Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt Interviewed On GuitarWorld.com

 
GuitarWorld.com has posted a major interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, in which he discusses the change in the band's sound on their brand-new CD Heritage, the other bandmembers' contributions to the music, and much more. Regarding the progressive, sometimes even jazzy sound on Heritage, Åkerfeldt says, "The initial idea was actually to do a modern-sounding... almost like a continuation of Watershed.
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Video: Opeth's Fredrik Åkesson Interviewed In NYC

 
Opeth were recently in New York to play two shows at Webster Hall, in support of their new album Heritage. (We've got photos from the second night here, and video of their soundcheck on the first day here.) Also on the first night - Wednesday, September 21 - guitarist Fredrik Åkesson gave an interview to myMag, which has been split into two parts and can be seen below.
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Opeth's Heritage Goes Top 20!

 
Opeth's latest album, Heritage, entered the Billboard charts at #19, with first-week sales of over 19,000 copies. Their last album, 2008's Watershed, debuted at #23 on the chart, while 2005's Ghost Reveries entered at #64. In case you haven't seen it, here's the video for "The Devil's Orchard," the first single from Heritage: Opeth is currently on tour, playing multiple tracks from Heritage as well as a fascinating, carefully chosen selection of older songs that put the new material into the context of their entire career; visit our tour page to find a show near you!.
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Win A Signed Copy Of Opeth's "Heritage"

 
GuitarWorld.com is giving away five signed copies of the CD/DVD special edition of Opeth's brand-new album Heritage. These are really excellent items - not only is the album itself brilliant and multifaceted, as our feature on it explained in some detail, but the DVD, which includes a documentary about the recording sessions narrated by Mikael Åkerfeldt, is hilarious.
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Video: Opeth Soundchecking In New York

 
Opeth are currently on a North American tour in support of their brand-new album Heritage, and last week they played a two-night stand at New York City's Webster Hall. We already showed you photos from the second night's show, and now we've got some exclusive video of their soundcheck on Wednesday afternoon.
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EXCLUSIVE - Photos Of Opeth Live In NYC

 
Opeth is celebrating the release of their latest CD, Heritage, with a North American tour, and they just completed a two-night stand at New York's Webster Hall. The band's fans packed the venue both nights for a fascinating, and challenging, set filled with new and old songs, including five tracks from Heritage and rarities like "Patterns in the Ivy II" (from the deluxe reissue of 2001's Blackwater Park) and "Throat of Winter," a tune the band contributed to the soundtrack of the God of War video game, and which doesn't appear on any of their albums.
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EXCLUSIVE: Opeth's "Heritage": A Listener's Guide

 
Story: Leonard Pierce To call Opeth’s Heritage a departure from the band’s previous work would be a vast understatement.  While it obviously builds on previous tendencies developing within the group over the past decade, its sonic attack – removing death growls, while showcasing complex polyrhythms, unexpected guest instrumentalists, and brain-shifting chord progressions – now includes elements of art rock, prog, space rock, and even jazz fusion, giving it a feel entirely different from anything that’s come before. Listening to Heritage is way too enjoyable to be homework, and longtime fans and newcomers alike should feel free to dive right into its ’70s-flavored stew.  But in case you want a crib sheet for some of the strange sounds that will be clanging around inside your skull, we’ve prepared a list of some albums we think are key to fully appreciating the latest opus from Mikael Åkerfeldt and company. Van Der Graaf Generator, Pawn Hearts (1971) Right off the bat, Heritage’s title track makes it clear that this is anything but a typical metal album. “Heritage” starts out like it’s going to turn into, of all things, a jazz piano ballad, upright bass and all – but it never quite gets there, taking odd turns before fading into the prog-metal stun-gun that is “The Devil’s Orchard.” In this way, it resembles Pawn Hearts by quirky British outfit Van Der Graaf Generator: clever, darting pianos illuminating songs that never quite go where you’re expecting them to. King Crimson, Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973) If guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Bruford had a nastier side to them, they might well have included “The Devil’s Orchard” on this legendary prog-rock album.
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Spotify Playlist: Roadrunner In 2011

 
Sometimes you can lose track of all the stuff you've done because you're just too busy doing it. The year's far from over - we've got albums from Opeth, Machine Head, The Parlor Mob, Megadeth and Nickelback still to come - but it's already been a damn strong one in terms of releases.
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