OPETH, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, SABATON Confirmed For CLOSE-UP BÅTEN Metal Cruise

After selling out the first two cruises in 2007 and 2008, Close-Up Båten will once again sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Finland on February 12, 2009 and return the following day.

Next year's festival lineup is as follows:

OPETH
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
SABATON
MISERY INDEX
GRAVEYARD
TORTURE DIVISION

OPETH will play a full set at the event and will unveil never-before-performed songs, according to the group's frontman, Mikael Åkerfeldt.

"Close-Up Båten will be great," comments Mikael. "On December 18, we do our last gig in Stockholm and then we're off until the cruise, so there's plenty of time to rehearse new material. Exactly what we're going to play on Close-Up Båten, I don't know, but the setlist will undergo a major makeover. There will probably be more new material. People are always screaming for 'Burden' and 'Hessian Peel', so we'll definitely play at least one of them but likely both of them. This autumn, 'Lotus Eater' and 'Heir Apparent' are the only new songs we've played live."

Sleaze metallers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR will travel straight from In Flames Studios in Gothenburg to Close-Up Båten to celebrate the completion of the band's upcoming album by performing brand new songs for the very first time.

"We're aiming at topping 'Appetite For Destuction'," says drummer Andreas "Adde" Andreasson. "That's probably impossible, but at least that's our goal. Imagine Axl Rose having fucked Mohammad Ali — that's sort of how we want the album to sound."

For more information on Close-Up Båten, go to www.closeupmagazine.net.

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