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OPETH: First '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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OPETH: 'Sorceress' Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

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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OPETH: Second 'Sorceress' Album Teaser

The second teaser for "Sorceress", the forthcoming album from Swedish progressive rockers OPETH, is available below. The CD is being helmed by English producer Tom Dalgety, who has previously worked with ROYAL BLOOD, KILLING JOKE and GHOST, among others. "Sorceress" will be made available this fall via Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Always an unstoppable force for ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY To Release 'Atoma' Album In November

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their eleventh full-length album, "Atoma", on November 4 through Century Media Records. The CD is being recorded at Rogue Music in Gothenburg, the studio owned by DARK TRANQUILLITY keyboardist Martin Brändström. Mixing duties will be handled by David Castillo, known for his work with bands such as ...

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The Fall Of Hearts - KATATONIA

Of their own respective accord but coming to the same relative meeting point, OPETH and KATATONIA have inadvertently founded their own subgenre of dark prog. The common bond between the groups (aside from Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jonas Renkse going full-time clean singing) is a sophisticated hub where goth, prog and dirge rock meet. All but ...

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OPETH: First 'Sorceress' Studio Teaser

The first teaser for "Sorceress", the forthcoming album from Swedish progressive rockers OPETH, is available below. The CD is being helmed by English producer Tom Dalgety, who has previously worked with ROYAL BLOOD, KILLING JOKE and GHOST, among others. "Sorceress" will be made available this fall via Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Always an unstoppable force for ...

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AYREON Signs With MASCOT LABEL GROUP

Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of AYREON, the highly acclaimed project from singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / record producer Arjen Lucassen. The AYREON catalog, comprising seven studio albums, will be released on various digital platforms on April 22. Arjen Lucassen and Mascot Label Group CEO Ed van Zijl go back twenty years. ...

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Deliverance & Damnation - OPETH

A lot has happened to Swedish death prog virtuosos OPETH since 2002. That year two of their most pivotal albums "Deliverance" and "Damnation" were released, separately, instead of as one body of work as originally presented by Mikael Åkerfeldt. For one, OPETH has matured into the ultimate progressive band. This evolution has mandated that their ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: 'In The Very True Sense Of The Word, We Are A Progressive Band'

Mikael Åkerfeldt (guitar, vocals) and Fredrik Åkesson (guitar) of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH are featured in the first episode of FreqsTV's original series "Into The Machine", an exploration of modern progressive music. Check it out below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On OPETH's musical style: Mikael: "Genreless, it's a genre in ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Pays Tribute To LEMMY, DAVID BOWIE

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH has posted the following message on the band's official Facebook page: "At the time of hearing the news of Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister's [MOTÖRHEAD] passing on the early morning of the 28th of December, I felt a familiar feeling deep inside. That of losing someone really close. Someone ...

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DEGRADEAD To Commemorate 15th Anniversary With New Studio Album

To commemorate their 15th year together, Swedish melodic death metallers DEGRADEAD will release their fifth, self-titled studio album on February 5, 2016 via Metalville Records. Recorded during the summer of 2015, it took members Mikael Sehlin (vocals), David Szücs (guitar), Anders Nyström (guitar), Michel Bärzén (bass), and Amit Mohla (drums) just three months to finish ...

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OPETH-Branded Beer Now Available From U.K.'s Northern Monk Brew Co.

Award-winning Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary, have launched their first beer with Leeds, U.K. based brewery Northern Monk Brew Co. Limited to just 1,700 660ml bottles, the 9.2% "XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout" is a one-off brew. Descended from the strongest Stout Porter brewed in Britain in the 18th Century, it's ...

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MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: I See Each OPETH Record As A Possible Last Record

Maniacs Japan earlier in the year conducted an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt (guitar, vocals) and Fredrik Åkesson (guitar) of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On OPETH celebrating its 25th anniversary this year: Mikael: "I feel like I am 25 years old, ...

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OPETH: Utrecht Performance Footage From '25th Anniversary Tour'

Fan-filmed video footage of OPETH's October 14 performance at TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, The Netherlands during the band's "25th Anniversary Tour" can be seen below. Asked for his opinion about some fans' position that OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt should have started a side project under a new name instead of taking the band completely away from the ...

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OPETH: Wuppertal Performance Footage From '25th Anniversary Tour'

Fan-filmed video footage of OPETH's October 13 performance at Stadthalle in Wuppertal, Germany during the band's "25th Anniversary Tour" can be seen below. Asked for his opinion about some fans' position that OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt should have started a side project under a new name instead of taking the band completely away from the ...

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SCORPIONS Guitarist RUDOLF SCHENKER: 'Kids Nowadays Can't Handle The Rock-Star Lifestyle'

Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International recently conducted an interview with SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Guitar International: You'll be releasing the SCORPIONS 50th-anniversary deluxe editions, eight of your most influential albums, on November 6. Tell about the process of doing this. Rudolf Schenker: Much of ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Doesn't Have It In Him To Write Super-Aggressive New Music

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH says that "it's not likely" he will ever write music again that will call for the type of harsh vocals that characterized the band's early efforts. OPETH took a sharp musical turn with 2011's "Heritage" album and its follow-up release, 2014's "Pale Communion", their complete lack of ...

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Video Premiere: THE AGONIST's 'Follow The Crossed Line'

"Follow The Crossed Line", the new video from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST, can be seen below. The clip was directed by THE AGONIST bassist Chris Kells and features professionally filmed footage of THE AGONIST's recent Heavy Montreal performance. Guitarist Danny Marino comments, "Were thrilled to release this video for 'Follow The ...

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