Sweden’s musical alchemists, OPETH release their 12th studio album, ‘Sorceress’ on 30th September on the band’s imprint label, Moderbolaget Records via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. In celebration of the release, the band have planned three special shows at historic venues across the globe in support of the record, including Radio City Music Hall in New York on 1st October, Wembley Arena in London on 19th November and the world famous Opera House in Sydney on 6th February 2017. Grab tickets for the Wembley Arena show at http://goo.gl/hIj6TA.
At the shows, OPETH will be performing two sets of music; one from their forthcoming album, ‘Sorceress’ together with fan favourites from their lauded catalogue, then a second special set featuring material from ‘Deliverance’ & ‘Damnation’.
Frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt tells us, “We’re getting pumped up for the coming ‘Sorceress’ world tour. We have three shows scheduled that are quite ‘out of the ordinary’ due to their legendary status and location – Wembley Arena in London/UK, Radio City Music Hall in New York/USA and the famous Opera House in Sydney, Australia. These three shows will be completely unique in terms of songs, spanning over two separate set lists. We’ll pull out songs from our back catalogue and mix it up with newer stuff during the first set. The second set will consist of songs exclusively from the ‘Deliverance’/’Damnation’ records, that was just celebrated with a re-release combo package by the newly revived Music For Nations label. So it’s a little bit of a celebration indeed! We’ll only play this set list three times on the whole world tour, so if you miss it, you’ll have missed it. Of course, all other shows will be treated with the same amount of respect and we’ll chisel out a nice diverse set list spanning over our entire career for every single show during the tour. We very much hope to see you there!”
These landmark gigs also celebrate the recent release of OPETH’s ‘Deliverance’ & ‘Damnation’ box set, featuring the band’s classic 2002 and 2003 records packaged as one complete work – as originally intended – and their just-released ‘Lamentations – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire’ show which is available now on DVD & 180 gram triple LP vinyl via Music For Nations.
Fans are invited to pre-order ‘Sorceress’ in a variety of formats, including coloured vinyl and special bundles at the links below. Listen to the album’s title song ‘Sorceress’ at https://youtu.be/LhqijfqecvA.
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