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Formed: 1990
From: Sörskogen / Stockolm, Sweden
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Opeth, COF Perform At Rock Am Ring, Videos Posted

A video clip of OPETH performing the songs "The Grand Conjuration", "Closure" and the first part of "Deliverance" live at the Rock am Ring festival in Nürburgring, Germany on Saturday, June 3 has been posted online at this location.

Sharing the main stage that night were England's CRADLE OF FILTH. Videos for "Medusa and Hemlock" and "Born in a Burial Gown" can be viewd here.

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Opeth Announce UK Tour Dates

Opeth has announced the dates for their November tour of the UK. Here are the tour dates:

11/05 Pyramid Portsmouth
11/06 ABC Glasgow
11/07 Rock City Nottingham
11/08 Academy Manchester
11/09 Roadhouse London
11/10 Academy Birmingham
11/11 Great Hall Exeter

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Opeth's Drummer Martin Lopez Leaves Band

After several months away from his drumming duties in OPETH, Martin Lopez has permanently decided to leave the group. After being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks Lopez decided he wanted to concentrate fully on his own project, currently unnamed. His replacement will be Martin "Axe" Axenrot, who's been filling in for the last five tours and who also recorded with the band during the recent BBC sessions.

Commented OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt: "However sad I and the rest of the band feel in light of Lopez's departure, I want to thank him for his incredible work with OPETH and immense dedication to the band. We recorded some classic stuff together and he obviously had an enormous impact on our sound. I now feel very excited to hear the material of his own band. In the meantime, OPETH fans can rest assured that we'll continue jamming it out with Axe and we all have high expectations about our coming musical ventures."

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Final Lineup For Metal Camp Festival Announced

This year's Metal Camp Festival is set to take place on July 21- 23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The organizers have announced the addition of SOILWORK and very promissing Swedish newcomers SCAR SYMMETRY. Also appearing on the main stage are German Power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY.

The Talent Forum Stage is being introduced for the first time this year. Bands set to play there include Blind Petition (AUT), Asterius (GER), Subhuman (ITA), Bleak Origin (CHE) and many others. For more information, visit the Metal Camp official page.

Below is the complete list of confirmed bands: More...

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Opeth Frontman Clarifies Statements On Labelmates

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has clarified statements he made during an interview with an Australian magazine — but hasn't gone out of his way to patch up the wounds. When asked about the current state of metal, he told the magazine that he didn't care for most of today's bands, and that "when I grew up it was like heresy to compare [labelmates] Killswitch Engage and whatever you got going with [Iron] Maiden and [Judas] Priest. The bands feel manufactured, almost like boy bands with guitars. I don't want my bands to be f---ing pretty." On Opeth's official forum, Åkerfeldt said the article was "a bit misleading," and that while he doesn't "particularly like Killswitch," he has nothing "against them really. All I was saying [is] that I don't see the same quality in them as I do in Priest or Maiden. [Killswitch] to me sounds like a rehashed version of what's been going on in Sweden for 16 years or more. The boy-band comment ... was not addressed to [Killswitch] but an observation of the overall 'nu' or whatever metalcore scene [there is] in the U.S. All of you gotta understand that out of the zillion interviews I do, some will take the so-called 'good stuff' and put it forward and make me seem like a pr---."

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Opeth Don't Know If Lopez (Drums) Is Coming Back

Helen Barradell of Australia's X-Press Online recently conducted an interview with OPETH mainman Mikael Akerfeldt. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On the band's early years:

"I guess it gets more romantic in retrospect, almost like we actually had a good time. Of course we did have a good time but there's also been some very, very rough times for this band. You know, after the two first records we almost spilt up because half the band left. Nobody really cared for OPETH until we did 'Blackwater Park', which is our fifth record, and after that we weren't doing anything really. We weren't pulling people, we weren't selling records, I was the poorest man on the planet... not really, but for heavy metal, at least. But it was a rough ride and I feel like we are quite fortunate to be where we are today and I'm also quite proud of myself that we kept going, writing songs instead of working in a factory or something."

On the current status of the band's drummer Martin Lopez:

"Lopez is not on this tour, he's back home and he's not been playing with us. He's been sick for quite some time. He's had some panic attacks which have been plaguing us for a couple of tours and we've had to cancel them. I don't really know what it is. We get all these kind of things - they're saying it's a blood disorder on one hand and he's had some pains in his back and depression. It got to a point where he couldn't play anymore. He got so skinny and he couldn't play. Basically we just agreed that it wasn't working out. He had to get home and get well you know? And he's been away ever since, almost nine months."

On whether the fame game might be something Lopez finds a little to heavy to handle:

"Well, I don't know... it might be. He is a very social guy but he's not one of those guys who goes out looking for the fans and trying to...you know? He doesn't like that whole thing around him, he basically stays on the bus. It's got to a point now that he's been away for such a long time that we don't know what is going to happen. We don't know if he's ever coming back."

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Opeth Post Live Video Clip Online

Opeth have posted a 3-minute clip from their gig at the Close-Up Festival in Stockholm, Sweden on April 16th. Check out the clip at this location (4.1MB).

Opeth's latest album, "Ghost Reveries," has recently been nominated for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards under the category Album of the Year. The awards this year will take place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London.

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Trivium, In Flames, Opeth Metal Hammer Nominees

The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.

Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.

Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.

The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge On AOL Music

"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

Here is the full track listing: More...

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Mike Portnoy To Collaborate w/ Opeth's Akerfeldt?

Jakob Herrmann of Drummer's Digest recently conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On whether the technical side of the band's music superior to the musical side:

Portnoy: "We try to have a balance. There's times when we know we want to write stuff that's very technical, and at that point it's dictated by our technical abilities. But then there's other times where we wanna cool it out and really concentrate on the song, and that's when we wanna put the technical side on the shelf and try to really concentrate on the songwriting. I think 'Octavarium' is a perfect example of that balance. There's a little bit of all of those things on the album."

On how the band's last album, "Octavarium", compares to the earlier ones:

Portnoy: "I wouldn't say it's a new direction, we've always kind of done what we do, which is a balance of progressive, heavy and kind of melodic, you know? We've always tried to have all of those elements, so I can't say the new album is a new direction. It's just the latest version of what DREAM THEATER does."

On the rumors about "Octavarium" contains connections and references to earlier albums:

Portnoy: "Not necessarily. 'Octavarium' is a concept album. It's got a lot of threads through it. Musically, visually, through the artwork and the layout, sonically in the production and the sound effects. It's a concept album where all the songs kind of relate to each other."

On the fact that he is a singing drummer:

Portnoy: "I've been doing that with DREAM THEATER now for about seven years. I sing backing vocals when we're in the studio as well. I actually find it easy. I don't consider myself a great singer, you know, but I think there's enough to give a good quality harmony to the song, which I think is important. If you listen to the guys in YES or whatever, they didn't have the greatest voices, but it's the blend that created the good harmony. And also with the vocals I write, I write them with more than one vocal in mind, usually for counter-point call-and-answer kind of thing. My vocal parts aren't always harmonies. Sometimes they're back trading lines back and forth."

On the rumors saying that he and Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mastermind behind Swedish metal act OPETH, are planning to do something together:

Portnoy: "Yeah, he's coming down tonight actually. Most of the guys are. I've been a fan of theirs for years, and we've become friends the last couple of years. He and I and Steven Wilson [of PORCUPINE TREE] have talked about doing something together. Hopefully some time soon we'll be able to coordinate our schedules and make it happen. I think me and Steven want to make it heavy, and I think Mikael wants to, uh, not be heavy. Because me and Steven want to do stuff that we can't do with PORCUPINE TREE and DREAM THEATER, and get to some really heavy stuff. And I think that Mikael wants to get away from the heavy stuff because he does that all the time with OPETH, so who knows. Maybe we'll meet somewhere in the middle. I think it'll be great. I mean, I've had great experiences collaborating with other people, especially people who are the kind of leaders of their bands. That was kind of what TRANSATLANTIC was about, since Neal Morse and Roine Stolt are kind of the leaders of their bands, you know. It was a great creative environment, and I think a similar chemistry would happen with Steven and Mikael."

Read the full article at Drummersdigest.com.

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The Eternal To Do Release Tour

To coincide with The Eternal’s support slot on the Opeth Australian tour, The Eternal’s second album for Finnish label Firebox Records entitled 'Sleep of Reason' will see an Australian release through Modern Invasion in late April.

Released in Europe and North America in October 2005, 'Sleep of Reason' has won extensive acclaim from critics and fans the world over. The Eternal will do their own Australian tour mid-winter in support of the release.

The Eternal’s next headline gig will be at the Arthouse in Melbourne on Saturday, 29 April 2006 at the conclusion of the Opeth Australian tour.

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Opeth Upgrades MySpace, More Fan Friendly

Opeth have made a few upgrades to their MySpace page, so if you haven't yet joined as a friend, what are you waiting for?

The band has been overwhelming audiences across American with their inimitable and intricate progressive death metal - be sure to visit the tour Ecard for information about a concert near you.

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Opeth Confirm South American Tour Dates

Opeth have confirmed 8 dates on their fall South American tour. Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 22 Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Sept. 23 Monterey, Mexico - Café Iguana
Sept. 24 Guadalajara, Mexico - Hardrock café
Sept. 27 Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
Sept. 28 Buenos Aires, Argentina - ND/Ateneo
Sept. 29 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Direct TV CIE
Sept. 30 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Circo Volador
Oct. 01 Curitiba, Brazil - Master Hall

Opeth have been confirmed to headline the Close-Up Festival, which is set to take place at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm, Sweden on April 15-16. The festival also features Amon Amarth, Blindside, Bolt Thrower, Burst, Cult of Luna, Evergrey, Imperial Leather, Khoma, Path of No Return, Rentokiller, Skitsystem and Taint.

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Dark Tranquillity Misses First Show Of Opeth Tour

Dark Tranquillity have posted the following message on their official website explaining why they missed the first show of the Opeth tour:

"As most of you have heard, we didn't play the 1st gig of the tour due to a missed flight in Paris. Due to foggy weather conditions, the plane from Gothenburg to Paris took off a bit later than scheduled. Despite the airline staff guaranteeing that they'd keep the connecting plane to Atlanta on hold and even arranging a special shuttle taking us to the gate as quickly as possible, we were met with a "too late, sorry" response when trying to check in.

"Our management checked all possible options for booking a new flight to allow us to make it to Raleigh in time, but ultimately we had no other choice than to wait for the next Paris-Atlanta flight 24 hours later.

"We're really sorry for the inconvenience caused, but hope that everyone understands that what happened was solely the fault of Delta Airlines and not the band, management or any promotor. We did our outmost to solve the problem, but unfortunately it couldn't be done."

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge Details

MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.

On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.


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More Bands Confirmed For Tuska Open Air

VENOM, CELTIC FROST and OPETH are among the confirmed bands for the ninth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to take place June 20 – July 2 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. A total of 32 bands will perform on three stages over the course of three days. In addition, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs during the three-day festival run. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Prepares For North American Tour

Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"The packing is done! We are heading back to the states! Six lowlife degenerates here from the foggiest, snowiest and coldest Gothenburg are coming over the Atlantic to bring the metal! Touring with the ever amazing Opeth and the one and only Devin Townsend will be a rare treat for sure as well as Devildriver later on.

"We have been plotting and scheming about our ever elusive setlist for some time and we believe we have something very special for you all, both for the support dates and especially for the headline shows! Can´t wait to bring you guys the full-on Dark Tranquillity experience. Be prepared!"

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Candlemass Secures Swedish Grammy Award

This year's Swedish Grammy awards took place on Tuesday, February 7th. In the category "Best hard rock" the following were nominated:

Candlemass, Candlemass
Hammerfall, Chapter V: Unbent, unbowed, unbroken
Hardcore Superstar, Hardcore Superstar
Meshuggah, Catch thirtythree
Opeth, Ghost reveries

Candlemass were the lucky ones to secure the 2006 award with the following motivation from the jury:

"The pioneers of modern doom metal finally succeeded in reuniting their most classic line-up. The result was an eponymous album of epic proportions."

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Opeth Confirmed For Roskilde Festival

Opeth will appear at the Roskilde festival, which takes place in Roskilde, Denmark from June 29 to July 2. The festival also features Tool, Volbeat and more.

Opeth will also be headlining a show in Stockholm, Sweden sometime in April. More news TBA.

The band will soon embark on a North American tour, beginning mid-February, with Dark Tranquillity.

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More Opeth Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for OPETH's upcoming headlining tour, including off dates:

Opeth, Dark Tranquillity, The Devin Townsend Band:
February 15 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
February 16 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 17 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
February 18 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's
February 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
February 20 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
February 21 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 24 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 25 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
February 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole
February 28 - London, ON @ The Drink

Opeth, DevilDriver, Dark Tranquillity:
March 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 4 - Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue
March 5 - Winnipeg, MB @ Miscellaneous Venues Winnipeg
March 8 - Edmonton, AB @ Red's-West Edmonton Mall
March 9 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
March 10 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
March 11 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
March 13 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
March 21 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

An Evening With Opeth:
February 23 - New York, NY @ Town Hall
March 2 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Dark Tranquillity, The Devin Townsend Band:
February 23 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

The Devin Townsend Band:
February 27 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace

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