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Ask any metal fan in the world and they'll tell you there's no band quite like Opeth. Since 1990, Opeth (Stockholm, Sweden) has been writing some of the most unique and extreme progressive metal ever created. With roots spanning fromdeath metalto jazz and 70's progressive, Opeth is an extreme act like no other. Mikael Akerfeldt's voice shifts between themost soothingclean singing ever heard and the most menacing death metal growls this side of the threshold of hell. With himand PeterLindgren making up the guitar arsenal, their riffs flow with atmosphere as well as a beautiful acoustic side ...read more

Ask any metal fan in the world and they'll tell you there's no band quite like Opeth. Since 1990, Opeth (Stockholm, Sweden) has been writing some of the most unique and extreme progressive metal ever created. With roots spanning fromdeath metalto jazz and 70's progressive, Opeth is an extreme act like no other. Mikael Akerfeldt's voice shifts between themost soothingclean singing ever heard and the most menacing death metal growls this side of the threshold of hell. With himand PeterLindgren making up the guitar arsenal, their riffs flow with atmosphere as well as a beautiful acoustic side andblues. influenced metal solos. The rhythm section is near perfect with Mendez and Axenrot providing the clean, subtlebasslines andjazz/Latin-influenced drums. Despite the unusual influences for a band such as this, Opeth blends their distinctinfluences intoan undeniably progressive metal sound.

After the breakup of Mikael Akerfeldt's original death metal band Eruption in 1990, a friend named David Isberg asked himtojoin as bassist for a band called Opeth. After countless lineup changes and disastrous gigs, Mikael wrote a song called"Poiseinto Celeano", a song that branched off the standard death metal the band had been playing and into the progressiveworld.After years a seemingly pointless work, Mikael became the vocalist just before landing a deal with Candlelight Recordsandrecording their debut: Orchid. With Morningrise recorded in the spring of 1996, Opeth began to make a nameforthemselves in the metal community.

With the album My Arms, Your Hearse on the horizon and the arrival of Martin Lopez on drums and Martin Mendezonbass, Still Life came and went quickly. Opeth's first true breakthrough came in 2000 when Mikael met futurefriendSteven Wilson in London. Mikael asked him to produce their new album, and with is help, Blackwater Park becametheirmost successful release yet. Massive tours followed including a European headline and their first serious tour of the US.

After the success of Blackwater Park, the band decided to rest and let the creative juices flow. It wasn't untilfriendJonas Renkse of Katatonia gave them an idea that work on their next albums began. He suggested that Opeth writetwoalbums together, one excelling in their soft side and the other their brutal half. The albums were to go together butwerereleased separately - these albums became Damnation and Deliverance in 2002. With Steven Wilsonproducing aswell as adding vocal tracks and melotronics, the band had achieved a darker side of their trademark sound.

Opeth released Ghost Reveries, their first major label release, in 2005 to an overwhelmingly positive response fromcriticsand fans alike. With the addition of keyboardist Per Wiberg, their sound continues to become more eerie without losingany itsextreme or progressive nature. Drummer Martin Lopez departed in early 2006 due to personal issues to be replacedbyMartin"Axe" Axenrot and the band continues to tour relentlessly today.

Opeth has became one of the most respected bands in modern metal. Their music goes beyond a mere collection ofsoundsand invokes thoughts and visions in listeners' minds. Concerts have been played to celebrate their eight-albumaccomplishment and their development over the years. While critics may believe they are just another talented metalband,tothe fans, Opeth is more than a band. It is a life-changing experience proving that music can affect people in deep,moreprofound ways than ever imagined.

Opeth is: Mikael Akerfeldt – Vocals, Guitars; Fredrik Åkesson – Guitars; Martin Mendez – Bass; Martin Axenrot – Drums;JoakimSvalberg – Keyboards « hide

Similar Bands: Katatonia, Leprous, Edge of Sanity, Amorphis, Enslaved

LPs
Pale Communion
2014

3.6
537 Votes
Heritage
2011

3.4
1,897 Votes
Watershed
2008

3.9
2,988 Votes
Ghost Reveries
2005

4.2
3,339 Votes
Damnation
2003

4.2
3,020 Votes
Deliverance
2002

3.9
2,425 Votes
Blackwater Park
2001

4.5
4,563 Votes
Still Life
1999

4.5
3,101 Votes
My Arms, Your Hearse
1998

4.2
2,142 Votes
Morningrise
1996

4
1,888 Votes
Orchid
1995

3.7
1,705 Votes
EPs
Burden
2008

2.8
243 Votes
Apostle in Triumph
1994

3.3
66 Votes
Live Albums
The Devil's Orchard - Live at Rock Hard Festival
2011

3.5
20 Votes
In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
2010

4.5
261 Votes
The Roundhouse Tapes
2007

4
483 Votes
Lamentations
2004

4.2
480 Votes
Compilations
The Wooden Box
2009

4.5
2 Votes
The Candlelight Years
2008

4.3
75 Votes
Opeth (Box Set)
2006

4.5
38 Votes

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