Opeth tour dates
Opeth aren’t your typical Swedish death metal group. For one, they’ve been around for more than two decades, extending their reach beyond their native Stockholm and across Europe, the United States and the world. But they’ve also stretched the limits of the genre itself, incorporating elements of progressive rock and acoustic instrumentation to create a sound entirely their own. Fans with Opeth tickets can expect a wildly diverse set that appeases the headbanging set with heavy, sprawling compositions, some of which approach 10 minutes in length. The group often plays in venues that match their own extravagance, such as the SSE Arena Wembley in London, Radio City Music Hall in New York and Ullevi in Gothenburg.
Opeth were formed in Stockholm in 1990 around the talents of guitarists Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren, who distinguished themselves by adding acoustic instrumentation and progressive elements to their style of Nordic death metal. As Opeth developed, it became more common for their live performances to extend in wildly different creative directions. Their 1995 debut album, Orchid, saw Anders Nordin (drums) and Johan de Farfalla (bass) comprising the rhythm section, but it wasn’t until their ambitious sophomore LP, 1996’s Morningrise, that their epic creativity as a group began to flourish.
The 21st century has seen Opeth expand the boundaries of death metal even further; their 2003 LP Damnation shocked fans by featuring almost no heavy metal elements and concentrating instead on traditional songwriting and acoustic instruments. Their reputation as a must-see live act also grew, culminating in the 2010 concert disc In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The album had been recorded in the renowned London music venue and it featured Opeth playing the entirety of their breakout LP, 2001’s Blackwater Park.
Opeth’s continued evolution
For their 2011 album Heritage, Opeth dramatically switched stylistic gears. While composing the set, Akerfeldt had become enamored with Alice Cooper as well as traditional Swedish folk music. The result, while still sounding unquestionably like Opeth, nonetheless marked a significant departure and was much more progressive than metal-oriented.
Actually, Heritage was the sound of an outfit leaving metal behind. Its album art consisted of images and symbols that signified their transformation. 2014’s Pale Communion, issued in the summer of 2014, completed this transformation and saw the band completely exchanging heavy metal for progressive rock.
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