The September 2011 issue of Germany's Rock Hard magazine will include a big cover story and world-exclusive live CD by Swedish progressive metallers OPETH that won't be available at record stores. "The Devil's Orchard - Live At Rock Hard Festival" is a five-song, 50-minute effort which is described as "an outstanding recording made in 2009" when the band stunned the audience with an awesome performance in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The CD will also include "The Devil's Orchard", the first single from OPETH's long-awaited new studio album, "Heritage".
Commented Rock Hard publisher Holger Stratmann: "OPETH are among the most important contemporary metal bands and after that extensive U.S. tour, they were really able to strut their stuff. That was certainly one of the best performances ever in the history of our festival."
"The Devil's Orchard - Live At Rock Hard Festival" track listing:
01. Heir Apparent
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. The Leper Affinity
04. Hessian Peel
Snippets from the CD can be heard in the YouTube clip below.
The September 2011 issue of Rock Hard will be available at newsstands in Germany on August 24. You can order a copy directly from the publishing company by writing to [email protected]
"Heritage" is scheduled for release on September 20 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records. The CD was produced by OPETH mainman Mikael kerfeldt and was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and kerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with kerfeldt to create, design and execute the album's artwork, which can be seen below.
"Heritage" will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH's legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the band's own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP.
"The Devil's Orchard - Live At Rock Hard Festival" audio snippets:
"Heritage" studio report: