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OPETH Prepare To Enter The Studio; Mikael Åkerfeldt To Front BLOODBATH

February 17, 2005

OPETH will be entering Fashination Street Studios on March 15 to record their eighth yet untitled opus. The band are currently in rehearsal mode, which is a rare occasion having recorded the last four records without rehearsing. The recording will be overseen by the uprising recording mogul Jens Bogren. As of today no names for production duties have surfaced and it looks like the next record will be a band produced effort. Nothing has been decided regarding who’s taking care of the mix either so we’ll have to keep you wondering.

OPETH and their management have spent the last month meeting the five top label candidates for the next OPETH recording contract. The names are still secret but a decision will be made very soon.

Several summer festival appearances a summer tour of the US has also been confirmed and will be posted soon. The band will make a few low-profile appearances prior to the next release and several full blown headline tours all over the world after the release.

In related news, frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been confirmed as the vocalist for the first and last BLOODBATH gig. This will take place at Germany’s famous Wacken Open Air Festival on the 5th of August. The band will perform songs from all three albums including the non-Åkerfeldt Nightmares Made Flesh that featured Peter Tägtgren on vocals. The allstar line-up will also feature Anders Nyström (KATATONIA), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA), Dan Swanö (legendary multi musician), and Martin Axenrot (NIFELHEIM, WITCHERY).