Opeth Announce UK Tour

Swedish band Opeth have announced a run of UK dates in November, this is in addition to their prior announced Dublin and Belfast shows. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 16th from usual vendors and Livenation. Supporting the band will be Enslaved, also on label Nuclear Blast.

Dates are as follows:

Wed 15th Nov – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

Thu 16th Nov – GLASGOW Barrowlands

Fri 17th Nov – BELFAST Limelight

Sat 18th Nov – DUBLIN O2 Academy

Sun 19th Nov – NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Tue 21st Nov – BRISTOL O2 Academy

Wed 22nd Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute

Check out their recent video for Era from their twelfth album Sorceress:

Opeth – Sorceress

If there’s one thing that’s clear when it comes to Swedish Metal pioneers Opeth, it’s that they are a changeable beast, unwilling to stand still inside of trend or mainstream bandwagons. Since the daring one-two punch of Deliverance and Damnation, with their light and darkness approach, through to 2004’s Ghost Reveries, showcasing a modern, stylized feel, the band have slowly unraveled their sound, spotlighting individual elements and characteristics to great effect. In recent years, the band have relinquished Mikeal Akerfeldt’s death growls in favor of a 70’s prog-influenced song-craft. The new direction received mixed reactions with Opeth purists, and with this in mind comes the band’s twelfth studio album Sorceress.

We are ushered in with the delicate, medieval tones of Persephone, a lilting two minute prelude which finds elegant guitars mixing with spoken word to longing effect. Sorceress then begins with a towering, funky organ riff leading into monolithic heaviness. Its a unique starter and contains enough commercial savvy to please both fans new and old. The Wilde Flowers stomps away, a catchy refrain takes us into a lush guitar-laced midsection, before building back up to melodic anarchy for the finale. Akerfeldt’s clean vocals loom tall and are a defining factor in anything post-Heritage being labelled ‘Prog’. He provides many a highlight though, helping the classic rock tones of Strange Brew and Chrysalis sound fantastically bluesy, the latter charging through its 7 minutes armed with dueling solos of the highest order. Maybe this is not what most would want from an Opeth record, but it proves successful here and a middle finger to anyone faulting the bands new approach.

The band continue deep into prog-land with the twists and turns of Era, showing off driving tempos and massive hooks. Elsewhere the back to back combo of Sorceress 2 and The Seventh Sojourn feel like the soundtrack to a lucid dream. The Jethro Tull-folk of the former showing gentle grace, while the latter harnesses Zepplein-esque orchestration for an exotic, cinematic vibe. Recorded at legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, the production allows for everything to slide into place smoothly, the album echoing the legendary music that was shaped there.

What Sorceress lacks in progression from previous two records, Heritage and Pale Communion, it more than makes up for in songwriting and class. There is still a contrast, between sprawling epics and fragile folk, as demonstrated on the reflective Willow O The Wisp and previously mentioned The Wilde Flowers. Psychedelic pop elements even creep in with the waltz-piano of A Fleeting Glance, showing that while Opeth may have found a familiar path to tread over the past few albums, that they still have the ability to display inventiveness and charm. Overall, Sorceress is not going to please everyone, but after filling the Royal Albert Hall and with Top 20 albums either side of the Atlantic, one would assume Akerfeldt and crew don’t mind all that much.

Opeth Announce Details For Their Wembley Arena Show

Progressive Metal legends Opeth have announced their plans to perform two sets of music. These include hits from their past catalogue and tracks from the upcoming Sorceress record and a second special set featuring tracks exclusively from Damnation (2003) and Deliverance (2002). 

Opeth have decided to make the decision for the second set following the announcement that the band will be releasing the “Deliverance/Damnation” box sets that was recently re-released as a combo package via the newly revived Music For Nations Label.

Fans can now pre-order the upcoming album Sorceress which is due for release September 30th.

Opeth will play Wembley Arena on 19th November, tickets are available for the show, – here.

 

 

Opeth Release New Video

Opeth have released their new video for Sorceress which is taken from their upcoming 12th album Sorceress  due for release on 30th September via the bands own imprint label Moderbolaget Records via Nuclear Blast.

A variety of formats will be released including; CD, 2 CD Digipack, 2LP Vinyl (in various colours at 180 gram) and a Deluxe Edition Wooden Box Set.

Digital pre orders will also be available via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Opeth will play Wembley Arena on 19th November tickets are available – here 

Packages available include:

Standard CD:
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)
2CD Digipak:
CD 1
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

CD2 (bonus)
1. The Ward

2. Spring MCMLXXIV
3. Cusp Of Eternity (live)
4. The Drapery Falls (live)
5. Voice Of Treason (live)

2 x LP vinyl (180 gram, various colours):
Side A
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
Side B
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
Side C
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)
Side D
12. The Ward (Bonus Track)
13. Spring MCMLXXIV (Bonus Track)

Deluxe Wooden Box Set:
* Sorceress red & beige colored 2LP / 180g
* Sorceress 2CD digipak w/ bonus tracks
* Sorceress 5.1 mix DVD in slip sleeve
* Peacock quill (pen style)
* Notepad
* 12“ poster of cover artwork
* Lenticular
* Pin of artwork
* 12“ signed photocard w/ Opeth promo photo
* Hand number 0001 – 20000 box. /short: numbered certificate
* Parchment paper with Opeth logo watermark

Retail Box Set (Europe Only):
* Sorceress rosewood colored 2LP / 180g
* Sorceress 2CD digipak w/ bonus tracks
* Sorceress 5.1 mix DVD in slip sleeve
* 12“ poster of cover artwork.
* 12“ photocard w/ Opeth promo photo
* Parchment paper with Opeth logo watermark

For more information visit Opeth’s website here –