For more than a quarter of a century, Opeth has been one of the most impressive and exciting protagonists of the Scandinavian rock and heavy metal scene. Currently, the band is working on a new studio album for which neither title nor release date has been announced. However, it is fair to assume that Opeth released the new work until their tour this coming November. From 8th till 16th November, they will play five German shows in Munich, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Nuremberg and Berlin.
The group continues to deliver highly diverse works to date: from voluminous concept albums such as My Arms, Your Hearse (1998) and Still Life (1999) to massive Death Metal albums such as Morningrise (1996) and tastefully proliferating Progressive Rock records such as Blackwater Park (2001 ) to the two separately released, but at the same time recorded CDs Deliverance (2002) and Damnation (2003). Hereupon Opeth brilliantly sounded out the two ends of their cosmos. While Deliverance is a decidedly hard Black Metal album with scary lead voices, Damnation hides an instrumental, spherical ambient rock artwork. With its twelfth studio album Sorceress, the quintet finally achieved the highest chart positions in 2016.
It began Opeth, which emerged in 1989 from the remains of the heavy metal cover band Eruption, as a traditional Death Metal troupe. Bandleader Åkerfeldt soon discovered his penchant for a more open-minded way of working and invited constantly new musicians to different styles and sound elements in the Opeth Soundwall. His tenacity was rewarded. With Blackwater Park Opeth 2001 was the breakthrough. Since then they have been among the most creative hard acts in Europe.
Now Opeth in the current lineup of Mikael Åkerfeldt, Fredrik Åkesson (guitar), Martin Mendez (bass), Martin Axenrot (drums) and Joakim Svalberg (keyboards) are back in the creative process: music magazines report that the band is working on their 13th studio album, which should have been published until the tour in winter – on which they will also play in Munich, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Nuremberg and Berlin.