With special guest Zeal & Ardor
Sweden’s iconic rock/metal titans Opeth will return to North America this fall for a tour with fellow masters of prog-metal Mastodon with special opening guests Zeal & Ardor.
Sweden’s pioneers of death and progressive metal, Opeth, formed in 1989 and have been widely recognized as one of the genre’s most innovative and influential bands over the course of 13 landmark albums. Rolling Stone says, “Opeth have been one of the bands who have defined the sound of modern metal. From their 1995 debut, Orchid, a striking amalgam of [Mikael] Åkerfeldt’s growled vocals and lush, progressive song structures, through 2001 extreme-prog masterpiece Blackwater Park—which landed at number 55 on Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Metal Albums list and at 28 on our 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums tally—Opeth have demonstrated a willingness to color outside arbitrary subgenre lines.” The band’s latest record, 2019’s In Cauda Venenum, continued their lauded evolution, delving further into the far reaches of the progosphere and was highly praised on End of Year Lists by the likes of Decibel, Loudwire, Consequence and Rolling Stone. Released in both Swedish and English languages, the record features a number of standout tracks like “Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” / “Heart In Hand” and “Svekets Prins” / “Dignity” among others.
Grammy® Award-winning band Mastodon continue to chart their own course through their highly successful music career. Founded in Atlanta, GA during 2000 by Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals), the group have unleashed a series of influential albums. Rolling Stone notably cited 2004’s Leviathan on its coveted The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Meanwhile, Crack The Skye closed out 2009 on year-end lists by everyone from Time to Spin. They delivered three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with The Hunter , Once More ‘Round the Sun , and Emperor of Sand . “Sultan’s Curse” notably garnered their first Grammy Award in the category of Best Metal Performance. Mastodon have been nominated for Grammy five times to date. The group commemorated their late manager Nick John with their 2019 take on “Stairway To Heaven,” affectionately entitled “Stairway To Nick John.” Initially released for Record Store Day, all proceeds benefit the Hirschberg Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research. Their evolution continues later this year, with their ninth full-length offering for Reprise Records produced by David Bottrill [Tool, Rush], Hushed and Grim.
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