Sweden's OPETH have posted the following update on their official web site:
"Per Wiberg [keyboards] has now officially joined OPETH as a permanent member of the band. As most of you know he's been touring with OPETH since their 'Damnation' record. SPIRITUAL BEGGARS fans should not despair as he will continue playing and recording with them.
"The band is currently hard at work in Fascination Street studios [in Örebro, Sweden]. Nine titles have been recorded and at this moment Hammond organs and Mellotrons are being put down to tape. The recording is being supervised and engineered by Jens Bogren and produced by the band. Some song titles have been confirmed and will be posted here soon.
"Several North American journalists will visit the studio in mid-May for interviews and exclusive listening sessions.
"We will soon confirm a handful of Scandinavian and European dates. The band will do a smaller trek round the key cities in Europe in September. This will be the first tour in support of the new album which is supposed to be released in late August/early September. More tour dates to come....
"Have you forgotten...sorry for taking so much time...but: We will soon confirm the winner of the drawing contest too. There have been hundreds of pictures sent in and we thank you for these. The winner will get the task of drawing the band picture for the next OPETH CD.
"Record label??? OPETH have decided which label to sign to and the contracts are being done as you read. We will announce it here shortly!"
As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on April 18, OPETH are believed to be on the verge of inking a new record deal with Roadrunner Records. The band were previously signed to the now-defunct British label Music For Nations Records.
OPETH will take part in the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which is slated to kick off June 25 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Other bands scheduled to take part in the trek include CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD, GWAR, POISON THE WELL, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, UNEARTH, EVERY TIME I DIE, CHIMAIRA, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, MADBALL and DEVILDRIVER.