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Formed: 1990
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Below is our complete Opeth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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Enslaved And Pro-Pain Added To Bloodstock

Feeling the winter chill creeping in? Bloodstock to the rescue then, with three more bands announced to get you hot under the collar.

Norwegian extremists Enslaved are added to Bloodstock’s Main Stage next summer. With a new album due in March 2015 via Nuclear Blast, expect to bang your head to some brand new tunes. Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson states:

“We’ve been to Bloodstock once before in 2009, and not only did we understand then why it has become the most important UK Metal festival – but it has grown to mammoth-proportions since. In sum; what an absolute pleasure and honour to be invited back. We like to think that we too have developed somewhat; having a few new, pretty awesome albums and world tours under our (over-stretched) belts. We can’t wait to come and show the Bloodstock crowd what we’ve been up to. To quote one of our spiritual beacons; General Melchett: 'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.'"

Hailing from the frozen wilds of Finland, folk metal six-piece Korpiklaani is set to join the fray in a UK exclusive appearance. Guitarist Country Cane tells us; "After having great fun and sold out shows ?with our good friends in Sabaton and TÝR, we are excited to be back in the UK to play Bloodstock in 2015. We plan to return and get the crowds singing and dancing Korpiklaani style on our next rock n roll adventure.” More...

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Bloodstock Confirms New 2015 Bands

While everyone’s talking about Christmas approaching, the Bloodstock festival organizer's sights are firmly fixed on next August. What better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin’ bands for 2015’s premier heavy metal event?

First up is thrash outfit Overkill. Front man Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth says: “We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Lets make Bloodstock 2015 a bloodbath!”

Folk metal Finns Ensiferum are also joining the party, having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, "One Man Army," set for release on February 23rd.

Austrian blackened death metal overlords Belphegor will also make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: “Belphegor returns to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering ‘Conjuring The Dead.’ Belphegor will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos.” More...

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Opeth Releases "Faith In Others" Clip

Sweden's Opeth has now released a visualizer clip for each of the tracks on new album "Pale Communion."

You can check out the latest video for "Faith In Others" below, and if you missed the rest, they can all be seen at the Roadrunner Records YouTube page here.

Opeth will also be celebrating 25 years of existence at a special London show on October 18th, 2015. Full details can be found over at this location.

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Opeth Announces 25th Anniversary Show

Opeth is set to celebrate the band's landmark 25th anniversary next year with a very special event at the London Palladium on October 18th, 2015.

The unique show, dubbed "An Evening with Opeth," will feature two sets from the retro rocking Swedes, including 2005's "Ghost Reveries" album in its entirety (which in turn is celebrating its 10th anniversary), plus a second set of tracks from the band's 25-year career.

Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt is looking forward to the show, and had this to say:

"The forces that be put up a very mystical and subtle little advert on the so called internet. Yes, we will celebrate 25 years of being Opeth in 2015 and this is reason enough to gather up the forces and play. For you. At the Palladium in London. Not sure if they have a dress-code there, as it is a posh little place. Do we care? No we don’t. It will be a pretty unique evening I reckon, hopefully free of technical difficulties. No thanks to Baal! With that said, we are a live band in the true sense of the word and you can never be certain. Regardless it will be a blast and I strongly advise you to think about attending. But don’t think for too long. It might cost you your seat! We’re currently on tour (Hey! Thanks European progrockdeathmetalheads! You are absolutely fantastic and we love you!) and I’m being called for, so gotta dash. Ta-ta!"

Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Friday 14th November and will be available from this locaiton, with a pre-sale set for 9am Thursday 13th. A very limited amount of VIP upgrades, priced at £150 will also be available on pre-sale which allow early entry into the venue, a 20 minute meet n' greet with the band, a commemorative VIP laminate pass, a gift box containing 3 hand engraved, show-exclusive Opeth red wine glasses (exclusive to VIPs of this show only), a tour poster printed on canvas (also exclusive to VIPs of this show only) and your choice of t-shirt from the merch booth.

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"And Justice For Art" Crowdfunding Campaign Ending

The upcoming book "...And Justice For Art" tells the stories behind the making of album covers like Slayer's "Reign In Blood, "Death's "Symbolic," Carcass' "Heartwork," At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul," Opeth's "Heritage," and many others.

It features more than 400 color images including the works of H.R. Giger, Eliran Kantor, Travis Smith, Ken Kelly, Dan Seagrave and interviews with bands like Carcass, Testament, Enslaved, Iced Earth, Cattle Decapitation, Morbid Angel, While Heaven Wept, Cormorant, Mayhem and much more.

There are only two days left in the book's crowd funding campaign and there's still time to claim one of the limited run of 400 print copies. Head over to this location to see the perks for pledging and take part in the campaign. More...

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Rob Zombie To Play Bloodstock

This Halloween, Bloodstock has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love zombies? The fiendishly brilliant Rob Zombie is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his full production to Catton Park.

Rob Zombie exclaims, "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called ‘Bloodstock' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”

Expect to witness a spectacular range of Rob Zombie classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Check out this cut below of "Superbeast" from last year’s "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD, which captured Rob and his zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on the road.

Other bands confirmed for the 2015 festival include Within Temptation, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Death DTA, Dark Angel, Ihsahn, and Nuclear Assault. More...

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New Bands Added To Bloodstock 2015

It’s all systems go for Bloodstock 2015 with no rest for the wicked: as well as the recently announced Saturday night headliners, Within Temptation and special guests Opeth, more bands are getting locked in for August 2015.

Following Emperor’s triumphant headlining set at Bloodstock this year, Emperor frontman Ihsahn brings his solo project to Catton Park as a one-off, U.K. exclusive. Ihsahn comments:

“At this year's Bloodstock I had the great pleasure of finishing off our 20th Anniversary Tour of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’, and next year, I am really looking forward to returning with a whole new Ihsahn set. Nostalgic. Contemporary. I get to do both! See you all there!” More...

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Within Temptation And Opeth To Play Bloodstock

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have issued the following announcement about confirming Within Temptation for next year's edition:

"After our biggest and most successful year to date, we are excited to announce our first headliner for 2015! Within Temptation are set to play their only UK show next year as Saturday night headliners at Catton Park! It is a triumphant return for the Dutch megastars, who headlined Bloodstock in 2005, as their very first UK festival appearance and only second ever UK show."

Frontwoman Sharon den Adel enthuses, “We're thrilled to play Bloodstock again! We had such a great time before and can't wait to take ‘Hydra’ to the stage at Catton Park. It's a really exciting time for us right now and we're looking forward to bringing the fire!!”

Slotting in to the Saturday night special guest slot will also be Swedish retro rock band Opeth, which just released throwback album "Pale Communion." Comments frontman Mikael Akerfeldt: “We’re happy to confirm that we’ll be back at the Bloodstock festival next year! I don’t know how many times we’ve played there now, but it’s a real great place, a nice festival run by nice people. Too bad it’s like….a year or so away!?”

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"...And Justice For Art" Book Cover Revealed

Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”

Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...

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Alcest To Tour With Opeth

Alcest has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows in Europe:

"We are very proud to announce that Alcest will go on tour with Opeth in October/November in Europe for the release of their new album 'Pale Communion.' Don't miss this line-up!"

10.10.2014 UK - Bristol / 02 Academy
11.10.2014 UK - London / Roundhouse
12.10.2014 UK - Nottingham / Rock City
14.10.2014 SCO - Glasgow / Abc 2
15.10.2014 UK - Manchester / Academy
16.10.2014 UK - Birmingham / The Institute
24.10.2014 DE - Stuttgart / LKA
25.10.2014 DE - Köln / Live Music Hall
26.10.2014 DE - Berlin / Huxley's Neue Welt
27.10.2014 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
29.10.2014 CZ - Prague / Roxy
30.10.2014 AT - Vienna / Arena
31.10.2014 DE - Munich / Theaterfabrik
01.11.2014 CH - Zürich / Komplex 457
03.11.2014 IT - Milano / Alcatraz
05.11.2014 FR - Paris / Bataclan
06.11.2014 BE - Brussels / AB
07.11.2014 NL - Amsterdam / Heineken Music Hall
08.11.2014 DE - Hamburg / Große Freiheit
09.11.2014 DK - Copenhagen / Store Vega
11.11.2014 FI - Tampere / Pakkahuone
12.11.2014 FI - Helsinki / The Circus
14.11.2014 NO - Oslo / Sentrum Scene
15.11.2014 SW - Stockholm / Munchenbryggeriet More...

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Opeth Posts "Eternal Rains Will Come" Video

The Swedish purveyors of retro '70s rock in Opeth are out now with new album "Pale Communion," which came out this week via Roadrunner Records.

While the album has been posted online in full already, today the band has also released a video clip for the song "Eternal Rains Will Come." Check out the trippy new video below.

Opeth will be headed to North America for a new tour with In Flames in December. Get the full list of dates and venues at this location.

The full "Pale Communion" track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others

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Opeth Streaming Full New Album

Swedish retro rock band Opeth is on the cusp of dropping new album "Pale Communion" - due out next week (August 26th) via Roadrunner Records.

Before the official release, Opeth has now launched an online stream of the entire album.

Hear all of "Pale Communion" at Prog.Teamrock.com here (since the stream doesn't seem to be available in the U.S. or Canada we've included a YouTube stream below - listen in now before it gets taken down).

Opeth will also be heading off on a North American tour alongside In Flames this December. Get the full list of dates and venues at this location.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others More...

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Opeth Announces Tour With In Flames

Roadrunner Records retro rock group Opeth has announced details about a return to North America for a coast-to-coast co-headline run with In Flames.

The nationwide trek, which will also feature support from Red Fang, is set to get underway on December 3rd at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL and traverse North America through the end of the month.

“We are delighted to return to North America to tour our latest album ‘Pale Communion,’” commented Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt. “This will be the first of two North American tours and the fact that we are teaming up with our old friends In Flames for this co-headline tour means that we can get to play some large venues and present our new stage show. I am also looking forward to drinking expensive whiskey with Anders on his account!”

In Flames frontman Anders Fridén added, "I met [Opeth guitarist] Mikael [Akerfeldt] for the first time in 1998 during the recording of Opeth's album ‘My Arms, Your Hearse.’ I was working in the studio and we've been friends ever since. Now 16 years more beautiful, we release albums in the same cycle and it's with great honor and pleasure that In Flames share stage with our friends and fellow countrymen in Opeth." More...

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Opeth Streaming "Eternal Rains Will Come"

The second track to officially see release off the upcoming Opeth album "Pale Communion" is now available online for streaming.

Check out "Eternal Rains Will Come" in the YouTube player below, which follows the previous release of the track "Cusp Of Eternity" (you can hear that song at this location).

"Pale Communion" is due out via Roadrunner Records on August 26th, and pre-order info can now be found here.

The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others More...

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Fredrik Akesson Backstage Video Available

Roadrunner Records has released a backstage video interview with Opeth's Fredrik Akesson taken from the Download Festival.

Check out the clip below to see Fredrik discussing the kind of setlist Opeth has been playing lately.

Opeth will also release new album "Pale Communion" on August 25th through Roadrunner Records, with pre-orders available at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others

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Opeth Issues Book Release Update

Back in March, Opeth announced a 25th anniversary coffee table book was in the works, and now the band has checked in with the following update about the release:

"Rocket88 and Opeth are still working on it – and it's looking damned good! We have conducted new and exclusive interviews with everyone, and lots of rare and previously unseen images have been found for inclusion, so the book is shaping up to be something very special.

"However, in our bid to be as definitive as possible and that the book be the ultimate document, the research and interviews are ongoing – meaning that it will now be published at the beginning of 2015 rather than this year.

"We will keep you posted of all developments and, rest assured, it'll be worth the wait!"

Opeth's new album "Pale Communion" will be released August 26th, 2014 and you can hear the first single "Cusp Of Eternity" below. More...

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Roadrunner Records Releases Summer Sampler

The Roadrunner Records Summer Sampler is now online: head over to Noisetrade here to download your free copy. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity' More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

As was the case in 2013, the 2014 installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium will have a live feed over this weekend (June 27th-June 29th). The feed can be accessed over at this location.

Not all bands are participating in the live feed, and the feed is subject to change at any time, with full live shows and partial live feeds throughout. Bands that will not be broadcast are: Ghost, Annihilator, Limp Bizkit and Black Sabbath. Make sure you check the schedule regularly at the bottom of the feed page for the status of the live stream (green check is full live stream, question mark is "unknown," green/red circle with slash is partial streaming and the red "x" is no stream).

As of press time, the bands scheduled for live streaming are as follows:

Friday, June 27th:

Jeff Scott Soto
Alestorm
Primal Fear
Sepultura
Novembers Doom
Solstafir
Napalm Death
Triptykon
Candlemass
Opeth

Saturday, June 28th:

Civil War

Sunday, June 29th:

Comeback Kid
Schirenc Plays Pungent
Tiamat More...

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Opeth Announces U.K. Shows

Swedish retro rock band Opeth has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows supporting the forthcoming "Pale Communion" album:

"Download Festival has come and gone and we can now announce six U.K. dates that will kick off the Pale Communion Tour this October. Pre-sale for normal tickets as well as several VIP packages starts coming Wednesday at 9AM GMT."

Oct 10th - Bristol, Bristol Academy
Oct 11th - London, Roundhouse
Oct 12th - Nottingham, Rock City
Oct 14th - Glasgow, ABC
Oct 15th - Manchester, Academy
Oct 16th - Birmingham, The Institute

"Pale Communion" is set for an August 26th release date via Roadrunner Records, and the first single "Cusp of Eternity" was also recently posted online. More...

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Opeth's Full Festival Set Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of Opeth's full set at the Rock Am Ring festival, which can be seen below courtesy of YouTube user Herr von Bödefeld. The set list consists of:

0:00 The Devil's Orchard
7:17 Heir Apparent
17:47 Hope Leaves
24:00 Deliverance
39:05 Blackwater Park

Opeth's mildly anticipated new album "Pale Communion" is due out via Roadrunner Records on August 26th, 2014.

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