Opeth | Artist
Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band formed 1989 in Stockholm by David Isberg (vocals), Dan Nilsson (guitar), Micke Bergström (guitar), Martin Persson (bass) and Rille Even (drums). The group has been through several personnel changes, including the replacement of every single original member. Mikael Åkerfeldt (guitar, vocals, bass), a sixteen year old when he joined, has remained Opeth's primary driving force since the departure of original vocalist David Isberg in 1992. Opeth's style is a blend of death metal and progressive rock. Åkerfeldt cites his influences include many classic '70s prog bands, as well as heavy metal bands, particularly Judas Priest. Their prog influences are evident from the inclusion of acoustic guitar and mellotrons in the instrumental palette. To-date Opeth has released 14 studio albums and several excellent live albums. The overall standard of their albums has remained exceptionally high, but their most creative period was undoubtably 1996-2008 when they released eight superb albums back-to-back: Morningrise, My Arms Your Hearse, Still Life, Blackwater Park, Deliverance, Damnation, Ghost Reveries and Watershed. The band's 2019 release In cauda venenum, is their strongest album for many years. The live releases Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush and The Roundhouse Tapes are both highly recommended.
Artist Website: opeth.com
Featured Albums: Opeth
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