So, I have been thinking about Pale Communion a lot and now I know why I hate it.
In 2011, I had just joined Head-fi and then Opeth released Heritage. Till then I didn't really care about Opeth. I was a Metalcore guy and my horizons had to expand.
As the seasoned veterans and old Opeth fans, abused Heritage, I listened to their old catalog. However, Heritage remained my first real Opeth experience and I will always love it. Just like Load - Metallica was my first Metallica experience :)
At that time, I didn't know Prog Rock (Rush, Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis etc.). But I listened to them over the course of 2012.
I also listened to the entire Opeth catalog and liked a lot of their older stuff. I used to defend Heritage against the Head-fi skeptics(check posts from 2011-12 same thread)
But, three years have passed and my expectations with Opeth have also changed.
Pale Communion is Prog but sadly, its not the Opeth release I was waiting for. Actually, its not even the Prog I like.
I have seen Opeth live and Mikael is by far the best front man I have ever seen.
I now know, why all the Head-fi veterans were disappointed when Heritage was released. Trust me, I know !!!!