In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Opeth embarked on a 6-city tour around the world. And when it came to the London stop at the famed Royal Albert Hall in April, the band sought to film the event, and the result is the expansive DVD set In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which was just released this September. Playing Blackwater Park in its entirety before going chronologically through highlights from their extensive body of work, there's something for every fan from every era on this release, and according to Pitchfork.com, "The recording is full and warm, and nothing ends up buried the way things often happen on live albums. The DVDs are nicely shot and crisply edited-- professional pieces of work where nobody involved got too showy with anything. The band, obviously, plays everything with just ridiculous amounts of technical skill; they wouldn't set off on these staggering epics if they weren't total wizards on their instruments"
Read another excerpt from their glowing review below, and go right here for the full piece. To get your copy of Opeth's stunning live set, go RIGHT HERE.
"Åkerfeldt can emit guttural snarls with the best of them, but it doesn't tell the whole story to tag Opeth as a "metal band." Culturally, they're metal, longtime titans of the ridiculously fertile Scandinavian scene. But musically, they're prog. Their songs regularly go way past 10 minutes and frequently break into Ren-fest traveling-minstrel frippery. In this ridiculously huge box set's liner notes, they thank Joni Mitchell and Scott Walker alongside Morbid Angel and Ronnie James Dio. Death metal is Åkerfeldt's favorite toy, the same way the band's 1970s forebears loved playing around with traditional English folk or Howlin' Wolf, but the band makes a huge show out venturing across as much landscape as possible. And inside the ornate venue, they look very much at home. A stoned, pasty mass of British people swaying and headbanging as a group of curtain-haired virtuosos wheedle out extended multi-movement works-- this is something that could've happened at any point over the last 40 years."