While we first had to receive the disappointing news that the release of Pale Communion was pushed back until the 25th of August, a first positive announcement has come from the Opeth camp. We have been presented with the album cover of their upcoming release, a work by the hand of Travis Smith, the same artist for their last album Heritage. Art direction was under the guidance of mister Åkerfeldt himself. A quick Google of the Latin presented in the artwork lead me to Heavy Blog Is Heavy where some bright mind managed to enlighten us.

Left Panel: “Don’t you know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?”

The quote in the first panel was written by Axel Oxenstierna (Swedish First Chancellor) to his son, who was negotiating the Peace of Westphalia in Germany in the 17th Century. It is often used as one of the first quotations that signify the advent of real politique or politics as science.

Middle Panel: “In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. “

The quote in the second panel was written by Terence, a Roman playwright, usually used to signify the end of days and the erosion of society.

Right Panel:”He grieves truly who grieves without a witness.”

The quote in the third panel was written by Marcus Valerius Martialis, a Roman poet living in Hispania (modern day Spain) in the 2nd Century and is a beautiful piece of poetry.

Pale Communion will be Opeth‘s 11th full length album, released through Roadrunner Records.