Opeth: New Album Details Revealed

Opeth often credited as being forward thinkers who are a genre of one, are proud to announce Watershed as the title of their forthcoming album.

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Swedish progressive metal titans Opeth, often credited as being forward thinkers who are a genre of one, are proud to announce Watershed as the title of their forthcoming album, due out on Roadrunner Records on June 3rd, 2008. The album, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored Opeth tradition; it's modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock. Watershed is truly one of those special records that cycles through a variety of moods, speeds and textures, complete with lots of subtleties and nuances of sound. Because of its expansive scope, Watershed is destined to land the album atop many 'Best of 2008 lists. Album opener 'Coil' is a gorgeous acoustic number, featuring local folk vocalist Nathalie Lorichs, while 'Heir Apparent' will knock listeners unconscious with its blunt force metal. 'Porcelain Heart' is an epic, thanks to its quiet-loud dynamic structure. Always one to defy the rules, Opeth posits sung vocals over artillery-like blast beats on 'The Lotus Eater,' cementing their reputation as innovators and redefiners. Watershed combines elements of modern metal, prog rock, free jazz and hints of European folk music, all of which come together for a seamless, unique collection of songs that will leave an indelible mark upon all who listen. Watershed is the first OPETH release to feature new guitarist Fredrik Akesson and drummer Martin Axenrot and is the band's second album for Roadrunner Records. Watershed is the eagerly awaited follow up to 2005's critically acclaimed Ghost Reveries. The complete track listing is as follows: 01. Coil 02. Heir Apparent 03. The Lotus Eater 04. Burden 05. Porcelain Heart 06. Hessian Peel 07. Hex Omega Opeth will hit the road in April with Dream Theater, 3, and Between The Buried And Me. Thanks for the info to SMNnews.com.

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    TC1223
    wow - wtf? the two comments were from 1 person? OK - I'm done in here !
    TC1223
    garden of grey wrote: Good catch ahah
    He didn't catch anything - I cleared things up myself before he posted
    TC1223
    garden of grey wrote: ^ hahahahaha, you are thinking of otep and fail for two reasons: 1. They aren't Opeth 2. You said Otep was pretty good :p
    Anyway, I've never heard any OTEP (not OPETH) albums but, at the show they seemed to get things going - I've heard many many much worse live bands before.
    TrasherFromHell
    Gunpowder wrote: It seems as if every Opeth album that comes out is a masterpiece. I know that I'm hardpressed, looking through their back-catalogue, to find even one bad song, let alone one bad album.
    Yeah, Opeth really does release only masterpieces. Seriously what song has Opeth released that someone would say "meh, this one is bad"?, i mean when it comes to Opeth you just have to get the whole album because everything is excellent, unlike some other bands that even fans for example those who download their music, they don't download every song on an album, that just doesn't happen with Opeth. Also, as someone mentioned about the song titles, to me they did seem a little different to what they usually name their songs. Some of these to me sound unrelated to Opeth, take for example 'Hex Omega' in comparison to 'the drapery falls' they kind of usually have more poetic-like titles; but that's not a bad thing at all, actually I like to think of it as another way for the band to demonstrate how they expand their style and how they're so unique to explore outside their scope, even if it means to break a recognizable pattern. I just want the album now, is definitely gonna be an incredible album as usual, what's worst is that you just never know how it's gonna be, you really can't assume anything about it and that just keeps me so anxious about it, they always surprise me with their albums.
    filthylittleboy
    Cannibalkyle16 wrote: oops double post but...cmon shuk you can't be that retarded. "Opeth posits SUNG vocals over artillery-like blah blah blah..." dont meen to by cynical though but....alot of those song titles.... I guess i shouldn't speak before i see the lyrics but most of those song titles aren't exciting me to much
    Well the song titles for Damnation aren't exactly interesting, but the music is always fantastic, and the titles will probably grow on you. also for that 5_strings guy, theres things about opeth that might seem boring to you, but in reality, they are absolutely fascinating and if you LISTEN you will learn to love it. I used to think they are boring, now I lust after blackwater park and ghost reveries every day! I'm really excited about this album. probably will be my favorite new album this year, right beside gamma ray's land of the free part 2!!!
    garden of grey
    ^ hahahahaha, you are thinking of otep and fail for two reasons: 1. They aren't Opeth 2. You said Otep was pretty good :p
    Wintersun
    Shuk wrote: "Always one to defy the rules, Opeth posits sung vocals over artillery-like blast beats on 'The Lotus Eater,' cementing their reputation as innovators and redefiners." What the hell does this mean? Vocals over blast beats is NOT innovative, every single death metal band does it. Part of the reason I like Opeth is because they don't spam the bass drum!
    First of all, the reference to vocals of blast-beats means that there are clean vocals over them, which to my knowledge has never been done before, which is why they refered to them as innovators. Second, I don't know what the hell you mean by "spamming the bass drum" by Lopez has used plenty of double bass in Opeth including their epics Blackwater Park and Demon of the Fall. And in case you don't know Opeth have a new drummer on this album so his style is becoming intertwined with the band but I'm sure it's following Mikael's vision. The reason their haven't been blast-beats in Opeth before is because Lopez has a latin-influenced drum style that diversified Opeth's rhythm. I can't wait to hear what Watershed holds in store.
    TC1223
    I saw this band twice with Static X - they were pretty good but I can't stand her speaches on politics.
    Hexagram
    and children will find such novels as The Great Gatsby, Ulysses, and Brave New World boring . That is what I meant to put down
    Hexagram
    5_Strings wrote: and ill say it again ... no offence .. and absolutely NO SPAMMING INTENTION !!! .. opeth is boring yes they are boring ... thanks
    and children will find such novels as The Great Gatsby, Ulysses, and Brave New World. I'm sorry they are on too grand of a scale for you. I can let some negative comments about bands go but I really don't see how anyone can down talk Opeth, or at least, someone with some concept of musical taste
    5_Strings
    why why why !! .. why would you delete my comment .. why do the mods want everyone to just keep praising whatever band the article is talking about ?? ... you guys should allow opinions in UG .. and ill say it again ... no offence .. and absolutely NO SPAMMING INTENTION !!! .. opeth is boring yes they are boring ... thanks
    Wintersun
    Shuk wrote: "Always one to defy the rules, Opeth posits sung vocals over artillery-like blast beats on 'The Lotus Eater,' cementing their reputation as innovators and redefiners." What the hell does this mean? Vocals over blast beats is NOT innovative, every single death metal band does it. Part of the reason I like Opeth is because they don't spam the bass drum!
    First of all, the reference to vocals of blast-beats means that there are clean vocals over them, which to my knowledge has never been done before, which is why they refered to them as innovators. Second, I don't know what the hell you mean by "spamming the bass drum" by Lopez has used plenty of double bass in Opeth including their epics Blackwater Park and Demon of the Fall. And in case you don't know Opeth have a new drummer on this album so his style is becoming intertwined with the
    filthylittleboy
    leper_affinity wrote: This will probably be album of the decade.
    +1 PS: learning leper affinity now
    filthylittleboy
    they're like prestige prog metal, they just say they're over rated because the singer is very, VERY egotistical in his interviews. He pulls it off though. just LISTEN and you'll know for yourself
    dunie5
    what makes opeth so good? i'm not trashing them, i've never really listened to them...so i'm curious. I've had people tell me they were overrated so I want to know what it is i should listen for when i check them out. Any suggestions?
    Raaaaar
    TheForeigner wrote: They aren't over-rated! In fact, they're great. I believe that it's one of the most original and better bands of our decade.
    whats original the death metal bits or the folk bits?
    TheForeigner
    They aren't over-rated! In fact, they're great. I believe that it's one of the most original and better bands of our decade.
    Raaaaar
    i like opeth but i think they are pretty over-rated by pre pubescent kids who think they look cool by associating themselves with a band that isnt knuckleheaded metal
    mr barnicals
    ghost reveries is absoloutley amazing, and bands like opeth get better with time... this is gonna be KILLER.
    Midnight Rocker
    About 2 Snap wrote: lilboisX3 wrote: wow they seam over zealous calling it the greatest thing since the printing press. wait till the album comes out before you name it 2008 of the year Akerfeldt is always over zealous. Has he been wrong yet?
    The man is a mad genius. I believe he has every right to be up himself. He hasnt let us down yet!
    RO$$
    I hope they play some of their new songs on the defenders of faith tour with Arch Enemy. I bought my ticket expecting there new album to be released before the tour. Argh oh well even if they don't play any of these songs it'll still be great.
    9_11_4
    Dream Theater and Opeth tour.. thats like my dream come true!! shame that I saw dream theater 5 days ago. I dont think they will be back in Australia anytime soon
    sictree
    I think I just died and came back to life. Cant wait hope they tour past nz again
    lilboisX3
    wow they seam over zealous calling it the greatest thing since the printing press. wait till the album comes out before you name it 2008 of the year
    Scourge441
    I don't think anyone can wait for this. Probably the thing I'm excited for most is seeing what Per Wiberg does on this album. He's supposed ot be playing a much larger role.
    Alreddyded
    Shuk wrote: "Always one to defy the rules, Opeth posits sung vocals over artillery-like blast beats on 'The Lotus Eater,' cementing their reputation as innovators and redefiners." What the hell does this mean? Vocals over blast beats is NOT innovative, every single death metal band does it. Part of the reason I like Opeth is because they don't spam the bass drum!
    I'm pretty sure they mean clean vocals. And 5_Strings, you ARE allowed an opinion, so I'll let that slide Yay for June 3rd!
    as_i_lay_dead
    ALL HAIL OPETH looks like itl be a good selection of long tracks...by the sounds of it its going to be e heavy one like deliverence
    Shuk
    "Always one to defy the rules, Opeth posits sung vocals over artillery-like blast beats on 'The Lotus Eater,' cementing their reputation as innovators and redefiners." What the hell does this mean? Vocals over blast beats is NOT innovative, every single death metal band does it. Part of the reason I like Opeth is because they don't spam the bass drum!