And the title of the upcoming Opeth album is... Pale Communion! Roadrunner Records just unveiled the fact that the album will hit the stores worldwide on June 17th. Among other things, now we know that Pale Communion was produced by bandleader Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.
While fans eagerly wait for their new album, Opeth are working on a book, the Official Illustrated History of Opeth. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Swedish band teamed up with book publisher Rocket 88 to work on the official Opeth book. In this book, the band will tell you their full story for the first time - the good, the bad, the ugly - in their own words, with a little help from former members, label bosses, management, producers, and anyone else that's been there for the key moments in the band's illustrious career.
The Portuguese festival Vagos Open Air 2014 will take place at Quinta do Ega in Vagos, from August 8th-9th, 2014. After announcing the first confirmations Kreator and Epica, the organizers now confirm Swedish bands Opeth and Soilwork for the festival. Joining these bands will also be Murk, a Portuguese band that just released the EP Tyrants Of Decay.
Fifth To Infinity is a band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, ex-Amon Amarth, Soen). It was formed by Jonas Reslan, Martin Lopez and Martin Mendez in 1997, after the breakup of the underground black metal outfit Vinterkrieg. Fifth To Infinity was set to release its debut album in 2000, but due to a set of unfortunate circumstances, it was all put to rest in 2001 before the completion of the recording. Jonas revived the band in 2007. After reuniting with Lopez in 2008 and recruiting bassist David Lindh as a full-time member in 2013, Fifth To Infinity returned to the studio to work on their upcoming album. Now you get to hear two previews of their material below, the songs "Reapers Wake" and "The Will To Harm".
Opeth will be doing a free acoustic performance and signing this upcoming Saturday, April 20th (which is also Record Store Day) at Newbury Comics in Leominster, Massachusetts at 3:00 PM. The band's North American tour in support of their latest album, Heritage, kicks off on April 18th, and runs through May 26th.
Apart from playing in North America in April/May, Opeth will be heading back to Australia in March 2013 after a run of shows Down Under in 2011 on their Heritage tour. Tickets for the tour will be available next Thursday (January 24th) from 9am. Check out the tour dates below.
Surprise, surprise! The rumours have been confirmed. Opeth will indeed tour North America in support of their latest release Heritage and they will bring along Katatonia for the ride. The band's upcoming tour will kick off on April 18th in Buffalo, New York and all the dates can be seen below.
Opeth's vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said in a recent interview that he has started writing for a new album, although he admits that the writing process is only in the beginning stages. So, there is probably a little waiting to do before a new release. You can watch the whole interview on the video below.
Canadian stoner metal band Dopethrone has released a preview from their upcoming album Dopethrone III. The sample features the track "Hooked", which will be the second track on their new album expected to be released in the fall. You can listen to it below.
Proggers Opeth have recently announced that they will be doing a Swedish Heritage Tour this coming November and December, starting in Malmö on November 29th and concluding in Norrköping on December 7th. The shows in Gothenburg on December 2nd and 3rd plus the Stockholm shows on December 4th and 5th will be 'Unplugged' shows. The special guests for this tour will be announced shortly and the tickets went on sale yesterday with a limited number of special, VIP tickets available.
Canadian stoner metallers Dopethrone have announced on their Facebook page that they have finished recording/mastering the band's third album, which is being called Dopethrone III for now. According to their last update, the band is now working on the album artwork for the follow-up to last year's Dark Foil. New details about the release are expected to surface soon.
Swedish progressive rockers Opeth have posted the following message on their Facebook page about Mikael Åkerfeldt's injury which prevented the band from performing yesterday in St. Paul, Minnesota: "Many have already learned that yesterday's performances at The Myth in St. Paul had to be cancelled due to Mikael having an accident. Right before stage time Mike bumped his head on the tour bus which resulted in a pretty deep cut that required urgent medical attention."
Swedish progressive metallers Opeth have announced a co-headlining North American tour with Mastodon. Ghost will be their special guests opening all shows. The tour starts on April 4th in Portland, Maine, and will end on May 12th in Atlanta, Georgia.