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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 Issues Book Release Update

Back in March, Opeth announced a 25th anniversary coffee table book was in the works, and now the band has checked in with the following update about the release:

"Rocket88 and Opeth are still working on it – and it's looking damned good! We have conducted new and exclusive interviews with everyone, and lots of rare and previously unseen images have been found for inclusion, so the book is shaping up to be something very special.

"However, in our bid to be as definitive as possible and that the book be the ultimate document, the research and interviews are ongoing – meaning that it will now be published at the beginning of 2015 rather than this year.

"We will keep you posted of all developments and, rest assured, it'll be worth the wait!"

Opeth's new album "Pale Communion" will be released August 26th, 2014 and you can hear the first single "Cusp Of Eternity" below. More...

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Roadrunner Records Releases Summer Sampler

The Roadrunner Records Summer Sampler is now online: head over to Noisetrade here to download your free copy. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity' More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

As was the case in 2013, the 2014 installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium will have a live feed over this weekend (June 27th-June 29th). The feed can be accessed over at this location.

Not all bands are participating in the live feed, and the feed is subject to change at any time, with full live shows and partial live feeds throughout. Bands that will not be broadcast are: Ghost, Annihilator, Limp Bizkit and Black Sabbath. Make sure you check the schedule regularly at the bottom of the feed page for the status of the live stream (green check is full live stream, question mark is "unknown," green/red circle with slash is partial streaming and the red "x" is no stream).

As of press time, the bands scheduled for live streaming are as follows:

Friday, June 27th:

Jeff Scott Soto
Primal Fear
Novembers Doom
Napalm Death

Saturday, June 28th:

Civil War

Sunday, June 29th:

Comeback Kid
Schirenc Plays Pungent
Tiamat More...

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Opeth Announces U.K. Shows

Swedish retro rock band Opeth has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows supporting the forthcoming "Pale Communion" album:

"Download Festival has come and gone and we can now announce six U.K. dates that will kick off the Pale Communion Tour this October. Pre-sale for normal tickets as well as several VIP packages starts coming Wednesday at 9AM GMT."

Oct 10th - Bristol, Bristol Academy
Oct 11th - London, Roundhouse
Oct 12th - Nottingham, Rock City
Oct 14th - Glasgow, ABC
Oct 15th - Manchester, Academy
Oct 16th - Birmingham, The Institute

"Pale Communion" is set for an August 26th release date via Roadrunner Records, and the first single "Cusp of Eternity" was also recently posted online. More...

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Opeth's Full Festival Set Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of Opeth's full set at the Rock Am Ring festival, which can be seen below courtesy of YouTube user Herr von Bödefeld. The set list consists of:

0:00 The Devil's Orchard
7:17 Heir Apparent
17:47 Hope Leaves
24:00 Deliverance
39:05 Blackwater Park

Opeth's mildly anticipated new album "Pale Communion" is due out via Roadrunner Records on August 26th, 2014.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 18

The time is fast approaching for DevilDriver at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on June 18th, and we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast are offering a free ticket giveaway to South Florida residents or anyone else able and willing to attend. Anyone interested should email podcast@metalunderground.com with the subject "DEVILDRIVER," and provide your name (matching your ID).

This week: vocalist Paul "Ablaze" Zinay (Blackguard) and bassist Xavier St Laurent (ex-Ion Dissonance) of Montreal, Quebec have formed a new group known as Ages. The two tracks so far released are titled "Heinous Nemesis" and "Resounding Negation," featuring members of Epica and HateSphere as guests. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) offers his opinion on the band's sound and potential appeal.

Next: Mike and co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) react to two freshly released singles: "Chimes At Midnight" from Atlanta's Mastodon and "Cusp Of Eternity" from Sweden's Opeth. Both songs are taken from the eagerly anticipated upcoming albums "Once More 'Round The Sun" and "Pale Communion," respectively.

Finally, it would behoove us to sadly acknowledge the unsurprising but tragic announcement that the late Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) of GWAR did indeed succumb to a fatal heroin overdose.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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Opeth Streaming "Cusp Of Eternity"

After pushing back the release of a first song and the official drop date for new album "Pale Communion," Swedish regressive rock band Opeth has now released the track "Cusp of Eternity" online.

You can hear the song along with an artwork video at Metal Hammer here, or check out the track in the YouTube player below.

"Pale Communion" is due out via Roadrunner Records on August 26th, 2014. The album's track listing will be 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 More...

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Opeth Reveals New Album Artwork

Opeth has now officially revealed the new Travis Smith-created artwork for upcoming eleventh album "Pale Communion," which has been pushed back to an August 26th release date. Check out the art below.

Pre-orders will become available on June 3rd via Roadrunner Records, along with the online release of first single "Cusp of Eternity."

This new album follows previous release "Heritage" (reviewed here), and the full 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 More...

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Opeth's New Album Pushed Back To August

After a massive fan uproar occurred when new single "Cusp of Eternity" and pre-orders for Opeth's 11th album "Pale Communion" didn't materialize as promised on May 6th, Roadrunner Records has now finally issued this announcement online:

"We want new Opeth just as badly as you do, here's an official statement regarding 'Pale Communion:' Roadrunner Records group Opeth has announced that the release of their highly anticipated eleventh studio album, 'Pale Communion' has been reslated for August 26th."

"Many of you have heard the rumours already and we can now confirm that the release of ‘Pale Communion’ has indeed been pushed back to late August,” commented Opeth frontman, Mikael Åkerfeldt. “Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June.”

“Pale Communion,” which was produced by the band’s very own 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, June 3rd (assuming this same thing doesn't happen again). More...

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Opeth Single Release Pushed Back

Update: Roadrunner and Opeth have now released a statement about the delay and announced the album is being pushed back to August. Check it out right here.

In a press release sent out last month by Roadrunner Records, it was announced that "Cusp of Eternity" - the first single off Opeth's new album "Pale Communion" - would be released along with album pre-order info on May 6th, 2014.

Obviously that date has come and passed without the single coming online, and fans are not happy about it. Every post on the Roadrunner Records Facebook page is filled with dozens of not-so-nice comments from Opethians (and I'd say it's a good bet none of them are buying that Black Stone Cherry album RR keeps posting about....) that range from "I always did dislike your company. I'm sure this type of crap dosen't happen with Nickelback" to threats to pirate the album when it is released, on to amusing Opeth lyric references like "I don't know how or why, and I'll never know WHEN..."

There's been no official statement yet from either Roadrunner or Opeth, but rumors are circling that the original June 17th release date for "Pale Communion" is being pushed back to the end of the Summer. Stay tuned for further details when an official announcement is made available.

Are you looking forward to the new album, and what you think of the lead single being pushed back without an explanation? More...

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Opeth Discusses Recording New Album

Opeth will release eleventh studio album "Pale Communion" on June 17th, 2014. The album was produced by band leader Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was recently interviewed by Ultimate-Guitar.com. The band recorded at Rockfield Studios in the UK, and finished the album in two weeks.

Says Mikael in the interview: "We recorded onto Pro Tools but through the console. They still have tape machines there that are rarely used. I think we could have used tapes. I have recorded many records on tape and even if I love the sounds, it's so time consuming. We didn't have time really but we actually recorded much faster than we ever have. It was only 13 days to record this album...That's very fast for us. When we have recorded onto tape even if we've been well-rehearsed, we spend a month or six weeks. Which I didn't want to do this time. I wanted for it to be fast, spontaneous and fun...I think this new album is still clinging to the '70s sound, which is a warm, natural sound but the technology was updated and more advanced. So it sounds like '70s but better in a way. If you know what I mean? I guess that's what we wanted. I don't like modern-sounding heavy records. I think many of them sound just not human. You also get tired and your ears get tired listening to new metal records. While some of those records I mentioned still sound fresh and never sounded old." More...

Read the full article at Ultimate Guitar.

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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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