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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Opeth Reveal Release Date For New Album “In Cauda Venenum”, Premiere New Song “Heart In Hand”

Opeth have announced that they will be releasing their new album “In Cauda Venenum” on September 27. The effort will be available in English and Swedish and its first single “Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” or “Heart In Hand” can be streamed below. The Swedish version plays first and the English version starts at the 8:28 mark.

Mikael Åkerfeldt said the following about the new song:

“’Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör’ or ‘Heart in Hand’ as it’s called in English is one of the first couple of songs I wrote for ‘In Cauda Venenum.’ I immediately knew that it would probably be favoured by “the powers that be’ when talks of future singles for the record would commence. And I was right. I generally leave it up to the labels or managements to pick the so-called singles. I’m indifferent as I put an equal amount of dedication into all songs, so it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I guess it’s one of the more straightforward songs on the album. A rather rocking little thing. It’s got one of the ‘happy mistakes’ in it too. Mendez bass broke down in the middle of recording. At the time he played an old Hofner Beatles-esue bass guitar that started humming real bad, but it sounded so good we immediately decided to keep it in there. I’d be putting myself down if I said that noise is the best part of the song, but it’s up there. I like when stuff happens out of your control, and it actually adds to the piece. This is the first full taster of the new Opeth album, and of course I hope you like it. All the songs on the new album are different from each other and therefore equally representable in my view. Enjoy!”

He also added the following about the “sonic direction” of the new album:

“For us, at this stage with ‘In Cauda Venenum,’ heaviness isn’t guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That’s not necessarily what I call ‘heavy’ music these days. I can listen to Korn and say, ‘OK, that’s heavy.’ But it doesn’t really mean anything to me. I mean, I catch up on things in magazines or online. I read about bands that have the ‘heaviest record ever,’ and I’m not too impressed by that. OK, it’s cool but what does it say? What does it mean? It’s an impossible mission, to be the heaviest. That’s been done before. Over time, I got tired of that tag. Of course, when I was younger it meant everything to me. I was always on the pursuit for heaviness in my youth, trying to find the next level of heaviness. First it was death metal, then it was bands like Meshuggah, but heaviness is now more about emotions, heavy chord progressions, music that has feelings. Heaviness doesn’t mean Meshuggah anymore, although indeed they’re a fucking heavy band. I’m not trying to tap into that anymore.”