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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.


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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  • Badger-of-love

    v Not only is Pale Communion teh most coherent album ever made (after Lulu by Metallica&LouReed and Morbid Angel's Illud Divinum Insanus), it also proves that Mikael has a stunning ability to cumpose innovative songs, this is particularly evident during Voice Of Treason's first half. Progressive masterpiece.

    45 minutes ago Reply
  • fandrades

    v Yeah, like Moon Above, Sun Below. Infinitely better songwriting than Heritage. It flows really naturally through all those parts in about 10 minutes. The Lines in my Hand and The Devil's Orchard are just pieces of shit. MASB, that's real songwriting brotha.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • forfrosne

    v Nah it really doesn't, Pale Communion has infinitely better songwriting than Heritage. Pale Communion has proper songs that flow naturally where Heritage are essentially various ideas stitched together haphazardly.

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  • THXmille138

    peggio dei pendragon

    14 Sep 2:47pm Reply
  • The5thcolum

    After listening through Pale Communion several times, I was finally starting to get into it. Then I listened through Heritage for reference... Heritage honestly sounds way better, and I'm not even an advocate of that album. It seems like PC is missing something. I'll continue to listen to it for the next 3 years (which is how long Opeth seems to take to create new album in their old age) in search of something to grab hold of. I'm also noticing a pattern: I was never a big fan of Deliverance and Damnation when they came out… but when Ghost Reveries came out, I thought D&D were great albums and GR was just okay. Then Watershed came out; it was just okay imo and it make GR sound way better. Then came Heritage, and so on, the pattern continued.

    14 Sep 2:12pm Reply
  • starfuckr

    And you never have a feeling of the sorrow inside And you haven't been the reason why hole-up subsides And you've never seen the aftermath of giving up

    14 Sep 1:27pm Reply
  • MawdzzFag

    vvvv yer rite

    14 Sep 9:56am Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hi. My new album available for download! Listen it full. Post-Rock, Atmospheric-metal

    14 Sep 9:00am Reply
  • raskte

    Eternal rains will come! We should say goobye!

    14 Sep 1:18am Reply
  • applestuddel

    Kale Communion could use moar grind

    13 Sep 9:45pm Reply
  • Badger-of-love

    More like Fail Communion, amirite?

    13 Sep 9:10pm Reply
  • fandrades

    g8 b& m8, although Stale Communion friggin' sux yo

    13 Sep 6:34pm Reply
  • jmp186

    I think you guys didn't understand what mean "progressive" :/

    13 Sep 6:13pm Reply
  • Fromthedead89

    Morningrise>The Moor>Orchid>My Arms Your Hears>The rest,

    13 Sep 2:24pm Reply
  • Fromthedead89

    I like Porcupine Tree, but stop talking about Steven in a Opeth shoutbox.

    13 Sep 1:01pm Reply
  • Fromthedead89

    I like most their older albums, but they do some great job now aswell.

    13 Sep 12:49pm Reply
  • Fromthedead89

    This is my favoriteband of all time.

    13 Sep 12:45pm Reply
  • Nocturnalpriest

    bye bye Opeth, your past albums remain in my heart and collection :-(

    13 Sep 10:43am Reply
  • Mrozikos667

    Haha, DDevilized, that was a good one ;) I still disagree, though.

    13 Sep 9:40am Reply
  • DDevilized

    "It feels that "Heritage" was a transitional album where they were just putting all the new blocks together without actually knowing how they should be put." which is exactly why Heritage is superior.

    12 Sep 11:07pm Reply
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