Posted in metal | music | tour dates on February 13, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

OpethOpeth have announced details for their upcoming LP, "Watershed", to be released June 3rd via Roadrunner, the first since the departure of long-time guitarist Peter Lindgren and ensuing replacement by Fredrik Åkesson of Arch Enemy. In interviews, Mikael Akerfeldt has stated that "Watershed" is highly influenced by Scott Walker's latest album "The Drift", which he called "quite extreme & frightening". More details at Blabbermouth. Tracklist below.

Opeth is scheduled to hit the road in April on the "Progressive Nation Tour" supporting Dream Theater along with 3 & Between the Buried And Me. They play two shows at NYC's Terminal 5 in May. No tickets yet. All dates below....

PROGRESSIVE NATION - 2008 TOUR DATES (DREAM THEATER, OPETH, 3, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME)
April 29th - Mexico City, Mexico - National Auditorium *
May 2nd - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
May 3rd - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theater
May 5th - Seattle, WA - Wamu Theater
May 6th - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
May 9th - Calgary, ALB - Macewan Hall
May 10th - Calgary, ALB - Macewan Hall
May 12th - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
May 13th - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theater
May 14th - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 16th - Columbus, OH - LC Amphitheater
May 17th - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Amphitheater @ Tower City
May 18th - Albany, NY - The Armory
May 20th - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater
May 21st - New York, NY - Terminal 5
May 22nd - New York, NY - Terminal 5
May 26th - Washington DC - DAR Constitution Hall
May 27th - Richmond, VA - The National
May 28th - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
May 30th - Miami, FL - The Fillmore
May 31st - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
June 1st - Tampa, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 4th - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo of Puerto Rico *

* DREAM THATER & BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Only

Opeth - 2008 Tour Dates
JUNE 21st - Field of Rock, Biddinghuiser - Holland
JUNE 22nd - Hellfest, Clisson - France
JUNE 26th - Peace and Love, Borlange - Sweden
JUNE 27th - Metal Town, Gothenburg - Sweden
JUNE 29th - Graspop, Desselt - Belgium
JULY 5th - Ruis Rock, Turku - Finland
JULY 9th - Rock Wave, Athens - Greece
JULY 12th - Milan Evolution festival - Italy
AUGUST 1st - Wacken Open Air - Germany
AUGUST 3rd - Ankkarock, Helsinki - Finland
AUGUST 15th - Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall Derby - UK

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"Watershed" tracklist
1. Coil
2. Heir Apparent
3. The Lotus Eater
4. Burden
5. Porcelain Heart
6. Hessian Peel
7. Hex Omega

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Comments (20)

That's cool that they are doing two shows at Terminal 5, giving us two options. Has anyone been there before? Just wondering what it the place is like.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 11:01 AM

^^^It's my fav venue in NY. I've Never been to NY though...

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 11:13 AM

I heard it's great!

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 11:32 AM

Totally! Terminal 5 is the best place in NYC to see shows... sightlines are terrific and the sound is top notch!

Posted by rocked the shit | February 13, 2008 11:36 AM

Cat Power show at T5 was incredible, if that is any indication.

Btw, who is Opeth?

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 12:05 PM

Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band that formed in 1990 in Stockholm. The band, which has been through several line-up changes, currently comprises ofMikael Åkerfeldt (vocals/guitar), Fredrik Åkesson (guitar), Martin Mendez (bass), Martin "Axe" Axenrot (drums), and Per Wiberg (keyboards). Since the band's inception, there have been 15 official members, with Åkerfeldt being the sole continual member.

Opeth's dominant style of music is Scandinavian death metal, however, the band combines their genre with progressive metal, progressive rock, folk, jazz, and blues, and their songs last an average of ten minutes. A notable exception in their catalogue is the 2003 release of Damnation, a predominantly progressive rock record containing no death metal styled vocals, distorted guitars, double bass drumming, or songs over eight minutes in length.

Posted by Wikipedia | February 13, 2008 12:07 PM

It's tough to classify Opeth because they don't really fit anywhere in today's "metal scene". They're mainly influenced by 70's psychedelic, folk and prog (namely Comus, Camel, Yes, King Crimson). They are true innovators and I can't wait to hear this album after reading all the descriptions (and fucking Scott Walker influence).

This tour was initially supposed to hit Continental Airlines Arena (IZOD Center) in NJ, which is a place that shouldn't be allowed to hold anything but sporting events and disney on ice. I figured I'd skip this and catch them on their next solo tour. Now that its at Terminal 5, I'm definitely going.

I've heard hundreds of people bitch on BV comments about how terrible Terminal 5 is, but after seeing Mars Volta there, I was blown away. It was one of the first times I thought an NYC venue had good sound (especially for a band as hard to mix as Volta). It can hold many people, but because of a solid design it still feels intimate, and there are many spots to get a good view.

I think the only downside is the security at the door who will pat you down to a point nearing sexual harassment, unlike any other venue (or possibly even airport).

Posted by Cephalic | February 13, 2008 12:36 PM

And even if you do sneak anything in, they employ a relentless team of midget security guards to bust ya. Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 12:43 PM

DREAM THEATER?!?! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAH!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 1:00 PM

dude this is gonna be amazing!! seeing "3" play a decent sized venue with Opeth whom ive heard good things is gonna be great. if you never heard "3" check them out, they are one of the bands that influenced Coheed and Cambria's original sound. Joey Eppard, their singer, is Josh Eppard's(ex-drummer of Coheed)older brother.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 1:23 PM

this is one of the best NYC venues ive been to. Best Sound, View, Security Guards and cheap coatcheck. Not to mention some adorably attractive female bartenders Just get their early to get a good spot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 1:27 PM

Dream Theater are the most talented band I have ever seen. No band has the virtuosity that this band has. If you are into amazing musicianship, then this is the band to see. Mike Portnoy is the greatest drummer ever and John Petrucci is, IMHO, the best guitarist around and nobody can sing like James Labrie. Jordan Rudess is a virtuoso on keys and John Nyung is a beat on bass. If you play an instrument, you will appreciate how great these guys are.

I have seen them twenty times in the last 15 years and they keep blowing me away. They are worth the price of the ticket by themselves, but getting Opeth with it is amazing!

Go see them if you get a chance.

Posted by Loop | February 13, 2008 1:42 PM

oops...I meant John Myung, not Nyung as I accidentally entered.

Posted by Loops | February 13, 2008 1:43 PM

now I can't keep track... who's being sarcastic and who's being serious about T5?

Posted by rocked the shit | February 13, 2008 2:10 PM

hey rocked the shit: you've obviously never been to ny or you'd know terminal 5 is the best venue in the city. no joke.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2008 2:13 PM

Great venue and 3 of my favorite bands. This rocks!!

BTW, Scott Walker...OMG, he's a weird one!! After reading Mikael Akerfeldt mention "The Drift", I got a copy of it and that was hands down the MOST scariest, creepiest and depressing music I've heard in my life. Death metal sounds cheerful compared to that black hole and I'm not exaggerating. I couldn't listen to more than 3 tracks at one go. That being said...can't wait to hear the new "dark" Opeth stuff!!!

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