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Opeth Leader Mikael Åkerfeldt Checks In

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OPETH leader Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following update:

"Just a little update for you guys....

The Roundhouse Tapes is coming along nicely, both the CD version and the DVD. We're working on the artwork right now and as usual it takes time. I think the CD is supposed to be out in October sometime and the DVD early next year as far as I know. I hope it's going to be worth the wait.

Writing is coming along nicely. I have around 5 tracks ready, or semi ready. I think it sounds darker than ever before (not saying this to "sell" the record, I think it really is darker and more versatile. I have a new Pro Tools rig that I use to record my demos and it really helped. Everything's faster whereas before it was literally impossible for me to demo entire songs. I have loads of material that I have yet to demo and I've also gotten stuff from Per, Mendez and Fredrik.

At this point I know that it's going to be a very good record, at least for my taste. There's a sense of confidence in me that I've never really felt before, and I have no idea where it's coming from. I might confuse "confidence" with "inspiration" but basically everytime I sit down and play, I come up with something.

The plan for us at this point is to start rehearsing in October and record in Novemeber. We haven't talked about producers yet, I'm not sure what I want to do. I've talked with Steven Wilson but we'll see. We might do it on our own as we did the last time. We are going back into Fascination street, that's for sure...great studio! Everyone in the band is pretty psyched about this. We feel a little bit like "underdogs" with everything that's happened, yet I hope the quality of the music will clear all doubts. We still mean business....

OK, that's it, not much groundbreaking info yet, but I just wanted to say "Hey" and let you know what's up.

Take care peeps!

Mike"

As recently reported, Opeth are set to release The Roundhouse Tapes on October 22nd via Peaceville. According to a press release, "The Roundhouse Tapes contains a captivating Opeth performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9th, 2006 (a gig which also featured PARADISE LOST), and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career. You know what to expect from Opeth: unrivalled composition; seamless progressive dynamics and boundless atmosphere from the mellow to the incredibly heavy, all sealed with the unmistakable vocal presence of mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt."

The Roundhouse Tapes tracklisting:

CD1: 'When', 'Ghost Of Perdition', 'Under The Weeping Moon', 'Bleak', 'Face Of Melinda', 'Night And The Stillwater'.

CD2: 'Windowpane', 'Blackwater Park', 'Demon of the Fall'.

In the meantime, Opeth have commented about the upcoming HD version of The Roundhouse Tapes: "The (even more anticipated) HD filmed DVD will be released in early 2008. This will also feature (lots of) fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos + exclusive menu music written by Åkerfeldt and Per Wiberg (keyboards

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1. RememberMetal? writes:

EEEEEEEEEEE!

Steven Wilson!

I hope they get him again. He did all of Blackwater and parts of the Del and Damn. Absolutely classic stuff IMHO. We won't be getting that new album by years end, thats for sure but it's very good news that they're booked to record this November.

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2. Kick Ass Duke writes:

Agreed, the live albun and DVD should hold me until the new one is out. Wilson would be my pick to produce the new one also.

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3. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

First off Opeth is the best metal band that is around today...hands down. Steven Wilson is God himself. I don't think he will end up producing this considering Mr. Wilson never stops touring or working on all the bands he is a part of. Regardless of who ever does the new album it will still be/and sound like Opeth, and it will be the record of 2008...

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4. Lmao writes:

Most definately worth the wait. Opeth expresses near perfection in every way live, and much like Dream Theater, they're better live than on the actual album. And kudos to PorcupineTreeFan, you have a good taste in music along with the rest who agree so.

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5. deidolon writes:

should be interesting. I hadnt heard about the Roundhouse Tapes till now. That should be a great listen I'm sure.

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