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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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Mikael Akerfeldt Talks Clean Singing, Death Vocals

Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt appears on this week’s episode of the MetalSucks podcast (available below) to talk about the band’s new album, "Pale Communion," which is due out June 17th, 2014.

In the interview Mikael discusses how his kids take to metal and the effect technology has on the appreciation of music today, as well as his opinion on the lack of evolution in metal and the current “occult” metal trend.

Akerfeldt also talks at length about how he no longer feels inspired by death metal and why Opeth's music has moved away from that sound, stating:

“I haven’t had inspiration from the death metal scene since like 1992, if you know what I mean, so it kind of makes it difficult for me to write those types of songs, I guess, now. I guess I saturated that style of writing on the Watershed record and I just couldn’t do it anymore, for now, but you never know! Maybe I’ll get back to it, but right now I’m just interested in singing and developing my clean voice... It feels like I’m developing so much with my clean singing while with the death metal singing I kind of took it to a level where I couldn’t get better and in fact I got a bit worse, so it wasn’t fun to do that stuff anymore. But since then I’ve gotten back into it. My death metal voice sounds good again. But I’m still waiting… if that inspiration comes back, we’ll do a death metal record again.” More...

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Opeth Reveals New Album Title, Release Date

Opeth has announced the release of eleventh studio album "Pale Communion," which arrives everywhere June 17th.

"Pale Communion," which was produced by band leader Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, will be heralded by the lead single, “Cusp of Eternity,” and available for pre-order starting Tuesday, May 6th.

Pre-orders made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of “Cusp of Eternity,” with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records Webstore and O Merch.

The new material finds Opeth once again challenging the boundaries of extreme music. In a recent interview with Vice’s Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated, “I wanted to do something more melodic with this album…there’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall…I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process.”

Recently, Metal Injection’s Greg Kennelty broke down Pale Communion in a track-by-track review, exclaiming, “This record knows exactly what it's doing and nails it through and through…one of my favorite records of 2014. If not my favorite record of 2014.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others

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New Opeth Album Gets A Track-By-Track Breakdown

A few days ago, Metal Injection was sent an untitled, unsequenced stream fresh out of the recording oven by Roadrunner Records of the new Opeth album, which is now confirmed to feature no harsh vocals.

Metal Injection writer Greg Kennelty decided to do a track-by-track review for fellow Opeth fans anticipating the album.

You can read his breakdown of three tracks below, or find the full article at MetalInjection.net here.

Track One (6:46)

If you would have told me this was a lost track written between Ghost Reveries and Damnation I wouldn't have even questioned it. The song kicks off with some organ and drum runs that settle into a little groove, another distant keyboard that sounds like a mix between strings and a theremin joins in and then everything explodes into the full band. The song sticks with the Ghost Reveries groove-vibe for a little and then calms down into Damnation pianos and mellotrons with the classic clean-toned droning guitar over top. Vocals come in around three-minutes and they're really layered over top what feels like a beefier version of the first section. Think Heritage with teeth. There's a killer guitar solo and then right before it's all over, there's a really interesting instrumental section that's a little shreddier than anything Opeth have done up to now. Not shreddy as in wanky, but this big full-band unison thing going on that's just really cool. Then a string section and organ fade the song out.

Track Two (5:36)

The track opens with an oscillating noise that sounds like an effected guitar and underneath comes this big, full band groove. I mean one seriously fat motherfucker of a riff. "Track Two" is a lot less progressively influenced than "Track One." There's a few verses, a chorus, a guitar solo and a few little four-or-eight-bar runs between the sections. Where the song lacks in progressive grandiosity, it makes up for by being a straight up headbanger. You know how when "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen comes on and there's that one part everyone head bangs to? This whole song is like that. One of the best moments is the guitar solo, not only because it just rips like mad, but because there's this punctuated, stop-and-go riff underneath that absolutely demands a foot tap at the very least. I would not suggest listening to this song in public because you're going to be forced to react to it in some capacity.

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Opeth Comments On Upcoming Album

Metal Injection correspondent Robert Pasbani sat down with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson to discuss the band's upcoming album, their views on religion, and what they consider "heavy" to mean nowadays.

Check it out below. The band's currently untitled new album is projected for release this coming June.

On the topic of what's "heavy" Mikael had to say this: "I don’t think it’s traditional heaviness, like when you talk about heavy and metal music. I kind of reevaluated what I think is heavy in the last couple of years and turning up the distortion and tuning down and triggering the drums doesn’t make it heavy to me anymore. It just sounds like nothing. So, we went the other way. We never tuned down. We kind of lost distortion and tried to opt for a more normal type of drum sound, like a real drum sound. I think it makes it sound heavier. Some of those parts that are slow and doomy just sound heavier. But it’s also emotionally, a heavy record."

On their views of religion: "I would say we’re atheists. Like many other metal bands, we were into satanism and stuff like that. Growing up in Stockholm, and forming a band in the late '80s, it comes with the territory. It was a gimmick in those days, just like it is today with the satanic bands. But we never had any religious beliefs ourselves. I think it’s still interesting with the occult. I always had a fascination for it. But it’s not something I want to push on to." More...

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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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