Impressive reviews are pouring in, including 4-stars from Blender
("Prog was rarely as songful as the brutal beauty here"), raves
from Pitchfork Media
has friction, and friction brings heat. Those left cold by metal's po-faced tendencies might well warm up to it") and a feature in Billboard
("one of the most unique bands straddling the line between progressive music and metal"). Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt
currently graces the cover of Decibel
An astounding 19,000 copies were sold in its first week in stores. Therefore, the verdict is definitely in. Sweden's Opeth
have set and raised the bar with their latest album, Watershed. Watershed
debuted at #23 on the Billboard chart, the band's highest ever chart position and the biggest first week sales bow in its career. While the trend in today's climate finds many career bands having smaller initial weeks, Opeth
, like their music, buck all trends and do their own thing, continuing to go against the grain, trending upwards and making progress.
Fresh off the hugely successful Progressive Nation Tour with labelmates Dream Theater, Opeth will return to US soil this fall for a headline run, bringing their unique blend of prog, death metal, hard rock and Swedish folk to the masses and more.
Additionally, one of the most popular New York City newspapers, The New York Times, reviewed Opeth. The article ran in this past Sundays paper. Check that out by clicking here and scrolling down.
SO, if you haven't yet grabbed yourself a copy of the record that people everywhere have been raving about, you're missing out big time!
is available in a store near you and on iTunes here
and for 3 bonus tracks that will blow your mind, get Watershed [Special Edition] here
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