Swedish legends Opeth have confirmed the release of their next album
It’s a good time to be an Opeth fan, not only have the prog-metal legends announced that they’ve signed to Nuclear Blast Entertainment today (June 15), they’ve also confirmed details of their forthcoming 12th album, Sorceress, which is due for release this Autumn.
Speaking about the record, frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt says: “We’re happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album, Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records. The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.”
Adding to this, the aforementioned Nuclear Blast/Porsche owner, Markus Staiger, says: “I am honoured that Opeth has joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that Opeth are a band that never releases an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of Opeth from the beginning with Orchid to landmark albums like Still Life, Deliverance, Damnation and Blackwater Park, right up to 2014’s Pale Communion. The band has become one of the most challenging artists in rock music today. It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their calibre and I am thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label.The future for Opeth and Nuclear Blast looks very bright.”
Opeth are set to play their only UK show this year at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19 November – you can get your tickets now from the Kerrang! Ticket Store!
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