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

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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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New Opeth Album Enters Charts Around The World

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

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Opeth Announce North American Headline Tour

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.

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Nevermore To Open Opeth Tour

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.

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Opeth Posts 'The Grand Conjuration' Video Online

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.

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Opeth Announce Temporary Replacement On Drums

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.

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Opeth Updates On Drummer's Condition

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...

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Opeth's "Ghost Of Perdition" Song Available Online

Another track, "Ghost of Perdition," has been uploaded to the Opeth ecard. Check it out at this location.

Opeth's upcoming album, "Ghost Reveries," will be released on August 29th.

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Opeth Announces More European Tour Dates

Opeth has announced more European tour dates. Tour dates are as follows:

With Extol:

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, Germany - Underground
Sept 11 Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Sept 13 Paris, France - Locomotive
Sept 14 Amsterdam, Netherlands - 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 - Tavasta
Sept 24 Helsinki, Finland - Tavasta
Sept 25 Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi (all ages)

Other upcoming Opeth European tour dates: More...

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SOTU Photos From Vancouver Posted

The photos for the Sounds of the Underground tour in Vancouver have been posted in the photo gallery.

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Sounds Of The Underground Report From Vancouver

On July 26, I got the chance to attend the Sounds of the Underground tour when they stopped in Vancouver, BC. The show was originally scheduled for the Pacific Coliseum but was moved to the PNE Forum, which is a lot smaller. My guess was that the ticket sales didn’t do very well. More...

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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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