OPETH Frontman Begins Writing New Album, Commences Work On Side-Project

According to a posting on OPETH's official web site, the group's frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has started writing material for what is supposed to be the ninth OPETH record, tentatively due before the end of the year. In addition, he is working on an as-yet-unnamed side-project. More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, OPETH will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on 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.

OPETH filmed its November 9 show at the Roundhouse in London for a possible DVD.

The special-edition deluxe version of OPETH's "Ghost Reveries" CD was released on October 31 via Roadrunner Records. Bonus material on the set includes the band's cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Soldier of Fortune", a 40-minute documentary about the making of the record complete with the band's own private tour footage, the video for "The Grand Conjuration", liner notes, photos, an enhanced 24-page booklet, deluxe sleeve, and 5.1 surround exclusive mix of the record made by original mixed/engineer Jens Bogren.

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