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Opeth Close To Signing With Roadrunner Records

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Sweden's Opeth are on the verge of inking a new record deal with Roadrunner Records, informed sources have told Blabbermouth.net. The band, who were previously signed to the now-defunct British label Music For Nations Records, recently entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin recording their eight album, tentatively due later in the year.

Opeth will take part in the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which is slated to kick off June 25 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Other bands scheduled to take part in the trek include Clutch, Lamb of God, Gwar, Poison the Well, From Autumn to Ashes, Unearth, Every Time I Die, Chimaira, Strapping Young Lad, Madball and DevilDriver.

Source: Blabbermouth.net

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1. Andrew writes:

Is This serious???

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 10:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. zMETALlica writes:

Better than Koch or whatever it is called like they were on before.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Sean writes:

can't wait to see them at sounds of the underground

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. PorcupineOpeth99 writes:

This is more or less the best thing for Opeth in the longterm. They're going to get better exposure on this side (u.s.) of the pond and still keep their european presence.....This may also equate to an even cleaner production sound from these guys, which given their talents would be a blessing for those with a trained ear and a love for detail, that is of course unless they stick with their traditional recording and mixing habbits which has never once disappointed......Can't wait for the new record, if it's anything like "Blackwater park", "Delivernce" or "Damnation" It will of course be the best thing ever......and yeah Koch is notorious for being pretty hard on their rock acts in terms of assistance.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Andrew writes:

It should be good to hear, Mike said the new album will be 'bordering black metal' in the dvd, The bad thing about them joing roadrunner is all the narrow minded fans will be calling them sell outs, i dont care what label they join as long as i can hear more perfection from this amazing band!

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. bradispissed writes:

GO TO CENTURY MEDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. brokenwings13 writes:

Roadrunner would be very good for them. So would Century Media, but I think Porky's right, it'll give them a bigger U.S. presence. Hopefully they get a good deal.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 3:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BLACKDOG writes:

I think ROAD RUNNER is a good fit but CENTURY MEDIA would be better.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 4:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RememberMetal? writes:

Century Media would be a wise choice as well actually.....

I think RoadRunner has a little more funding to back up this epicly talented band.....the whole crying sellout to anyone who joins Roadrunner is stupid....Roadrunner is a nothing deal compared to the likes of Sony, Capitol, Epic,Columbia etc....BUT what Roadrunner provides is absolute artistic freedom and superior backing than say Koch or some here today gone tomorrow nothing label.

So more power to Opeth and more power to the fans who love their music and dont allign sellout with roadrunner, because we will get the same quality music from Opeth as we always have. That it for cetain.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 2:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Tyler writes:

oh dear... RR is gonna turn opeth to pure sh**, mark my words, unless opeth have some real backbones, opeth will just turn more and more mainstream

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 4:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. PorcupineOpeth99 writes:

feh, they'll be fine...

Roadrunner doesnt make their artists go the way of Nickleback, the artists themselves do that. I think roadrunner also knows that Opeth have done thier thing, unimpeded I mite add, by a slew of other labels.....Their songs...heh if you can even call them that, remained Fierce, LOOOONG and uncompromising.

Besides, if you're not calling Opeth sellouts after the chillout record known as "Damnation" which I think was f***ing brilliant as a foil to "Deliverence", then there is nothing to worry about....Furthermore the next record will more or less be finished by the time the sign with RR...so the label wouldnt be able to do anything to it....all is well i assure you.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 5:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Andrew writes:

Opeth turn more mainstream? i very much doubt that, i mean come on look at the song deliverance, the last riff lasts about 3 minutes 25 seconds, thats about all a normal band would get on the radio before they are cut off by a rambling dj, now i ask the question....what happens to the other 10 minutes of the opeth song? and do you think opeth will do a bunch of short songs on their new album? i think not, dont worry there new album will be great!, and if they release there old albums threw roadrunner then maybe will we get a live dvd with all the classics on it, i can only hope for now!

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Trippedoubt writes:

Roadrunner will f*** and use Opeth just like they've used every other artist on that label and then disposed of them - Fear Factory, Deicide and Type O Negative amongst others have stories of being screwed by that label. Opeth are much off better elsewhere as far as I can see.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Negatyve_One writes:

Opeth wont be a radio friendly band. By more of a presence they dont mean you will hear them on the radio.

It means you will see more US tours with good metal US bands, more Cd's in music stores. More chances for Opeth to do US signings and the likes.

God damn some people are idiots.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 10:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. PorcupineOpeth99 writes:

couldnt have said it better myself Negatyve_One.

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RememberMetal? writes:

Opeth isnt the f***ing Goo goo dolls or Hopesfall.....their not going to sellout before the inks dry on their contract....Those guys have consistently delivered perfect albums for a longer period of time than just about any other band...You can't tell me that many great bands went the way of Metallica in a shorter period of time than Opeth....A little thing like changing labels is'nt going to do a thing to them. The next record will prove my point 4-6 monthes from now.

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 2:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Symbolic writes:

Andrew made a good point, the radio wont touch opeths stuff, and as for going on tours with good american bands, didnt they go on tour with devildriver? they are a pretty good band, All i hope is that every 12 year old aint running around in their gear saying there big fans like what happened when Nightwish and HIM went mainstream, i cant stand that at all, but everything else is all well with opeth and i cant wait for this album, whoever cries sellout can f*** off

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 7:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. DerailTheTrain writes:

good christ whats everyone flipping out about?!?!
ofcourse Opeth are going to remain themselves. They've had what?.... 8 albums to forge a solid identity their not about to sellout now. And God forbid they make a 5 minute song...oh wait they have...they have been for years. and their ussually nestled rite between two 7-15 minute songs...worry warts...all of u....

It'll be OK!! the death vox arent going anywhere, neither is the b****in instrumentation or the clean vocals, and their not about to start singing about "walking on sunshine" either.
~later

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 7:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Toneeus writes:

I'm just happy to hear that Opeth is still, and will remain around. I wish they could have signed with Sony, Epic, etc. The guys certainly deserve it. And I don't care if 12-year-olds run around wearing Opeth t-shirts screaming "Opeth rules!!" I want the world to hear and love the Opeth I love. As long as any record company remains "hands-off" Opeth will shine.

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Andrew writes:

Exactly, as long as opeth are still around It will be great, god hearing this news just makes me so eager to hear the album, i cant wait!

# Apr 21, 2005 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. relliK writes:

Opeth have already established a huge underground fanbase.RR will know not to touch them musically.I doubt they will even blow up anyway.The scenesters will listen to them for a minute and be like "OMG tahts is teh suxs" and never listen to them again.Its all good.

After 7 of the best most quality albums a band can give you, how can you have any doubts?

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. The Twilight is my robe writes:

I think they will be fine they are great at what they do and i doubt they will go mainstream because yes no radio would touch there songs i mean there to long and they hate it when there songs are cut off for radio or a video but i cant wait for there new album

By the way is there DVD good im getting it in the mail on monday i cant wait \m/

# Apr 22, 2005 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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