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Opeth Announce Special 20th Anniversary Shows
December 7, 2009
Sweden�s Opeth, easily one of the heavy genre's most revered and respected bands, will commemorate their twentieth anniversary in Spring 2010 with six exclusive shows that will take place across the globe, including one in London at the Royal Albert Hall.

Front-man Mikael Ãkerfeldt had the following to say; "I can't believe it, but...fuck...we're celebrating 20 years!! 20 years I've been in this band - ever since I was 16! It's insane! As far as I remember, we've never had a release party, never celebrated anything officially. Well, now is the time, you hear? We've set up a string of shows, 6 of them actually, around the world. To say that they will be super-exclusive is beyond an understatement! We've discussed the set list already and it seems like we'll pull out a few songs we've never played before, some of which fans all over the world have been demanding to hear for years and years. Our main agenda for these shows is to have "fun" whilst trying to blow your fucking minds, you could say business as usual, but really - it'll be special, trust me!

I can't stress enough how exclusive this will be! We will not add any more shows on top of the 6 that we've confirmed already, so please make up your mind early on whether you wanna go or not (of course you fucking do!) as I would assume there's quite a few of our fans that might be interested in seeing a thing like this. We'll spend the better part of January - March rehearsing. All to make YOU fucking happy! OK, we'll be tight, very tight indeed - come see us! It's a celebration!!!!"

At each show, the band will perform two sets. The first set will feature the band playing its breakthrough album, the epic 'Blackwater Park' in its entirety. The second set will consist of mixed material from the band's extensive catalogue. The band will be playing for over two hours at the carefully selected venues in order to achieve an element of intimacy and exclusivity, and an overall "You had to be there" vibe!

The venues include the famed and prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the luxurious Lichtburg in Essen, the oldest fully seated cinema in Germany. The band are also offering exclusive VIP ticket packages to all shows which include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to each show, access to the soundcheck, a meet 'n greet with Opeth, a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, a signed tour programme and a special edition CD/DVD of 'Blackwater Park', with a 5.1 mix and a 30-minute, never-before-seen documentary, all nicely packaged in a hard cover digipack designed by artist Travis Smith. All the Opeth loot will be packed in an Opeth rucksack. The VIP laminate will also allow early access to venues without seat allocation so that VIPs can get the best seats in the house.

The special shows line up as follows:

Mar 30 - Cirkus - Stockholm, Sweden
April 01 - Lichtburg - Essen, Germany
April 03 - Bataclan - Paris, France
April 05 - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK
April 07 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
April 09 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
 
 
 
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Dream Theater Announce UK Progressive Nation Tour
June 20, 2009
New York progressive metal veterans Dream Theater will take their Progressive Nation tour overseas for the first time with a run through Europe and the UK throughout Sept, Oct, and Nov 2009.

Progressive Nation founder and mastermind, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, once again hand-picked the bands based on musicianship, originality and diversity…not necessarily by popularity and marquee value. He comments: “After the excitement of putting together two very cool Progressive Nation packages for North America, I knew it was time to bring the concept overseas and share some of these other great bands with our amazing fans throughout Europe and the UK”.

Joining the tour will be DT’s tourmates from PN08 (and Roadrunner Records labelmates), the legendary Opeth from Stockholm, Sweden. Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt was excited to partake in another Progressive Nation experience: "Once my man "The Port" suggested they're going to bring Progressive Nation over to Europe, I more or less begged him to get us on it, haha! We had such a great time doing it in North America and it did many great things for us as a band. It's fair to say that I can't wait to get going with this one. It will be a blast, believe me!!”

Los Angeles band Bigelf will bring their unique brand of psychedelic, progressive hard rock to PN09. Vocalist/Keyboardist Damon Fox adds: "When I first met Mike Portnoy, I felt like we were cut from the same cloth, a brother from another mother. We could talk rock & roll for eons (we probably will on tour, hell yeah!). Being added to the Progressive Nation tour feels like the planets have aligned for us and the elves have finally come home to Rivendell. The mentality of Dream Theater and Progressive Nation reminds me of a quote from the great Willy Wonka, "There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be..." We eagerly await our return to Northern Europe and on a special note, we have never performed in England. This has driven us completely mad over the years. We are just brimming with passion and excitement to be able to bring our music back to the homeland which has inspired us so deeply.”

Opening the show each night will be Canada’s Unexpect, who will surely blow people’s minds with their insane musicianship and avant garde style of extreme progressive metal. Guitarist Syriak had this to say: "How can we rationally express that crazy excitement we feel about this awesome turn of events…Upon getting offered by Mike to be on board this amazing prog vessel, we accepted at once to participate and add our own mad musical touch to the crew! Being part of the European leg of PN09 is an extreme honor for us and playing in company of such talented musicians shall be a true and heartfelt enjoyment! See you all on stage guys!! "

The European leg of Progressive Nation will follow on the heals of the North American version of PN09 which will run throughout July & Aug 2009 in the US and Canada featuring Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish. Progressive Nation's successful inaugural run throughout North America in 2008 featured Opeth, Between The Buried And Me and Three.

A festival and headlining run of Europe in June, followed by the two PN09 tours, will be the first treks across the globe for Dream Theater in support of their newest release, 'Black Clouds & Silver Linings', (out 22 June). Dream Theater performed on Download's Main Stage on June 14, watched side of stage by none other than Brian May (Queen), who liked the band’s recently released cover medley of Queen so much he came to see them.

Tickets are on sale now for £30 (£32.50 London) for the following UK dates:

Fri Oct 9 – Manchester Apollo (0844 477 7677)
Sat Oct 10 – London Wembley Arena (0844 815 0815)
Sun Oct 11 – Glasgow SECC (0871 230 7131)

You can also buy tickets online at www.gigsandtours.com or call the 24hr cc hotline on 0871 220 0260.

For more information, visit: www.progressivenation2009.co.uk www.dreamtheater.net, or www.myspace.com/dreamtheater.
 
 
 
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Enslaved Announce In Store Signing Sessions
May 13, 2009
Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal, Enslaved, have scheduled the following signing sessions:

May 14 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Rasputin Music
69 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 1-800-350-8700

May 17 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Zia Records
3370 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 327-3340

Enslaved is currently on the road in North America as the support act for Swedish progressive metallers Opeth.

Ivar Bjørnson, Enslaved's songwriter and guitarist, previously stated about the trek, "I am stoked that we are going out with Opeth. We have been admirers of Opeth's work for years, especially the direction of their newer works. This is great news for us to take back to our loyal fans and friends in North America at this point; the reception for our newest album, 'Vertebrae', has been fantastic and unforgettable. We can't wait to present the songs live, we promise you won't be let down! Finally we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Opeth for giving us this opportunity."

For more info on Enslaved including tour dates, head on over to www.myspace.com/enslaved.
 
 
 
 
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Opeth Announce North American Headline Tour
January 29, 2009
After a stellar 2008 that found the band's most recent release, 'Watershed', atop many critical "best of" lists, Swedish metal gods, Opeth, will return to the US for a third tour run. The tour –their third in support of 'Watershed', which earned the band the best reviews of its career— will kick off on May 1 and will be sponsored by Decibel Magazine. Norwegian metallers, Enslaved have been confirmed as direct support.

The tour dates are as follows:
5/01 — Starland Ballroom, Sayerville, NJ
5/02 — House of Blues, Boston, MA
5/03 — Medley, Montreal, QUE
5/04 — Sound Academy, Toronto ON
5/05 — Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
5/06 — House of Blues, Chicago, IL
5/08 — Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
5/09 — Fox Theater, Boulder, CO
5/11 — Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
5/12 — Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
5/13 — Senator Theater, Chico, CA
5/14 — Regency Center at Grand Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
5/15 — The Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
5/16 — Avalon, Los Angeles, CA
5/17 — Rialto Theater, Tucson, AZ
5/19 — Scout Bar, San Antonio, TX
5/20 — Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
5/21 — New Daisy Theater, Memphis, TN
5/22 — Bijou Theater, Knoxville, TN
5/23 — Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
5/24 — Clutch Cargo's, Detroit, MI
5/26 — Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, New York, NY
5/27 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
 
 
 
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Enslaved To Open For Opeth On North American Tour
January 29, 2009
Recent Norwegian Grammy winners, Enslaved, will be direct support for Opeth on their upcoming North American tour. The 23-show stint will launch on May 1st on Sayreville, New Jersey and end on May 27th in Washington D.C.

Ivar Bjørnson, Enslaved’s songwriter and guitarist comments: "I am stoked that we are going out with Opeth. We have been admirers of Opeth's work for years, specially the direction of their newer works. This is great news for us to take back to our loyal fans and friends in North America at this point; the reception for our newest album 'Vertebrae' has been fantastic and unforgettable. We can't wait to present the songs live; we promise you won't be let down! Finally, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Opeth for giving us this opportunity."

Headlining shows in late May/early June will soon be announced.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
5/01 May – Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
5/02 May – Boston, MA - House of Blues Boston
5/03 May – Montreal, QC - Le Medley
5/04 May – Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
5/05 May – Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Place
5/06 May – Chicago, IL - House of Blues
5/08 May – Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
5/09 May – Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
5/11 May – Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
5/12 May – Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
5/13 May – Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
5/14 May - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center @ The Grand
5/15 May – Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
5/16 May - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon
5/17 May – Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
5/19 May - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
5/20 May - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
5/21 May – Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
5/22 May – Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
5/23 May – Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
5/24 May – Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's
5/26 May - New York, NY - Grand Ballroom @ The Manhattan
5/27 May - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1990
HOME TOWN: Stockholm, Sweeden
MEMBERS:
Mikael �kerfeldt (vocals/guitar)
Peter Lindgren (guitar)
Martin Mendez (bass)
Martin Lopez (drums)
Per Wiberg (keyboards)

Originality is a rare commodity in these media-dominated, cynical times, but every now and then a band comes along that produces music of such mind-bending brilliance that only the culturally blind could fail to recognize. Extreme metal, a genre that has produced a high proportion of rock's most distinctive voices in recent years, may not have as yet fully infiltrated the mainstream, but a major breakthrough seems at hand. The vanguard for that movement is Sweden's mighty Opeth, the essential metal band of the 21st century, who between their sixth and seventh releases, Deliverance and Damnation, respectively, have torn down the genre's walls and freed it to be cast in a whole new light.Opeth began their inexorable rise in Stockholm, way back in the late 80s when the then teenaged Mikael Akerfeldt was asked to contribute bass guitar to a fledgling incarnation of the band by its founder member, David Isberg. Isberg eventually abandoned the band altogether, leaving Akerfeldt both the band's name and the task of picking up the creative pieces. This he did, eventually recruiting what is now acknowledged as the first, real line-up of the band: Akerfeldt himself on guitar and vocals, Stefan Guteklint on bass guitar, Anders Nordin on drums and Peter Lindgren on guitar.Even at this early stage, Opeth were developing a sound entirely of their own; a darkly progressive combination of death metal and more subtle, melodic and acoustic elements that manifested itself in lengthy and elaborate songs that exuded imagination, invention and class."It all came very naturally," says Akerfeldt. "We never set out to be different from everyone else. This was just the music we came up with when all our influences came together."Unable to afford expensive studio time, the young quartet began to record their rehearsals, treating them as rudimentary demo tapes to distribute among their friends and other intrigued parties. Early in 1993, one of these demo tapes reached the ears of Candlelight Records' then label boss Lee Barrett, who immediately recognized that there was something special about Opeth and quickly offered the band a three-album deal. Not surprisingly, the band accepted the offer and, after giving Guteklint the boot late in ྙ and replacing him with session bassist Johan De Farfalla, they set about recording their debut album, 1994's epic and elegant Orchid, which instantly gained the band a cult following. Nearly ten years on, the album still stands up as a remarkably mature and groundbreaking piece of adventurous extremity, with tracks like "Under The Weeping Moon" and "The Twilight Is My Robe" continuing to sound ahead of their time. It was a prodigious debut, indeed.Eager to capitalize on the minor but promising success of their debut, Opeth travelled to the UK in the Spring of 1995 to perform two gigs, one of which was a large event at London's Astoria venue that also featured Finnish black metal punks Impaled Nazarene. On their return to Stockholm, the band began writing Morningrise, their sophomore set, which would eventually be recorded in the Spring of 1996. Prior to the album's release, the band made a second trip to the UK for gigs with Morbid Angel and The Blood Divine. When Morningrise finally emerged later that year, it received a rapturous response from metal fans and critics alike, earning the band countless plaudits and the opportunity to tour Europe with British black metal gods Cradle Of Filth.By the time the band came to record their third album, only Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren remained from the line-up that produced Orchid and Morningrise. Between 1996 and 1998, the duo went on the hunt for a suitably skilled rhythm section to compliment their staggering array of monstrous riffs and exquisite melodies.Mikael Akerfeldt: "Our drummer quit the band after two records and the bass player was kicked out. But we made some adverts for a new drummer, saying 'We're going to be a big band. You'd be a fool to miss this. You're gonna be famous!' We figured that because we'd put out two albums and they'd both been well received, we'd get lots of replies. But someone had taken down all the adverts."That someone turned out to be Uruguayan-born drummer Martin Lopez, who, already a huge fan of Opeth and recently relocated to Sweden, was taking no chances in allowing others a shot at this opportunity. Lopez, formerly the Amon Amarth skinsman, was welcomed into the Opeth fold in 1997 and made his first contribution to the band's music on their cover of the Iron Maiden classic "Remember Tomorrow." Aside from the newfound strength of his thunderous drumming, Lopez soon presented another gift to the band in the form of his best friend, Martin Mendez, an enormously talented bassist, who completed the Opeth line-up that remains in tact to this day. The quartet's first album together, 1998's My Arms, Your Hearse, with a darker and more aggressive tone than its predecessors, was immediately hailed as another benchmark in extreme metal - the band's third in a row - compounded their reputation as the genre's most compelling attraction.Their contract with Candlelight over, Opeth's next album, 1999's Still Life, was snapped up by legendary UK metal label Peaceville. Beautifully produced and without doubt the band's strongest work up to that point, it became the most successful of Opeth's first four releases, not least due to Peaceville's links with Music For Nations Records. When the two labels went their separate ways a year later, Opeth remained with MFN and started work on what would become their first major breakthrough into mainstream territory.With studio assistance from Steven Wilson, creative mastermind behind eccentric UK proggers Porcupine Tree, the elegiac and breath-taking masterpiece that is Blackwater Park was recorded in Gothenburg in 2000. Released the following year to universal acclaim, the album went on to sell four times as many copies as its predecessor and introduced Opeth to a huge worldwide audience. For only the third time, the band embarked on a major tour, hitting various major rock festivals in Europe and crossing the United States for the first time with the likes of Amorphis and Nevermore.In a typically obtuse move, arguably designed to confuse the f**k out of audience and record company alike, Opeth decided to follow-up the huge success of Blackwater Park by recording two new albums. Despite the fact that the band had the same amount of time in the studio that they would normally have to record a single album, they emerged from a frankly nightmarish stint in the studio ("Not something we would ever do again. It was a shitty experience!" states Akerfeldt) with the brutal and black-hearted Deliverance album and its astonishingly beautiful companion-piece, Damnation.The first of these albums again garnered the band fistfuls of positive reviews and won them the 2003 Swedish Grammy Award for Best Rock/Metal Act. Another batch of gigs re-established Opeth as firm favourites on the European live circuit, particularly in the UK where their shows are now routinely sold out. Arguably their heaviest and most intense album to date, Deliverance still contained moments of fragile grace and delicate aural poetry and again showcased the incredible vocal talents of Mikael Akerfeldt: from ethereal whisper to neo-demonic roar, his voice is one of the current metal scene's most justly revered treasures.And, on the magnificent Damnation, the true beauty of this voice can at last be heard in its full glory. A startlingly mellow and melodic affair, Damnation provides the brilliant light to the choking darkness of Deliverance. Influenced by the progressive and classic rock sounds of the 1970s, but executed with true 21st century spirit and finesse, it is perhaps their most groundbreaking effort to date. Eschewing the crushing riffs of their previous six albums, these heavenly lullabies are as gorgeous and affecting as anything in rock's illustrious past. With more live shows - including some special shows focusing on the mellow side of their back catalogue - Opeth look set to conquer the world all over again in 2004. Be prepared to be completely swept away.