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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Says His Proposed Project With DEVIN TOWNSEND Will Focus On Lead Vocals

Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was interviewed by Rock Hard publisher Holger Stratmann at this year's Rock Hard Festival, which was held June 2-4 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. You can now watch the chat in four parts below. When asked about his proposed project with Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend, Mikael said: "Well, actually, ...

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Watch Making Of LEMMY Mural Overlooking Rainbow Bar & Grill

Lemmy's Lounge at the outdoor patio at the world-famous Rainbow Bar And Grill on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, just got a very big addition… a 20-foot-high mural of the man himself. Already situated in Lemmy's Lounge is a bronze statue immortalizing the MOTÖRHEAD singer. The life-size sculpture — based on a famous Lemmy photograph by Robert ...

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Former THE HAUNTED Frontman PETER DOLVING Releases Debut Album From IAMFIRE

Danish-based stoner combo IAMFIRE, which features vocalist Peter Dolving (THE HAUNTED, MARY BEATS JANE, DRESS THE DEAD), bassist Mikael Ehlert (BLOOD EAGLE, HATESPHERE) and guitarist Peter Ahlers Ohlsen, has released its long-awaited debut album, "From Ashes". The eight-song effort was recorded in 2014 by IAMFIRE with Jacob Bredahl at Ark studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ...

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OPETH Guitarist: 'We're Still Metalheads'

Metal Wani's Daniel Jaramillo recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked if the change in OPETH's musical direction between 2008's "Watershed" and 2011's "Heritage" albums was deliberate or it happened in an organic way, Fredrik said: "I think it was ...

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Video Premiere: OPETH's 'Era'

"Era", the new video from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, can be seen below. The beautifully shot, cinematic clip was directed by Markus Hofko and features stunning visuals that perfectly sync with the band's dynamic music. Commented OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt: "I have to say our involvement in the making of the 'Era' video was so ...

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Sorceress - OPETH

The singularity of OPETH's career trajectory has been brave and fruitful. The palette from which the Swedish band has dressed its canvas has been more diverse than the death metal, progressive rock and folk amalgam that commonly, and loosely, describes the group. It has certainly expanded metal's boundaries because of its unique marriage of various ...

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OPETH And GOJIRA To Join Forces For Short U.S. Tour In May

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will join forces with France's GOJIRA for a short run of U.S. dates in May. The details are as follows: May 04 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium May 05 - Concord, NC - Charlotte Motor Speedway (Carolina Rebellion) May 06 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory May 07 - ...

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OPETH Frontman Says It's 'Horrible' Leaving His Kids To Go On Tour

Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On attempting to balance the creative aspect of OPETH with touring demands: Mikael: "I don't necessarily like that there's no equilibrium between the creative ...

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MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: 'The Essence Of OPETH Is Change'

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about the band's twelfth album, "Sorceress", which was released at the end of September. "It's got a little bit of everything," Åkerfeldt said of the album's musical direction. "There are some progressive moments, some jazz ...

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Video Premiere: DARK TRANQUILLITY's 'Forward Momentum'

"Forward Momentum", the new video from Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's eleventh album, "Atoma", which will be released on November 4 through Century Media Records. The "Forward Momentum" clip was filmed in the far North of Sweden near Kiruna by Vesa Ranta (SENTENCED, ...

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OPETH Frontman: We Have A Career Because We Do Whatever We Feel Like

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was interviewed on the September 30 - October 2 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: We're here to celebrate the new OPETH album, the twelfth ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY's MIKAEL STANNE Says Recording Of New Album 'Atoma' Was 'Stressful And Torturous'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with Mikael Stanne of Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY. You can listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the songwriting process for the band's forthcoming album, "Atoma": Mikael: "It's been three years since the last album ['Construct']. ...

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OPETH: Video Recap Of Radio City Music Hall Concert

A video recap of OPETH's October 1 performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City can be seen below. The footage was filmed and edited by Christer Lorichs. Regarding how OPETH ended up playing a venue like the Radio City Music Hall, the band's frontman, Mikael Åkerfeldt, told Fuse: "We're doing ...

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OPETH Frontman: I Would Hate For Our Music To Become Corrupted By Other Things

Metal Wani's Sandra Yeomans conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on October 5 at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when he decided that OPETH had to take a different musical direction prior ...

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OPETH: 'Sorceress' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

"Sorceress", the new album from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, debuted at No. 24 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 6. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: Watch Animated Video For 'Atoma' Title Track

"Atoma", the new animated video from Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band's eleventh album, which will be released on November 4 through Century Media Records. The band comments: "The title track is one of the catchiest and most direct numbers on 'Atoma' ...

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OPETH Members Recall Proudest Career Moments (Video)

Nuclear Blast has uploaded a new two-minute video clip in which OPETH members Mikael Åkerfeldt (guitar, vocals) and Fredrik Åkesson (guitar) recall some of their proudest career moments. Check it out below. In a recent interview with The Quietus, Mikael stated about OPETH: I never considered us to be a virtuoso-type band. If you leave ...

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OPETH: Eleventh 'Sorceress' Making-Of Webisode

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have just released their twelfth album, "Sorceress". The band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album's opener "Persephone" to "The Wilde Flowers" and "Strange Brew" to the album's counterpart title tracks ...

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Listen To OPETH's Entire 'Sorceress' Album

"Sorceress", the twelfth album from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Due on September 30, the band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album's opener "Persephone" ...

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OPETH: Tenth 'Sorceress' Making-Of Webisode

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will release their twelfth album, "Sorceress", on September 30. The band's first effort for Nuclear Blast via OPETH's imprint label Moderbolaget Records is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album's opener "Persephone" to "The Wilde Flowers" and "Strange Brew" to the album's counterpart ...

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Video Premiere: DARK TRANQUILLITY's 'The Pitiless'

"The Pitiless", the new video from Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's eleventh album, "Atoma", which will be released on November 4 through Century Media Records. "The Pitiless" video was filmed during DARK TRANQUILLITY's appearance at Germany's Turock Open Air festival in Essen by ...

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