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


On this date in history, 9/8/2001, Tool and Meshuggah brought scorched earth, “take no prisoners” Math Metal to my favorite outdoor venue, Deer Creek. Meshuggah began the proceedings with a relentless display of their perfected brand of tricky time signatures with punishing precision.  Jens Kidman howled and barked out his impassioned vocals over a variety of battering ram rhythms, while Fredrik Thordendal executed scalpel sharp lead guitar work like a homicidal, über-angry Allan Holdsworth.


Tool proved to be the perfect counterpart to Meshuggah’s brutal devastation, providing a more artistic template to lacerate the willing and devoted fans on multiple levels of sight and sound.

Tool were supporting their Lateralus album, only their third full length record, but due to the abnormally long period of time between their releases, it had hit the top of the charts upon release.


This was a visually impressive experience, complete with acrobatic performers suspended high above the stage, disturbing and provocative rear screen projections, and an innovative light show that was almost a fifth member of the band. Singer Maynard James Keenan never appeared directly on stage, instead showing up as a silhouette created by the impressive lighting. His vocals were fantastic and made up for his lack of physical presence.

Danny Carey’s drumming was simply phenomenal, propelling the music through all the nuances and harrowing intensity that are Tool trademarks. This show was a pairing of 2 titans of progressive metal at its finest.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic


On This Day in History


$5.99 SALE on Sorceress.
Head over to your local FYE or online to pick up your copy. http://www.fye.com/s/product/4635279/Opeth-Sorceress#.WM6-4KK1vIV

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.


TODAY ONLY $5.99 SALE on Sorceress

Opeth’s Sorceress North american Tour

Opeth is now selling tickets for their world tour supporting their new album Sorceress. We now have some North American tour dates and tickets have gone on sale already today.

VIP packages will now be mostly ticketless upgrades. More info on this along with all ticket links can be found on the Tickets, VIP & More…on Opeths Facebook page, facebook.com/opeth and http://www.opeth.com/tour-dates
Opeth – Sorceress Teaser

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