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From: Sörskogen / Stockolm, Sweden
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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.
Music for Nations have now officially closed their doors. Opeth have luckily been dropped from BMG/Zomba and is looking through new offers at the moment.
OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for the group's next album, tentatively scheduled to be recorded sometime in the early spring of 2005. In other news, Åkerfeldt recently visited No Man Studios in Hemel Hampstead, U.K. to lay down some guitars and backing vocals for the next, as-yet-untitled PORCUPINE TREE record. Mikael plays guitar on one track and sings backing vocals on another five songs. The album is due for release late this year. Also on the OPETH-related front, it is likely that OPETH will put out an audio version of the Shepard's Bush (DVD) concert. If this becomes a reality, there will be some "fantastic and super-exclusive extra features," according to a posting on the band's web site. With regards to their label situation, the band write, "Music For Nations is likely to close their doors within a near future, leaving their roster in the hands of BMG. What will happen to the bands is so far unknown, but it's possible that OPETH will be without a record contract in the near future. This is an effect of the massive merge between Zomba Records and BMG."
OPETH main songwriter and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to MetalReview.com about the drummer Martin Lopez's anxiety attacks, which caused him to miss a few dates on the band's recent North American tour.
"We had to cancel a few shows and we feel very bad about that so we decided we were going to be very open with it," Mikael said. "[Martin] basically suffered panic attacks and anxiety attacks and severe depression from working too hard and touring so much. It got to the point where he called me up the day before the first scheduled Jordan gig saying that he couldn't go and he was just a wreck. So we took some rest before this gig and then the same thing happened when we went to Frankfurt where we had a connecting flight to Canada and he said he couldn't go, he had to go home and we had to support him with that. He went back home, we missed 3 gigs. Well, he missed them, we did the gigs anyway with our drum tech and Gene Hoglan [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL]. He went to a psychologist and they did tests on him and it's actually some stuff in his blood that makes his heart beat faster and that's the reason why he's been depressed. Now he's getting medication and I think the biggest breakthrough for him was knowing what it was because he was literally going insane. And he was seriously thinking that maybe he'd have to leave the band and he was scared that we would fire him. But from Seattle, which was the first gig on this tour, he was back and I think he's happier now because he knows we've been doing this for such a long time and it's like a rejuvenation for him in a way to be back."
Mikael also commented on the recent online controversy surrounding DEVILDRIVER's addition to the OPETH North American tour over KATAKLYSM, who many people — including KATAKLYSM themselves — thought were a far better fit. "I like them," he said of DEVILDRIVER. "I've never heard them before, but like everybody I kind of had my mind made up about them before, but they were nothing like that. They're more of, I would say, a death metal band, and all the shit they're getting I think is pretty much uncalled for. People just slag them off because of Dez Fafara's past in COAL CHAMBER, and it's a shame and it's hard for them. At some gigs people are like 'Fuck Off' and 'You Guys Suck', and regardless if you don't like a band you just don't do that stuff at shows. I think they're great people and a tight, brutal band. KATAKLYSM, that thing I never got the offer for them to tour with us so I didn't know. All of sudden there are fights and stuff but I didn't know they were supposed to tour with us."
BLOODBATH, the band featuring Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and Jonas Renkse from KATATONIA, Dan Swanö (Nightingale, EDGE OF SANITY) have issued the following message through the Forum section of their official website:
First of all, hope you're pleased with a new and individual forum for Bloodbath. It was the right time to make one 'cuz the band is BAKK!!!
Yeah, we're currently fueling up for another lap in the death metal lane as the band has now begun writing the material for the follow-up to Resurrection Through Carnage with the studio being booked for late spring.
Now, there has been some relevant changes in the line-up. Vocalist Mike Åkerfeldt has been kicked out and a replacement is already found in one of the biggest names in the scene. Furthermore, drummer Dan Swanö has decided to step off at the death metal depot to switch instruments and is now sharing guitar duties with me. Taking over the drums, is yet another big big name. Jonas Renkse is still keepin the decay and pulse behind the bass and is leading the race of gathering pile after pile with sick and dark lyrics.
As for the new members, their secret names will be revealed soon. A monster album is promised!!!”
The 2004 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival is set to take place June 10th - 12th in Solvesborg, Sweden.
The latest act to be added to the bill is former SAMSON vocalist Nicky Moore who will be playing a set of Samson material as a tribute to late Samson guitarist Paul Samson, who passed away at his Norfolk, England home on August 9, 2002 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Nicky's performance at Sweden Rock will take place on Saturday, June 12th. Nicky will be backed up on stage by Swedish band Locomotive Breath, featuring guitarist Janne Stark (ex-OVERDRIVE). This show will be exclusive for Sweden Rock Festival.
The list of confirmed bands for Sweden Rock 2004 is as follows: More...
A contest to win a copy of Opeth's DVD Lamentations is now up at thedarkesthours.com. All you have to do is click "contests" then "current contests" and fill out the questionaire. One entry per person. Contest ends March 7th
*Psst- Knowing the city of Toronto, Canada may help you out...
In other news, Opeth will be playing both heavy and soft songs on their upcoming tour of Australia in March. Here are all of their Australian dates:
March 23- Adelaide @ Heaven (All ages)
March 24- Sydney @ Enmore Theatre (All ages)
March 25- Brisbane @ The Arena (18+)
March 26- Melbourne @ The Corner (18+)
March 27- Melbourne @ The Corner (18+)
March 28- Melbourne @ The Corner (U18 afternoon matinee show)
Having grown up on a diet of classic and death metal, Opeth leaned toward the darker side initially, although repeated listens to prog rock led to a combination of the two. "It took us a couple of years to find a musical identity," guitarist Peter Lindgren tells Omar Perez of Orlando Weekly. "Prog rock taught us that a song can be 15 minutes long and doesn't have to have a classical structure, and that it can be an adventure."
Read the full article at Orlando Weekly.
DevilDriver closed out the year after landing at #1 on CMJ's Loud Rock Chart and traversing the U.S. twice with Superjoint Ritual. The band are soon kicking off a tour with Opeth and Moonspell starting on January 20th.
The latest DEVILDRIVER, MOONSPELL AND OPETH tour dates are as follows: More...
OPETH have announced that for the third year running they have been nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the category Best Rock/Metal Act Of The Year. Last year they won the award for their 6th album "Deliverance". This year the band’s "Damnation" album is nominated. The nominees in this category are, apart from Opeth, Backyard Babies, Evergrey, The Haunted and Mustasch.
Currently on tour in the U.S. with DEVILDRIVER and MOONSPELL, the guys have just confirmed a show in Amman, Jordan on March 12th. The venue is still TBA.
As previously reported, the band recently announced the North American release date for their first official DVD- "Lamentations - Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003". The disc will be available in North America on February 24th through Koch Entertainment. The DVD has already been released in the UK and Europe through Music For Nations. It contains a one hour documentary, as well as approximately two hours of Opeth live in Stereo, 5.1 and DTS.
The tracklisting: More...
OPETH's drummer Martin Lopez has returned to the band for Saturday's show in Seattle, after the band had to cancel one show and play two others with an acoustic set. The band will be back to full foce heavy sets again.
Former Coal Chamber front man Dez Fafara's new band DEVILDRIVER will be recorded in New York City on February 27th. The footage will be used in an upcoming episode of "Headbangers Ball" on MTV2. They will be playing Irving Plaza in NYC later that night with OPETH. The date for this footage to air is not known yet, but should be announced soon.
To add a little bit of my opinion to this article, everyone out there should check out this tour. OPETH is an extremely talented band, whether you like them for their raw metallic riffs, or for the pure genius and challenging intricacies put forth in their music. Along with DEVILDRIVER, MOONSPELL is also on this tour.
Sweden's OPETH reportedly played a five-song set in Calgary, Alberta Wednesday night (January 21), with a drum technician filling in behind the kit for Martin Lopez, who is said to be still at home in Sweden recovering from a recent bout of panic attacks. OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt reportedly repeatedly apologized for the abbreviated performance and said that their next show in the area "would be the heaviest show ever." OPETH's next show is scheduled to take place Friday, January 23 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia.
OPETH have scheduled the following upcoming shows in Greece, Hungary and Austrailia:
3/3 Budapest, Hungary @ E Club
3/5 Thessaloniki, Greece @ Mylos Club
3/6 Athens, Greece @ Rodon
3/23 Adelaide, AUS @ Heaven
3/24 Sydney, AUS @ Enmore Theatre
3/25 Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena
3/26 Melbourne, AUS @ The Corner
3/27 Melbourne, AUS @ The Corner
3/28 Melbourne, AUS @ The Corner
OPETH will kick off their upcoming North American tour with DEVILDRIVER and MOONSPELL in late January.
Here's the full schedule of dates for the upcoming Opeth, Moonspell, Devildriver tour, in which two have been added since last time. One in Oklahoma and another in Florida:
Sweden's Opeth will be returning to North America for another headlining tour beginning next month.
The trek, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off on January 18 and run through the end of February, will feature Portugal's Moonspell in the opening slot and another, as-yet-announced act as direct support (previously scheduled support band Nevermore have since dropped off the bill).
So far, only one date has been announced via Ticketmaster: January 28 at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. The rest of the cities and dates are expected to be confirmed by the end of the week. More...