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Opeth - Heritage

Opeth are releasing their tenth full length Heritage September 20 via Roadrunner Records. Check out the sweet cover art above. In support of the album, the band will tour North America with Katatonia (whose past albums have featured vocals from Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt). Though all dates are not yet announced, it looks like the tour will begin around the time of the album release with shows at NYC's Webster Hall on September 21 and 22. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Wednesday (6/8) at noon. All known dates are listed below.

Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg will unfortunately not be with the band at these shows. As mentioned on Opeth's website:

Keyboardist Per Wiberg has been relieved of his duties in Opeth as part of a mutual decision with the band. Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician's identity will be released at a later date.

Vocalist/guitarist MikaelAkerfeldt released the following statement about the matter: "Well, it's been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now, Per is no longer a member. Mendez, Axe and Fredrik and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There's no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that's that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth."

Heritage was produced by Akerfeldt and mixed along with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. The album will be released as a standard version, double LP, special edition with extras, and a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and Opeth's merch webstore. The track "The Devil's Orchard" will be released as the first single and the band will possibly film a video for the song. Check out the tracklisting for the album along with more dates below...

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Heritage track listing:
01. Heritage
02. The Devil's Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
04. Slither
05. Nepenthe
06. Haxprocess
07. Famine
08. The Lines In My Hand
09. Folklore
10. Marrow Of The Earth

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Opeth 2011 Tour Dates
June 5th - Arenele Romane, Bucharest - ROMANIA (Cancelled)
June 10th - Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN - USA
June 17th - Copenhell, Copenhagen - DENMARK
June 19th - Hellfest, Clisson - FRANCE
June 26th - Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel - BELGIUM
July 2nd - Sonisphere Finland, Helsinki - FINLAND
July 8th - Getaway Rock Festival, Govle - SWEDEN
July 10th - Sonisphere UK, Knebworth - UK
July July 16th - Kavarna Rock Fest, Kavarna - BULGARIA
July 23rd - Heavy T.O Festival, Toronto - Canada
July 24th - Heavy MTL Festival, Montreal - Canada
August 5th - Vagos Open Air, Vagos - PORTUGAL
Sept 3rd - Two Days A Week, Wiesen - AUSTRIA
Sept 10th - Unirock Open Air, Istanbul - TURKEY
Sept 21 - Webster Hall New York, NY*
Sept 22 - Webster Hall New York, NY*
Sept 26 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
Sept 28 - Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN *
Oct 6 - Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO *
Oct 8 - Garrick Centre Winnipeg MB, Canada*
Oct 21 - The Fox Theater - Pomona, Pomona, CA
Oct 25 - Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
* - confirmed w/ Katatonia
(more dates TBA)

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Katatonia - other 2011 Tour Dates
Jun 12 WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN Leipzig, Germany
Jul 13 Metalcamp Festival Tolmin, Slovenia
Jul 15 Kavarna Rock Fest Kavarna, Bulgaria
Jul 23 Tuska Open Air Festival Grounds Helsinki, Finland
Aug 12 Brutal Assault Festival Josefov, Czech Republic
Aug 27 Barco Rock Fest Guimaraes, Portugal
Sep 11 Unirock Open Air Istanbul, Turkey
Dec 17 Eindhoven Metal Meeting Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Comments (6)

Oooooooooo nice! Can't wait till September to see Opeth and hear the new album!

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 3:24 PM

You can't play 'eavy metal with keyboards.

Posted by bruce dickinson | June 2, 2011 4:41 PM

I prefer Ho-peth, the all female Opeth tribute.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 5:13 PM

Seriously? That is the album cover. Wow=Lame

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 7:02 PM

I hope not. I hope it's just a joke by Mikael. Because I'm not too fond of it.

Either way, I'm sure the music will rock, which is my main concern.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 7:34 PM

Will go with my son. Katatonia is also very good. Great double bill.

Posted by gabe | June 3, 2011 1:25 PM

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