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Keyboardist Per Wiberg quits Opeth

Keyboardist Per Wiberg has left the progressive metal band Opeth. Commented guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt :

"Well, it's been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now Per is no longer a member. [Martin] Mendez [bass], Axe [Martin Axenrot, drums] and Fredrik [Åkesson, guitar] and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There's no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that's that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with OPETH."


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published on April 6, 2011 at 17:44 by Zandra
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Opeth and Katatonia announce more North American tour dates

published on June 6, 2011 by Zandra
Katatonia will support Opeth during their North American tour this fall. The dates are as follows :

Sep. 19 - The Palladium @ Worcester, MA
Sep. 20 - Webster Theater @ Hartford, CT
Sep. 21 - Webster Hall @ New York, NY
Sep. 22 - Webster Hall @ New York, NY
Sep. 23 - Trocadero @ Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 26 - Newport Music Hall @ Columbus, OH
Sep. 27 - Expo Five @ Louisville, KY
Sep. 28 - Cannery Ballroom @ Nashville, TN
Sep. 29 - Amos’ Southend @ Charlotte, NC
Sep. 30 - Center Stage @ Atlanta, GA
Oct. 01 - House of Blues @ Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct. 03 - Warehouse Live @ Houston, TX
Oct. 04 - – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater @ Austin, TX
Oct. 05 - Granada Theater @ Dallas, TX
Oct. 06 - The Beaumont Club @ Kansas City, MO
Oct. 07 - First Avenue @ Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 08 - Burton Cummings @ Winnipeg, MB
Oct. 10 - Edmonton Events Centre @ Edmonton, AB
Oct. 11 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom @ Calgary, AB
Oct. 13 - Commodore Ballroom @ Vancouver, BC
Oct. 14 - Knitting Factory Concert House @ Spokane, WA
Oct. 15 - Showbox SoDo @ Seattle, WA
Oct. 16 - Roseland Theatre @ Portland, OR
Oct. 18 - The Warfield @ San Francisco, CA
Oct. 19 - Mayan Theatre @ Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 20 - House of Blues @ San Diego, CA
Oct. 21 - The Fox Theater @ Pomona, CA
Oct. 22 - Marquee Theatre @ Tempe, AZ
Oct. 24 - The Complex @ Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 25 - Ogden Theatre @ Denver, CO
Oct. 27 - The Rave @ Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 28 - Vic Theatre @ Chicago, IL
Oct. 29 - St. Andrews Hall @ Detroit, MI
Oct. 30 - Guelph Concert Theatre @ Guelph, ON
Oct. 31 - Mr Smalls Theatre @ Millvale, PA
Nov. 01 - Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD

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Opeth reveals new album "Heritage" cover art

published on June 1, 2011 by Zandra
Swedish progressive metallers Opeth have revealed the cover artwork for their new effort "Heritage", which was created by artist Travis Smith. The album, produced by Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt, will be released on September 20 via Roadrunner Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows :

01. Heritage
02. The Devil's Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
04. Slither
05. Nepenthe
06. Haxprocess
07. Famine
08. The Lines In My Hand
09. Folklore
10. Marrow Of The Earth

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Heavy MTL delivers some new names

published on March 25, 2011 by Unfurl
Evenko has given out some new names for Heavy MTL 2011 that will take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, Qc.
Kiss, Motörhead, Billy Talent, The Sword, Children Of Bodom and Opeth are going to be part of that first North American metal festival.
More names should be announced soon.




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Opeth to release "In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall"

published on July 21, 2010 by Darren Cowan
New York, NY: As part of the ongoing celebration of their 20th anniversary, Sweden’s OPETH is releasing live footage and audio from the band’s recent performance at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, due out 9/21/10, is a fierce testament to Opeth’s continued success in the progressive metal community.

Twenty years and nine records into their legendary career, Opeth’s “progressively creative spirit” (ARTISTdirect) remains unwavering, propelling the band through the “Evolution XX: An Opeth Anthology” tour, which brought the Swedish titans to six of the world’s most unique venues, and now, with the release of In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, into the homes of their fans.

The performance at the Royal Albert Hall (recorded on the 5th of April, 2010) includes two sets, the first consisting of the band performing 2000’s now-classic, breakthrough epic, Blackwater Park in its entirety, and the second, a chronologically arranged selection of material from the rest of Opeth’s extensive catalog, totaling almost three hours of music. It is, like the rest of Opeth’s greatest work, “purposefully warped in all the right places” (Decibel). The front cover artwork concept pays tribute to Deep Purple´s Concerto for Group and Orchestra, underlining the band’s longstanding love for their prog-rock roots.

Thinking back to the concert, frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt says "Opeth had a magical night playing the Royal Albert Hall. It was a dream come true, and now afterwards, it still feels like a dream. We got it all on film, and this, our third live recording and DVD might be my personal favorite. One couldn't help to think of all the fantastic artists that played there over the years. Looking back at this night of celebration brings me fond memories of our 20th anniversary—this package is the delayed birthday present. Enjoy!"

The release will be available as three very special configurations:

-Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set, which includes:

·Double-DVD set of Opeth’s performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety, including bonus features.

· A set of four 180-gram LP’s of the concert’s live audio in its entirety. The vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeves which are packaged as 2 double gatefold set with exclusive artwork. Vinyl only available in this box set.

·Exclusive, numbered lithograph with artwork designed by Mikael Åkerfeldt and longtime Opeth designer, Travis Smith.

· 20-page, LP sized booklet printed on coated paper stock that chronicles the night’s events in photos.

· Expanded, exclusive artwork and more.

- 5-disc set that consists of 2-DVD and 3 CD’s. The set not only includes the legendary evening captured on video, but the concert’s live audio in its entirety as well.

-Double-DVD set of Opeth’s performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety, including bonus features.

Track listing is as follows:

Set 1

· THE LEPER AFFINITY

· BLEAK

· HARVEST

· THE DRAPERY FALLS

· DIRGE FOR NOVEMBER

· THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT

· PATTERNS IN THE IVY

· BLACKWATER PARK

Set 2

· FOREST OF OCTOBER

· ADVENT

· APRIL ETHEREAL

· THE MOOR

· WREATH

· HOPE LEAVES

· HARLEQUIN FOREST

· THE LOTUS EATER

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A new video interview with Opeth is available

published on April 26, 2010 by Zandra
Drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot of the progressive metal band Opeth was interviewed by Inwë[b]zine when the band played in Paris , France on April 3 . Watch the chat below .


Inwë[b]zine - Interview de Martin Axenrot - Opeth
envoyé par InweTV. - Regardez plus de clips, en HD !

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New band confirmed for UK's High Voltage Festival

published on March 31, 2010 by Zandra
Swedish progressive metal band Opeth is confirmed for the UK's High Voltage Festival , to take place at Victoria Park in London on July 24-25

The festival billing is shaping up as follows :

Main Stage:

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER
ZZ TOP
FOREIGNER
HEAVEN & HELL
BACHMAN TURNER
JOE BONAMASSA
GARY MOORE
UFO
THE ANSWER
THE QUIREBOYS
THE UNION

Prog Stage:

OPETH
TRANSATLANTIC
ASIA
DWEEZIL ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
MARILLION
ARGENT
STEVE HACKETT
FOCUS
PENDRAGON
URIAH HEEP
MAGNUM
MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH
THE REASONING
TOUCHSTONE

Metal Stage:

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
DOWN
VENOM
CLUTCH
HIGH ON FIRE
AUDREY HORNE
NEW DEVICE
LETHARGY
ORANGE GOBLIN



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