OPETH’s New Album Could Be Called “Nux Vomica”


Opeth‘s mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says that the band’s eleventh studio release could be named after a medicine, but it was changed to Pale Communion after he discovered it had undesirable side effects.

Pale Communion is scheduled for the release on August 25 via Roadrunner Records, and its title could easily be Nux Vomica. Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy used to treat sensitivity to light and sound.

In a recent video interview for Roadrunner Records, Akerfeldt said: “At first I wanted to call it Nux Vomica which is a medicine for people who are ill-willed and overly sensitive to light and sound. And irate people who get irritated quickly and are searching for fights.

He continued: “It comes from the same tree that produces the poison strychnine. I liked how it looked and everything. But then somebody read about the side effects and it was erection problems and constipation. I figured that’s gonna be the first question in interviews and I thought it was maybe not a good title after all.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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