Swedish prog metal band Katatonia have announced a few headline shows during their upcoming tour supporting Opeth. Katatonia will be touring in support of Dead End Kings, which landed at #2 on my Top Albums of 2012 list, which you can see here. Opeth will be touring in support of Heritage. The bands will also do a special one-off show with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson in New York.
Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström states, “Back in the U.S.A…That’s right Springsteen! We’re looking at round number two 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!”
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Two of Sweden’s greatest musical exports, Opeth and Katatonia will be joining forces for a full N. American tour this Spring. The two bands will kick things off in Buffalo, NY on April 18th and wrap things up on May 26th in Santa Cruz, CA. Opeth will be touring in support of their 2011 album Heritage (review) while Katatonia will be supporting their 2012 release Dead End Kings (review), which made #2 on my Top 10 Albums of 2012 list.
Katatonia guitarist Anders Nyström comments, “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!”
You can see the full touring schedule below. READ MORE
Two of Sweden’s greatest musical exports, Opeth and Katatonia, will be touring N. America this spring. So far only one release date has been released: May 10th at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI (check out the flyer below). Tickets will be made available this Friday, Jan. 11th at 10am.
Opeth will still be touring in support of their album Heritage (review) while Katatonia will be touring for Dead End Kings (review).
On a personal note, I’m beyond excited for this. I saw Katatonia and Opeth tour together before and it was nothing short of incredible. Another combined tour from the two of them is something that I refuse to miss. READ MORE
Roadrunner Records has uploaded a short clip on their YouTube channel that suggests Swedish progressive metal band Opeth will be touring N. American in Spring of 2013. The clip shows a view of Earth spinning slowly while “The Devil’s Orchard” from the album Heritage (review) plays. The camera begins to pull in and stops when N. America is in the screen. The Opeth ‘O’ logo comes up along with the words ‘Spring 2013′. Based upon that, it’s kind of hard to come up with any other conclusion aside from a tour. Once more details are released, we’ll let you know!
In the meanwhile, check out the video below. READ MORE
In a recent interview with Uppsala Student Radio 98.9, Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt briefly described two new songs that are being written for the followup to 2011′s Heritage (review). He says that the first song is rather miserable yet beautiful. But the real interesting part is that he describes the second track as being heavily influenced by Italian prog rock band Goblin, who scored many of Dario Argento’s films, including the fantastic Suspiria.
Akerfeldt stated, “I have one new song, which I really like, a new song. It’s the most miserable song I ever wrote, and it’s beautiful, I think. And then I have a song that we jammed, actually, on tour. I came up with a little lick and became a bit of a director and just told everyone to play this and that, and we started jamming on something. And it sounded, immediately from the beginning, which was also my idea, it sounded like the band Goblin, if you heard them, the Italian band. So it’s a crazy riff, a GOBLIN rip-off, and the song is called “Goblin”, which is a good title, I think. And we’re gonna record it. I’m not sure if that will be too much of a fucked up song to be on the record, because there will definitely only be one song ever we do that is gonna sound like that. So maybe it’ll just be some extra thing that we have. But it’s really good; I love it. But then again, it’s just because of the closeness to Goblin.”
You can watch footage of Akerfeldt describing the music below. READ MORE
Swedish progressive metal band Opeth performed an acoustic set (their first ever) at the Union Chapel in London this past Friday, Nov. 16th. Below is fan-filmed footage of many of the songs as well as the full track list of the show.
According to Blabbermouth, singer/guitar Mikael Akerledt stated in a recent interview, “We’re constantly looking for new ways to push things forward with the live set. We’ve done so many, so to speak, run-of-the-mill type of tours, meat-and-potatoes type of tours where we just go up and play our songs. So this is a little bit of an odd thing, which both makes me excited and a bit nervous; I kind of wanna run away and hide. We’ve never done unplugged shows. I’m not sure if it’s gonna be ‘unplugged’ unplugged; it’s just gonna be laid back…And our discography is quite diverse and we can do things like that, so we figure, why not?”
Opeth’s last album is Heritage (review), which was mixed by Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson. READ MORE
Opeth have released a video for The Devil’s Orchard, which comes off their latest album, Heritage (review here). The video is, in my opinion, a masterpiece and represents the song perfectly. It has a wonderful mixture of grindhouse and giallo with a touch of, believe it or not, Disney’s Fantasia (the Night On Bald Mountain segment). A visual treat for any horror fan, I cannot recommend watching this video highly enough. Check it out after the jump and enjoy!
A new Opeth album is always a mini holiday for me. When Ghost Reveries came out, I was at the store when they opened, put the CD in my car and I only stopped listening to it when I had to move it from my car stereo to my computer, whereupon I continued to blast it for the rest of the day. Honestly, I don’t think there is a Opeth song that I haven’t heard at least ten times. So hopefully by now you can understand my excitement and, also, my apprehension upon listening to Heritage. After all, it’s not that I built myself up specifically for this album. Rather, I have built myself up to the idea of Opeth for years, since I first started listening to them. So how does Heritage measure up to my expectations? Find out after the jump.
I probably cannot put into words just how much I love Opeth. They are easily in my top 5 bands and a band that I can enjoy listening to at just about any time. So with a new album, Heritage, on the way, I’m constantly shifting in my seat in anticipation to hear what it sounds like, especially considering the progression the band has gone through in the last three albums. Well, that want has been answered as Stereogum is streaming The Devil’s Orchard, the second track on the album.
Personally, I find myself slightly dubious. I think it’s a fantastic track but it is definitely not what I was expecting. However, I’m keeping my hopes up because I think hearing this song in relation to the entire album will make a world of difference.
You can head to the above link to hear it or just head after the jump.
Opeth have announced a full N. American tour starting this fall with Katatonia tapped as direct support! Talk about news that makes my pants tight! This tour will be in support of Opeth‘s new album, Heritage, which comes out Sept. 20th. You can check out the tour dates after the jump.
Opeth have just unveiled the album artwork for their upcoming 10th studio release Heritage. Normally, album artwork doesn’t matter to me, other than to look at it and say, “That’s cool” or “Nice design”. However, the artwork for Heritage has made me feel a little uneasy. The artwork for each of the Opeth albums has been dark and slightly sinister but was always laced with a hint of beauty, a reflection of the music. Heritage‘s artwork looks nothing like the past Opeth album covers. Instead, it looks like something Hieronymus Bosch would’ve painted had he been around in the 60′s and 70′s flower child movement. I can understand that Opeth is heavily inspired by prog-rock from that era, but I’m still unsure of what to make of it. The cover just doesn’t seem to fit with the music I’m so used to hearing. Check it out after the jump and tell me whether or not you agree. READ MORE
Swedish prog-metal masters Opeth have announced a Sept. 20th release date for their 10th studio release, Heritage. To make this news even more amazing, it’s officially announced that Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) is the producer! Opeth fans will know that Wilson produced three Opeth albums; Blackwater Park, Damnation, and Deliverance. Fans will also know that Wilson and Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt are going to be releasing a project together entitled Storm Corrosion. Longtime album artist Travis Smith created the album artwork.
Mikael Akerledt weighed in on the upcoming album, “It will be our 10th album/observation. I dig it; we all do. In fact, it feels like I’ve been building up to write for and participate on an album like this since I was 19. It’s quite intense at times in some ‘old’ murky way, and quite beautiful and stark at times, if I may say so myself. It’s obvious I’m going to say nice things about it since I wrote basically the whole piece, but I guess it will raise a few eyebrows and it certainly is an acquired taste. I think you’ll need a slightly deeper understanding of our music as a whole to be able to appreciate this record. I’ve realized my influences for this album are so diverse that I can’t really say what it sounds like. If I can compare it to any other band, it would have to be Opeth, but it’s different from the stuff we’ve done before. I’ve listened a lot to Alice Cooper for the last year, yet I can’t say it sounds like ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy.’ I hope you’ll like it once you hear it.”
Check after the jump for the official track listing.