Opeth has just revealed the cover art to "Watershed." The album is expected to be released on June 3 via Roadrunner Records. The artwork for the album was designed by Travis Smith. "Watershed" track listing: 01. Coil 02. Heir Apparent 03. The Lotus Eater 04. Burden 05. Porcelain Heart 06. Hessian Peel 07. Hex Omega Opeth mainman, Mikael Åkerfeldt, was recently interviewed by The Gauntlet's Luci Suicide. You can read the interview here.
The latest video for Opeth is available here for the song "The Grand Conjuration" which comes off the band's latest release "Ghost Reveries" out now.
The Gauntlet has just posted an exclusive video interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt. In the interview, Mikael talks about coming up with new riffs on his daughters toy guitar, touring, recording the new album and lots more. Click here to watch the interview in its' entirity. Opeth is currently on tour with labelmates Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me and 3 as part of the Progressive Nation Tour. You can check out Opeth's setlist for the May 2, 2008 show at this location.
Opeth have been nominated for a Swedish grammy for their latest release, 2005's "Ghost Reveries." This is their fourth nomination since their 2001 album "Blackwater Park" was nominated. In 2003, their album "Deliverance" was selected as the winner. Other notable metal bands nominated include Candlemass, Hammerfall, and Meshuggah.
OPETH frontman Mikael Ã…kerfeldt and ENTOMBED's recently departed guitarist Uffe Cederlund openly admit to owing a musical debt to VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who passed away on August 26, 2005. Had it not been for VOIVOD's landmark 1988 album "Dimension Hatr?ss", OPETH would not have been formed. "I listened to that album every day on my way to school for a month and a half," says Mikael Ã…kerfeldt in the latest issue of the Swedish magazine Close-Up. "It was like Piggy totally created his own chords, disharmonic stuff that no one else did back then. For me, a major part of the band's appeal was, 'How is he able to make it sound so disharmonic and crazy?' That's something I wanted to pick out [on the guitar] myself. In essence, it's basically the 'devil's interval,' the chord BLACK SABBATH used in the song 'Black Sabbath'. You play those three tones together in ONE chord and get the VOIVOD feeling. It should be played rhythmically as well. "There have never been any other bands that have sounded like VOIVOD, not even today," continues Ã…kerfeldt. "Many bands cite VOIVOD as a huge influence, but none have really been able to bring it into their own music. However, I would imagine that groups like NEUROSIS probably have listened to VOIVOD quite a lot." Fellow Swede Uffe Cederlund, who last month announced his departure from the legendary death metal outfit ENTOMBED, regards "Rrr???aaarrr!" (1986) and "Killing Technology" (1987) as VOIVOD's finest albums. The guitarist was fortunate to having met Denis "Piggy" D'Amour at two occasions. "I've never heard anyone play guitar the way Piggy did. He must have been completely fucking crazy," Uffe Cederlund tells the magazine. "The band as a whole was so weird in a way. That appealed to certain people, but most people probably didn't get it. Piggy was so original that there was no point in even being influenced by him. If you had nicked something from him, people would've instantly recognized where you got it from. Of the newer generation of acts, CURSED have the same vibe [as VOIVOD], but it's always been punk bands that have that VOIVOD energy. That energy is something that I always wanted ENTOMBED to have."