OPETH Plays the Fox Theatre, 5/20 & 21
Radio 1190's Mattle & Z2 Entertainment are proud to present Opeth w/ Katatonia at the Fox Theatre on Monday, May 20th & Tuesday, May 21st. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, January 11th for $29.50
The latest masterwork from the Stockholm, Sweden based virtuoso musicians is a mind-boggling dense maze of tempo shifts, off-time signatures, percussive experimentation and warped rhythms. It is all expertly melded together by a myriad range of emotional outpouring and breezy melodic optimism which soars above the songs like a woodland spirit surveying its forest. There are multiple hints of darkness but Heritage moves the band forward into broader dimensions.
"This album is not really an 'extreme metal' type of record, I suppose, but it is 'extreme' in a different way," Åkerfeldt offers. "It's intense in a different way. It felt right for us to do a record like this right now. Most of the people who have been with us for a while are getting into this album. They seem to like it as much as we do."
The band's roots in the doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death metal and dark romanticism are undeniable and will never elicit apology. But the transcendent emotional and melodic heights achieved on the brilliantly titled tenth full-length Opeth album, Heritage, marks a new chapter in the storied quintet's career. Band leader, singer, guitarist, songwriter and long-running consistent member Mikael Åkerfeldt has reshaped the pathway forward for his artistic vehicle without sacrificing the hard won spiritualism of previous endeavors."I've become synonymous with Opeth," he says, acknowledging his dedication to perfectionism and his studied decision making regarding the group's methodical and deliberate shifts. "I've been writing the material since the first album. It's something that I created and the people that have been in Opeth with me have helped make this into a very special band."
"Every album could be the last of course," he adds. "It's not a threat, but we really want to honor that tradition of putting out records we want to hear. It feels like a little bit of rejuvenation with Heritage. We found a new sound we'd like to explore a little further. We just have to see where it takes us."