OPETH – Twentieth annivesary
Undoubtably awesomely great show, this was! OPETH – easily one of the most respected and revered groups on the metal scene. One might say that I am biased here, as the guitarist, Fredrik Åkesson, is a very close friend of mine. But my reaction and admiration was wholehearted, and a sold out Cirkus Arena seemed to agree.
Photo by Christer Lorichs
This was the first of six very exclusive shows across the globe. The band offered two sets. The first featuring their breakthrough epic album “Blackwater Park” in its entirety. No conversation or introduction between songs. Just the album straight through. Fans were lyrical and literally blown away by this. After a 10 minute break came the second set with mixed material from the band’s extensive catalogue. Opeth took the crowd on quite a journey with all their strong and dynamic songs in shift. Containing progressive influences and the finesse of folk, blues rock, jazz and acoustic instrumentation with a touch of Death Metal, that only Opeth can do. They set out in several different musical directions. Very impressive to find one self exited to see what’s in store in the next turn of a, not so unusual, ten minutes long song. Beautiful acoustic guitar interludes shifting to raw growling parts. Instrumentally top quality the whole way.
Visually a very beautiful show. I would’ve just been content by seeing the best logo in the world (their “O” logotype”) as a backdrop. But they had a beautiful movie running with different moods of nature, the ocean, trees, wind etc. This together with the awesome lightning was icing on the cake. Cred to who ever did the lightning.
1) Fredrik Åkesson shredding away. (Photo: Christer Lorichs)
2) Giving Fredrik a little kiss for a performance well done. (Photo: Ulf Magnusson)
Backstage after the show, it struck me that; The band members don’t seem to have big egos. Fame has not changed them or made them stuck up. Very down to earth and sometimes even a bit shy. Some of Michael’s remarks on stage. – “I am so nervous”, – “I hope it sounds Ok”? – “We are not very good looking dudes, still people come out to see us”. Like I said, very down to earth. Makes you love them even more : ) I left the arena with a smile on my face. A very fulfilling and satisfying evening and a special memory to store.
All live photography by Christer Lorichs. More of his work here >>
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Opeth was formed back in 1990. With quite a few constellations. Michael has remained the driving force. But this is the line-up since 2007.
More about OPETH here>>
Orchid (1995), Morningrise (1996), My Arms, Your Hearse (1998), Still Life (1999), Blackwater Park (2001), Deliverance (2002), Damnation (2003), Ghost Reveries (2005), Watershed (2008)
These are the dates and venues as follows:
March 30 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden
April 1 – Lichtburg – Essen, Germany
April 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France
April 5 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
April 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
April 9 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Watch this video – “Burden” – It is so beautiful.
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