OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt will score the upcoming Netflix series “Clark”. The six-episode drama series about the Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund, whose visually driven signature style often pushes the boundaries of the status quo. Production company is Scandinavian Content Group.

Olofsson will be portrayed by Bill Skarsgård, who is best known for his terrorizing and iconic portrayal of Pennywise in the Stephen King saga “It”. Later this year, he stars in the Netflix film “The Devil All The Time” and in the Sundance hit “Nine Days” for Sony Pictures Classic. On television, Skarsgård most recently starred in Hulu‘s “Castle Rock”, a psychological drama series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King.

Based on the truth and lies of Olofsson‘s autobiography, the Swedish-language series will feature Clark‘s early years until present day. The notorious gangster started his criminal career in the 1960s and became one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. Convicted of several counts of drug trafficking, attempted murder, assault, theft and dozens of bank robberies, he has spent more than half his life behind bars and has left behind a trail of trauma, heartbreak, disappointment and general devastation. In the 1970s, Clark gave rise to the idea of “The Stockholm Syndrome” during a failed bank robbery in Stockholm — and has ever since kept his position as celebrity criminal fooling all of Sweden to fall in love with him. Just like he desired.

Åkerlund says: “‘Clark’ is the story about the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life. These are the kinds of stories I always look for. It’s an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face to the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it isn’t just about the Norrmalmstorg Robbery. It’s about his whole life and what made him who he is, the truth and lies of his incredible career. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and he will bring the Stockholm Syndrome to the role. And Netflix is the perfect platform, they are not just the biggest streaming service, they also have the boldness to tell this incredible story.”

Adds Skarsgård: “Clark Olofsson is, for good and bad, one of Sweden’s most colourful and fascinating individuals. I accept this challenge with delight mingled with terror and think that with Jonas and Netflix in the back, we can tell a groundbreaking story with a pace and madness we may not have seen on TV before. Clark‘s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush.”

Tesha Crawford, director of International Originals Northern Europe at Netflix, says: “We really look forward to continuing our great collaboration with Jonas Åkerlund and Bill Skarsgård. We can not imagine a better team to tell the complex story about Clark Olofsson and how he became one of the most controversial personalities in modern Swedish times.”

OPETH’s MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT To Score NETFLIX Series ‘Clark’

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Bloodbath:

Death Metal supergroup Bloodbath released a live CD/DVD called The Wacken Carnage in 2008.

Recorded in 2005, The Wacken Carnage is a lesson in live brutality, with downtuned guitars cranked to infinity, explosive drumming, and bass frequencies that will rattle your insides for days, topped by the throat shredding vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) at his demonic best.

Comprised of their best material, like Bastard Son Of God, Cancer Of The Soul, So You Die, Eaten, Omnious Bloodvomit, Breeding Death, Ways To The Grave, and Furnace Funeral. The Wacken Carnage is music to either soothe your tormented soul, or torment all the souls of any non-metal fans around you!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Opeth sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment; »Sorceress« to be released in late 2016!


 Nuclear Blast Entertainment is very pleased to announce the signing of Swedish progressive legends, OPETH. Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, OPETH have been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now. Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, OPETH, quite simply, have a time honored tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking. All these years later, nothing and everything has changed once again with their forthcoming album »Sorceress«.

“We’re happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album »Sorceress« via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records,” states Mikael Åkerfeldt. “The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

Nuclear Blast owner, Markus Staiger, continues:

 “I am honored that OPETH have joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that OPETH are a band that never release an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of OPETH from the beginning with »Orchid« to landmark albums like »Still Life«, »Deliverance«, »Damnation« and »Blackwater Park«, right up to 2014’s »Pale Communion«! The band have become one of the most challenging artists in metal music today. It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their caliber and I’m thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for OPETH and Nuclear Blast looks very bright.”

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds:

 “OPETH are a band that have continually evolved and moved forward at every stage. Always innovating and always continuing to challenge themselves as players and writers. They are simply fearless. I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next! It’s an amazing feeling to be reunited with one of my favorite bands and I look forward to my colleagues here at Nuclear Blast being able to have their own OPETH experience and role in the band’s continuing journey. I want to thank Mikael Åkerfeldt and OPETH for putting their faith and trust in everyone here at Nuclear Blast.”

OPETH are currently in the studio with Tom Dalgety putting the finishing touches on Sorceress. A release for the album is tentatively scheduled for the fall via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

OPETH live:

17.06. S Gothenburg – Ullevi Stadium (w/ IRON MAIDEN)

02.07. E Barcelona – Be Prog! My Friend

07.07. FIN Helsinki – Monsters Of Rock Festival

09.07. IS Neskaupstadur – Eistnaflug Festival

30.09. FIN Oulu – Qstock Festival

05.08. P Corroios – Vagos Open Air Festival

19.08. B Hasselt – Pukkelpop Festival

24.09. USA San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest

01.10. USA New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

04.10. CDN Montreal, QC – Metropolis (w/ THE SWORD)

05.10. CDN Toronto, ON – Massey Hall (w/ THE SWORD)

26.10. CDN Vancouver, BC – Orpheum (w/ THE SWORD)

05.11. S Stockholm – Annexet

06.11. N Oslo – Konserthus

07.11. DK Copenhagen – DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen

08.11. D Hamburg – Docks

10.11. A Vienna – Arena

11.11. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn

12.11. D Munich – Theaterfabrik

13.11. CH Zurich – Volkshaus

14.11. I Milan – Alcatraz

16.11. D Cologne – E-Werk

18.11. NL Tilburg – 013

19.11. UK London – SSE Arena Wembley

21.11. F Paris – Le Trianon

23.11. LUX Luxemburg – Den Atelier

24.11. D Berlin – Astra Kulturhaus
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