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 first saw 3 several years ago opening up for Porcupine Tree. Immediately hooked, I saw them again on the Progressive Nation tour with Dream Theater, Opeth, and Between The Buried And Me. Their album The End Is Begun is still a favorite of mine and one that I highly recommend to people who are interested in getting into some heavy prog.
Last year was the first time I was able to see (and interview) one of my all time favorite bands, Katatonia. Imagine my pant-tightening pleasure when I saw that they would be opening up this year for yet another favorite of mine, Opeth. This easily ranks as my most anticipated tour this year, hands down.
Leprous is a band that you probably haven’t heard of, which is a damn shame. These guys were the backing band for Ihsahn (Emperor) for 2009 and the first half of 2010, if that gives you any clue as to how talented they are. Around since 2001 with an EP, a demo and one full-length album, the band is back with their newest release, Bilateral. Laced with heavy doses of 70’s prog rock but with a thoroughly modern twist, this album rolls up and down like a roller coaster. But is it the awesome speedy ride you crave or the disappointing kiddy ride that you have to ride with your wee young’un? Check after the jump for the answer.
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.
There are a handful of bands that incite such a violent reaction as Limp Bizkit. There’s Nickelback, Insane Clown Posse, U2 and that’s all I can really think of off the top of my head. These bands are generally reviled or mocked endlessly and, for some reason, are wildly successful. Nickelback consistently puts out platinum selling albums, ICP continues to somehow afford the ability to make movies and U2 manages to put out the same sounding album over and over again with great success. As for Limp Bizkit, people mock the ever-living hell out of them and they laugh it off all the way to the bank. So, how does the band fare on Gold Cobra, their latest endeavor? Well, check out after the jump for the answer.
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I get a bit confused as to what kind of metal I’m listening to. With the several genres out there, I’m sure you’ve found yourself in a similarly sticky situation. Well, after the jump is a great flowchart that will help you find out what kind of metal you’re enjoying!
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.
It was announced today via Opeth‘s Facebook that keyboardist Per Wiberg has quit Opeth and that a replacement will be announced soon. I really hope my April Fools’ joke didn’t cause this. Check below for a quote from frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt.
It has just been announced that prog-metal masters Tool will be doing a short US headlining tour next Spring and the direct support will be from one of my favorite bands Opeth. The moment I heard about this, I promptly crapped my pants and threw it at my next door neighbor (she’s a bitch and deserved it anyways). Both bands have yet to issue a statement, but the press release states that the reason the tour is announced so far in advance is to build hype for upcoming albums from each artist, Opeth‘s later this year and Tool‘s in the first quarter of 2012. Check after the jump for tour dates.
There has been talks for a few years now of a project between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) and Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath). Originally, the project was also supposed to have Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on board, but it was determined that drums were not needed for this project (WTF?). According to Blabbermouth.net, Steven and Mikael have finished writing material for a project that is tentatively dubbed Storm Corrosion. However, that does not mean that all the recording has been completed. According to Steven Wilson, “There’s still a lot of recording work to do, but this should definitely be out in early 2012.”
One of my favorite death metal bands is the supergroup Bloodbath. Seriously, with members of Opeth and Katatonia, how can you go wrong? Their 2008 release, ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ is an album I still spin regularly when I want to scare the neighbors. So, imagine my joy when I got news that a live DVD, ‘Bloodbath Over Bloodstock’, is going to be coming out on April 25th. The DVD is said to include their full performance at Bloodstock 2010, bonus footage from a 2008 performance, band member interviews and a 16-page booklet.
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Blackfield is one of my favorite bands. They’ve put out some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking, yet at the same time, cathartic music, in the last several years (just listen to ‘My Gift Of Silence’). They’re a band that I keep coming back to and appreciating. So, when it was announced that there was going to be a third album, ‘Welcome To My DNA’, I was already happy enough.
However, Blackfield have just announced that they are doing a N. American tour in support of the album. You better believe that I’ll be at the Detroit show at St. Andrews Hall. Funny story: St. Andrews Hall is where I first saw both Porcupine Tree and Opeth. It was the same show, no less (The ‘In Absentia/Damnation Tour’). Check after the jump for tour dates. READ MORE
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.