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

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.



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

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 Working On new Album & New Tour Dates

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

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

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!


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!

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

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.



Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams


Opeth released Watershed in 2008, and it was their final album to feature any proper death metal growls from lead singer/lead guitarist/primary songwriter Mikael Akerfeldt.

Being Opeth, it also featured lots of his soothing melodic clean vocals and a myriad of musical influences crossing multiple subgenres of metal and progressive rock.

Watershed was the first appearance of current lead guitarist Fredrik Akesson and drummer Martin Axenrot. Both of these amazing musicians immediately fit in with the trademark Opeth sound, but ultimately have helped shape the path the band has traveled in the intervening years.

This constant evolution of styles is one of the many facets of Opeth that I love.

They are fearless in their quest for expression in music and aren’t afraid to alienate some fans who are unwilling to accept these changes.

Their songs are epic in length and scope, and meticulously crafted.

Watershed only contains 7 songs, but they are full of awe-inspiring work.

The song Burden may be my favorite song ever from one of my favorite bands of all time.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Opeth is my favorite active band, and 2002’s Deliverance is one of my favorite albums of theirs. I have been fortunate to see them live twice, and the song Deliverance has been a centerpiece of both shows. Epic in length, scope, and execution, Deliverance is a progressive metal masterpiece. Opeth is a fearless band without musical boundaries. Their mastery of multiple sub-genres of metal allow them to explore any style that they desire. The Swedish titans recorded Deliverance and Damnation at the same time, releasing them several months apart, and showcasing the heavier and lighter aspects of their influences. Band leader, singer/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt, enlisted the production expertise of Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson for both albums. Wilson also contributed vocals, guitars, and keyboards to each project. Opeth have inspired me to be bold and disregard being pinned to one style. Like Led Zeppelin before them, they are musical explorers who take their listeners on adventures in sound and emotion…and they melt faces while doing it!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

On This Day in History

mikael_akerfeldt_of_opeth_heritage_tour_2011_pic10_by_rana_rocks-d4gromqOn this date in history, 5/9/2013, my best friend and I drove to The Vogue nightclub in Broad Ripple to see Opeth and Katatonia.

A little disclaimer is needed here. Opeth is my favorite band and this was my first time seeing them live, so my hopes were higher than usual going in to this concert. As it turns out, my hopes were nowhere near as high as this event actually made me feel.

Opeth were majestic, mythic, godly…my adjectives aren’t close to the reality of how good this band was on that night.

The Vogue is an intimate venue, full of historical performances from many legendary artists throughout the decades. In other words, Opeth tapped into that special vibe and became part of that tapestry of greatness.

Opeth-HeritageThey were touring in support of Heritage, an album that began a shift in musical direction for the band. However, they effortlessly blended new material in with classics from their back catalog such as Ghost Of Perdition, Deliverance, Demon Of The Fall (an acoustic version that killed!), and a monumental encore of Blackwater Park. It’s difficult for me to pick a favorite, but I must say Deliverance was beyond epic, with its many layers of complex rhythms, scorching melodic lead guitar, and alternately beautiful and demonic vocals.

mikael_akerfeldt_of_opeth_heritage_tour_2011_pic06_by_rana_rocks-d4grl0oOpeth’s leader, the supremely talented Mikael Akerfeldt, writes all the songs, sings lead vocals and is co-lead guitarist, in addition to being a charming host, adding amusing stories and comments between quite a few of the songs. Mikael is not a one man show by any means. The rest of the band are simply monster players, each and every one.

Katatonia were fantastic, also, but suffered somewhat with a light show that lacked brightness.

Both bands had crystal clear sound, and our line of sight from the center of the balcony afforded us a perfect view of everything.

As fate would have it, I am 4 days away from seeing Opeth again. They have released 2 more extraordinary albums since that 2013 show, Pale Communion, and the current release, Sorceress. If you’re looking for something with style, substance, and world class musicianship, pick these up and discover why Opeth rules my musical world.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Day in History


On this date in history, 5/13/17, I reached musical nirvana at the Opeth, Gojira, Devin Townsend Project concert at Old National Centre’s Egyptian Room in Indianapolis.

This multinational assault featured Sweden’s Opeth, France’s Gojira, and Canada’s Devin townsend Project, each playing a headliner worthy set of creative mastery and unbridled passionate devotion to their uniquely individual metal styles. devin_toensend_project_i_by_henrikack-d41mafa

Hevy Devy started things off with a full throttle condensed selection of songs from his various solo efforts, a veritable highlight reel of his career in a spellbinding half hour set.

Devin Townsend Project – Stormbending


His vocals were absolutely breathtaking and his antics onstage were often hilarious as he made faces and funny comments throughout, showing his goofy nature, obviously loving every minute of it.

This was the final night of the tour for the Project, and all 3 bands displayed massive respect for each other. I can’t recall ever hearing a band open a show with the amount of power that the DTP displayed. This was further proof that Opeth takes great care of their openers.

GOJ-212Next up was the ferocious Gojira. They had the most physical effect on the crowd, inciting some frantic moshpits with their hypnotically crushing wall of sound.

Gojira – The Cell


The lead singer, Joe Duplantier, at one point made an intensely heartfelt speech about living in the moment, and looking around and really seeing everyone doing just that was a powerfully emotional wave that surged through the crowd.

Photo Credit:  facebook.com/GojiraMusic/


One thing all the bands shared besides their excellence was the fact that they are all built on top of unbelievably talented drummers.

Gojira’s set began with the drummer starting the first song by himself, laying down a pulverizing beat that was joined by a relentless wall of sound that continued for their entire set. I’m officially a big fan and will be purchasing some of their music with a quickness.

Opeth capped this evening of extraordinary music with a majestic display of their nearly limitless range, effortlessly shifting in and out of genre upon genre of styles, like a snake shedding its skin, or a caterpillar being reborn as a raging dragon.




Mikael Akerfeldt was superb in his vocals, his guitar playing, and his role as master of ceremonies, always charming and often stand up comedian level funny.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/Opeth/


I went to this show expecting it to be one of the best of my concert career, and I was absolutely correct! Shows like this are better than any drug or drink on the planet…I feel so incredibly alive right now. Music makes everything better!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka   The Concert Critic



TODAY ONLY $5.99 SALE on Sorceress


$5.99 SALE on Sorceress.
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When Opeth released their 2011 album Heritage  they had completed the transformation from their death metal origins through progressive death metal in the early 2000s to full – on prog rock that celebrated their love of classic 70s rock bands. Click on the Fye link for purchase.

Sorceress is the twelfth studio album by the Swedish band Opeth.  The album was released on 30 September 2016 via record label Nuclear Blast and the band’s own imprint Moderbolaget.  The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales.  Following the album’s release, the band embarked on a world tour with bands The Sword, Sahg, and Myrkur as supporting acts. The album was streamed via SoundCloud on 29 September.


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