Release Date: November 30, 2018
There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s OPETH. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and, most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums to become one of the best bands on the planet; whether that be live or on record. Ask any OPETH fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes.They’ll all tell you the same thing: OPETH are peerless. And they’re only getting better.
Certainly, every OPETH record has had diversity. In 1995, ‘Orchid’reset the rules of death metal. Six years later, ‘Blackwater Park’ hit the high note for musicality in a genre generally devoid of it. ‘Damnation’, in 2003, was the work of a band determined to upend the norm. Five years after that, ‘Watershed’ closed OPETH’s chapter on death metal by visiting its darkest corners and holding its native brutality aloft. And in 2014, ‘Pale Communion’ officially bridged the progressive music gap by twisting the intrepid sounds of ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s into contemporary brilliance.
For 12th album‘Sorceress’, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, where the Swedes had tracked ‘Pale Communion’ withTom Dalgety. The experience was positive and historical—the countryside studio was also home to pivotal BUDGIE, QUEEN, RUSH, JUDAS PRIEST, and MIKE OLDFIELD recordings—there really was no other option for OPETH and crew. Mainman MikaelÅkerfeldt’swas very aware of what the masses have had to say about the band since ‘Watershed’. While some disliked the musical shift on ‘Heritage’, most have applauded it. They’ve come to expect something new from the Swedes. True to form, ‘Sorceress’ gave long-time fans and weary critics reason to re-think OPETH and what it takes to be musically fearless.
“’Sorceress’ is another masterpiece and they make it look easy.” – Classic Rock
“Totally spellbinding” – Kerrang!
“Opeth’s unceasing creativity marches ever onwards.” – Metal Hammer
“Opeth at their most infectious” – Prog Magazine.
This special limited edition 4 x 10” Box Set also includes the bonus studio and live tracks included on the original release but long since out of print.
LP Disc 1 Track Listing:Side A: 1.Persephone/2.Sorceress
Side B:1.The Wilde Flowers/2.Will O The Wisp
LP Disc 2 Track Listing:Side C:1.Chrysalis/2.Sorceress 2
Side D:1.The Seventh Sojourn/2.Strange Brew
LP Disc 3 Track Listing:SideE:1.A Fleeting Glance/2.Era/3.Persephone (Slight Return)
Side F:1.The Ward/2.Spring MCMLXXIV
LP Disc 4 Track Listing:Side G:1.Cusp Of Eternity (Live)/2.Voice Of Treason (Live)
Side H:1.The Drapery Falls (Live)