, and have just posted a cute little tour of the studio, hosted by Mikael Akerfeldt! Click below to watch him play a piano that Freddie Mercury tickled:

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Max is a senior editor and producer of Gear Gods and member of the collective Party Smasher Inc. He studies jazz composition and improvisation in New York City.