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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: 'Heritage' Was 'An Album That We Needed To Do'

Planet Music recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his contribution to OPETH's latest album, "Pale Communion": Fredrik: "Mikael [Åkerfeldt, guitar/vocals] wrote the entire album, but I think everybody in the band put ...

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: We Want People To Leave Our Concerts Happy

Rock Made Of Metal in October conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On following up 2011's "Heritage" album with last year's "Pale Communion": Fredrik: "It would have been strange, in a way, if we ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: 'I Haven't Really Thought About Retirement Yet'

On December 13, KNAC.COM conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH in Dallas, Texas. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he is excited about OPETH's 25th-anniversary celebrations in 2015: Mikael: "Yeah, but I don't think about those kinds of ...

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SCORPIONS: More 'Return To Forever' Album Details Revealed

"There's something unreal about the number," reckons Klaus Meine. The video for "Wind Of Change" has been viewed more than 108 million times on YouTube to date. VEVO meticulously recorded the view requests and certified them. With this, the SCORPIONS are the first German band cracking the 100 million click mark. Once again, the SCORPIONS ...

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OPETH: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Brussels Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of OPETH's November 6 performance at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium can be seen below. Featured songs: 00:12 - Eternal Rains Will Come 07:15 - Cusp Of Eternity 12:40 - Bleak 25:12 - The Moor 37:23 - Advent 52:44 - Elysian Woes 59:18 - Windowpane 68:40 - Devil's Orchard OPETH will celebrate ...

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Grand Morbid Funeral - BLOODBATH

It's been six years since death metal superpower BLOODBATH has made its rambunctious presence known on album. In that time, both OPETH and KATATONIA have become international stars of metal by exploring well outside the box of their death and black metal roots. There's no question Martin "Axe" Axenrot, Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström, Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson ...

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ENGEL: 'Salvation' Video Released

"Salvation", the new video from Swedish metallers ENGEL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth album, "Raven Kings", which will be released on November 28 via Gain Music Entertainment. The CD was produced by the band's founders Marcus Sunesson and Niclas Engelin (also of IN FLAMES) and was mixed by ...

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IN FLAMES' GELOTTE Talks Supergroup Project, JESPER STRÖMBLAD And Ex-Singer's Royalty Claim (Video)

Germany's EMP Rock Invasion recently conducted an interview with guitarist Björn Gelotte of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the much-rumored project featuring Gelotte, OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Bill Kelliher: Björn: "We talked about it when we met ...

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IAMFIRE Featuring Former THE HAUNTED Singer PETER DOLVING: 'Burn Your Halo Red' Lyric Video

IAMFIRE, the new band featuring vocalist Peter Dolving (THE HAUNTED, MARY BEATS JANE), bassist Mikael Ehlert (BLOOD EAGLE, HATESPHERE), drummer Ulf Scott Hansen (L.O.C., SUSPEKT, GREAT DECEIVER), and guitarist Peter Ahlers Ohlsen, will release a limited-edition 10-inch EP, "Eyes Wide Open", in January 2015 via the French label Deadlight Entertainment. A full-length album, tentatively titled ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Says He 'Never Talked' To BILL KELLIHER, BJÖRN GELOTTE About Possible Collaboration

OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt has shot down rumors of a possible side project with MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Bill Kelliher and IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte, explaining that he has "never talked" to the other two guys about it. Kelliher recently said that he was hopeful that the collaboration with Åkerfeldt and Gelotte would see the light ...

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON Says 'Majority' Of Band's Fans Have Embraced 'Pale Communion'

GetYourRockOut recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the reaction to OPETH's latest album, "Pale Communion": Fredrik: "I don't read everything on the Internet, so there's probably a lot of shit ...

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HAMMERFALL Partners With NHL Hockey Team MINNESOTA WILD

The NHL team Minnesota Wild has announced that for all its upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, they will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL. "When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild' by HAMMERFALL, it was like a gift, because everything about ...

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OPETH: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Nottingham Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of OPETH's October 12 performance at Rock City in Nottingham, England can be seen below. OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Pale Communion" was released on August ...

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NIGHTINGALE To Release 'Retribution' In January

Sweden's NIGHTINGALE will release its seventh studio album, "Retribution", on January 27, 2015 in North America via InsideOut Music. The follow-up to 2007's "White Darkness" features artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE, KATATONIA) and the music should appeal to fans of bands like RUSH, MARILLION, STYX, KANSAS, THRESHOLD, and even OPETH and KATATONIA. NIGHTINGALE was ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: 'I Might Be Too Old To Understand What Younger Generation Thinks Metal Is'

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was interviewed on the October 3-5 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. Asked ...

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Pale Communion - OPETH

"Heritage" turned more than few heads in the metal world as OPETH all but declared themselves liberated from the genre. Death metal is now practically exorcised from the songwriting process of these virtuosos, who turn in a prog-chopped masterpiece bearing the influences of GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON and NEKTAR. "Pale Communion" may be a horror ...

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ENGEL To Release 'Raven Kings' Album In November

Swedish metallers ENGEL will release their fourth album, "Raven Kings", on November 28 via Gain Music Entertainment. The CD was produced by the band's founders Marcus Sunesson and Niclas Engelin (also of IN FLAMES) and was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT). The artwork was created by Joachim Luetke (ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR, KREATOR, MARILYN MANSON, ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT On Possibility Of Second STORM CORROSION Album: 'It Has To Be Something Natural'

Journalist and musician Barbara Caserta of Italy's Linearock recently conducted an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if there are any plans to release a second album from STORM CORROSION (pictured), the collaboration between Åkerfeldt and PORCUPINE TREE's Steven ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT: 'People Should Be Happy That PINK FLOYD Are Doing A New Record'

Peter Hodgson of iHeartGuitarBlog.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. iHeartGuitarBlog.com: "Pale Communion" is such a headphones record! Mikael: That's good, I like to hear that! I've been talking to the guys in the band and people ...

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OPETH's 'Pale Communion' Cracks U.S. Top 20

"Pale Communion", the eleventh studio album from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Heritage", opened with 19,000 units back in September 2011 to land at No. 19. OPETH's ...

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