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Opeth to Tour North America in Spring 2013?

Roadrunner Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have posted a mystery teaser via Roadrunner Records. We can only speculate as to what it means, but the video depicts a spinning Planet Earth with the signature Opeth logo appearing as the globe stops over North America. Accompanying the band’s logo, ‘Spring 2013′ materializes before the short teaser fades away. Immediately after the mystery video was posted, various theories began to float around the internet, and although no official announcement has been revealed along with the 30-second clip, a recent quote from frontman Mikael Akerfeldt  suggests an upcoming North American tour. “We still have a few details to work out,” Akerfeldt told Roadrunner in a November 2012 interview, “but we were supposed to be in the U.S. in the fall [of 2012] and we didn’t do it, so we’re gonna be in the U.S. in the spring, I think. But it’s not completely settled yet, so I’m not sure. I can’t say 100 percent that we’re gonna be there. But 90 percent sure, we’re going on a North American tour, which will be the last lengthy tour that we do for this record.” Opeth blazed through North America in 2012 for an incredible tour with Mastodon and Ghost , and although it’s been less than a year since we interviewed Akerfeldt ourselves and checked out Opeth’s live show, WE WANT THEM BACK! Here’s hoping for a 2013 North American tour from our Swedish friends in Opeth. Watch Opeth’s Mystery ‘Spring 2013′ Video [button href=”http://loudwire.com/opeth-blackwater-park-top-21st-century-metal-songs/” title=”Opeth – Top 21st Century Metal Songs” align=”center”]

Opeth Cover Black Sabbath and Napalm Death During Performance in Germany

Roadrunner Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have the technical abilities to play almost any metal song ever written. During a tour stop in Germany, the band recently performed two legendary tracks, one of which is perhaps the world’s easiest metal song to play, mostly because it’s only two-seconds long. Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt began to introduce the cover that group had planned on playing, ‘Solitude’ by Black Sabbath , but started to speak about how they had also covered Napalm Death ‘s ‘You Suffer’ in the past. After some cheers from the audience, Opeth performed ‘You Suffer’ in its two-second entirety for the exhilarated audience. Akerfeldt then went on to introduce ‘Solitude,’ a song that Opeth had played in the past. “Opeth, back in the day, in the early ’90s, we used to play this song. Back then I was really into making good-sounding rehearsal tapes, basically not proper studio demos, but you just have a tape recorder in the rehearsal room and record your band practice. And they had to be perfect, there couldn’t be any noise prior to the song or after the song, it had to be like a proper recording. I was very anal about that kind of thing.” He continues, “This song, we recorded and the drummer at the time had a cymbal on the drumstick, and it sounded perfect but in the end, he dropped the cymbal, [makes crashing noise] so I had to do it again. So don’t drop the f—ing cymbal.” Both Sabbath and Opeth fans are sure to appreciate this cover, as it’s masterfully pulled off by Akerfeldt and the boys. Opeth Perform Napalm Death’s ‘You Suffer’ and Black Sabbath’s ‘Solitude’ Live

Opeth Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt: ’90 Percent’ Chance of 2013 North American Tour

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Opeth have been touring relentlessly in support of 2011′s ‘Heritage,’ and before they wrap up the cycle for that album will likely embark on one more North American run. Frontman  Mikael Akerfeldt recently spoke with Roadrunner Records  about their 2013 plans. “We still have a few details to work out, but we were supposed to be in the U.S. in the fall [of 2012] and we didn’t do it, so we’re gonna be in the U.S. in the spring, I think. But it’s not completely settled yet, so I’m not sure. I can’t say 100 percent that we’re gonna be there. But 90 percent sure, we’re going on a North American tour, which will be the last lengthy tour that we do for this record.” Akerfeldt revealed Opeth also plans on doing 2013 shows in Australia and Japan and possibly South America, in addition to some summer festivals. He says it will wind down after May of next year. Even though Opeth have legions of fans all over the world, when it comes to their home nation of Sweden Akerfeldt admits they aren’t necessarily a huge draw throughout the country. “If we keep ourselves in the big cities, we’re fine, but if we go into the smaller cities, we can play pubs, or smaller venues. So we’re not really…I think we’re more well-known than popular, if you know what I mean.” The band has been recording shows, but are not sure if and when any live material will be released. “We bought some type of rig, so we can record every show,” Akerfeldt states. “I’m not sure if we’re recording every show, but we did record the London show, and we’re probably gonna continue recording whenever we can.” He adds, “But I’m not sure what we’re doing with that stuff, to be honest. It’s always good to have material, and maybe further down the line, if we have a bunch of shows recorded we can pick and choose the best segments of the shows and maybe put something out, but we don’t know yet.” Opeth are in the midst of a European tour, which wraps up Dec. 7 in Norrköping, Sweden. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/opeths-mikael-akerfeldt-talks-writing-new-material-and-past-lineup-changes/” title=”Next: Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt on Writing New Material” align=”center”]

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