Best Metal Album Of 2011: Vote In Hails And Horns' Poll!

 
Hails and Horns Magazine is hosting a readers' poll to determine the best metal albums of 2011 - and among the nominees are Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events, Machine Head's Unto the Locust, Opeth's Heritage and Trivium's In Waves. You can vote once a day, and vote for up to three bands each time, so head over there and make your voice heard.
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Opeth's Fredrik Akesson Interviewed By Camstas

 
Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was recently interviewed by Camstas while the band was on tour in Europe; the clip is below. In it, he talks about what Mikael Åkerfeldt is like as a boss, how the members of Opeth get along when they're not on tour, his side project Krux (a doom act featuring current and/or former members of Candlemass, Entombed, Grave and Yngwie Malmsteen's band), and much more. Here's the video! Opeth's latest album, Heritage, is available now; click here to get it!.
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Opeth's Rhythm Section Interviewed In Australia

 
Opeth bassist Martin Mendez and drummer Martin Axenrot were interviewed by MetalObsession.net when the band headed down to Australia for some pre-Christmas shows in support of their latest album, Heritage. They discuss a variety of topics, including fan tributes to the band (which are all over YouTube); says Mendez, "I love seeing bands playing our songs on the internet, or even just one bass player or one guitarist playing along to our songs.
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Video: Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt Interviewed By FaceCulture

 
Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has sat for multiple lengthy interviews with the Dutch website FaceCulture. They're always interesting conversations that go beyond boneheaded questions like "So, how's the tour going?" and "Who are your influences?" into more personal, introspective areas. In this latest conversation (the second one of the year - watch the last one here), Mikael discusses his personal fragility and how he's consciously stopped caring about reviews, where he sees the band belonging in the music scene, how he takes input from bandmembers, and much more. Here's Part 1: Here's Part 2: And here's Part 3: Opeth's latest album, Heritage, is in stores now.
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Kerrang Radio Names Trivium, Machine Head And Opeth Among Best Album Covers Of 2011!

 
The UK's Kerrang Radio has come out with a list of the 25 Best Album Covers of 2011, and three Roadrunner titles were represented - with Trivium's In Waves taking the top spot! The compilers called the In Waves art "bleak, surreal and visually arresting," and said, "it's hard to think of a more powerful sleeve this year." Machine Head's Unto the Locust came in at #9, and was described as "straight from a horror movie." Meanwhile, Opeth's Heritage, which took the #25 spot, was called out for being "packed with symbolism.".
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Video: Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt Interviewed In Austria

 
Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was interviewed by Freethinkers Blog when the band was in Austria on tour, supporting their new album Heritage. It's an interesting interview, broken into two parts below; he talks about his affection for '70s and '80s metal, his feeling that in the wake of Heritage, his creative options are wide open, his ambivalence about touring, and much more. Here's Part One: And here's Part Two: .
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