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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.
Long-running U.K. record label Elitist Records has officially closed its doors. "Many thanks to all who supported the releases and appreciated the ethic behind the label," said label founder Lee Barrett in a statement. "I’ll now be A&Ring for another label. More news when it's available."
Elitist was founded in 2002 as an imprint division of the legendary Earache Records. It was solely A&R'ed by Barrett, the ex-owner of Candlelight Records and the person reportedly responsible for discovering such acts as EMPEROR, OPETH, ENSLAVED and many other.
A total of 30 metal, rock and punk writers at Sweden's Close–Up magazine have voted in the magazine's annual critics' album-of-the-year poll. The final results were as follows:
01. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
02. OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
03. NINE INCH NAILS – "With Teeth"
04. THE MARS VOLTA – "Frances the Mute"
05. MUNICIPAL WASTE – "Hazardous Mutation"
06. TURBONEGRO – "Party Animals"
07. NILE – "Annihilation of the Wicked"
08. HELLACOPTERS – "Rock & Roll Is Dead"
09. NEVERMORE – "This Godless Endeavor"
10. BLINDSIDE – "The Great Depression"
11. CANDLEMASS – "Candlemass"
12. DARK FUNERAL – "Attera Totus Sanctus"
13. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – "Lullabies to Paralyze"
14. ANNIHILATION TIME – "II"
15. BIG BUSINESS – "Head for the Shallow"
16. STATIC–X – "Start a War"
17. CROWBAR – "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden"
18. HYPOCRISY – "Virus"
19. PORCUPINE TREE – "Deadwing"
20. DOZER – "Through the Eyes of Heathens"
For more information on Close-Up, visit www.closeupmagazine.net.
Opeth will appear in Greece and Turkey at the end of March next year. For the fist time Opeth will play a gig in Tel Aviv, Israel. This will happen on the 1st of April. Opeth will be heading down under once again and this time they will also appear in Auckland, New Zealand. This will happen in the end of April. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
Mar. 27 Thessaloniki, Greece - Idrogis club
Mar. 28 Athens, Greece - Club 22
Mar. 29 Istanbul, Turkey - Yeni Melek
Mar. 30 Izmir, Turkey - Kemanci Izmir
Apr. 01 Tel aviv, Israel - Theatre club
Apr. 20 Perth, Australia - Loout
Apr. 21 Adelaide, Australia - The barton theatre
Apr. 23 Melbourne, Australia - The Forum
Apr. 24 Melbourne, Australia - The forum
Apr. 25 Sydney, Australia - Big top/Luna Park
Apr. 27 Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
Apr. 28 Auckland, New Zealand - St James Theatre
OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has commented on the recent arrest of their bus driver Leon R. Whitman who was charged on Tuesday (November 15th) with one felony count of using a child for a sexual performance, three counts of computer pornography and one count each of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and interfering with custody.
"Our busdriver on the last North American tour was arrested in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL for "unlawful activity with a minor". Basically we're appalled by the fact that we'd employed this bastard and even more disgusted by his deeds and obviously we will be much more detailed in our background check for future employments. The driver introduced himself only as "Rod" and seemed like a nice guy, even though for us he was just another driver, and a bad one as well! He said he owned a trailer company and that he was a drummer, playing with TED NUGENT and several other bands in the '70's. We got suspicious that he couldn't get into Canada (we had another driver there) due to some previous drug "misdemeanors". Myself and Peter (Lindgren - guitars) met him and the girl in the elevator of the hotel where he introduced her as his niece. She seemed distant, asking us if we smoked pot. "Rod" told us he was driving her to Los Angeles. After the gig, he never returned to the bus and then we got the news that he'd been arrested. Luckily for us one of Nevermore's crew was able to drive us back to the hotel. The next day the FBI stopped our tour manager outside the bus with a warrant to search the bus for "Rod's" laptop and camera. We feel genuinely happy that he is caught and behind bars where we hope he will stay for a long time."
Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt announced Friday night at the Showplace Theater in Buffalo, NY that the band will be returning for another U.S. tour in February. No other details were announced. Opeth is on a headlining tour with Nevermore and Into Eternity in support.
Here are the remaining dates for the tour:
November 5 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 6 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
November 7 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
November 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
November 9 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
November 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 12 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater
Opeth will appear as special guests on MTV2's Headbangers Ball on the Nov. 5th at 10pm EST.
BURST's sophomore album, Origo, sees a European-wide release today. Origo, which is already drawing critical acclaim from some of Europe's leading rock and metal press, will be released in early 2006 in North America. You can preview the Origo E-Card here.
Additionally, BURST recently landed a coveted slot on OPETH's European headlining tour. A complete listing of tour dates are as follows:
Opeth have announced their set- list for their current headlining North American tour. The songs that will be played are as follows:
"Baying of the Hounds"
"In My Time of Need"
"The Grand Conjuration"
"Demon of the Fall"
Canada's progressive death metal band INTO ETERNITY have wrapped up their fourth 2005 North American tour supporting their latest album Buried Into Oblivion . This year the band has been privileged to share the stage with metal veterans Amorphis, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Incantation, Hammerfall, Edguy and now Stratovarius. Drummer Adam Sagan commented, "The tour is winding down, and we have had a freakin' blast. We've seen old friends, and have made plenty of new ones. It's also been killer seeing a lot of you returning to see us. The Stratovarius guys are great, but since the bands had really different touring schedules (we drove our van and they had a bus) we didn't have a lot of opportunities to get to know them... until we closed down Seattle's Studio Seven drinking together.
"Just when we thought we would be going home and ending the year on a high note with Stratovarius, we were given the honor of playing two weeks with Opeth and Nevermore: truly a dream come true. Personally I could tour with either band and die happy, but touring with both together come on..."
INTO ETERNITY will begin working on Buried In Oblivion's follow up album after finishing the Opeth / Nevermore tour.
Here are the remaining Into Eternity tour dates: More...
Opeth are out with the video to their new single 'The Grand Conjuration', from the album 'Ghost Reveries'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Frontman Tim Roth of Canada's Into Eternity has posted the following message on the band's official website:
It has been an amazing month for Into Eternity. We have just landed the opening slot on the Eastern USA , Opeth/Nevermore Tour! This whole year for us just keeps getting better and better.The whole band is very thankful for this huge opportunity. The last time we got to tour with Nevermore was way back in 2001. The band was still young, but Nevermore treated us like brothers. That is something I will never forget. The last time we saw them was in Italy at The Gods of Metal.
All the guys are fans of Opeth as well and we can't wait to get on the road with these talented bands. There will be a high level of musicianship, so hopefully we can learn off of these amazing players! This will be a great package to witness, so I know all of our diehard fans will be there to support us as usual. Take care and we will see you on the road soon!
keep it metal!"
Opeth have rolled out numerous dates for their upcoming European tour which will take place in December, here's the schedule:
December 04th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli De Helling
December 06th Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
December 07th Toulouse, FRA - Le Ramier
December 08th Bergara, SPA - Sala Jam
December 09th Madrid, SPA - Madrid Arena
December 10th Barcelona, SPA - Apollo
December 11th Villeurbanne, FRA - Transbordeur
December 13th Milan, ITA - Rolling Stone
December 14th Florence, ITA - Flog Poggetto
December 15th Zurich, SWI - Abart
December 16th Munich, GER - Backstage
December 17th Vienna, AUT - Arena
December 18th Budapest, HUN - Petofi Hall
In other news, the band have added more openers to their previously announced October/November North American headlining run. In addition to Pelican's October 09th to October 22nd stint and Nevermore's October 24th to November 11th slot, Fireball Ministry will now also join the bill from October 09th through to October 30th, while Into Eternity will then take over the slot, opening from October 31st through to November 11th.
FIREBALL MINISTRY and INTO ETERNITY will be opening different legs of OPETH's upcoming headlining tour. FIREBALL MINISTRY will open all dates before Halloween. INTO ETERNITY will replace FIREBALL MINISTRY for all dates on and after Halloween.
PELICAN will be in direct support to OPETH for all dates before the October 24 show in Lawrence, KS. NEVERMORE will then replace PELICAN as the direct-support band from the Kansas date on.
Dates and support acts for OPETH break down as follows:
with PELICAN, FIREBALL MINISTRY:
October 9 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 10 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
October 12 - Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
October 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
October 15 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
October 18 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 20 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
October 21 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
October 22 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
with NEVERMORE, FIREBALL MINISTRY:
October 24 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
October 25 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
October 26 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 27 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
October 28 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
October 29 - Montreal, QUE @ Medley
October 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
with NEVERMORE, INTO ETERNITY:
October 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
November 2 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
November 3 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
November 4 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theatre
November 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 6 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 7 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
November 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
November 9 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
November 11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Opeth have recruited Pelican and Nevermore to support them on separate legs of their upcoming North American headlining tour. Pelican will open up all dates ranging from October 09th through to October 22nd, while Nevermore will then replace them, opening on stops ranging from October 24th to November 11th. The complete revised schedule for the trek is as follows:
October 09th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
October 10th West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
October 11th San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
October 12th Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
October 15th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
October 17th Salt Lake City, UT - Lo-Fi Cafe
October 18th Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
October 20th Dallas, TX - Trees
October 21st Houston, TX - Meridian
October 22nd San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
October 24th Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
October 25th St. Louis, MO - Pop's
October 26th Chicago, IL - House of Blues
October 27th Detroit, MI - Harpo's
October 30th Worcester, MA - The Palladium
October 31st Philadelphia, PA - TLA
November 02nd Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
November 03rd New York City, NY - Webster Hall
November 04th Buffalo, NY - Showplace Theatre
November 05th Springfield, VA - Jaxx
November 06th Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
November 07th Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
November 08th Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
November 09th Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
November 11th Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Opeth's latest album, "Ghost Reveries," which was released last week, has entered album charts in the following countries:
Australia - #35
Denmark - # 84
Finland - # 11
France - #72
Germany - #39
Netherlands - #38 ('Scherpe Rand van Platenland' charts - #1)
Norway - # 21
Sweden - #4
United Kingdom - #62
U S A - #64
Opeth will head back for a headline tour of North America in October. Dates announced so far are as follows:
Oct 09 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 10 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Oct 11 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
Oct 14 Vancouver, BC - Commodore
Oct 15 Seattle, WA - El Corezon
Oct 18 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct 20 Dallax, TX - Trees
Oct 21 Houston, TX - Meridian
Oct 24 Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Oct 26 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Oct 28 Toronto, ON - Opera House
Oct 29 Montreal, QC - Medley
Oct 30 Worcester, MA - Palladium
Nov 08 Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
More dates to be announced soon.
According to the Harpo's Concert Theatre venue website, Nevermore has been tapped as one of the openers for Opeth's forthcoming headlining US tour. Two more national openers will be announced soon.
OPETH's video for the track "The Grand Conjuration", featuring a special guest appearance by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD drummer Gene Hoglan, has been posted online at Roadrun.com. The song comes off the group's new album, "Ghost Reveries", available now on Roadrunner Records. The CD was mastered on June 16 at the Cutting Room facilities in Stockholm and features a running time of 66 minutes.
Sweden's Opeth have announced by Martin Axenrot of Bloodbath fame will be temporarily taking over from regular drummer Martin Lopez. The latter's still undergoing treatment for an undisclosed, but serious, illness.
Opeth has posted an update on their official website regarding drummer, Martin Lopez, who fell ill during the Sounds of the Underground tour:
During the first weeks of the tour Martin Lopez became seriously ill and had to fly back home to Sweden for treatment. He's currently under supervision and is doing well and we hope for a swift recovery and return to his natural habitat....behind the drums. Legendary basher Gene Hoglan (SYL, Dark angel, Death, Testament and more) filled in for Lopez during the SOTU tour for the last 16 gigs as well as participating in the video shoot for "The grand conjuration". A temporary replacement has been found in Bloodbath/Witchery/Nifelheim drummer Martin Axenrot who will take over Lopez duties until he's fully recovered.
In other news, Opeth upcoming single, "The Grand Conjuration," will be released in the near future. Included on the disc is the edited version of "The Grand Conjuration," as well as the full-length version and another edit of the "Ghost of Perdition" track. A video for edited version of "The Grand Conjuration" was shot in Los Angeles/USA with director Bill Yukich.
Also, Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has recorded vocals for a track destined for the upcoming Roadrunner 25 years compilation CD. The song "Roads" was written by Type O Negative keyboardist Josh Silver. Mikael recorded the vocals while on the SOTU tour in Atlanta/Georgia with guitarist/now producer/engineer James Murphy. Mr. Murphy is currently working with the much talked about Death tribute CD which will include appearances from Mikael Åkerfeldt ("Pull the Plug"), as well as Martin Lopez and Martin Mendez and Peter Lindgren. More...