Opeth mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt has posted the following blog on his MySpace yesterday (October 31):
"On October 28 at 9:20 AM my wife gave birth to our second daughter, Mirjam Ebba Maria Åkerfeldt. She is so beautiful, just looking at her brings me to tears! Who'd known that I, a bum from the Stockholm suburbs would be the father of 2 beautiful daughters? Yes guys! I am happy!
On top of that the album is now written and the demos sound fantastic! We will start recording it tomorrow actually! I don't wanna say too much but....gee, it is so fucking good!! If I may say so myself....Expected "delivery date" on this one is sometime in April/May 08.
On top of that (2)...my friends at PRS guitars and Laney decided to give me some early Christmas gifts. I had a stunning PRS Hollowbody II delivered and it's just awesome! Real ear and eye candy! And from Laney I got the new Lionheart mini stack which sounds beyond fantastic! That rig will be used quite a lot in the studio I'm sure!
Peaceville Records have launched a "mini-site" for Opeth's new live album "The Roundhouse Tapes". Check it out at this location. "The Roundhouse Tapes" was released in Europe on the 22nd of October and in North America on the 20th of November.
According to the site "The Roundhouse Tapes" contains "a captivating Opeth performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career.
According to the official Opeth website, the (even more anticipated) HD filmed DVD will be released in early 2008. This will also feature (lots of) fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos + exclusive menu music written by Åkerfeldt and Wiberg.
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the forthcoming release by one of the metal world's greatest acts.
"The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the "Ghost Reveries" tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come." - Mikael Åkerfeldt
Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar wielding duties after 16 years in Opeth. Below is an open letter from Peter addressing the issue:
"It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.
The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a world-wide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll. Opeth has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what Opeth stands for. I will always love playing, listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.
Details on Roundhouse/London DVD:
The films have now been edited by Dash productions in co-operation with the band and the audio has been mixed at location in Fascination street by Jens Bogren and Mikael Åkerfeldt. The DVD will contain the show (filmed in HD) and with 5.1 surround mix. Band interviews, fan interviews (some hilarious moments here!) as well as photo galleries. A release date hasn't been set but it's hopefully set for a possible Autumn 2007 release. More details/title to follow.
Opeth's manager Andy Farrow of Northern Music Co., has released the following statement:
"A website called Blindfaith (http://www.blindfaithonline.net) is falsely advertising a gig in Hull on November 25th with Opeth headlining. We would like to state that this gig is not confirmed and has never been discussed. This is a blatant attempt to rip fans off and will not be tolerated. Please contact email@example.com if anyone has bought tickets."
Mikael Akerfeldt has posted a message on their website telling that he has started the writing for what is supposed to be the 9th Opeth record and is also working on a as of yet unnamed side project. The members of the band wish to extend a big "thank you" to all their fans worldwide who came and saw them on the "Ghost Reveries" world tour 2005/2006. They also want to thank the promoters and agents who made this tour possible. They hope to see you again soon!
Blabbermouth.net reported earlier that Opeth will be Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on this Saturday, January 6 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time (between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST) at BBC.co.uk.
Four new Italian dates have been added to Death/Progressive Metallers Opeth's European tour. The tour is in December and currently features dates from France, Portugal, Spain and Germany. Amplifier has also been announced as the support band for the tour, and will play in Italy.
Sweden's Opeth has posted the following message on its official web site:
"Despite trying to come to South America numerous times, it is with regret that Opeth cannot get to South America this year. a proper headline show involves Opeth bringing a lot of equipment with them. New airline excess baggage rules mean that this equipment now has to be freighted and the costs of doing this did not make the tour financially viable. We will do our utmost to try and get to South America on the next album tour cycle."
All opeth tour dates can be found at http://www.opeth.com.
Roadrunner team have posted the following update concerning the special edition of Ghost Reveries:
"More Opeth is always a good thing and Ghost Reveries, an album many consider to be their best effort to date is getting expanded. Get ready to experience an Opeth album in a whole new way with the Ghost Reveries Special Edition.
01. Ghost of Perdition
02. The Baying of the Hounds
03. Beneath The Mire
05. Reverie/Harlequin Forest
06. Hours of Wealth
07. The Grand Conjuration
08. Isolation Years
09. Soldier Of Fortune (Deep Purple cover)
* "Beyond Ghost Reveries" - A 40 Minute Documentary
* Music Video For "The Grand Conjuration"
* 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of "Ghost Reveries"
Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Peter Lindgren. Åkerfeldt and Lindgren discuss the upcoming "deluxe" version of "Ghost Reveries", MySpace, David Coverdale, Dave Mustaine, Metallica, Scott Walker, Joni Mitchell, Danko Jones, Muse, Gigantour, changing drummers, playing live, touring, drugs and lots more. Watch the interview here.
The tour will be the follow up of Opeth's UK tour, which will happen in November. The December tour will start on the second of December in Germany and conclude on the fourteenth in France. No supports have been announced yet.
Here are the dates for the tour:
02nd - Berlin Columbia Club - Germany
03rd - Cologne Live Music Hall - Germany
05th - Paris Elysee Montmartre - France
06th - Lyon Transbordeur - France
07th - Barcelona Sala Apolo - Spain
08th - Madrid Heineken hall - Spain
09th - Lisabon Paradise Garage - Portugal
10th - Porto Hard Club - Portugal
12th - Bilbao Sala Santana - Spain
13th - Montpellier Le Rockstore- France
14th - Strasbourg La Laiterie - France
"Soldier of fortune", the Deep Purple cover recorded at the BBC and set up as a bonus track for the upcoming special edition of "Ghost reveries" will be re-recorded at the famed Atlantis studios in Stockholm. This is due to unforeseen legal problems with the BBC in the UK. Therefore the BBC recording won't be available other than through downloads.
After several months away from his drumming duties in Opeth Martin Lopez has permanently decided to leave the group. After being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks Lopez decided he wanted to concentrate fully on his own project, currently unnamed. His replacement will be Martin "Axe" Axenrot who's been filling in for the last 5 tours and who also recorded with the band during the recent BBC sessions.
Mikael Åkerfeldt: "However sad I and the rest of the band feel in light of Lopez departure I want to thank him for his incredible work with Opeth and immense dedication to the band. We recorded some classic stuff together and he obviously had an enormous impact on our sound. I now feel very excited to hear the material of his own band. In the meantime Opeth fans can rest assured that we'll continue jamming it out with Axe and we all have high expectations about our coming musical ventures"