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Formed: 1990
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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 Announces Book, Seeking Fan Photos

Opeth - which is currently wrapping up work on a new album - will be celebrating the band's 25th anniversary by teaming up with publisher Rocket 88 to work on a new book. The band comments:

"In this amazing book the band will tell you their full story for the first time - the good, the bad, the ugly - in their own words, with a little help from former members, label bosses, management, producers, and anyone else that's been there for the key moments in the band's illustrious career.

"Opeth's long and winding story will be illustrated throughout with rare and unseen images of life on the road, working in the studio, and other unique glimpses into the world of Opeth.

"Rocket 88 Books are inviting fans to get in touch if they have any items of visual interest: photos/posters/ticket stubs/fliers/anything!

"Don’t send images yet, just let Rocket 88 know what you have and they will review all that's sent in with consideration for inclusion in what will be a truly exceptional book about one of Metal's most important bands. Your stuff could be in the book! Please e-mail Rocket 88 at: info@opethbook.com."

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"Sleeping Dogs" Free For Xbox Live Gold Members

If you haven't been paying attention to your Xbox dashboard over the last six months or so, Microsoft is now offering two free games a month for Xbox Gold members: one on the 1st, and another on the 16th of each month.

This month, the first free game is "Sleeping Dogs," a Grand Theft Auto style game in which an undercover cop takes on Chinese triads. Why does this matter to metalheads? Because the game features the ability to flip through radio stations while driving, and one such channel is dedicated entirely to Roadrunner Records. The station features this soundtrack:

Black Stone Cherry, “Rain Wizard” and “Change”
DevilDriver, “Dead To Rights” and “Bring The Fight (To The Floor)”
Dream Theater, “On the Backs of Angels”
Fear Factory, “Edgecrusher (Urban Assault Mix)”
Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
Machine Head, “Be Still and Know” and “Locust”
Opeth, “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Devil’s Orchard”
The Parlor Mob, “After All” and “Take What’s Mine”
Soulfly, “World Scum”
Trivium, “Anthem (We Are The Fire)”

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Mikael Akerfeldt Interviewed By Fight + Music

Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt was recently interviewed by Fight + Music, an offshoot of the boxing/MMA-focused Fight Network.

In the clip below, he discusses how Opeth got started, how he prepares to go onstage, whether he's ever been in a fight, what his health and exercise routines are, and other unexpected subjects. Check it out below.

Opeth plans to release a new studio album in 2014 to follow the 2011 album "Heritage."

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Opeth: New Album A Little Harder Than "Heritage"

Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt conducted an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, during which he commented on what fans can expect from the band's next album, the follow-up to 2011's "Heritage" (reviewed here).

Mikael comments: "We looked at Rockfield studio in Wales where Queen recorded 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' We have not decided yet, but it will be an expensive album. There is a lot going on, a lot of string arrangements that we have not had before."

He says the new music he's been writing (four songs are complete, with three more in progress) is "Maybe a little harder [than Heritage], but not death metal hard but hard rock/heavy metal hard. Since there are many progressive parts and very acoustic guitars but more sinister riffs."

He also reveals that he'll be producing the record himself, saying, "I love how Dio's Holy Diver sounds, this early '80s sound where the '70s still remain but there is more weight in the entire production. At the moment, I want to get a similar sound, which is not retro but it sounds like real instruments and has a little more weight than Heritage."

The full interview can be read (in Swedish) at this location. In other Opeth news, it was also recently announced that Mikael Akerfeldt will be curating the Roadburn 2014 festival, hand picking the bands to be on the bill. Get full details right here.

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Mikael Akerfeldt To Curate Roadburn 2014

Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been chosen to curate Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday, April 11th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Opeth will headline the show, and all other bands will be personally selected by Mikael. Previous Roadburn curators have included Neurosis, Tom G. Warrior of Celtic Frost/Triptykon, Sunn O))), Voivod, and Jus Oborn of Electric Wizard.

Says Mikael, "It's with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival. I'm pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter, and I've never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I'm very excited.

"I've reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I'm going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn't get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!" More...

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Roadrunner Records To Release Box Set

Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a retrospective box set:

"On October 1, we'll be releasing 'XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records,' a four-disc box set that chronicles our first thirty years in existence.

"Each disc in the set will reflect a period in our history, with artists such Mercyful Fate, Deicide, Brujeria, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, Gojira, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, and Rush being represented.

"Furthermore, the set will feature liner notes written by Decibel contributor Chris Dick in addition to quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as King Diamond, Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy mastermind Max Cavalera, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and more."

Further details can be found at this location. More...

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Opeth Taking Break From Writing To Play Melloboat

Opeth has checked in with the following announcement about performing on the Melloboat and writing new material for an upcoming album:

"Opeth will return onboard the Melloboat, organized by Mellotronen records in September. Due to a glitch in the machinery this hasn't been posted til now which have led to some confusion amongst Opeth fans wanting to attend. But we'll be there.

"The festival is held between the 6th and 8th of September onboard the Silja festival cruise ship going from Stockholm to Riga.

"Despite notoriously sea-sick band members, Opeth will take a break in the writing process for record number 11 and be there to entertain. Other bands include Icecross, Trettioåriga kriget, Cressida and horror film score legend Fabio Frizzi among others."

Further information on the Melloboat can be found at this location.

Opeth will be performing in support of latest album "Heritage (reviewed here), which split the band's fan base on the fully prog rock sound. Last year Metalunderground.com took two opposing sides to dissect the album, which features no death growls or extreme metal elements.

Check out our pro-"Heritage" and anti-"Heritage" articles and let us know what you thought, as well as what you'd like to hear in this coming album release.

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Mikael Akerfeldt Video Interview Posted Online

Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth was recently interviewed by The Age of Metal in Tucson, Arizona.

In the YouTube clip he discusses how bassist Martin Mendez pranked the members of Katatonia on tour, playing the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, pre-show rituals, and more.

Check it out below.

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Opeth Video Interview Posted Online

Roadrunner Records has posted a video interview online with Opeth bassist Martin Mendez, the longest-serving member of the group aside from Mikael Åkerfeldt.

In the clip below, he talks about moving to Sweden from Uruguay as a teenager, how he works with the band's drummer Martin Axenrot, and how Opeth's music has changed over the years.

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Opeth Video Interview Available

Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth were interviewed by Australia's Maniacs while out on an Australian run of shows. Check out the video clip below.

You can also check out recent footage of the band's Newbury Comics Record Store Day performance at this location.

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Opeth Performance Footage Posted Online

Opeth, which is currently writing a new album to follow last full-length "Heritage," stopped by Newbury Comics in Massachusetts this past Saturday for a (mostly) acoustic show on Record Store Day.

Check out fan filmed footage of the song "Credence" in the YouTube player below.

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Opeth Announces Free Acoustic Show

Opeth will be doing a free acoustic performance and signing this Saturday, April 20th (which is also Record Store Day) at Newbury Comics in Leominster, MA at 3:00 PM.

The band's North American tour in support of latest album, "Heritage," kicks off this Thursday, April 18th, and runs through May 26th. Bassist Martin Mendez says of the upcoming dates:

"We’re doing a different kind of tour than last time. Last time some of the fans were disappointed because we were really promoting the last record and we didn’t do any of the really heavy songs. But this time we are doing is mish-mash of everything. I hope — I think it will be appreciated."

In related news, Opeth also recently announced the band is writing the follow-up album to "Heritage."

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Opeth Writing For New Album

Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was recently interviewed by Australia's Loudmag, and during the course of the conversation, revealed that the band is writing material for a next studio album and follow-up to "Heritage" (reivewed here).

According to Fredrik, the next record will go "in a somewhat different direction to Heritage. It won't be a step back, but it will be different. Maybe more intense in a way. You'll have to wait and see! I was in the studio today and put down my solos and I was very happy about it. The song I heard that Mikael [Åkerfeldt] wrote today sounds very cool. I think that's all I can say at this point!"

He says the band is planning to re-enter the studio this fall, perhaps at the end of September. Stay tuned for further details.

Opeth will be touring North America next month, and a full list of tour dates can be found at this location.

Read the full article at Loudmag.com.

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More Bands Announced For NEM&HF 2013

The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.

A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.

Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...

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Katatonia Comments On Upcoming Opeth Tour

As was announced yesterday, Sweden's ultimate dark rock/metal band Katatonia will be heading on an extensive North American tour with headliner and fellow Swedish elite Opeth. The upcoming run, "North American Heritage Tour 2013," will hit over 30 cities this spring beginning April 18 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Commented guitarist, Anders Nyström: "Back in the U.S.A...That's right Springsteen! We're looking at round #2 as special guests to our brothers in Opeth on their last North American leg of the Heritage World Tour. This time we'll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there'll ever be!"

The tour will make two special stops, the first in Worcester, Mass. on April 20tg where the band returns to play the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, then in Clifton Park, N.Y. on April 28th where acclaimed Porcupine Tree front-man Steven Wilson will join for the night. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

Katatonia last toured North America in September 2012 as part of the co-headlining "Epic Kings & Idols Tour" with The Devin Townsend Project. "Dead End Kings" Katatonia's ninth studio album (reviewed here), hit stores on August 28th, 2012 via Peaceville Records. More...

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Opeth Reveals North American Tour

The ever-evolving Swedish band Opeth will return to North America in support of most recent studio album, "Heritage." The tour will kick off on April 18th in Buffalo and will take the band throughout North America on a 30+ city tour. Katatonia has been confirmed as direct support for the tour.

There will be several dates of note during Opeth’ s North American run. On April 20th, Opeth will be making a stop to headline alongside Anthrax, Hatebreed, and Suicidal Tendencies at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. The April 28th show in Clifton Park, NY will see Åkerfeldt’s Storm Corrosion collaborator and friend Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree join Opeth for a special evening that is not to be missed.

There will also be two rare and intimate evenings with Opeth planned for Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29th and The Roxy in Los Angeles on May 24th. These shows will allow fans the unique opportunity to experience Opeth like never before. More...

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NEMHF 2013 Lineup Revealed

Promoter MassConcerts detailed the 2013 edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival's annual event at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The three day festival commences on Friday April 19, 2013, with a kick off event on Thursday, April 18th. The press release reads as follows:

"For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.

"Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: 'I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.'

"With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV -- and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks -- the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.

"View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th."

The lineup includes: More...

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Opeth Posts 2013 Trailer

Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth have posted a new, thirty second trailer online for their upcoming 2013 activity, which will commence in the Spring of next year. You can check it out below. More...

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Opeth Talks Gear In Video Interview

Front man Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth were interviewed by Marshall on the first date of the band's recent U.K. tour. They talk about the amps they use onstage, and walk you through their live rigs. Check out the clip below.

The band has recently been performing unplugged shows featuring acoustic rendition of earlier works, in addition to softer songs off the new album "Heritage." You can check out excerpts from a recent interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt about these unplugged gigs right here.

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Opeth Discusses Unplugged Shows

Legendary Swedish act Opeth performed an unplugged show in London earlier this month, with footage from the show available here. Roadrunner Records has now conducted an interview directly with band frontman Mikael Akerfeldt about the show and footage being recorded from several unplugged gigs which may be released down the line. Excerpts from the interview follow, or you can read the full thing right here.

RR: You played what was described as your first-ever “unplugged” show earlier this month at Union Chapel in London, but you were playing electric instruments, so how was it different from a regular Opeth gig?

Well, none of the so-called “unplugged” shows are really unplugged, because there’s always microphones [laughs], even if you’ve got acoustic guitars. But we just played some more mellow stuff, I guess. We’ve got a bunch of those songs, so it was kind of easy for us to do that. The problem we had was that the dB limit in Union Chapel, where we played, was 85 dB, so we had to have the amps on really low. That was the only problem that we noticed, really. Other than that, it was fun. It was a bit like throwing ourselves off a cliff in a way, because out of the 10 or 11 songs that we played, I think half of them were songs we’d never played before. So it was interesting. But it went really well. I was quite happy with it.

RR: You're doing two more shows like this, in Germany; are you filming or recording these shows at all?

We bought some type of rig, so we can record every show. I’m not sure if we’re recording every show, but we did record the London show, and we’re probably gonna continue recording whenever we can. But I’m not sure what we’re doing with that stuff, to be honest. It’s always good to have material, and maybe further down the line, if we have a bunch of shows recorded we can pick and choose the best segments of the shows and maybe put something out, but we don’t know yet.
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