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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."

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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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Opeth Plays Unplugged Show, Footage Available

Opeth performed an unplugged show at the Union Chapel in London on November 16th, 2012 and fan-filmed footage from the show is now available online.

Below you can check out Opeth playing "Häxprocess" and an unplugged version of "Demon of the Fall" courtesy of YouTube users ryanjoe2003 and wilsonmikael. "Häxprocess" comes off the band's latest full-length album "Heritage" (reviewed here). More...

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Anders Nystrom Talks Bloodbath, Canned Opeth Tour

MetalInsider.net had the chance to interview guitarist Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Bloodbath) in New York City last weekend, and during the chat Anders revealed that Katatonia’s originally planned fall tour with Opeth has been canned, and also confirmed that Bloodbath has found a replacement for Mikael Akerfeldt in Bloodbath. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Metal Insider: Speaking about touring, guitarist Fredrik Akesson let it slip this past summer that Opeth and Katatonia would be touring North America again later this year. Is that still happening?

That was supposed to happen, but Mikael [Akerfeldt, Opeth frontman] actually pulled the plug on that at the last minute. It’s very unfortunate because we have two more days on this tour now. In three days, we were supposed to start that tour, so it’s a bummer really. We were ready to do that.

Metal Insider: Did he give a reason for canning the tour?

I think honestly, Mikael’s burnt. He’s just been touring nonstop, constantly. I think he had to choose his priorities because they’re going out in Europe in a month as well. So that would mean they probably wouldn’t have a gap at all and they decided to pull on this tour, which is unfortunate for us. But things like that happen, it’s out of our control.

Metal Insider On the plus side, at least you guys did get to tour together. It brought a lot of exposure for the band, I’m sure. I remember when we were speaking you were like, “that would be the perfect tour for us” and one year later… More...

Read the full article at Metal Insider.

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Opeth Discusses Acoustic Show

In an exclusive video for Prograckmag.com, Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt explains where the idea of doing an acoustic show came from, why it appealed to him, and why he chose Anathema to support his band on an upcoming UK tour. Check out the video right here or in the player below.

Prog Magazine No.30 is published on September 26th and features Akerfeldt on the cover. The Opeth November UK tour dates are as follows:

12/11 Nottingham Rock City
13/11 Glasgow O2 ABC
14/11 Dublin Vicar St
15/11 Leeds Metropolitan University
16/11 London Union Chapel
17/11 Portsmouth Pyramid Centre More...

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Metal Evolution: "Extreme Metal" in Works

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...

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Trivium Posts Acoustic Opeth Cover

Trivium's Matt Heafy held a special acoustic concert at the Moscot store in New York City on August 13th, 2012 to help raise awareness for the Moscot MobilEyes Foundation which provides free medical eye care and eyewear. During the concert, which was covered by Metal Injection, Heafy performed an acoustic cover of Opeth's "Harvest," taken from the "Blackwater Park" album. Check out the footage below or over at Metal Injection. More...

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Opeth To Write New Album

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was interviewed by PitCam.tv at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, and you can check out the whole conversation in the player below. In the clip, Mikael talks about previous experiences playing Wacken and other festivals, how membership changes have impacted the band's growth, starting to write new material, and playing the band's death metal songs at the festival.

Opeth's new album "Heritage (reviewed here) is available now. Metalunderground.com recently 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.

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Opeth Posts Scandinavian Tour Dates

Opeth has announced another series of Scandinavian tour dates after wrapping up the band's shows with Anathema. Support for Opeth comes in the way of the Finnish metal rockers the Von Hertzen Brothers, who will open at every show with the exception of the performance in Örebro on December 1.

Dates are as follows:

26.11 - Vox Hall, Århus - DK
27.11 - Vega, Copenhagen - DK
29.11 - KB, Malmö - SE
30.11 - Katalin, Uppsala - SE
01.12 - Club 700, Örebro - SE
02.12 - Nefertiti, Göteborg - SE*
03.12 - Nefertiti, Göteborg - SE*
04.12 - Södra Theater, Stockholm - SE*
05.12 - Södra Theater, Stockholm - SE*
06.12 - Maxim, Gävle - SE
07.12 - Skandiateatern, Norrköping - SE

Denotes Unplugged show *

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"And Justice For Art" Series Debuts

"...And Justice For Art" premiered today, July 11th, 2012 on www.PureGrainAudio.com and a new episode in the series is scheduled to be released weekly. The articles include in-depth research and exclusive interviews with musicians, designers and industry insiders about landmark cover artworks albums such as Death's 'Symbolic', Sigh's 'In Somniphobia', Cormorant's 'Dwellings', Slayer's 'Reign in Blood', Opeth "Heritage" and many more. To view the first article visit this location today. Check out the video teaser for the series below.

"...And Justice For Art" is the result of the tireless efforts from the series' mastermind and frequent PureGrain writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with Third World Metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records. "In the past, there have been many attempts to tell stories about this subject ", says Ramon, "but never with this level of hindsight and detail. I think what will make this series different is that we are telling stories from different points of view and exploring these cover artworks from a human, psychological, artistic and historical perspective. I truly believe this will be something very unique and special and that everyone reading these articles will be learning and discovering new things about Contemporary Arts and Metal."

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Mikael Akerfeldt Working With Genesis Guitarist

Sweden's Opeth has issued the following announcement about front man Mikael Akerfeldt recording a new collaboration with Steve Hackett of Genesis:

"Mikael has recorded some vocals in collaboration with legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Mikael is featured on a re-recording of the classic mega-epos 'Supper's ready' from 1972's 'Foxtrot' album. Watch this space for further details about the upcoming release.

"Due to popular demand Mikael has recorded 8 further shows for Swedish national radio. 'De bortglömda mästerverken' (The forgotten masterpieces) is a series of shows where Mikael flips vinyl on air, playing mostly obscure progressive and psychedelic rock.

"The show is being produced by Andreas Matz for Radio P4 and will start airing on the 15th of July. You can also catch it online at this location."

In other recent coverage of Opeth, the band was looked at for our Sunday Old School column, and we also featured opposing and supporting opinion articles on the band's change in style with latest album "Heritage."

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Anathema Announces Shows With Opeth

Anathema has issued the following announcement about adding on more tour dates, including shows supporting Sweden's Opeth:

"As promised, we're now able to announce the big news! Not only have we added a further 11 shows to our European tour but we are also confirmed as special guests to the mighty OPETH on a selection of their UK and European shows in November!

"This tour also includes three very special unplugged shows including London's Union Chapel. Tickets for the new tour dates and Opeth shows are on sale from 15th June."

Anathema is touring in support of the band's new album "Weather System" (reviewed here), while Opeth is performing in support of latest album "Heritage" (reviewed here). More...

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