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Opeth
Opeth performing at the Download Festival in June 2006. From left to right: Peter Lindgren, Per Wiberg, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Martin Mendez, Martin Axenrot
Opeth performing at the Download Festival in June 2006. From left to right: Peter Lindgren, Per Wiberg, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Martin Mendez, Martin Axenrot
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genre(s) Death metal
Progressive metal
Progressive rock
Years active 1990–present
Label(s) Candlelight, Peaceville, Music for Nations, Koch, Roadrunner
Associated acts Arch Enemy, Bloodbath, Edge of Sanity, Katatonia, Krux, Nifelheim, Porcupine Tree, Sörskogen, Satanic Slaughter, Spiritual Beggars, Steel, Tiamat, Witchery
Website opeth.com
Members
Mikael Åkerfeldt
Fredrik Åkesson
Martin Mendez
Martin "Axe" Axenrot
Per Wiberg
Former members
Kim Pettersson
Mattias Ander
Andreas Dimeo
Nick Döring
Stefan Guteklint
David Isberg
Johan DeFarfalla
Anders Nordin
Martin Lopez
Peter Lindgren

Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band that formed in 1990 in Stockholm. While the band has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's driving force since joining shortly after its inception. The Download Festival is a three day music festival held annually at the spiritual home of rock music in England: Donington Park (which hosted the Monsters of Rock Festivals between 1980 and 1996, and 2002s Ozzfest). ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Candlelight Records is a record label in Europe and the United States that has covered major artists such as Opeth, Vader, and Emperor. ... This is what Peaceville call their Sacred Star. ... Music for Nations was a British independent record label focusing mainly on rock and metal. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Roadrunner Records is a major record label that concentrates on metal bands. ... Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, formed in 1996 by ex-Carcass guitarist Michael Amott. ... Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, formed in 2000. ... Edge of Sanity are a Swedish melodic death metal band whose work often delves into experimental, even progressive, territory. ... For the Welsh indie-rock band, see Catatonia (band). ... Krux is a Swedish doom metal band, created by Leif Edling after Candlemass fell apart after the reunion tour. ... Nifelheim is a Swedish black/speed metal band, formed in 1990. ... Porcupine Tree is an English progressive rock band formed in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England by Steven Wilson. ... Sörskogen (meaning the southern woods in Swedish) is a Swedish progressive rock project Mikael Ã…kerfeldt of Opeth and Dan Swanö started for fun. ... Spiritual Beggars is a stoner rock band from Halmstad, Sweden, formed by Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass, Carnage). ... Steel is a one-off power metal project from Sweden that featured Dan Swanö and members of Opeth. ... Tiamat is a band that formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988. ... Witchery is a Swedish thrash metal band, formed by former members of Satanic Slaughter in 1997. ... Mikael Ã…kerfeldt (IPA: ) (born April 17, 1974, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a highly influential Swedish musician, best known as the current lead vocalist of progressive metal band Opeth, and former lead singer of death metal band Bloodbath. ... Fredrik Ã…kesson is a Swedish guitarist, currently with Talisman and Opeth, and earlier with melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. ... Martin Mendez Martin Mendez (born April 6, 1978 in Uruguay), is the bass guitar player for the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Martin Axenrot (born 1979 in Linköping, Sweden) is a death metal drummer of Satantic Slaughter, Witchery, and most recently, Swedish supergroup Bloodbath. ... Per Wiberg is the keyboardist and mellotron player for the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth, and a member of Michael Amotts stoner rock band Spiritual Beggars. ... Kim Petersson was one of Opeths guitarists in 1991. ... David had formed a band called Opeth with some friends from Täby. ... Johan DeFarfalla is a Swedish bass player, born in 1971 in Stockholm. ... Anders Nordin Anders Nordin is a Swedish drummer best known for his work with seminal progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Martin Lopez Martin Lopez (born in Sweden on May 20, 1978) is a drummer, known best for his nine years with the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Peter Lindgren (born March 6, 1973) is a Swedish guitarist and songwriter. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Mikael Ã…kerfeldt (IPA: ) (born April 17, 1974, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a highly influential Swedish musician, best known as the current lead vocalist of progressive metal band Opeth, and former lead singer of death metal band Bloodbath. ...


While firmly rooted in progressive metal, Opeth incorporates Scandinavian death metal, progressive rock, folk, blues rock and jazz into their usually lengthy songs. Many compositions include acoustic guitars and strong dynamic shifts, as well as growling and clean vocals. The band rarely played live to support the first four albums, though later conducted its first world tour along with the Norwegian band Extol after the release of 2001's Blackwater Park. Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Scandinavian death metal concerns the death metal bands of Scandinavian origin. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Folk song redirects here. ... Blues-rock is a hybrid musical genre combining elements of the blues with rock and roll, with an emphasis on the electric guitar. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... “Fortissimo” redirects here. ... Death growl, also known as growled vocals, harsh vocals, death vocals, pig vocals, throating, death grunts, unclean vocals, Cookie Monster vocals[1], or simply growling, is a vocalization style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal music genre, but also used in a variety of other heavy metal subgenres. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Blackwater Park is Opeths fifth album, released under KOCH Records in 2001. ...


Opeth has released nine studio albums, two live albums, one box set, and one DVD. The band released its debut album Orchid in 1995, but did not experience American commercial success until the 2003 release Damnation, which debuted at number 192 on the Billboard 200. The band's ninth studio album, Watershed, was released on June 3, 2008. Orchid is Opeths debut album. ... Damnation is Opeths seventh full-length studio album, released in April 2003, following the bands previous album Deliverance the year before. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... -1... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

History

Formation (1990–1993)

Opeth was originally formed as a death metal band in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden by vocalist David Isberg.[1] Isberg asked former Eruption band member Mikael Åkerfeldt to join the band as a bassist. When Åkerfeldt showed up to practice the day after Isberg invited him, it became clear that Isberg had not told the band members, including the band's current bassist, that Åkerfeldt would be joining. The ensuing argument led to all members but Isberg and Åkerfeldt leaving to form a new project.[1] The band name was derived from the word "Opet", taken from the Wilbur Smith novel Sunbird, which meant "city of the moon".[2] This article is about the musical genre. ... For other uses, see Stockholm (disambiguation). ... David had formed a band called Opeth with some friends from Täby. ... Mikael Ã…kerfeldt (IPA: ) (born April 17, 1974, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a highly influential Swedish musician, best known as the current lead vocalist of progressive metal band Opeth, and former lead singer of death metal band Bloodbath. ... Wilbur Addison Smith (born January 9, 1933 in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia)) is an author of fiction. ...

Mikael Åkerfeldt performing live. Åkerfeldt decided he and David Isberg would carry on with the band after most of the members had gone alternate ways.
Mikael Åkerfeldt performing live. Åkerfeldt decided he and David Isberg would carry on with the band after most of the members had gone alternate ways.

Isberg and Åkerfeldt recruited drummer Anders Nordin, bassist Nick Döring, and guitarist Andreas Dimeo. Unsatisfied with the band's slow progress, Döring and Dimeo left the band after their first performance,[3] and were replaced by guitarist Kim Pettersson and bassist Johan DeFarfalla. After the next show, DeFarfalla left Opeth to spend time with his girlfriend in Germany, and was replaced by Åkerfeldt's friend, bassist Peter Lindgren. Lead guitarist Pettersson left following the band's next performance, and Lindgren switched to guitar. After losing interest in the band, Isberg quit in 1992 to join Liars in Wait.[1] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Anders Nordin Anders Nordin is a Swedish drummer best known for his work with seminal progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Kim Petersson was one of Opeths guitarists in 1991. ... Johan DeFarfalla is a Swedish bass player, born in 1971 in Stockholm. ... Peter Lindgren (born March 6, 1973) is a Swedish guitarist and songwriter. ...


With three members in the band, Åkerfeldt took over vocal duties, and the trio spent the next year writing and rehearsing new material. The group began to rely less on the blast beats and aggression typical of death metal, and incorporated acoustic guitars and guitar harmonies into its music; developing the core sound of Opeth. Stefan Guteklint joined on bass in 1993, but was dismissed by the band after signing its first record deal with Candlelight records in 1994. The band initially employed former member DeFarfalla as a session bassist for the recording, and he went on to join on a full-time basis following the release of Opeth's debut album in 1995.[3] Blast beats are drum beats consisting of torrents of alternating snare and bass drums which increase the speed, density, and percussiveness of death metal, black metal and grindcore. ... Acoustic guitar can refer to the following musical instruments: Nylon and gut stringed guitars: Renaissance guitar Baroque guitar Romantic guitar Classical guitar, the modern version of the original guitar, with nylon strings Flamenco guitar Steel stringed guitars: Steel-string acoustic guitar, also known as western, folk or country guitar Twelve... Candlelight Records is a record label in Europe and the United States that has covered major artists such as Opeth, Vader, and Emperor. ...


Orchid, Morningrise, and My Arms, Your Hearse (1994–1998)

Opeth recorded its debut album, Orchid, with producer Dan Swanö in March 1994. Due to distribution problems with the newly formed Candlelight Records, the album was not released until May 15, 1995, and only in Europe.[4] Orchid tested the boundaries of traditional death metal, featuring acoustic guitars, piano, and clean vocals. All Music Guide called Orchid "brilliant", "startlingly unique", and "a far-beyond-epic prog/death monstrosity exuding equal parts beauty and brutality".[5] Orchid is Opeths debut album. ... Dan Swanö, (born on the March 10, 1973, in FinspÃ¥ng, Östergötland, Sweden), is a Swedish music producer, vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboardist, regarded as influential in the underground death metal, progressive metal, and progressive rock communities, with a small but devoted cult following for his numerous works. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ...


After a few live shows in the United Kingdom, Opeth returned to the studio in March 1996 to begin work on a second album, again produced by Dan Swanö.[6] Morningrise was released in Europe on June 24, 1996. With only five songs and lasting 66 minutes, the album featured Opeth's longest song, the twenty-minute "Black Rose Immortal". Morningrise was a critical success, with All Music Guide giving the album four stars.[7] Opeth toured the UK in support of Morningrise, followed by a 26-date Scandinavian tour with Cradle of Filth.[8] While on tour, Opeth attracted the attention of Century Media records, who signed the band and released the first two albums internationally in 1997. Morningrise is the Swedish band Opeths second studio album. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Scandinavian can mean: a resident of, or anything relating to Scandinavia any North Germanic language a chess opening, Scandinavian Defense the aviation corpotation Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Cradle of Filth are an extreme metal band formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. ... Century Media Records is an independant metal record label with offices in the USA, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. ...

 Music sample:

"In Mist She Was Standing"

"In Mist She Was Standing, from Orchid. This clip highlights the counterpoint twin harmony guitar style featured on the band's early releases.
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After the tour, Åkerfeldt and Lindgren dismissed DeFarfalla for personal reasons without the consent of Nordin. When Åkerfeldt informed Nordin, who was on a vacation in Brazil, Nordin decided to leave the band and remain in Brazil.[9] Former Amon Amarth drummer Martin Lopez responded to a newspaper ad placed by Åkerfeldt and joined Opeth in 1997. Lopez made his debut with Opeth playing on a cover version of Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow", which was included on the album A Call to Irons: A Tribute to Iron Maiden.[10] For other uses, see Counterpoint (disambiguation). ... For the Middle-Earth location commonly known as Mount Doom, see Orodruin. ... Martin Lopez Martin Lopez (born in Sweden on May 20, 1978) is a drummer, known best for his nine years with the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in the East End of London. ... Remember Tomorrow is the third track from the bands debut album Iron Maiden. ...


With a larger recording budget from Century Media, Opeth began work on its third album, with noted Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström, at Studio Fredman in August 1997. The band added bassist Martin Mendez shortly before recording, but due to time constraints, Åkerfeldt played bass on the album.[11] My Arms, Your Hearse was released on August 18, 1998, to critical acclaim.[4] As Opeth's first international release, the album exposed the band to a wider global audience. My Arms, Your Hearse marked the beginning of a shift in the band's sound, focusing less on guitar harmonies and more heavily on progressive metal riffs. Fredrik Nordström, born on January 5, 1967, is a renowned Swedish record producer and guitar player for the heavy metal band Dream Evil. ... Studio Fredman is a recording studio in Göteborg, Sweden, owned and operated by producer Fredrik Nordström. ... Martin Mendez Martin Mendez (born April 6, 1978 in Uruguay), is the bass guitar player for the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ...


Still Life and Blackwater Park (1999–2001)

In 1999, the ownership of Candlelight Records changed hands, with owner and friend of the band Lee Barrett leaving the company. Opeth signed with UK label Peaceville Records in Europe, which was distributed by Music For Nations. Opeth reserved time at Studio Fredman to begin work on its next album, but recording was postponed while the studio was relocated. Due to time constraints, the band was able to rehearse only twice before entering the studio.[9] Delays with the album's artwork pushed the release back an additional month, and Still Life was released on October 18, 1999.[9] Due to problems with the band's new distribution network, the album was not released in the US until February 2001. Still Life was the first album recorded with Mendez, and also the first Opeth album to bear any kind of caption on the front cover upon its initial release, including the band's logo.[12] All Music Guide called Still Life a "formidable splicing of harsh, often jagged guitar riffs with graceful melodies".[13] Still Life is a concept album, as explained by Åkerfeldt: "The main character is kind of banished from his hometown because he hasn't got the same faith as the rest of the inhabitants there. The album pretty much starts off when he is returning after several years to hook up with his old "babe". The big bosses of the town know that he's back... A lot of bad things start happening."[11] This is what Peaceville call their Sacred Star. ... Music for Nations was a British independent record label focusing mainly on rock and metal. ... Still Life is the fourth studio album from Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ...


Following a few live dates in Europe, Opeth returned to Studio Fredman to begin work on its next album, with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson producing. The band sought to recreate the recording experience of Still Life, and again entered the studio with minimal rehearsals, and no lyrics written. "This time it was tough", Åkerfeldt said. "I feel pleasantly blown away by the immense result, though. It was indeed worth the effort."[14] Wilson also pushed the band to expand its sound, incorporating new sounds and production techniques. "Steve guided us into the realms of 'strange' noises for guitars and voice", Åkerfeldt later said.[14] Porcupine Tree is an English progressive rock band formed in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England by Steven Wilson. ... Steven Wilson (born Steven John Wilson on November 3, 1967 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England) is the lead guitarist/singer/songwriter and the founder of progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. ...

 Music sample:

"Bleak"

"Bleak" from Blackwater Park. This clip features an acoustic breakdown, followed by a dynamic shift into distorted guitars, a common trait for the band.
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Opeth released its fifth studio album, Blackwater Park, on February 21, 2001. All Music Guide called Blackwater Park "astounding, a work of breathtaking creative breadth", noting that the album "keeps with Opeth's tradition by transcending the limits of death/black metal and repeatedly shattering the foundations of conventional songwriting".[15] In support of Blackwater Park, Opeth embarked on its first world tour, headlined Europe for the first time, and made an appearance at the 2001 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, playing to a crowd of 60,000.[16] Blackwater Park is Opeths fifth album, released under KOCH Records in 2001. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For the German town, see Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein. ...


Deliverance and Damnation (2002–2004)

Opeth returned home after touring in support of Blackwater Park, and began writing for the next album. Åkerfeldt initially had trouble putting together new material: "I wanted to write something heavier than we'd ever done, still I had all these great mellow parts and arrangements which I didn't want to go to waste."[17] Jonas Renkse of Katatonia, a long-time friend of Åkerfeldt, suggested writing music for two separate albums—one heavy and one soft.[1] Jonas Renkse (born May 19, 1975, in Sweden), is a founding member and the current lead singer of the band Katatonia. ... For the Welsh indie-rock band, see Catatonia (band). ...


Excited at the prospect, Åkerfeldt agreed without asking his band mates or record label. While his band mates liked the idea of recording two separate albums, Åkerfeldt had to convince the label: "I had to lie somewhat... saying that we could do this recording very soon, it won't cost more than a regular single album".[17] With most of the material written, the band rehearsed just once before entering Nacksving Studios in 2002, again with producer Steven Wilson. Under pressure to complete both albums simultaneously, Åkerfeldt said the recording process was "the toughest test of our history". After recording basic tracks, the band moved production to England to first mix the heavy album, Deliverance, with Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios. "Deliverance was so badly recorded, without any organisation whatsoever", Åkerfeldt claimed, that Sneap "is credited as a 'saviour' in the sleeve, as he surely saved much of the recording".[18] Deliverance is Opeths sixth studio album, following the bands highly successful 2001 album, Blackwater Park. ... Andy Sneap (1969) is a British record producer, recording engineer, and mixer. ...

 Music sample:

"Deliverance"

"Deliverance" from the album of the same name. The song is nearly 14 minutes long, which is not uncommon for an Opeth song. The clip features Åkerfeldt's growling vocal style.
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Deliverance was released on November 4, 2002, and debuted at number 19 on the US Top Independent Albums chart, marking the band's first US chart appearance.[19] All Music Guide stated, "Deliverance is altogether more subtle than any of its predecessors, approaching listeners with haunting nuances and masterful dynamics rather than overwhelming them with sheer mass and complexity."[20] is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Opeth performed a one-off concert in Stockholm, then returned to the UK to finish recording vocals for the second of the two albums, Damnation, at Steve Wilson's No Man's Land Studios.[21] Although Åkerfeldt initially believed the band could not finish both albums, Opeth completed Deliverance and Damnation in just seven weeks of studio time, which was the same amount spent on Blackwater Park alone.[17] Damnation was released on April 14, 2003, and garnered the band its first appearance on the US Billboard 200 at number 192.[19] The album also won the band a 2003 Swedish Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.[22] Damnation is Opeths seventh full-length studio album, released in April 2003, following the bands previous album Deliverance the year before. ... April 14, 2003 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former United Nations Secretary General, reports that the United Nations is increasingly being marginalised and that preparation is needed for a new organisation to succeed the UN. U.S. President George W. Bush says that U.S.-led coalition victory in the 2003 Iraq... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


The band embarked on its biggest tour yet, playing nearly 200 shows in 2003 and 2004.[18] Opeth performed three special shows in Europe with two song lists each—one acoustic set and one heavy set. The band recorded its first DVD, Lamentations (Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003), at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, England. The DVD featured a two-hour performance, including the entire Damnation album, as well as several songs from Deliverance and Blackwater Park, and a one-hour documentary about the recording of Deliverance and Damnation. The DVD was eventually certified Gold in Canada.[23] For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Lamentations is Opeths first live DVD, released under the Music For Nations label in 2004. ... The Shepherds Bush Empire (the first word is sometimes spelled Shepherds) is a music venue in Shepherds Bush in West London, England run by the Academy Music Group. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Canadian Recording Industry Association is a non-profit trade organization that was founded in 1964 to represent the interests of American companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings in Canada. ...


Opeth was scheduled to perform in Jordan without a crew due to the fear of terrorist attacks in the Middle East. Opeth's tour manager distributed 6,000 tickets for the concert, but before the band left for Jordan, Lopez called Åkerfeldt stating he was having a anxiety attack and could not perform, forcing the band to cancel the show.[24][25] In early 2004, Lopez was sent home from Canada after more anxiety attacks on tour. Opeth decided against cancelling the remainder of the tour, and Lopez's drum technician filled in for two concerts.[26] Lopez promised that he would return to the tour as soon as he could, but two shows later Opeth asked Strapping Young Lad drummer Gene Hoglan to fill in. Lopez eventually returned to Opeth for the final leg of the Deliverance and Damnation tour. Per Wiberg also joined the band on tour to perform keyboards, and after more than a year on tour, Opeth returned home to start writing new material in 2004.[18] A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Strapping Young Lad is an influential progressive extreme metal band from Canada, started by Devin Townsend in 1994. ... Eugene Gene Victor Hoglan II (born August 31, 1967 in Dallas, Texas) was a well-known American extreme metal drummer. ... Per Wiberg is the keyboardist and mellotron player for the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth, and a member of Michael Amotts stoner rock band Spiritual Beggars. ...


Ghost Reveries (2005–2007)

Peter Lindgren performing in 2005, before he parted ways with Opeth.
Peter Lindgren performing in 2005, before he parted ways with Opeth.

The band's European label, Music for Nations, closed its doors in 2005 and after negotiations with various labels, the band signed with Roadrunner Records.[27] Åkerfeldt said the primary reason for signing with Roadrunner was the label's wide distribution, ensuring the album would be available at larger-chain retailers.[28] When news leaked that the band was signed to Roadrunner, who predominantly worked with trend-oriented rock and metal, some fans accused the band of selling out. "To be honest", Åkerfeldt said, "that's such an insult after 15 years as a band and 8 records. I can't believe we haven't earned each and every Opeth fans [sic] credibility after all these years. I mean, our songs are 10 minutes long!"[28] Image File history File linksMetadata OpethPeterLindgren1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata OpethPeterLindgren1. ... Roadrunner Records is a major record label that concentrates on metal bands. ... For other uses, see SIC. Sic is a Latin word meaning thus, so, as such, or just as that. In writing, it is placed within square brackets and usually italicized—[sic]—to indicate that an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced...


Opeth finished writing material for its eighth album in late 2004. The band rehearsed for three weeks before entering the studio, the first time the band rehearsed since the 1998 album, My Arms, Your Hearse.[28] During rehearsal, keyboardist Wiberg joined Opeth as a full-time member.[29] Opeth recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, from March 18 to June 1, 2005, and released the resulting Ghost Reveries on August 30, 2005, again to critical and commercial acclaim. The album debuted at number 64 in the US, and number nine in Sweden, making it the highest charting Opeth release to date.[19][30] Keith Bergman of Blabbermouth.net gave the album ten out of ten, one of only 17 albums to achieve a perfect rating from the site.[31] Rod Smith of Decibel magazine called Ghost Reveries "achingly beautiful, sometimes unabashedly brutal, often a combination of both".[32] is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ghost Reveries is the eighth studio album release from the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blabbermouth. ... Decibel magazine is an extreme music magazine, published monthly since 2004 by Philadelphia-based publisher Red Flag Media. ...


On May 12, 2006, Lopez announced that he had officially parted ways with Opeth due to health problems, and was replaced by Martin Axenrot.[33] Opeth toured on the main stage of Gigantour in 2006, alongside Megadeth. Ghost Reveries was re-released on October 31, 2006, with a bonus cover song and a DVD documenting the making of the album. A recording of Opeth's live performance at the Camden Roundhouse, in London, on November 9, 2006, was later released as the double live album The Roundhouse Tapes. is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Martin Axenrot (born 1979 in Linköping, Sweden) is a death metal drummer of Satantic Slaughter, Witchery, and most recently, Swedish supergroup Bloodbath. ... A Gigantour 2005 web banner, before Anthrax was announced to join the festival. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Roundhouse (under construction in 2005) The Roundhouse is an arts venue in London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A live album – commonly contrasted with a studio album – is a recording consisting of material (usually music) recorded during stage performances. ... The Roundhouse Tapes is a live double album by the Swedish progressive death metal band, Opeth. ...


On May 17, 2007, Lindgren stated he was leaving Opeth after 16 years. "The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life", Lindgren said. "I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a worldwide industry."[34] Ex-Arch Enemy guitarist Fredrik Åkesson replaced Lindgren, as Åkerfeldt explained: is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, formed in 1996 by ex-Carcass guitarist Michael Amott. ... Fredrik Ã…kesson is a Swedish guitarist, currently with Talisman and Opeth, and earlier with melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. ...

Fredrik was the only name that popped up thinking about a replacement for Peter. In my opinion he's one of the top three guitar players out of Sweden. We all get along great as we've known each other for maybe four years and he already has the experience to take on the circus-like lifestyle we lead as members of Opeth.[34]

Watershed (2007–present)

After nearly 200 performances in support of Ghost Reveries, Opeth entered Fascination Street Studios with Åkerfeldt producing, in November 2007. By January 2008, Opeth had recorded 13 songs, including three cover songs.[35] The finished album, Watershed, features seven tracks, with cover songs used as bonus tracks on different versions of the album. Watershed was released on June 3, 2008.[36] Åkerfeldt described the songs on the album as "a bit more energetic".[37] Opeth has planned tours in support of Watershed, including an appearance at Wacken Open Air and the Progressive Nation tour with Dream Theater.[38] In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... -1... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... For the German town, see Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Myung, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, before they dropped out to support the band. ...


The album has since debuted at #23 on the Billboard 200, thus making it their highest charting album yet. In Finland the album debuted at #1 on the Official Chart. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


Musical style and influences

As Opeth's primary songwriter and lyricist, vocalist-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt's influence dominates the sound of the band. Although he did not found the band, Åkerfeldt is the only member to appear on every release. Influenced at a young age by heavy metal bands such as Slayer, Iron Maiden, Death, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, King Diamond and Morbid Angel,[39][40][41] Åkerfeldt later discovered progressive rock and folk music, both of which had a profound impact on the sound of the band.[42] Opeth's distinct sound mixes heavy metal with acoustic passages, while also incorporating elements of progressive metal,[43] progressive rock,[44] and jazz.[45] In his review of Blackwater Park, All Music Guide's Ed Rivadavia wrote, "Tracks start and finish in seemingly arbitrary fashion, usually traversing ample musical terrain, including acoustic guitar and solo piano passages, ambient soundscapes, stoner rock grooves, and Eastern-tinged melodies—any of which are subject to savage punctuations of death metal fury at any given moment."[15] Åkerfeldt commented on the diversity of Opeth's music: Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in the East End of London. ... Death was an influential American death metal band founded in 1983 by guitarist and vocalist Chuck Schuldiner, and dissolved in 2001. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Celtic Frost are a black metalthrash metal band from Zürich, Switzerland, known for their influence on the extreme metal and gothic metal genres. ... For the band, see King Diamond (band). ... Morbid Angel is a Florida-based death metal band assembled in 1983. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Folk song redirects here. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ...

I don't see the point of playing in a band and going just one way when you can do everything. It would be impossible for us to play just death metal; that is our roots, but we are now a mishmash of everything, and not purists to any form of music. It's impossible for us to do that, and quite frankly I would think of it as boring to be in a band that plays just metal music. We're not afraid to experiment, or to be caught with our pants down, so to speak. That's what keeps us going.[46]

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"Windowpane"

"Windowpane" from Opeth's album Damnation. This clip features the clean vocal style of Mikael Åkerfeldt.
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Opeth's earlier works often made use of twin-guitar harmonies, although they were phased out on later releases. "I got tired of it, the whole harmony guitar thing", Åkerfeldt said. "It got out of hand in the mid-90s. Every band was doing that thing."[41] Opeth's songwriting and arrangements rarely follow musical standards, as many songs do not have choruses, and lyrics often do not rhyme. Åkerfeldt noted that the song "Face of Melinda" from the band's fourth release "was my first rhyming lyric". Most of the band's songs exceed 10 minutes in length, which Aaron Burgess of Alternative Press magazine criticized, stating "you can't really be a casual Opeth fan. It takes enough as a listener just to get past the band's epic song lengths."[47] Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ...


Vocally, Åkerfeldt shifts between growling death metal vocals for heavy sections, and clean, sometimes whispered vocals over acoustic passages. While death growls were dominant on early releases, later efforts incorporate more clean vocals, with the 2003 release Damnation featuring only clean singing.[41] Rivadavia noted that "Åkerfeldt's vocals run the gamut from bowel-churning grunts to melodies of chilling beauty—depending on each movement section's mood."[15] Death growl, also known as growled vocals, harsh vocals, death vocals, pig vocals, throating, death grunts, unclean vocals, Cookie Monster vocals[1], or simply growling, is a vocalization style usually employed by vocalists of the death metal music genre, but also used in a variety of other heavy metal subgenres. ...


The band's lyrics often reflect a bleak outlook on life, with subjects such as failed relationships, nature, death, and depression. Some of the band's albums also have a consistent theme or concept throughout, such as Still Life and My Arms, Your Hearse, with the latter's songs set together as one continual piece, with the last word or phrase of each song becoming the title of the following track.[48]


Discography

Main article: Opeth discography
Studio albums

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Band members

Main article: List of Opeth band members
Current members

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Mikael Åkerfeldt (IPA: ) (born April 17, 1974, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a highly influential Swedish musician, best known as the current lead vocalist of progressive metal band Opeth, and former lead singer of death metal band Bloodbath. ... Fredrik Åkesson is a Swedish guitarist, currently with Talisman and Opeth, and earlier with melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. ... Martin Mendez Martin Mendez (born April 6, 1978 in Uruguay), is the bass guitar player for the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Martin Axenrot (born 1979 in Linköping, Sweden) is a death metal drummer of Satantic Slaughter, Witchery, and most recently, Swedish supergroup Bloodbath. ... Per Wiberg is the keyboardist and mellotron player for the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth, and a member of Michael Amotts stoner rock band Spiritual Beggars. ... David had formed a band called Opeth with some friends from Täby. ... Kim Petersson was one of Opeths guitarists in 1991. ... Johan DeFarfalla is a Swedish bass player, born in 1971 in Stockholm. ... Anders Nordin Anders Nordin is a Swedish drummer best known for his work with seminal progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Martin Lopez Martin Lopez (born in Sweden on May 20, 1978) is a drummer, known best for his nine years with the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Peter Lindgren (born March 6, 1973) is a Swedish guitarist and songwriter. ... Orchid is Opeths debut album. ... Morningrise is the Swedish band Opeths second studio album. ... My Arms, Your Hearse (sometimes known as MAYH) is Opeths third album, released in 1998. ... Still Life is the fourth studio album from Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Blackwater Park is Opeths fifth album, released under KOCH Records in 2001. ... Deliverance is Opeths sixth studio album, following the bands highly successful 2001 album, Blackwater Park. ... Damnation is Opeths seventh full-length studio album, released in April 2003, following the bands previous album Deliverance the year before. ... Ghost Reveries is the eighth studio album release from the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Apostle in Triumph is the name of the demo album by Opeth. ... Lamentations is Opeths first live DVD, released under the Music For Nations label in 2004. ... Opeth Box Set is a box set collection of four previous CDs from the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... The Roundhouse Tapes is a live double album by the Swedish progressive death metal band, Opeth. ... The Drapery Falls is a promotional single for the Opeth album, Blackwater Park. ... Track listing (All tracks by Opeth) Still Day Beneath The Sun - 4:34 Patterns In The Ivy II - 4:11 Total Playing Time: 08:45 ... The Grand Conjuration is a promotional single for the Opeth album Ghost Reveries. ... The extensive discography for the progressive death metal band Opeth. ... Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, formed in 2000. ... Porcupine Tree is an English progressive rock band formed in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England by Steven Wilson. ...

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