Opeth sign to Nuclear Blast and Announce New Album

Swedish progressive legends, OPETH have signed to Nuclear Blast Entertainment and announce the release of their forthcoming 12th studio album, ‘Sorceress’ this Autumn.

Opeth – Photocredit Stuart Wood

We’re happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album, ‘Sorceress’ via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records,”  states frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt. “The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany.  We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.

An unstoppable force of uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, OPETH has been setting the rulebook ablaze, ploughing a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now.  Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, OPETH, quite simply, has a time honoured tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking.

Nuclear Blast owner, Markus Staiger comments “I am honoured that OPETH has joined the Nuclear Blast family.  Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that OPETH are a band that never releases an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of OPETH from the beginning with ‘Orchid’ to landmark albums like ‘Still Life’, ‘Deliverance’, ‘Damnation’ and ‘Blackwater Park’, right up to 2014’s ‘Pale Communion’.  The band has become one of the most challenging artists in rock music today.  It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their calibre and I am thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for OPETH and Nuclear Blast looks very bright.

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s President adds, “OPETH are a band that has continually evolved and moved forward at every stage.  Always innovating and always continuing to challenge themselves as players and writers.  They are simply fearless.  I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next!  It’s an amazing feeling to be reunited with one of my favourite bands and I look forward to my colleagues here at Nuclear Blast being able to have their own OPETH experience and role in the band’s continuing journey.  I want to thank Mikael Åkerfeldt and OPETH for putting their faith and trust in everyone here at Nuclear Blast.”

OPETH are currently in the studio with Tom Dalgety putting the finishing touches on ‘Sorceress’.  Stay tuned for more details soon.

Meantime, catch OPETH live in their only UK show this year at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th November.  Tickets, VIP packages and details of their other live shows are available at http://opeth.com/tour-dates.

For more info on OPETH point your mouse at www.opeth.com orwww.facebook.com/opeth.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!