Thursday, September 15, 2011
OPETH: Australian Tour Announced -
Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have scheduled a four-date Australian headlining tour in December:
Dec. 15 - The Tivoli - Brisbane, Australia
Dec. 16 - The Enmore - Sydney, Australia
Dec. 18 - The Palace - Melbourne, Australia
Dec. 20 - Fremantle Metro - Perth, Australia
OPETH's new album, "Heritage", is available for streaming in its entirety at NPR.org. Due on September 20 via Roadrunner Records, the CD was produced by OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album's artwork, which can be seen below.
"Heritage" will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH's legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and
collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a
special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the band's own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP.
OPETH made its live debut with keyboardist Joakim Svalberg (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, GLENN HUGHES) at the 10th annual Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on June 10, 2011 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.
OPETH will embark on a North American headlining tour in September with support from fellow Swedes KATATONIA.
Keyboardist Per Wiberg, who joined OPETH in 2005, was relieved of his duties in April as part of a mutual decision with the remaining members of the band.