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 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.


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).