OPETH guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt has recorded ten hour-long shows for the Swedish national radio (Sveriges Radio). The first program was broadcasted on Sunday, June 19 and will be followed by another episode each Sunday at 11 p.m. for the coming 10 weeks. The show is based on Mikael‘s love for obscure vinyl records, and he is playing actual vinyl on the show, with crackle and all.
The already aired shows are also available as streamed audio at this location. (Note: The show is recorded in Swedish.)
OPETH‘s new album, “Heritage”, will be released on September 20 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was produced by OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork, which can be seen below.
“Heritage” will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH‘s legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the band’s own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP. There is something for every OPETH fan, thanks to this variety of options.
OPETH made its live debut with keyboardist Joakim Svalberg (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, GLENN HUGHES) at the 10th annual Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on June 10, 2011 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.
Fan-filmed video footage of OPETH‘s June 17, 2011 performance at this year’s edition of Copenhell — the first big, outdoor metal festival in Denmark — can be viewed below.