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Formed: 1990
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season? Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

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Weekend Of Metal Festival Live Streams On Tap

Two of the most popular European festivals kick off this weekend - Graspop Metal Meetings in Belgium and Hellfest in France. Both will live stream selected acts starting today and through the weekend.

Among the confirmed acts set for the live stream (subject to change daily) at Graspop Metal Meetings: Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Axel Rudi Pell, Devildriver and Alestorm.

For Hellfest, you can witness (subject to change daily): Devin Townsend Project, Powerwolf, Behemoth, Obituary, In Flames, Saxon, Opeth, Metal Church and Coroner.

To check the schedule and two channels of live streaming (all times CET) from Graspop Metal Meetings, head on over to this location.

To check out live streaming from Hellfest (all times CET), head on over to this location. More...

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New Bands Added To Brutal Assault 2017

A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.

The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band's appearance here won't be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.

Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel", have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.

Helsinki's Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There's no official word as yet. More...

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Opeth Releases "Era" Video

Sweden’s musical alchemists from Opeth have debuted a new video for the song “Era” today, taken off 12th studio album "Sorceress" (reviewed here). This new video was directed by Markus Hofko and can be seen below.

The video for “Era” comes just ahead of the band’s return to the U.S. for a headline spring tour with support from Gojira and Devin Townsend Project. The tour will also include a special one-off show in Philadelphia on May 6th with Mastodon, Gojira, Eagles of Death Metal, Devin Townsend Project and Russian Circles).

Mikael Åkerfeldt comments on the new video: ”I have to say our involvement in the making of the 'Era' video was so minimal we can’t take credit either for or against its brilliance. We did 3D scans of our bodies (clothed) in Munich during the last European tour. I remember everyone’s extremely tired and probably slightly hungover. The director just placed us in a ice-cold room and then scanned us with something that looked like a flashing hairdryer. Done! We’ve done our part for the video. Next! More...

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Devin Townsend Project To Support Opeth

Devin Townsend Project's new album "Transcendence" was nominated as one of the best metal albums of 2016 in our reader poll, and now the band is gearing up to support Opeth and Gojira in May while supporting the album. DTP comments:

"Apart from the May 6th festival In Philly (which we've announced earlier today), we can now confirm that the DTP will support Opeth & Gojira's co-headlining tour on all club dates (except Charlotte and Somerset)."

May 4 - Nashville TN, War Memorial Auditorium
May 6 - Philadelphia PA, Electric Factory
May 7 - Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
May 9 - Chicago IL, The Vic Theatre
May 11 - Denver CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 12 - Kansas City KS, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midlands
May 13 - Indianapolis IN, Egyptian Roon at Old National Theatre More...

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Northern Invasion Lineup Revealed

Soundgarden and Kid Rock will headline the third annual Northern Invasion this coming Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI.

Northern Invasion hosts the biggest rock bands for over twelve hours each day on three stages, and offers a top tier campground experience. In 2016, Northern Invasion expanded to two full days, with over 45,000 in attendance. The music lineup for Northern Invasion 2017 is as follows:

Soundgarden, Kid Rock, Godsmack, The Offspring, Bush, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Amon Amarth, Opeth, In Flames, Gojira, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, The Struts, Motionless In White, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Story So Far, Nothing More, Fozzy, Every Time I Die, Rival Sons, Attila, Starset, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Volumes, Bad Omens, As Lions, Radkey, Dorothy, Sylar, Wage War, Bleeker, Goodbye June, Badflower, The Charm The Fury, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Citizen Zero, and more.

"Looking forward to bringing the Smack to Northern Invasion,” said Godsmack’s Sully Erna. It’ll be awesome to share the stage with so many great artists."

Gavin Rossdale of Bush said, “We are so excited to come play the Northern Invasion. So many killer bands I want to see…starting with Soundgarden. We plan on bringing the fire.”

Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase starting Tuesday, December 13th at 10:00 AM CST via this location. More...

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Opeth's Martin Mendez Auctioning Bass

Opeth just issued this announcement online about bassist Martin Mendez auctioning off gear for a school funding project:

"Martin Mendez is selling one of his bass guitars to the highest bidder in order to raise money for a school local to his neighbourhood.

"The guitar is a Fender Starcaster and it's in excellent condition. Can be signed by Martin if so desired. The new price was 1000 Euros. Serious bidders can email their bids to: Mendezauction[at]northernmusic.co.uk.

"The auction will run until next Monday, Dec 12th at 6pm CET and each day we will post the current highest bid on this page. Note that there will not be any correspondence via email. Only the highest bidder will receive a notification. You can learn more about the school's project here."

Opeth recently released new album "Sorceress" (reviewed here) and just wrapped up a European tour with Sahg. In 2017, the band has a planned show in May alongside Gojira. More...

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Gojira To Perform With Opeth

Having just concluded a massive headline North American tour in support of new album "Magma," Gojira today announces an additional U.S. date at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The performance will take place on May 11th and will see Gojira joined by Sweden’s Opeth.

Earlier this year Gojira’s "Magma" claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart, marking the first time a French band has held the #1 spot on the chart in its nine year existence. Opeth has also been out on the tour circuit in support of latest release "Sorceress" (reviewed here). More...

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Opeth Touring With Sahg

Opeth's latest album "Sorceress" (reviewed here) went straight to #1 on the German charts and #3 in Finland upon being released in late September.

Now Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow musical magicians will hit the road again to support the release following a North American tour that just wrapped up on the 26th in Vancouver.

From November 6th to November 18th, prog rockers Sahg will join Opeth as tour support, while Anathema will share the stage with at the legendary Wembley Arena in London.

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Opeth's New Album Climbing The Charts

Opeth's new album "Sorceress" (reviewed here) has debuted on Billboard charts in the U.S. at #8 Top Current Sales, #24 Top 200, #1 Hard Music, #4 Independent Label, and #5 Vinyl.

This new record has exceeded the first week sales of the band’s previous release, "Pale Communion." Additionally, "Sorceress" is charting around the world with the UK reporting #11, Germany at #1, Australia at #7 and Holland at #11.

The release of "Sorceress" comes as the band makes its way across North America on a headlining tour with The Sword. Remaining dates can be found after the jump, with a stream of album track "The Wilde Flowers" also available below. More...

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Opeth Streams Full New Album

With only one day remaining until its release, Swedish group Opeth is now streaming all of new album "Sorceress" online. Listen in below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.

The band's 12th studio album arrives tomorrow via Opeth's own imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. You can also still pre-order the album here.

Opeth made landfall in North America this past weekend with a set at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, CA and will continue to journey with a headline tour that kicks off tonight at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. Full dates are available after the stream. More...

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Opeth Posts 10th Studio Video

The behind-the-scenes video drops trudge ever onward as we now officially hit double digits - check out studio video #10 for new Opeth album "Sorceress."

Wondering what the full album sounds like? Check out our review ahead of the official September 30th release date via Nuclear Blast / Moderbolaget Records. The album's track listing is as followS:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers (available here)
4. Will O The Wisp (listen in here)
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return) More...

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Opeth Streaming "The Wilde Flowers"

Sweden’s Opeth just premiered a new song called “The Wilde Flowers" online, featured on the band’s 12th studio album "Sorceress" (reviewed here), which is scheduled for release on September 30th.

Speaking with Metal Hammer, vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt says “This was the first song I wrote for this album. It’s kind of an Opeth standard, in a way, like from the last two albums. It’s very dynamic. It has a chorus, I guess.

"Then there’s a big Queen-sounding bit in the middle just before this massive solo… oh, and harps! They’re hidden in the mix but they’re there. The title comes from the band Caravan – they were originally called Wilde Flowers. I always liked those weird spellings.”

"Sorceress" features the following track listing:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp (listen in here)
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return) More...

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Opeth Releases New Studio Video

The unending parade of studio clips continues as Swedish group Opeth today releases the ninth installment of an ongoing behind the scenes series.

This series chronicles the recording of 12th studio album "Sorceress," due to drop at the end of the month on September 30th via Nuclear Blast / Moderbolaget Records.

In this new trailer, producer Tom Dalgety speaks about the recording process and his work with the band in his Rockfield Studios.

Stay tuned for our own review of "Sorceress" to land soon! The full track listing is as follows: More...

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Opeth Posts "Sorceress" Studio Report

Opeth just released the seventh installment of an ongoing studio report series looking behind the scenes at the making of the band's 12th studio album, "Sorceress."

In this new trailer, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt talks about the lyrical concept behind the release, how the topics have changed over the years, and explains what aspect paranoia played on "Sorceress."

The record is due out on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

"Sorceress" features the following track listing:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp (listen in here)
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return) More...

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Opeth Streaming "Will O The Wisp"

Today Opeth releases another track from upcoming album "Sorceress," due out on September 30th via the band’s own Nuclear Blast imprint label, Moderbolaget Records. Check out new song "Will O The Wisp" in the YouTube player below.

If you missed 'em, a series of in-studio clips has also come online. The latest one from guitarist Fredrik Akesson can be found here.

”The new album 'Sorceress' is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says front man Mikael Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. 'Sorceress' is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!?"

The full track listing for "Sorceress" is as follows:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

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Opeth Issues 6th Studio Report On "Sorceress"

Opeth released a sixth studio report for the upcoming new album "Sorceress," which will drop on September 30th via the band’s own Nuclear Blast imprint label, Moderbolaget Records.

In the clip, Fredrik Åkesson shares his experience with the guitar recording process for the album.

The track list for "Sorceress" is:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Opeth Posts New Studio Report

Now on Nuclear Blast Records, Opeth too is subjected to the label's constant slicing and dicing of full studio report videos into dozens of smaller segments.

Today the fifth installment of this behind-the-scenes series on the making of 12th studio album "Sorceress" comes online.

In this new trailer, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt talks about the vocal recordings at Rockfield Studios and the writing process for his lyrics. The record is due out on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records alongside Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Watch the fifth episode of the studio trailer below, and if you missed it, part 4 covering the bass recording is still online here.

The track list for "Sorceress" is:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return) More...

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Opeth Announces NY, London, and Sydney Shows

Opeth will release 12th studio album, "Sorceress," on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records alongside Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

In celebration of this release, the band has planned special shows at historic venues around the world, including Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 1st, Wembley Arena in London on November 19th and the famed Sydney Opera House on February 6th, 2017.

These memorable performances also celebrate the recent release of Opeth's "Deliverance & Damnation" box set, featuring the classic 2002 and 2003 records as one complete work as originally intended.

Opeth will be performing music from the upcoming album as well as fan favorite cuts from the band's celebrated catalog and closing the shows with a special set featuring material from "Deliverance & Damnation." Mikael Akerfeldt comments: More...

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Opeth Releases 4th Studio Report On "Sorceress"

Opeth released a fourth studio report for the upcoming new album "Sorceress," which will drop on September 30th via the band’s own Nuclear Blast imprint label, Moderbolaget Records.

In the clip, Martin Mendez shares his experience with the bass recording process for the album.

The track list for "Sorceress" is:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

Check out the clip here: More...

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