Paperback Edition Of Opeth’s “Book Of Opeth” Will Include Extra Text And Photographs

Opeth have launched pre-orders for a new paperback edition of their “Book Of Opeth.” Notably, each copy will also come with a 7″ vinyl record featuring acoustic versions of “Atonement” and “Demon Of The Fall” while supplies last. Here’s a description of the paperback version:

“The softcover update of the official illustrated history of Opeth, includes the full story from the original hardback book, plus new photos and interviews with the band, bringing it up to date. The book presents Opeth’s unique tale, from their earliest days until the present, and all in glorious dark color. Told in the first-person by Mikael, the band, their friends, former members and collaborators, it is illustrated throughout with hundreds of early, personal, candid, live and studio photographs and and artworks. Here is the true and complete story of Opeth”

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Opeth Announce 30th Anniversary European/UK Tour

Opeth will be celebrating their 30th anniversary on a 2021 European/UK tour. Tickets and fan-voted polls to determine the setlists will be launched on September 7.

Tour Dates:

10/13 Berlin, GER – Admiralspalast
10/14 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
10/15 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
10/16 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
10/18 Wuppertal, GER – Historische Stadthalle
10/19 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
10/20 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
10/25 Lisbon, POR – Coliseu dos Recreios

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

“So, we’re planning to celebrate a belated band-birthday, also known as BBB. How do we celebrate a thing like this, you ask? Well, we go to work. We are planning a very few select shows in 2021 where you basically have the collective choice of picking the songs for the setlist. Since we celebrate 30 years we would love to play a song from each album we’ve done.

All 13 of them. If you can help us and pick your choice of one song per album from the list, and then we’ll simply play the songs with the most votes. It’s been done before, but not by us. I am reluctant and nervous, but also excited to see what songs you will choose. I can’t really believe we’ve been around for 30 years, but there you go. So please help us. And be gentle. The final setlist will have 13 songs. One from each album. Your call….”

Opeth Announce March 2021 European Tour

Opeth have announced a March 2021 European tour with The Vintage Caravan. Here’s the dates:

03/10 Tallinn, EST – Helitehas
03/11 Riga, LAT – Palladium
03/12 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
03/13 Wroclaw, POL – A2
03/15 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
03/16 Vienna, AUT – Arena
03/17 Budapest, HUN – Akvarium Klub
03/19 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
03/20 Sofia, BUL – Universiada
03/22 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
03/23 Milan, ITA – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt To Score New Netflix Series “Clark”

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) has been recruited to score the new Netflix series “Clark.” The six-part series, which is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund (“Lords Of Chaos”, etc.), is based on Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson’s autobiography and it will star Bill Skarsgård (“It”, etc.).

Åkerlund said the following about the series:

“Clark is the story about the most politically incorrect man, who lived the most politically incorrect life. These are the kinds of stories I always look for. It’s an ultra-violent, witty, emotional, real and surreal biography to put a face to the name Stockholm Syndrome, but it isn’t just about the Norrmalmstorg Robbery. It’s about his whole life and what made him who he is, the truth and lies of his incredible career. Bill Skarsgård is the perfect match for this and he will bring the Stockholm Syndrome to the role. And Netflix is the perfect platform, they are not just the biggest streaming service, they also have the boldness to tell this incredible story.”

Skarsgård added:

“Clark Olofsson is, for good and bad, one of Sweden’s most colourful and fascinating individuals. I accept this challenge with delight mingled with terror and think that with Jonas and Netflix in the back, we can tell a groundbreaking story with a pace and madness we may not have seen on TV before. Clark’s life and history is so incredible and screwed that it would even make Scorsese blush.”

Opeth Cancel Three North American Dates Due To Illness

Opeth have cancelled three North American dates due to illness. The following shows have been affected:

02/17 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/18 Montreal, QC – MTELUS
02/19 Toronto, ON – Rebel

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

“I regret to inform you that we have to cancel the following shows on the North American run: Worcester, Toronto and Montreal. The reason being ”acute laryngitis” according to the doc. It all started with voice problems in Royal Oak, Michigan. I had a doctor take a look at me before that show, and even if he gave me the all-clear in terms of being free from flu symptoms and the likes, he couldn’t dismiss potential problems with the vocal cords. Which indeed I had during Saturdays show.

So we have a day off to rest during Sunday and arrived in sunny Worcester Monday morning to another doctor’s appointment. This time the doctor advised a 3-4 day rest due to “acute laryngitis”. We set the stage up and started getting ready for soundcheck anyways. As I was warming up my voice it was abundantly clear that I was not going to be able to perform at the level where I want to be vocally. I sounded like a goddamn troll. And not in a good way.

So, I’ll end this rant with a massive apology to the people looking forward to tonight’s event as well as to our Canadian friends. We are currently looking into postponing these cancelled shows and come back hopefully with a clean bill of vocal-health and everything else. Try and make it up to you. In the meantime…I’ll watch TV. The joy!

All ticket buyers can get a refund at their point of purchase if so desired but you can also opt to hang onto your tix as we’re definitely intending to reschedule these shows and all purchased tickets will remain valid for these.”

The band’s remaining North American dates can be found below:

02/21 New York, NY – Apollo Theater
02/22 New York, NY – Apollo Theater
02/23 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/25 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
02/26 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
02/28 Houston, TX – House of Blues
02/29 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
03/01 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
03/02 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
03/04 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Opeth Premiere “Universal Truth” Animated Short Film

Opeth have premiered an animated short film for “Universal Truth” off their latest album “In Cauda Venenum.“ The clip was created by South African animator/artist Jess Cope (“Frankenweenie”, “Metallica: Here Comes Revenge”) and it can be seen below. This news comes after the group recently released an animated short film for the Swedish version of the track, “Ingen Sanning Är Allas.”

Opeth Premiere “Ingen Sanning Är Allas” Animated Short Film

Opeth have premiered an animated short film for “Ingen Sanning Är Allas” off their latest album “In Cauda Venenum.“ The clip was created by South African animator/artist Jess Cope (“Frankenweenie”, “Metallica: Here Comes Revenge”) and it can be seen below. It’s also worth noting that a video for the English version of the track, “Universal Truth,” will be released next week.

Opeth Announce North American Tour With Graveyard, Stream New Song “Cirkelns Riktning”

Opeth have announced a headlining North American tour. Graveyard will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

02/13 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
02/14 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
02/15 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
02/17 Worcester, MA – Palladium
02/18 Montreal, QC – Mtelus
02/19 Toronto, ON – Rebel
02/21 New York, NY – Apollo Theater
02/22 New York, NY – Apollo Theater
02/23 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/25 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
02/26 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (no Graveyard)
02/28 Houston, TX – House of Blues
02/29 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
03/01 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland (no Graveyard)
03/02 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
03/04 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

In other news, Opeth are also streaming a new song titled “Cirkelns Riktnin.” The track is a b-side from their latest album “In Cauda Venenum” and it was previously only available as part of Decibel‘s flexi disc series.

Opeth To Release New Song “Cirkelns Riktnin” Via Decibel‘s Flexi Disc Series

Opeth have announced that they will be releasing a new song titled “Cirkelns Riktnin” as part of Decibel‘s flexi disc series. The track is a b-side from their new album “In Cauda Venenum,” which will be released in both English and Swedish on September 27.

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