Swedish prog-metal/rock legends OPETH will make their awaited return to North America in 2020 for a winter tour with labelmates GRAVEYARD. This will be the band’s first tour of the U.S.A. and Canada in support of their newly released, critically praised album “In Cauda Venenum” that is available now via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. The dates include two nights at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and performances at the renowned Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

OPETH‘s chief songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt comments on the tour: “Well, after having had the ‘In Cauda Venenum’ LP released we’re set to start touring in support of it. Right now, I’m at home practicing. Learning new songs and re-learning older songs. It’s funny how our music lies dormant in the muscle memory. There are songs I haven’t played for years, and there still there somehow. I put together the skeleton of a setlist and looking at it there’s some niceties in there. I hope. Hard to tell really. Touring in North America is always a treat. We all collectively look forward to it. Hope you are too!”

Tour dates (GRAVEYARD main support on all dates except *):

Feb. 13 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom 
Feb. 14 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre 
Feb. 15 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre 
Feb. 17 – Worcester, MA – Palladium 
Feb. 18 – Montreal, QC – Mtelus 
Feb. 19 – Toronto, ON – Rebel 
Feb. 21 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater 
Feb. 22 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater 
Feb. 23 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore 
Feb. 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 
Feb. 26 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium* 
Feb. 28 – Houston, TX – House of Blues 
Feb. 29 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Mar. 01 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland* 
Mar. 02 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom 
Mar. 04 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

“In Cauda Venenum” was released on September 27. Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, the effort was made available in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages.

Regarding the decision to release “In Cauda Venenum”in Swedish, Åkerfeldt told Revolver: “Doing it in Swedish was just an idea that popped into my head, like, ‘Maybe I should fry my egg in the morning instead of boiling it.’ It wasn’t any deeper than that. And I figured the music climate has changed so much, does it really matter which language it’s in? That was it. And it didn’t have me writing more lyrics — it just had me writing more music. And the music didn’t sound more Swedish or anything like that. But it was a gateway that opened, and it was fun.

Mikael added that he is “not regretting” the fact that “In Cauda Venenum” was also recorded in English. “A lot of people [in the U.S.] are saying they only listened to the English version,” he said. “So I was proven right, in a way. I can say a thousand times that the Swedish version is the original version, but it’s up to people to choose. I can just hope that they check out both versions. But I do think the Swedish version is slightly better — only because it was first. It’s more innocent. With the English version, regardless of what you think about it, that’s me trying to copy a vocal line I had done in another language. So it’s less exciting to me.”

OPETH Announces February/March 2020 North American Tour

– NEW OPETH SONG: “SVEKETS PRINS” – Dignity

Swedish masters of progressive metal/rock OPETH have released a new single called “Svekets Prins,” from their heavily awaited album, In Cauda Venenum, that’s out September 27th via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. The new song is found on the Swedish language version of the album. An English version, “Dignity,” will be released next week.

Watch the visualizer for “Svekets Prins” at youtu.be/QcMdA7Xs8jE.

Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages.

Pre-order In Cauda Venenum in various formats, here:

store.moderbolagetrecords.com

opeth.com/stores

Listen to the new songs on all DSPs. Pick your version below:

English: http://geni.us/OpethInCaudaVenenumENG

Swedish: http://geni.us/OpethInCaudaVenenumSWE

In Cauda Venenum Tracklising:

1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights

2. Svekets Prins / Dignity

3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand

4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin

5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime

6. Charlatan

7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth

8. Banemannen / The Garroter

9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum

10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

OPETH will perform this weekend at Psycho Las Vegas for their only show in the U.S. in 2019, before continuing their tour in Europe, Japan and Australia. Dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at http://www.opeth.com/tour-dates

OPETH Tour Dates:

18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

Main support: THE VINTAGE CARAVAN

27.10. UK Norwich – UEA

29.10. UK London – Palladium

31.10. UK Glasgow – SWG3

01.11. IRL Dublin – Olympia Theatre

02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival

03.11. UK Bristol – O2 Academy

05.11. NL Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg

06.11. BE Brussels – Ancienne Belgique

08.11. DE Munich – Backstage (Werk)

09.11. IT Milan – Alcatraz

10.11. CH Zurich – Volkshaus

11.11. FR Paris – L‘Olympia

13.11. DE Cologne – E-Werk

14.11. DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

15.11. DE Nuremberg – Meistersingerhalle

16.11. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt

17.11. DK Copenhagen – Det Kgl. Teater *SOLD OUT*

05.12 JP Osaka, Club Quattro

06.12 JP Tokyo, Zepp Tokyo

10.12. AUS Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre

11.12. AUS Perth – Astor Theatre

13.12. AUS Melbourne – Palais Theatre

14.12. AUS Sydney – State Theatre

15.12. AUS Brisbane – The Tivoli

Opeth Release New Song “SVEKETS PRINS” in Both English & Swedish

If you’ve been missing the heavier side of Opeth‘s music (sans the growls) from albums like Pale Communion and Heritage, then you’re absolutely going to love the band’s new song “Heart In Hand”. Sure, the song takes tons of progressive cues from the band’s more recent output, but there’s tons of sinister, twisting riffs in there that haven’t shown up in quite some time now. Also, yes – this is the song you heard part of in Opeth’s recent tour trailer.

In Cauda Venenum is out September 27, and will be released in both Swedish and English language versions. Pre-order all of ’em here.

https://open.spotify.com/album/0OdGGpDDKENKEynng3El7R

https://music.apple.com/us/album/in-cauda-venenum/1470602656

Here are the Opeth’s upcoming tour dates.

12.07. PL Warsaw – Prog In Park
06.07. TK Istanbul, Rock Off Fest
27.07. RO Sibiu – ArtMania Festival
02.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
03.08. S Öland – Borgholm Brinner
09.08. B Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
11.08. NL Leeuwarden – Into the Grave
18.08. USA Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival

support: THE VINTAGE CARAVAN
27.10. UK Norwich – UEA
29.10. UK London – Palladium
31.10. UK Glasgow – SWG3
01.11. IRL Dublin – Olympia Theatre
02.11. UK Leeds – Damnation Festival
03.11. UK Bristol – O2 Academy
06.11. B Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
08.11. D Munich – Backstage (Werk)
09.11. I Milan – Alcatraz
10.11. CH Zurich – Volkshaus
11.11. F Paris – L‘Olympia
13.11. D Cologne – E-Werk
14.11. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
15.11. D Nuremberg – Meistersingerhalle
16.11. D Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
17.11. DK Copenhagen – Det Kgl. Teater SOLD OUT

10.12. AUS Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre
11.12. AUS Perth – Astor Theatre
13.12. AUS Melbourne – Palais Theatre
14.12. AUS Sydney – State Theatre
15.12. AUS Brisbane – The Tivoli

OPETH’s New Song “Heart In Hand” Brings Out Heavier Sound

BIG NEWS! Opeth are pleased to present you with the title and tracklisting for their awaited 13th observation!

“In Cauda Venenum”, is due out this fall on Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available and additional details will be announced in the coming months.

In anticipation of the impending release, OPETH will be performing shows around the world through the end of the year. Dates are and ticketing info can be found here: http://www.opeth.com/tour-dates or on the “Dates, Tickets’ tab on this Facebook page. Additional touring will be announced soon.

In Cauda Venenum Tracklisting:

1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights (Intro)

2. Svekets Prins / Dignity

3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand

4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin

5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime

6. Charlatan

7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth

8. Banemannen / The Garroter

9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum

10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

The artwork was once more created by the very delicate hands of Seempieces – The Art of Travis Smith

Opeth Working On new Album & New Tour Dates

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Opeth: Garden of The Titans

Opeth recently released this superb Blu Ray, DVD, double live CD package, Garden Of The Titans (Opeth Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre), from their appearance at the legendary venue in 2017.

I was fortunate to see Opeth exactly 2 days after this concert took place when they made their stop in Indianapolis. As a matter of fact, the only thing that could possibly have improved this package would have been the inclusion of the sets by openers Devin Townsend Project, and main support, Gojira.

As it stands, Garden Of The Titans features 3 future classics from the Sorceress album, and a selection of past vintage Opeth gems, such as Ghost Of Perdition, In My Time Of Need, Demon Of The Fall, Cusp Of Eternity, Heir Apparent, and the magnificent finale, Deliverance.

Mikael Akerfeldt delivers some humorous anecdotes in between songs, and per Opeth’s reputation, the video and sound are pristine.

There is a booklet of some stunning photography from the show included, also.

I love the continuing growth and exploration of Opeth. They fearlessly chart their own course, dabbling in so many styles of music (and excelling in all), always managing to sound distinctly like Opeth…they are a genre unto themselves. Opeth rules…I accept no arguments!

https://youtu.be/9In0bTUquIc

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Opeth: Damnation

Opeth has been my favorite band for many years, and they have managed to remain in my top spot by constantly challenging themselves and allowing their sound to evolve.

Damnation (2003) was recorded simultaneously with the album Deliverance (which I reviewed earlier in this series, and which was released the previous year).

Damnation was the first Opeth album to feature only clean vocals and guitar tones, forsaking Opeth’s previous death metal status.

Damnation is full of lush and lovely melodies, a gorgeous production by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, and some of Mikael Akerfeldt’s best songwriting.

Wilson contributed keyboards, mellotron, backing vocals, and engineered, mixed, and mastered the recording as well.

Opeth have shifted to this progressive rock style more and more in recent years, and if you don’t like the harsher vocals of their more extreme work, Damnation is a fine introduction to this incredible band.

Songs like Windowpane, In My Time Of Need, To Rid The Disease, Closure, and Death Whispered a Lullaby are flawless works of sonic art.

Opeth is also a band that delivers an iconic live show. I may be biased, but I’m not wrong!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

On November 2, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will release their new live album, “Garden Of The Titans: Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre”, via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Captured for DVD, Blu-ray and vinyl formats during the band’s May 11, 2017 performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado, this concert showcases the unique beauty of both classic and new OPETH tracks. 

To celebrate, OPETH is offering a one-time screening of the concert at The Motalbán Theater (1615 Vine Street) in Los Angeles. On November 1, fans can gather to view the historic concert on the big-screen with incredible surround sound. Doors will take place at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are now available here.

Video footage for “Garden Of The Titans” was overseen by The Deka Brothers (CARPENTER BRUT, THE PRODIGY) and audio was mixed by David Castillo(KATATONIA, BLOODBATH). All versions feature the masterful artwork of revered artist Travis Smith(NEVERMORE, KATATONIA, TESTAMENT).

“Garden Of The Titans: Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre” track listing:

01. Sorceress (live) 
02. Ghost Of Perdition (live)  
03. Demon Of The Fall (live)  
04. The Wilde Flowers (live)  
05. In My Time Of Need (live)  
06. The Devil’s Orchard (live)  
07. Cusp Of Eternity (live)  
08. Heir Apparent (live)  
09. Era (live)  
10. Deliverance (live)

OPETH released the limited 10-inch vinyl “Ghost Of Perdition (Live)” on October 19 in the following formats:

* 10″ pink sparkle in sleeve (limited to 700) 
* 10″ violet sparkle in sleeve (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 300) 
* 10″ toffee in sleeve (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 250) 
* 10″ summer bronze in sleeve (NB mailorder exclusive, limited to 250)

Side A contains the haunting live version of the band’s classic “Ghost Of Perdition” (live), while the previously released “Sorceress” (live) can be found on Side B.

OPETH guitarist Fredrik Åkesson recently told FaceCulture that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2016’s “Sorceress” album. “We’re very much into the demoing,” he said. “I’ve recorded a lot of solos so far. And Mikael [Åkerfeldt, guitar/vocals] has almost already written 12 songs for the new album, so we have more material than enough for an album. But I think we will at least try to finish 15 songs. So hopefully we’ll work on song ideas very soon.”

According to Åkesson, OPETH is hoping to release its 13th studio album in the first quarter of 2019. “I’m not sure if it’s gonna happen, but we’re working towards that, and the songwriting goes very well,” he said. “Mikael has been very productive these last… since January, basically. We did the last touring for ‘Sorceress’ in November.”

Regarding the musical direction of the new OPETHmaterial, Fredrik said: “Compared to the last three albums, I would say, if I can reveal anything, this album is more complex, more energetic, and I think it’s gonna be something.”

Åkesson went on to say that OPETH always tries to explore new ground with every album and it isn’t overly concerned with how its music will be received by its fans. “The first filter is the guys in the band, I would say,” he said. “If we enjoy it, we can only hope that people that enjoy listening to OPETH will enjoy it; that would be nice. But if we’re happy with it, we will release it; it’s quite simple. I think this is kind of a Mikael question in a way, since he’s the creative director for the band, so I know, speaking for him a little bit here, that he always tries to push everything into something new. And I think people will enjoy this new album.”

“Sorceress” was released in September 2016. For the band’s first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH‘s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, the group returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from QUEEN, RUSH and JUDAS PRIEST, where the Swedes had tracked “Pale Communion” in 2014 with Tom Dalgety.

https://youtu.be/9In0bTUquIc

https://youtu.be/cHt4KNTgujQ

OPETH Announces ‘Garden Of The Titans’ Screening In Los Angeles