Opeth announce new album, share dynamic single “Sorceress” — listen

Stockholm prog rock outfit's 12th full-length to arrive this fall


    Photo by Stuart Wood

    Swedish prog rock purveyors Opeth have announced the release of a new album called Sorceress on September 30th. Due out via Nuclear Blast and their own Moderbolaget imprint, it serves as their 12th studio effort and the follow-up to 2014’s Pale Communion.

    The forthcoming collection spans 11 songs, including titles like “The Wilde Flowers”, “The Seventh Sojourn”, “Strange Brew”, and “Persephone”. It was recorded amongst the pastoral settings of Wales’ Rockfield Studios with the help of Wil Malone, who has produced for the likes of Iron Maiden and handled string arrangements for Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode.

    According to vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt, Sorceress was influenced by obscure prog albums — like the self-titled 1972 release from Italian outfit Il Paese dei Balocchi (The Land of Toys) — and the darker matters of the heart. “I was trying to draw inspiration from the negative aspects of love: the jealousy, the mindfucks, the paranoia and everything that comes with what’s ultimately a beautiful feeling,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s something that I value extremely highly in my life, but it really can have a damaging effect on you, which it did on me.”


    Our first look at the new record comes with its dynamic, richly layered title track. Check it out above via its lyric video.

    Sorceress Album Artwork:

    Sorceress Tracklist:
    01. Persephone
    02. Sorceress
    03. The Wilde Flowers
    04. Will O The Wisp
    05. Chrysalis
    06. Sorceress 2
    07. The Seventh Sojourn
    08. Strange Brew
    09. A Fleeting Glance
    10. Era
    11. Persephone (Slight Return)

    In support of the new album, the band will tour North America this fall.

    Opeth 2016 Tour Dates:
    08/05 – Corroios, PT @ Vagos Open Air Festival
    08/19 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
    09/24 – San Bernadino, CA @ Ozzfest/Knotfest
    09/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    09/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
    10/01 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
    10/02 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    10/04 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
    10/05 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
    10/07 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
    10/08 – Akron, OH @ Good Year Theater at East End
    10/09 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
    10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
    10/12 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
    10/13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
    10/14 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
    10/15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
    10/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    10/19 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
    10/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
    10/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
    10/24 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
    10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
    10/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum

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