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Formed: 1990
From: Sörskogen / Stockolm, Sweden
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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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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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Opeth Posts 3rd Studio Report

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

In the clip, Martin "Axe" Axenrot shares his experiences with the drum recording process of the band's twelfth studio 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 2nd Studio Report

Opeth just released a second installment in the retro rock band's behind-the-scenes series on the making of 12th studio album, "Sorceress." The record is due out on September 30th via Opeth's imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

If you missed 'em, you can check out the previous studio video here or hear the full title track at this location.

Opeth will also return to North America this fall for a headline tour, which will kick off with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The excursion continues with special guest The Sword through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC. More...

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Opeth Premieres Title Track From Upcoming New CD

Opeth premieres the title track from the its upcoming new album "Sorceress", which will be out in stores September 30th via the band’s own Nuclear Blast Entertainment imprint label, Moderbolaget Records.

Check it out below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.

For "Sorceress," Opeth returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked "Pale Communion" in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The album's track listing is:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
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 Releasing Album On Pink Vinyl

Opeth will release new album "Sorceress" on limited edition pink vinyl, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Gilda’s Club NYC. The band’s 12th studio album will be released on September 30th via imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Additional editions of the vinyl will be announced at a later date.

Pre-orders for the special edition pink vinyl are up now at this location. The mission of Gilda’s Club NYC is to support, educate and empower cancer patients and their families.

Today’s news comes on the heels of the band’s first full studio video blog, which is still available here. The "Sorceress" track listing is as follows:

Sorceress 2LP pink vinyl
Side A
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
Side B
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
Side C
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)
Side D
12. The Ward (Bonus Track)
13. Spring MCMLXXIV (Bonus Track) More...

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Opeth Posts "Sorceress" Studio Video

Swedish retro rock group Opeth has released a new studio video ahead of the upcoming release of "Sorceress," which will debut on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Check out this first full studio report below.

In the new video, Opeth vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt gives an in-depth tour of Rockfield Studios in Wales during the recording/production process of the band's 12th studio album.

Opeth will return to North America this fall for a headline tour, which will kick off with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The excursion will continue with special guest The Sword through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC.

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Headline News

Opeth Reveals "Sorceress" Details

2016 marks the monumental return of Sweden's Opeth as the band's 12th album, "Sorceress," will be released on September 30th. Check out the cover artwork reveal below.

"Sorceress" is the Opeth's first album for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records.

”The new album 'Sorceress' is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says 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!?

"It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!” More...

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Opeth Announces North American Tour

Opeth just announced a North American headline tour, which will kick off with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The tour will continue through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s recent signing of the band and news of forthcoming 12th studio album, "Sorceress," that’s due out later this year on Opeth's imprint label Moderbolget Records.

Catch the Swedish band live supporting "Sorceress" on these dates: More...

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Opeth Posts New Album Snippet

After officially signing to Nuclear Blast this week, Swedish retro rock band Opeth has been busy working on new album "Sorceress."

Today the '70s cover group releases a 23-second snippet of studio footage showcasing some new tunes... and a less than amused Mikael Akerfeldt watching some sound effects he is clearly not pleased with.

A release for the album is tentatively scheduled for the fall via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. More...

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Headline News

Opeth Signs With Nuclear Blast

Update: a brief snippet from the new album in a recording video has now come online and can be heard right here.

Nuclear Blast Entertainment is very pleased to announce the signing of Swedish band Opeth. The label comments:

"Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, Opeth have been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now. Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, Opeth, quite simply, have a time honored tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking. All these years later, nothing and everything has changed once again with their forthcoming album 'Sorceress.'"

"We're happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album 'Sorceress' via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records," states Mikael Åkerfeldt. "The decision was made in Markus Staiger's (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We're happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship."

Nuclear Blast owner, Markus Staiger, continues: "I am honored that Opeth have joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that Opeth are a band that never release an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of Opeth from the beginning with 'Orchid' to landmark albums like 'Still Life,' 'Deliverance,' 'Damnation,' and 'Blackwater Park,' right up to 2014's 'Pale Communion!' The band have become one of the most challenging artists in rock music today. It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their caliber and I'm thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for Opeth and Nuclear Blast looks very bright." More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Opeth Releasing Communion Pale Ale

Following the release of an imperial stout last year, Opeth returns to the world of beer again with the "Communion Pale Ale" coming via Northern Monk Brew Co.

The C.P.A. will be launched next week - April 22nd - at the Northern Monk refectory starting 6pm until late and will be hosted by Opeth's very own Fredrik Akesson who will be DJ-ing some metal tunes to accompany the drinking. Entrance is free of charge and a 6-pack of C.P.A. together with an exclusive t-shirt will be available for 25 GBP.

The C.P.A. will initially only be available in the UK but Northern Monk Brew Co. will be distributing it in 12 other countries over the next couple of months and it will be rolled out globally in time. If you’re based in the UK you can order online direct here. More...

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Mikael Akerfeldt Comments On Lemmy, David Bowie

Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth just posted this lengthy message online about the recent deaths of David Bowie and Lemmy from Motorhead:

"At the time of hearing the news of Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister’s passing on the early morning of the 28th of December I felt a familiar feeling deep inside. That of losing someone really close. Someone who’s been present in your life for its whole duration.

"It’s a very strange feeling that you can be so attached to someone you don’t even know, and I didn’t know Lemmy at all. I’ve met him on a couple of occasions. I remember calling him 'Ian' as I’d had a few beers and wanted to come off as someone that possessed a little bit of a deeper knowledge of him than the aggressive selfie-hunters. Obviously I failed miserably and I don’t think he liked me very much, and he didn’t want to be called 'Ian' at all. He’s 'Lemmy' and that’s that.

"So on the subsequent meetings I resorted to a respectful nod and perhaps a feeble sounding 'Hi!.' I saw/shared a bill with Motörhead many times, and I’m very happy I managed to catch their final headlining show here in Stockholm on December 4th. The place was packed. At a legendary venue for metal in my hometown. Hovet. There’s a special feeling in the air. As usual it was a celebration of heavy music as well as that of Motörhead, Saxon and Girlschool who were on tour together. But I also think a lot of people at the event knew that it’s possibly the last time they’d be able to see Motörhead. At least on a headlining tour. It was quite magical I have to say. There’s a profound feeling of respect in the air throughout the evening. I can’t recall any previous show I’ve ever been to that had that same vibe, or even similar. More...

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Opeth Launches 9.2% Dark Stout

Celebrating a 25th anniversary, Opeth today launches the band's first beer with Leeds (UK) based brewery, Northern Monk Brew Co. Limited to just 1700 660ml bottles, the 9.2% XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout is a one-off brew.

Descended from the strongest Stout Porter brewed in Britain in the 18th Century it's brewed with 10 different malts for uttermost complexity of flavour - big, dark and full in mouthfeel, expect roasted flavours with underlying notes of rich chocolate, cinder toffee and coffee. Designed to sip slowly and share with friends, drink one now and save one as the flavours will develop over time.

Russell Bisset (founder) of Northern Monk Brew Co comments: "We’re big metal fans at Northern Monk and Opeth is often the soundtrack to our brewing. When the opportunity to work with the band came up, we jumped at the chance. Opeth have been taking the same progressive and quality driven approach to music that we have to beer for the past 25 years and it was great to work with them. Our aim was to make one of the most bold and forward thinking brewery and band collaborations ever. We got together at the brewery tap room and tasted our range of beers with them and together came up with a couple of recipes."

As a fan of quality beer himself Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has also expressed his excitement: "Even if we’re musicians firstly, we’re beer drinkers secondly. Kind of. Let me rephrase: We love beer. We love good beer. We’ve turned into culinary connoisseurs of late. Not too much snobbery however. We just love good food and drinks. So when we were approached by the fantastic Northern Monk brewery to do a Opeth signature beer we simply could not turn it down. More...

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Opeth Streaming W:O:A Pro-Shot Video Footage

Opeth is streaming pro-shot live video footage of the band's July 31 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany.

Check it out below (courtesy of Wacken TV).

The long running Swedish band is also commemorating 25 years of prog metal and retro rock with a new coffee table book exploring all of Opeth's history. Details available at this location.

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Why Isn't There More Heavy Metal In Video Games?

Considering the huge potential for crossover between metal and gaming fans, it's always baffled me that there aren't more heavy metal focused video game soundtracks. Rather than going for sounds that make the player bang their heads and launch their controller through the television, most games – even highly action focused ones – tend to stick with more tepid ambient soundtracks based on electronica. Techno is about as “heavy” as most game soundtracks tend to get.

This week we're going to take a look at a handful of games that buck that trend and offer up honest-to-Lucifer extreme metal in their playlists. Not an exhaustive list (and we'll be looking at more in the future), this is just a few that are worth your time and are notable for their inclusion of tracks from excellent metal bands or for having original soundtracks rooted strongly in the metal tradition.

Brutal Legend

This one's a no-brainer, as it's essentially THE heavy metal video game, created solely to celebrate our beloved genre. Eddie may be a lowly roadie, but through the power of metal (and a battleax, wicked car, and some magic powers) he can annihilate the goths, please the gods, and get the girl (or two).

Although it seems like a gimmick to get heavy music fans interested, the gameplay is actually really solid and revolves around three different styles: strategy large-scale combat as a general over an army, open world GTA car driving shenanigans, and elements of combat-heavy action games like God of War or Dante's Inferno

The game features more than 100 metal tracks (some of which have to be unlocked in-game) covering a huge range of sub-genres with everything from In Flames to Cradle Of Filth, along with a whole lot of classics from the likes of Motorhead and Judas Priest.

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Wacken Open Air Live Streams Available

Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.

Once again, select acts will be streaming live from the internet and German TV (also through the net) via ARTE concert at this location and 3sat at this location.

As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):

VIA ARTE Concert:

July 30th:

17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth

July 31st:

15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss

August 1st:

14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...

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Opeth Releasing Coffee Table Book

Last summer, Opeth announced a book was in the works chronicling the Swedish band's history. Now the group has revealed that work is finally finished, with Opeth commenting:

"As you may know Opeth have been hard at work these past few years to put together a very nice and informative coffee table style biography for release later this year and we're pleased to announce that the book is now available for pre-order. More details on how to sign up found here."

Publisher Rocket88 also comments: "The official Book of Opeth is published to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Get your name printed in the roll of Honour and become a part of the book when you preorder.

"This sumptuously illustrated oral history presents Opeth’s unique tale, from their earliest days until the present, and all in glorious dark colour. Told in the first-person by Mikael, the band, their friends, former members and collaborators including designer Travis Smith, it is illustrated throughout with hundreds of previously unseen and rare photos, artworks and memorabilia.

"Here, for the first time, is the true and complete story of Opeth, revealed in all its terrible and magnificent glory, and illuminated by early, personal, candid, live and studio photographs." More...

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