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Stockholm, Södermanland, Sweden (1990 – present)

Opeth is a band from Sweden that is influenced by many diverse musical styles ranging from , 1970s , , and . Their recent releases have deviated from their traditional influenced style, with more emphasis on progressive elements. Vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt is also noted for utilizing both clean singing and death growls, often in the same track. Due to their unique blend of melodic and progressive elements, Opeth are often classified separately from more typical acts. The name Opeth was taken from Wilbur Smith’s novel Sunbird and derived from Opet, a city of the moon named in the novel.

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Opeth was formed in Stockholm, Södermanland, Sweden in 1990 by David Isberg. Isberg invited Mikael Åkerfeldt to join the band at a practice session as a bass player, but failed to inform the current bass player or any of the other members of the band. Because of this, all band members except for Isberg quit, and Åkerfeldt soon joined Opeth after his band, Eruption, faltered. With Åkerfeldt on guitar and David Isberg on vocals, Opeth still lacked members and needing more, they were soon joined by long-time friend of Åkerfeldt and former Eruption drummer Anders Nordin and Nick Döring on bass. Andreas Dimeo was recruited as a second guitarist.

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  • KaramAkerfeldt

    RIP 1995-2008

    27 minutes ago Reply
  • TerraeFilius

    Old, Sweet Opeth :)

    51 minutes ago Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    hairmetal sounds like he honestly loves Nickelkroeg

    2 hours ago Reply
  • mothertruker

    Not quite sure yet about Pale Communion, but Heritage was beautiful. Old fans have to keep licking their wounds (myself-included).

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Stern_J

    for a band than i once loved they sure did take away most of what i did love along with creating their worst song ever with "River",i can to listen to Opeth not a country radio song

    5 hours ago Reply
  • I0000days

    Downright embarrassing and fake as shit.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • hairmetalguy

    I got angry after listening to the new Opteh album too, so I played All The Right Reasons. The Kroegster's heavenly vocal melodies quickly soothed my mind, and his philosophical riddles ("What the hell is that on Joey's head") helped me to achieve deep spiritual enlightenment. Thank you, Chad.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • CoffeeMan1969

    v he could use a hearty dose of DT for sure

    10 hours ago Reply
  • mk741

    I sure was angry that night.

    10 hours ago Reply
  • ajellendersen

    mk741 is angry. calm down kid, everything will be fine.

    10 hours ago Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    actually be worse than Heritage [2] [fx´d]

    11 hours ago Reply
  • mk741

    Might actually be worse than Heritage. Moon, River, and Treason (DUH DUH DUH DA DA) are amazingly bad. That organ needs to be smashed to pieces and burned.

    Yesterday 2:40am Reply
  • arielpoe

    This shoutbox gives me cancer. [2]

    Yesterday 2:28am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    the gold standard of granny metal

    Yesterday 11:32pm Reply
  • KrOeGoElectric

    Needs more didgeridoo. [fix'd]

    Yesterday 9:42pm Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    v Ditto.

    Yesterday 8:36pm Reply
  • rolle-

    Needs more organ.

    Yesterday 7:54pm Reply
  • hairmetalguy

    AnarchyBrony is a devoted Opteh fangirl. Her purpose in life is to defend Mikael from being mocked.

    Yesterday 7:17pm Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    *rubs head*This shoutbox...

    Yesterday 6:12pm Reply
  • KrOeGoElectric

    AnarchyBrony is like teh sole defender of wilson and akerfeldt, it's almost like he's part of a triangle (Of Love (In The City (Of Love (In The City (Of Love)))))

    Yesterday 4:13pm Reply
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