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Formed: 1990
From: Sörskogen / Stockolm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Opeth News

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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Opeth Drummer Seeking Medical Treatment, Not Fired

MTV.com reports that according to a Roadrunner spokesperson, Opeth drummer Martin Lopez has not been fired, but rather, went back to Sweden for treatment of a rare blood disorder he's had for most of his life. Until he returns, the band — currently on the Sounds of the Underground tour — has enlisted Strapping Young Lad drummer Gene Hoglan to fill in for him.

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Opeth Close Messageboards Due To Piracy

Sweden's Opeth have shut down their official online message board because tracks from new album 'Ghosts Of Reveries' have been leaked onto the Internet and posted on that site. The record is released in late August, at which point the board will be re-opened.

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Opeth Fires Drummer

Gene Hoglan has replaced Opeth drummer Martin Lopez who was fired only a couple days ago. More info on this as we get info. Some reports already say that Gene is sounding tired after just one day of this.

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New Opeth Song To Be Available Digitally

On the 26th of July, Opeth's “The Grand Conjuration,” will be available digitally. This is a special edition and will not be feature on the album.

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In other Opeth news, the official Opeth forum, which is part of the UltimateMetal.com community, has been closed due to Internet leaks of the group's new album, "Ghost Reveries". "It may reopen once the album is released," reads a posting from an UltimateMetal.com webmaster.

Tracks from the album are made available at this location.

"Ghost Reveries" is scheduled for release on 29th August, the CD was mastered on June 16 at the Cutting Room facilities in Stockholm and features a running time of 66 minutes.

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Sounds Of The Underground Vancouver Venue Moved

The Sounds of the Underground Tour show in Vancouver on July 26 has been moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the PNE Forum. All tickets for the Pacific Coliseum will be honored at the door and are now general admission.

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Opeth Film "The Grand Conjuration" Video

Opeth has posted a message on their official website saying that they have filmed a video in Los Angeles for the track "The Grand Conjuration." The video is said to contain nurses and be quite twisted.

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Opeth and Extol To Tour UK

Opeth will be supported by Extol on their upcoming UK tour. The tour dates are as follows:

September 6 - Birmingham Academy
September 7 - Manchester Academy
September 8 - London Mean Fiddler

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New Opeth Music Available Online

New music from Opeth's upcoming "Ghost Reveries" (due out August 30th) is now available to hear. 10+ minutes of music in the form of the track "The Grand Conjuration." Check it out online now at www.roadrunnerrecords.com/opeth.

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Extol Added to Opeth's European Tour

Opeth have announced that Extol would be the opening band for their upcoming European tour in September. Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 06 Birmingham, UK - Academy
Sept. 07 Manchester, UK - Academy
Sept. 08 London, UK - Meanfiddler
Sept. 09 Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Sept. 10 Koln, Germnay - Underground
Sept. 11 Tilberg, Netherlands - 013
Sept. 13 Paris, France - Locomotive
Sept. 14 Amsterdam - Melkweg
Sept. 15 Essen, Germany - Zeche Carl
Sept. 16 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Sept. 17 Hamburg, Germany - Grunspan
Sept. 18 Malmo, Sweden - KB
Sept. 19 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Sept. 20 Goteborg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Sept. 21 Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
Sept. 23 Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Sept. 24 Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Sept. 25 Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi

Opeth are currently on the Sounds of the Underground Tour with Lamb of God.

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Opeth Reveal "Ghost Reveries" Cover Artwork

Opeth has revealed the "Ghost Reveries" cover, designed by Travis Smith. Check it out at this location. "Ghost Reveries" will be out on the 30th of August.

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Opeth Set Album Release Date

Opeth's new album, "Ghost Reveries," is 66 minutes of staggering new material. "Ghost Reveries" will be in stores on August 30. Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt puts it this way: "There's no other band on the planet like us."

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Sounds Of The Underground Pictures In Gallery Now

I recently had the chance to attend the Sounds of The Underground tour when it made it's devistating stop into Philadelphia at the Festival Pier. I arrived later then expected, left earlier then expected due to illness and missed another band or two interviewing Poison The Well (the interview will be posted in the next day or two). I also left my batteries for my camera in my car and security wouldn't allow me to re-enter so I had to use my camera sparingly. However, I got the chance to get some amazing pictures of Gwar, Unearth, Chimaira and Opeth and they are now available in our gallery section. You can view the photos in the gallery section.

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Sounds Of The Underground Show Report From Philly

I recently had the chance to attend Sounds of The Underground's stop in Philadelphia. I was stuck outside waiting until around 2:30 so I didn't get to see most of the bands. Anyway, this is how the day went for me: More...

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Sounds Of The Underground Photos Posted Online

ReturnToThePit.com has posted a bunch of photos from the first Sounds of the Undergroud show in Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA on June 25. Check them out here.

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New Opeth Song Available For Download

A radio-broadcast-quality recording of Opeth's new track, entitled "The Grand Conjuration", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (length - 9:55; size - 22.71 MB; quality – 320 kbps).

"The Grand Conjuration" comes off the Swedish band's upcoming album, "Ghost Reveries", due late August/early September through Roadrunner Records.

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SotU Bands Schedule Meet And Greet

Everyday at the Sounds of the Underground Tour, all the bands playing will be hanging at their merch tents are various times looking to meet you. The times have been posted here. They change through the tour so check the date you're headed too and see what time the bands will be around.

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Opeth Reveal New Album Tracklisting, Cover Artwork

Opeth and Jens Bogren have now finished the recording and mixing of the latest opus "Ghost reveries" (view cover). The album will be mastered today (June 16th) at the Cutting room facilities in Stockholm. Total running time will be around 65 minutes. Full tracklisting is:

Ghost of perdition
The baying of the hounds
Beneath the mire
Atonement
Reverie/Harlequin forest
Hours of wealth
The grand conjuration
Isolation years

A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it's planned for late August/early September worldwide through Roadrunner records.

In other news, Opeth have confirmed that they will appear at the Metal Hammer festival/Spodek arena in Katowice/Poland on August 31. Oddly enough supporting Korn. Other bands on the bill includes Lacuna Coil and Fear Factory.

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Sounds Of The Underground Tour: 3 Week Countdown

The countdown is on. Three weeks from now the North American Continent will be hit with a five week musical storm - The Sounds Of The Underground Tour launching June 25th in Lowell, Mass.!

Lead singer D. Randall Blythe proclaims: "Lamb Of God are very pleased to be included as the headliner for the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The tour has a very diverse line up, including many of our old friends, and showcases established acts as well as many excellent up and coming bands to watch for. Corporate politics had no part in the formation of this tour - this one's for the bands and the fans, not some executive's paycheck. The party is coming your way this summer - show up with your dancing shoes and help us bring the ruckus!"

This history making tour features 26 shows in 31 days; bringing 22 of todays heaviest and most hard core underground musical performers to the forefront. This fan friendly event is keeping ticket prices very low, under $30.00 per ticket in most markets. The tour delivers Lamb Of God, Opeth, Gwar, Clutch, Poison The Well, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, A Life Once Lost, Throwdown, Unearth, Norma Jean, DevilDriver, From Autumn To Ashes, Madball, High On Fire, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Terror, The Red Chord, Nora and Fear Before The March Of Flames to arenas all summer long.

Even more for the fans: SotU special Tour Program insert will be in every issue of Revolver magazine on the newsstands in June; with additional limited edition copies of this tour program on heavy stock paper to be distributed at each show.

Also available now and all summer long at Hot Topic is the exclusive DVD/CD Box Set specially priced at $9.99; featuring videos and songs from every band on the tour as well as other favorites from the labels who bring you the SotU tour and also contains a trailer of Lamb Of God's new "Killadelphia" DVD (June 21 Epic Records).

Tickets are still available thru the website where surcharges on tickets are much cheaper, also the website lists many surcharge free box office available locally.

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Opeth Reveal Upcoming Album Title

Opeth has confirmed that the title of their next album will be "Ghost Reveries." The full tracklisting/titles will be revealed soon as well. The album is expected to be released late summer.

In other news, Opeth has been confirmed to appear at both the Hole in the Sky and Summerbreeze festivals.

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Opeth Officially Sign To Roadrunner Records

OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has now officially confirmed to MTV.com that the band have finalized a deal with New York's Roadrunner Records, bolstering an imposing roster that already includes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, OBITUARY and CRADLE OF FILTH.

Åkerfeldt disclosed several details about the band's forthcoming, self-produced opus. The follow-up to 2003's acoustic masterpiece, "Damnation", and OPETH's first disc in years without producer Steve Wilson, the album will include "Ghost of Tradition", "The Baying of the Hounds" and "Isolation Years".

"Musically, 'Damnation' was an experiment for us," Åkerfeldt told MTV.com. "It also helped us to develop our sound. So this time around, you can say the overall record is going to be heavy-sounding. There's also a couple of songs that are more in the style of 'Damnation', so to speak. We also have a new member in the band, our keyboard player, Per Wiberg. So we have some vintage keyboards this time around on the heavy material as well. Overall, this one is heavy."

Åkerfeldt said OPETH will finish the record before month's end and expect to release it as early as late August. He also said they'll play some new material this summer as part of the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour.

"We've never done anything like [a festival tour] before, but this is a new thing, so we're excited," he said. "It's a good chance to reach out to people who've never heard from us. I'm also looking forward to seeing STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and CLUTCH perform. Many of the bands on the tour I've never heard of."

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