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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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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Would Prefer Not To Let Journalists Hear His Band's Albums Prior To Release

Earlier this month, Therés Stephansdotter of Rocksverige.se conducted an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH in Stockholm. You can now watch the chat below. Asked why they chose "Cusp Of Eternity" and "Eternal Rains Will Come" as the first two songs to be released from OPETH's eleventh ...

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OPETH To Tour North America With IN FLAMES

Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have announced their return to North America for a coast-to-coast co-headline run with IN FLAMES. The nationwide trek, which will also feature support from RED FANG, is set to get underway on December 3 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and traverse North America through the end of the month. ...

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THE DUSKFALL: Studio Teaser For Forthcoming Album

An eight-minute "studio teaser" for the forthcoming fifth album from Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL can be seen below. The CD was recorded at Tico Tico Studio in Kemi, Finland and will be released later in the year via Apostasy Records. According to a press release, THE DUSKFALL's new effort will contain "11 tracks of old-school, ...

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OPETH: Part Three Of New 'Pale Communion' Video Interview

The German branch of Roadrunner Records has uploaded part three of a new video interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH about the band's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion". You can now watch it below. "Pale Communion" will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover ...

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SHADOWSIDE: 'Habitchual' Video Released

"Habitchual", the new video from Brazilian female-fronted metallers SHADOWSIDE, can be seen below. The clip was produced and directed by Studio Kaiowas and features an appearance by actress Rida Principessa. "Habitchual" is taken from SHADOWSIDE's third album, "Inner Monster Out", which was released in May 2012 via Inner Wound Recordings. The CD was produced, mixed ...

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OPETH: Part Two Of New 'Pale Communion' Video Interview

The German branch of Roadrunner Records has uploaded part two of a new video interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH about the band's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion". You can now watch it below. "Pale Communion" will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover ...

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OPETH: New Song 'Eternal Rains' Available For Streaming

"Eternal Rains", a brand new song from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", which will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by OPETH ...

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OPETH: Part One Of New 'Pale Communion' Video Interview

The German branch of Roadrunner Records has uploaded part one of a new video interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH about the band's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion". You can now watch it below. "Pale Communion" will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover ...

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OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON: Backstage At U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival (Video)

Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH spoke to Roadrunner Records at this year's Download festival, which took place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover ...

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OPETH's ÅKERFELDT, ÅKESSON Speak To TOTAL GUITAR Magazine About Their PRS Signature Guitars

U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine caught up with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year's Download festival to take a closer look at their PRS SE signature models. Check out the footage below. OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. ...

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HAMMERFALL: Second '(r)Evolution' Trailer

After taking a creative break last year, Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. The band's new album, "(r)Evolution", will be released on August 29 in Europe and September 2 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The second trailer for "(r)Evolution" can be seen below. It was edited by David Havlena ...

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HAMMERFALL: First '(r)Evolution' Trailer

After taking a creative break last year, Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. The band's new album, "(r)Evolution", will be released on August 29 in Europe and September 2 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The first trailer for "(r)Evolution", recorded during the band's album presentation in Gothenburg on May ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Interviewed With Comedian BILL BAILEY In Stockholm (Audio)

Rocksverige.se conducted an interview with comedian Bill Bailey and Swedish musician Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH, STORM CORROSION) during Bill's visit in Stockholm with the show "Qualmpeddler". You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Interviewed At METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS (Video)

Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was interviewed at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, which was held on June 16 in London, England. You can now watch the chat below. OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was ...

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OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Talks 'Pale Communion' Album, Possibility Of Second STORM CORROSION CD (Audio)

Metal Hammer editor and TeamRock Radio presenter Alexander Milas conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year's Download festival, which is taking place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. Asked if there are any ...

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HAMMERFALL: 'Bushido' Single Details Revealed

After taking a creative break last year, Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. The band's new album, "(r)Evolution", will be released on August 29 in Europe and September 2 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The first single from "(r)Evolution", "Bushido", will be released on July 18 digitally as well ...

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OPETH: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire ROCK AM RING Festival Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of OPETH's entire June 7 performance at the Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburg, Germany can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 00:00 The Devil's Orchard 07:17 Heir Apparent 17:47 Hope Leaves 24:00 Deliverance 39:05 Blackwater Park OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released ...

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