Storm Corrosion (Opeth, Porcupine Tree) Planning To Reissue Debut Album With Bonus Material

Storm Corrosion, the project featuring Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), are planning to reissue their self-titled debut album with bonus material. Wilson said the following about that:

“It’s exactly 10 years today [May 7] since Storm Corrosion – my collaboration with Mikael Åkerfeldt – was originally released, still one of my favourites, a strange-beautiful spiritual experience of an album. Look out later this year for an anniversary edition featuring a brand new Dolby Atmos mix, a live version of ‘Drag Ropes’ recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015, and other bonus material. More details soon…”

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) Releases Soundtrack For Netflix’s “Clark”, Tobias Forge (Ghost) & Myrkur Appear In The Series

Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) has created the soundtrack for Netflix’s “Clark.” That six-episode series was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (“Lords Of Chaos”, etc.) and it stars Bill Skarsgård (“It”, “Castle Rock”) as Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson. Fans can watch the show now and stream the soundtrack on the service of their choice HERE. Physical copies will also be available on July 22.

Åkerfeldt commented:

“Writing the music for ‘Clark‘ is probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve done musically. It was so fun. Challenging but fun. I wanted to do a good job, of course, and provide music that would fit with the rather bizarre tale of Clark Olofsson. I had to conjure up a sound for him. His sound. It’s all in my head, I guess, but it felt like I was on to something after having finished the first track. The immediate feedback from Jonas Åkerlund was almost overly positive. So I just took it from there.

During the pandemic, I wrote so much music for this project, but I like to think I didn’t stray too much from the ‘original sound of Clark.’ The finished soundtrack record is a downright wish-mash of musical styles. Some sounds I’m familiar with. Other sounds were brand new to me. Or old, depending on how you see it. Brand ‘old’?

The album doesn’t really make musical sense at all, and that’s pretty much the purpose. Writing music to portray the multi-faceted story of a man like Clark Olofsson was bound to generate some type of musical insanity. It (the music) is just all over the place. Oddly enough, so is my own personal taste in music.

Even if many would deem Clark ‘a man insane,’ it really helped me in my work. No boundaries (let’s cross them). No rules (let’s break them). Anything goes…”

Notably, several metal musicians also appear in the series including Åkerfeldt, Tobias Forge (Ghost) and Myrkur. You can find a trailer and some footage of Forge and Myrkur’s parts below:

Opeth To Release Extended Edition Of “In Cauda Venenum” In May

Opeth will be releasing an extended edition of their latest album, “In Cauda Venenum,” on May 13. The effort will include the English and Swedish versions of record, new illustrations by Travis Smith, and a CD of bonus tracks. Those songs include: “The Mob” / “Pöbeln,” “Width Of A Circle” / “Cirkelns Riktning,” and “Freedom & Tyranny” / “Frihet & Tyranni.” If you missed it, you can stream “Width Of A Circle” HERE. Furthermore, the “Connoisseur Edition” vinyl box set version of “In Cauda Venenum” will be made available in North American retail stores for the first time on May 13 as well. Both album editions will also be available at the band’s merch table on their North American tour.

Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Opeth, Kittie, Etc. Releases Set For 2022 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place on April 23 and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Alice In Chains – “We Die Young” (12” vinyl)
  • Allman Brothers Band – “Cream Of The Crop 2003 – Highlights” (3XLP)
  • Asia – “XXX” (LP)
  • Bad Company – “Live 1979” (2XLP)
  • Charlie Benante – “Moving Pitchers” (LP)
  • Black Label Society – “Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live” (2XLP)
  • David Bowie – “Brilliant Adventurist” (CD & Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – “Toy EP” (CD & 10” vinyl)
  • Collective Soul – “Disciplined Breakdown” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • The Damned – “Strawberries” (LP)
  • Daughtry – “Dearly Beloved” (2XLP)
  • Def Leppard – “High ’N’ Dry” (LP)
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Dissociation” (LP)
  • Dio – “Double Dose Of Donington” (12” vinyl)
  • Udo Dirkschneider – “My Way” (2XLP)
  • The Doors – “L.A. Woman” (4XLP)
  • Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire” (Mark Ronson Re-Version) / “Chasing Birds” (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version) (7” vinyl)
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Magic Secrets 2022” (7” vinyl)
  • GBH – “City Baby Attacked By Rats” (LP)
  • Billy Gibbons – “Hardware” (Deluxe Edition) (CD Box Set)
  • Gojira – “Live at Brixton Academy” (2xLP)
  • L.A. Guns – “Waking the Dead” (LP)
  • Steve Hackett – “The Tokyo Tapes” (3XLP)
  • Kirk Hammett – “Portals” (12” vinyl & CD)
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Acoustics” (LP)
  • Judas Priest – “Hero Hero” (2XLP)
  • Kittie – “Spit” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “Lost Tapes, Vol. 2” (2XLP)
  • Night Ranger “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Wasted Time” (7” vinyl)
  • The Offspring – “Greatest Hits” (LP)
  • Opeth – “My Arms, Your Hearse” (2XLP)
  • Pearl Jam – “Live On Two Legs” (2XLP)
  • Pixies – “Live At Coachella 2004” (2XLP)
  • Iggy Pop – “Live In Berlin” (2XLP)
  • Ramones – “The Sire Albums (1981-1989)” (7XLP)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Unlimited Love” (2XLP)
  • Lou Reed – “I’m So Free – The 1971 Demos” (LP)
  • The Replacements – “Unsuitable For Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert (Live)” (2XLP)
  • Keith Richards – “Talk Is Cheap – Live At The Hollywood Palladium” (2X Cassette)
  • The Rolling Stones – “More Hot Rocks 50th Anniversary” (2XLP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Sepultura – “Revolusongs” (LP)
  • The Sheila Divine – “Where Have All My Countrymen Gone” (LP)
  • Slash – “Live At Studio 60” (2XLP)
  • Sleep Token – “Sundowning” (LP)
  • Stiff Little Fingers – “BBC Live In Concert” (2XLP)
  • Geoff Tate – “Kings & Thieves” (2XLP)
  • TesseracT – “Polaris” (LP)
  • Pete Townshend – “Face The Face” (2XLP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7” vinyl)
  • Gerard Way – “Hesitant Alien” (LP)
  • The Who – “It’s Hard (40th Anniversary)” (2XLP)

Notably, there will also be some UK exclusives including vinyl pressing of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “2004 – 2013 – The Best Of,” Paradise Lost‘s “Gothic Live At Roadburn 2016,” Skunk Anansie‘s “An Acoustic Skunk Anansie – Live In London,“ etc.

[via Loudwire]

Khemmis Added To Opeth & Mastodon’s Spring North American Tour

Khemmis have been added to Opeth and Mastodon’s spring North American tour. Here’s the dates for that run:

04/21 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/22 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04/23 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
04/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/26 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
04/28 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/29 Detroit, MI – The Masonic
04/30 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/01 St. Paul, MN – The Myth
05/03 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
05/04 Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Events Centre
05/05 Edmonton, AB – EDM Expo Centre
05/07 Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Sports Centre
05/08 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
05/09 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
05/11 Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium

Opeth & Mastodon Announce Spring North American Tour

Opeth and Mastodon will be teaming up once again for a spring North American tour. Here’s the dates:

04/21 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/22 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04/23 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
04/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/26 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
04/28 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/29 Detroit, MI – The Masonic
04/30 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/01 St. Paul, MN – The Myth
05/03 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
05/04 Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Events Centre
05/05 Edmonton, AB – EDM Expo Centre
05/07 Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Sports Centre
05/08 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
05/09 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
05/11 Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium

Opeth Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson Played On Ghost’s New Album “Impera”

During a recent interview with Loudwire, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge revealed that Opeth‘s Fredrik Åkesson contributed guitars to the band’s new album “Impera.” As previously reported, that effort will be released on March 11.

Forge said the following:

“…I’m a little bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to actual playing. I’m an able drummer, a bass player, an able guitar player, but I’m not a virtuoso.

This time around, I actually had another guitar player coming in, mounting the massive work of actually redoing everything. I’ve played guitar all my life, but, unlike most guitar players who are in successful bands, they play as they tour. I am doing a whole slew of other things, so, it almost feels like every time I saw start writing again, and demoing and doing pre-production, I quickly have to go up to par again.

On, tour for example, I mostly play drums, actually, in a rehearsal room in the back that we usually do as a warm up. Part of my daily exercises, I play drums for an hour, but I tend to forget to play guitar. When making this record, the demos dictates what to play — you can always figure that out and there’s always ways to redo, undo and piece things together.

But when it came to actually performing, I had a friend of mine, Fredrik Åkesson, the guitar player from Opeth. He’s the sort of person who plays five hours every day. He’s so amazingly talented. He can play circles around anything that I put on tape and he can do it with flair.”

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Says He Tested Positive For COVID-19 After The Band’s Recent Tour With Opeth: “I Got Pretty Sick”

During a recent interview with Art Of Rock, Mastodon’s Brann Dailor revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after the band’s U.S. tour with Opeth. The musician says that he was “sick for a couple of weeks.”

Dailor said the following:

“Right when I got home from tour, I had COVID — like the day I got home. I tested positive. I got pretty sick, actually. I was sick for a couple of weeks. I was down and out. But I guess the good news of it was it didn’t happen while we were on tour and it happened when I got home. So I was, like, ‘Oh, I’m sick.’ And I had the opportunity to be sick and I didn’t have to get on stage and play and stuff, which I’ve done with the flu many times; it’s one of the worst feelings ever, but you’ve gotta bring the music to the people. It doesn’t matter how you feel — do it.”

“Many times I’d be laying backstage, on one of the couches backstage, just feeling like death, thinking to myself, ‘I don’t know how I’m gonna pull this off,’ and then getting up there. I’ve had some of my best shows when I’ve been sick as a dog. So I don’t know what happens there. But something else takes over. Maybe a couple of NyQuils [cough, cold and flu medicine] and you’re feeling like you’re out of your mind and you get up there and just play the drums and your body takes over. I don’t recommend it.”

On another note, Dailor also revealed that Mastodon have another U.S. tour planned for this year:

“We will announce something soon. We’re just waiting for it to completely solidify and come all together. But, yeah, there’ll be some dates coming up soon.

It’s a strange world, isn’t it? It’s been a strange time. Nothing’s really stable right now, unfortunately. We kind of thought that, ‘Okay, we’re back. Everything’s back, right?’ But it’s, like, hold your horses, I guess. But I think that things are moving in the right direction. We should have a nice, big announcement soon for another tour in the States.”

[ via Blabbermouth]

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Opeth Part Ways With Drummer Martin Axenrot

Opeth have parted ways with drummer Martin Axenrot due to “conflict of interests.” As a result, the band will now be playing their immediate live shows with fill-in drummer Sami Karppinen (Therion).

Opeth issued the following statement:

“Due to conflict of interests, Martin Axenrot is no longer part of the Opeth collective. His replacement for the North American tour with Mastodon and Zeal & Ardor will be powerhouse drummer Sami Karppinen. His first show will take place today (November 16th) at Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, NC.”

Mikael Åkerfeldt added:

“However sad it is to not have Axe in the band anymore, we’re not in a position to linger on anything that is going to hold us back. We need to soldier on. Needless to say, we’re incredibly thankful that Sami is helping us out, making this tour possible at all. On top of that, he’s quite outstanding, really!”

“All of us wish the best for Axe in all and any of his future endeavors. He has been an incredibly important part of the band for many years now, and we’re all heartbroken it didn’t work out in the end. But that’s life, I guess…”