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It is hard deciding if the best approach to reviewing such an exhaustive and important milestone  for Opeth as The Book Of Opeth, a super rewarding and fans in mind work of art (would you expect anything less?) from one of metal’s most revered bands, with a more exhaustive or impressionistic approach.

Aesthetically, it is as stunning visually as any of the band’s greatest achievements. The moody respect for the essential mystery of nature and the spirit and cerebral leaning craftsmanship with an emphasis on complexity has carried over, albeit instead of actual riffs we have the stories in the book which allow a hand swiped view through the foggy window of awe; a peak into the inner workings of a group who have earned every inch of respect over the past 25 years and change.

Much like the crucial Decibel anointed Choosing Death or Only Death Is Real from Bazillion Points, this Opeth doozy is fun while chock full of enough respect for sociology and the genre to warrant such an endeavor even if the band wasn’t as important as they ARE. You really get a sense of their development over the course of hundreds of killer photos, lush layout page detailing and fantastic reflections from members. Like Sean Yseult’s recent I’m In The Band or even, say, the massive Emperor 24 vinyl box set which the mere thought of makes me weep and shiver, this is a serious fucking beast of merchandise of the highest order and a celebration of accomplishment with a major sense of adventure and wonder for the entire business of it all. More than a labor of vanity or love, this says pay attention, this is about the collective work of amazing lives.

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Music Video: Opeth – “Eternal Rains Will Come”

Posted by SeanB on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM (PST)

Opeth_Pale_Communion_album_artworkA lot of metalheads are pretty quick to bash Opeth for the direction their music has taken over the last few albums.  They’ve gone from being one of the most amazing death metal bands ever to pretty much a straight prog rock band with a lot of other diverse influences as well.  I for one don’t care what you think and am totally on board with their current musical direction and really like their new record Pale Communion.  To mark the albums release (which was today so pick it up!) the band has released a very trippy video to go along with the albums opening track, “Eternal Rains Will Come.”  I’m not sure if this is the official video for the track or not but it’s pretty cool either way.

To check the video out click HERE.

Opeth released Pale Communion today under Roadrunner.  This is the follow up to 2011’s Heritage and heir eleventh studio album overall.  The band is touring Europe starting in October and hopeful they make it to North America very soon thereafter. For details on the European tour click HERE.

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Katatonia kicks of North American tour with Opeth

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM (PST)

Photographer Linda √Ökerberg+46 (0) 70 - 755 52 27 Swedish Metallers Katatonia have announced the North American Heritage Tour with Opeth to start on April 18 in Buffalo, NY. The tour is expected to hit 30 cities.

Guitarist Anders Nystrom had this to say about the tour:

“Dear Katatoniaks of North America! You have been blessed to get another round of this truly classic bill together, because today Opeth and Katatonia, two bands who share a longtime friendship and many musical collaborations, are back on the road to cloak you with some true Swedish atmosphere across North America for the next six weeks. We’ve have also added five headlining sideshows that will see Katatonia play a full set. Check out our Facebook ( for daily updates on stage times (as a general rule we’re always on early after doors) and there you’ll also find the ticket links. More and more shows are already added to the sold out list, so we look forward to many fine evenings to come. Let the sunset choir sing again and see ya soon!”

Check out the tour dates here.

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Video: Opeth trailer for…?

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM (PST)

I am not really sure what this video is about, some people are saying its for an upcoming tour and some for an upcoming album but Roadrunner Records has posted a trailer. The video is clearly for Swedish prog metal band Opeth but beyond that I dare not venture a guess.

In any case, watch it here.

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Video: Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt talks Storm Corrosion

Posted by jessepac on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM (PST)

Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson have collaborated many times before, but never as a singular force. Storm Corrosion is that force and their debut album recently released to the masses. Akerfeldt recently gave an interview explaining the division of duty on the album and much more.

This isn’t the first time Akerfeldt and Wilson have worked together, as Wilson produced Opeth’sBLackwater Park, Damnation and Deliverance albums, helping shape the sound Opeth would eventually embrace on the rest of their releases.

Click here for the video!

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Opeth has recently been accused of being involved in a collaboration with a Disney video that a lot of people have probably seen…oh wait…pretty much no one has seen the video that Salvador Dali made for Disney back in 1944-1945.

It’s pretty obvious that Opeth either planned this or it’s a total coincidence, but not much info is available. Hmmm…

It turns out that Dali was apparently supposed to produce a cartoon for Disney and the Nazis got in the way. (Go figure) None of this really makes sense, but it’s pretty interesting to note that Walt Disney was a Hitler supporter and the film was never officially released until 1993. Yay for World War Two.

So, people are now saying that the Opeth song “I Feel The Dark” lines up perfectly with the video. We leave it up to you to decide. Check it out right here.

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Opeth to reissue four albums

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM (PST)

Swedish rockers Opeth will be reissuing four of their best known albums sometime next month. The albums to be reissued include a special edition of “Lamentations” , Casebound Legacy Edition of “Blackwater Park” which is also the first Opeth album to ever be released in North America. The reissues will also include “Damnation,” and it’s sister album “Deliverance.”

Some of the new material that will be released with the reissues of the albums include documentary like footage of the process behind the recording the “Damnation” and “Deliverance” albums. Other material includes live footage from the band’s shows, and a full color booklet of pictures.

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Top 10 Heavy Metal Love Songs

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:14 AM (PST)

Is there a worse holiday than Valentine’s Day? I’m pretty sure there’s not, but then again, I’m a black shirt, combat boot kind of guy. Expression of romantic sentiment doesn’t come easy for most of us metalheads but fret not ye’ emotionally challenged, that’s why God created the mixtape (or now, the cursed playlist, but we’ll save that soapbox for another time). Why spend hours groping for just the right words when somebody more talented can do it for you in the form of song?! Some even do it in the form of metal songs!

So our gift to you my fellow heathens and cretins, is this: to celebrate this most asinine of all holidays, here is a list of the ten best heavy metal love songs ever recorded (in no particular order).

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Mastodon and Opeth announce co-headlining tour

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:46 AM (PST)

Mastodon have just announced a co-headlining North American tour with Swedish death metal gurus Opeth. But wait, there’s more.  Swedish doom metal band Ghost will be the supporting band on all dates.  These bands all put on amazing shows and the chance to see them together is not something I would want to pass up.

The bands have decided to call this The Heritage Hunter Tour as it is in support of Opeth’s most recent album Heritage and Mastodon’s most recent, The Hunter.

Click here for personal statements from the bands about the tour and a list of dates.

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Opeth’s Fredrik Åkesson answers fan questions

Posted by jrod1209 on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM (PST)

Guitarist of Swedish death metal act Opeth Fredrik Åkesson sat down to answer fan-submitted questions when the band was in Chicago on their North American tour.

Check out the video here.

The interview, in large part, is a gear-centered conversation: he takes you through his live rig and demonstrates his signature PRS model. But he also talks about his early history playing the guitar, reveals his favorite Opeth songs to play, and talks about what he likes to listen for in other players’ work.

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Martin Mendez of Opeth intervew

Posted by metalrocker on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM (PST)

Martin Mendez, bassist for Swedish death metal group Opeth, was recently interviewed by Stormbringer while on tour in Germany. He discusses fan response to the band’s latest album, “Heritage,” his view on today’s recording methods such as ProTools, and much more. He  says that “Heritage” was not only the most difficult album he has ever recorded, but was also the most fun.

Check out the full interview here.

Opeth’s latest album, “Heritage,” was released September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

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Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt interviewed in Austria

Posted by jrod1209 on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM (PST)

Frontman of Swedish death metal act Opeth, Mikael Åkerfeldt, was recently interviewed when the band was in Austria on tour supporting their new album, “Heritage.”

You can check out the interview here.

Broken into two parts; Åkerfeldt talks about his affection for ’70s and ’80s metal, his feeling that in the wake of “Heritage,” his creative options are wide open, his ambivalence about touring, and much more.

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Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt interviewed by RushOnRock

Posted by metalrocker on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM (PST)

Swedish death metal outfit Opeth‘s Mikael Åkerfeldt was recently interviewed by the website RushOnRock. In the interview he spoke about his new approach on vocals, and the fan response to their new album, among other things.

Åkerfeldt states, “I’ve never turned my back on anything and I’m not going to start now. It’s not like I don’t like that style of vocal delivery any more. But I just can’t develop any more as a singer if I keep on screaming. In fact I think I got worse at that as the years went by. But if the future songs require those vocals then that’s what I’ll deliver. It seems like a long shot at this stage.”

On the topic of fan response to the new material, he says “It has been very well received by the people who’ve come out to the shows. On the net I’d say the opposite is true but that’s no surprise.”

Check out the whole interview here.

Opeth’s latest album, “Heritage,” was released September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

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Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Interviewed On KISW FM’s Metal Shop

Posted by metalrocker on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 5:51 PM (PST)

Swedish death metal outfit Opeth‘s Mikael Åkerfeldt was recently interviewed by Metal Shop radio show of Seattle’s own KISW FM. In the interview Mikael discusses fan response to the sound of the band’s new album “Heritage,” Opeth’s relevency to the current metal scene, and much more. Check out the full interview here.

Opeth’s latest album, “Heritage,” was released September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

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Swedish death metal outfit Opeth are now in the midst of a tour. Here is a video of  them covering “Wanted Dead Or Alive” by Bon Jovi during their show in Orlando, FL  which took place on October 1st, 2011. Click here to check out remaining tour dates of this year.

Opeth’s last album, “Heritage,” was released September 20th, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

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