The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that Swedish progressive death metal maestros OPETH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Lead by vocalist/guitarist Mikael Ã…kerfeldt, Opeth have become synonymous with fearless experimentation, memorable song writing and stellar musicianship which has seen them rise from the Scandinavian underground to become one of the most unique rock/metal bands of the last decade.
Opeth were formed in Stockholm in 1990 and spent several years developing their sound and solidifying a line-up before releasing their debut album â€˜Orchidâ€™ on Candlelight Records in 1995. â€˜Morningriseâ€™ followed in â€™96 along with their first major tour supporting Cradle Of Filth. 1998's concept album â€˜My Arms, Your Hearseâ€™ featured slightly more compact songs and a darker tone, but it was with 1999â€™s â€˜Still Lifeâ€™ for their new label Peaceville that they began making waves with the mainstream metal media. Moving to Music For Nations in 2001 for the release of â€˜Blackwater Parkâ€™ finally signalled their critical and commercial breakthrough and the album is still regarded by many observers as a landmark in their career.
Never a band to rest on their laurels, Opeth recorded their next two albums simultaneously. â€˜Deliveranceâ€™ â€“ released in 2002 â€“ cracked the Billboard Top 100 album chart and further extended the bandâ€™s exploration of and experimentation with their signature progressive death metal sound. â€˜Damnationâ€™ â€“ released in 2003 â€“ abandoned death metal in favour of a traditional 1970â€™s progressive rock feel.
Their most recent album, 2005â€™s â€˜Ghost Reveriesâ€™, saw the band combine elements from many of their previous works and again met with widespread critical acclaim.
The band have just issued a live album entitled â€˜The Roundhouse Tapesâ€™ and have been announced as support for Dream Theater on their 2008 North American tour.
Opethâ€™s performance at Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival promises to be an unforgettable highlight of the weekend.
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OPETH â€“ The Dark Side Of The Moog - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.