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Formed: 1990
From: Sörskogen / Stockolm, Sweden
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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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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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Per Wilberg Officially Joins Opeth

Sweden's Opeth has posted the following message on their official website:

Per Wiberg has now officially joined Opeth as a permanent member of the band. As most of you know he's been touring with Opeth since their "Damnation" record. Spiritual beggars fans should not despair as he will continue playing and recording with them.

The band is currently hard at work in Fascination street studios. 9 titles have been recorded and at this moment Hammond organs and Mellotrons are being put down to tape. The recording is being supervised and engineered by Jens Bogren and produced by the band. Some song titles have been confirmed and will be posted here soon.

Several North American journalists will visit the studio in mid May for interviews and exclusive listening sessions.

We will soon confirm a handful of Scandinavian and European dates. The band will do a smaller trek round the key cities in Europe in September. This will be the first tour in support of the new album which is supposed to be released in late August/early September. More tour dates to come....

Have you forgotten...sorry for taking so much time...but:
We will soon confirm the winner of the drawing contest too. There have been hundreds of pictures sent in and we thank you for these. The winner will get the task of drawing the band picture for the next Opeth Cd.

Record label??? Opeth have decided which label to sign to and the contracts are being done as you read. We will announce it here shortly!

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Lamb of God Confirmed Headliner For SotU Tour

I didn't think this was a secret or anything, but LAMB OF GOD has been confirmed as the headliner for 2005 SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR!

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!"

Joining LAMB OF GOD will be:

CLUTCH
POISON THE WELL
OPETH
UNEARTH
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
CHIMAIRA
GWAR
EVERY TIME I DIE
NORMA JEAN
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
HIGH ON FIRE
MADBALL
TERROR
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
ALL THAT REMAINS
THE RED CHORD
FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES

Sounds of the Underground 2005 Tour Dates are as follows:

6/25 - Lowell, MA - Paul E Tsongas Arena
6/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
6/28 - Pontiac, MI - Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
6/30 - Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
7/01 - Portsmouth, VA - Harbor Center Pavilion
7/02 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Parking Lot
7/03 - Montreal, QC - Stade Uniprix
7/04 - Mississauga, ON - Arrow Hall
7/05 - Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
7/07 - Minneapolis, MN - US Bank Theatre @ Target Center
7/08 - Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center Parking Lot
7/09 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
7/10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Village
7/12 - Atlanta, GA - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Lot
7/13 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field
7/15 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Music Center Lot
7/16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheatre
7/19 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
7/20 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena Lot
7/23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Lot
7/25 - Seattle, WA - Qwest Field Event Center
7/26 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
7/28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
7/29 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
7/31 - Denver, CO- Universal Lending Pavilion

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Porcupine Tree To Tour w/ ex-King Crimson Members

It could be said that Porcupine Tree owe a large chunk of their fanbase to Opeth, and vice versa. Steven Wilson, frontman and production bon vivant behind the grandiose British progressive rockers, has produced Opeth's last three records — 2001's "Blackwater Park," 2002's "Deliverance" and 2003's "Damnation." But associations aside, "People either like the music or they don't — so they must be liking it," Wilson said.

"I think we've both kind of benefited from [the connection], although that was never the intention," he continued. "We just worked together because we had great admiration for each other's bands. I have to say, it's been great seeing a lot more young metal kids at the shows, digging what we're doing."

Alas, extensive touring and his commitment to Porcupine Tree have prevented Wilson from helming the new Opeth LP, which the band started working on last month. Porcupine Tree — whose new disc, "Deadwing," drops May 3 — will hit the road May 13 in Washington, D.C., for an all-encompassing U.S. tour. In a nod to the band's roots, the two former guitarists from long-running prog-rock titans King Crimson will be splitting the opening slot: Adrian Belew will open the East Coast gigs, while Robert Fripp will cover the West.

"Deadwing" will be released in three formats: a generic stereo mix, a DVD-Audio disc with a surround mix, and a special edition combining the two with a 72-page hardback book. The album is based on a script Wilson wrote several years ago. "I like hanging an album on one particular subject," he said. "It's important that every record have some sort of thematic unity." The story focuses on a man who "arrives at a point in his life fate never intended" and involves the "unraveling of the situation, to get him back to where he should have been." It's a surreal "ghost story," said Wilson, and "the idea's ultimately that this album will form a kind of companion with [the] feature film."

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Opeth Close To Signing With Roadrunner Records

Sweden's Opeth are on the verge of inking a new record deal with Roadrunner Records, informed sources have told Blabbermouth.net. The band, who were previously signed to the now-defunct British label Music For Nations Records, recently entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin recording their eight album, tentatively due later in the year.

Opeth will take part in the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which is slated to kick off June 25 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Other bands scheduled to take part in the trek include Clutch, Lamb of God, Gwar, Poison the Well, From Autumn to Ashes, Unearth, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, Strapping Young Lad, Madball and DevilDriver.

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Second SOTU Tour Pre-Sale Starts April 12

Sounds of the Underground Tour, which features Clutch, Gwar, Lamb of God, Opeth, Unearth, Strapping Young Lad, All that Remains, The Red Chord, DevilDriver and many others, will run through the US and Canada this summer. The second internet pre-sale will be April 12th starting at 4pm EST at tix.artistarena.com/soundsoftheunderground.

The following shows will be available:

Jun. 25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena - public on sale April 16
Jun. 26 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier - public on sale April 16
Jul. 03 Montreal, QC Stade Uniprix - public on sale April 16
Jul. 04 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 05 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion - public on sale April 16
Jul. 12 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys - public on sale April 22
Jul. 13 Orlando, FL Tinker Field - public on sale April 16
Jul. 15 Dallax, TX Smirnoff Parking Lot - public on sale April 22
Jul. 20 Phoenix, AX Mesa Amphitheatre - public on sale April 16
Jul. 26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum - public on sale April 16
Jul. 28 Edmonton, AB Rexhall - public on sale April 16
Jul. 29 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Center - public on sale April 16

Other tour dates: More...

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Initial Sounds Of The Underground Dates Revealed

Dates are slowly leaking out for the Sounds of the Undergroud Tour that will feature Lamb of God, Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and more.

Here are some of the unconfirmed initial dates for the tour:

June 25 Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena
June 30 Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
July 01 Toronto, ON - The Docks
July 02 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
July 05 Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
July 09 Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
July 13 Orlando, FL - Tinker Field

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Sounds of the Underground Presale Info

Sounds of the Underground is offering the "internet community" a presale. Tickets will be available before they go on sale to the general public at this link. Also service fees will be lower than most outlets.

The current Sounds of the Underground lineup is:

Clutch
Opeth
Poison the Well
Chimaira
Norma Jean
Unearth
Madball
Every Time I Die
High on Fire
Throwdown
Terror
Strapping Young Lad
All that Remains
A Life Once Lost
The Red Chord
Fear Before the March of Flames
Devil Driver
With very special guests GWAR and one more headliner to be announced

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More Details On Sounds Of The Underground Tour

A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in late June and run through late July.

With organizers promising the addition of a notable headlining act, others already confirmed for the full tour are From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and veteran horrorcore group Gwar, which will present a "halftime show."

Madball has been drafted for the eastern half of the tour, with Terror picking up on Western dates. Regional additions include the Red Chord (East Coast), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest, Southeast) and Himsa (West).

"This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well," Unearth's Trevor Phipps says. "The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life."

The tour is being produced by Face the Music Touring agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. The group has pledged to keep ticket prices below $30.

Dates for the trek have not yet been announced. The Sounds of the Underground Tour website will launch soon with full details.

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Sounds of the Underground Tour To Rival Ozzfest

The "Sounds of the Underground Tour" will rival Ozzfest and tickets will range from $20- $25. Bands include:

Lamb of God(main stage headliner)
Gwar (second stage headliner)
Unearth
Opeth
Chimaria
Clutch
All That Remains
Norma Jean
Poison the Well
Throwdown
Strapping Young Lad
A Life Once Lost
Devildriver
Every Time I Die
Terror / Madball (half of the tour each)


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