Played at Graspop Metal Meeting 2003 / 2006 / 2011 / 2014 / 2017





Opeth developed a flamboyant crossover between progressive seventies rock and the melodic but brutal death metal of their hometown Stockholm. The result is a cocktail of sharp contrasts where subdued, semi-acoustic passages with soothing vocals suddenly degenerate into pounding riffs punctuated with bowel-churning grunts. They became the flag bearers of ‘progressive death’, a title they vacated quite unexpectedly with the release of their tenth album, ‘Heritage’ (2011), on which blast beats or grunts were completely absent. While this is also true of ‘Pale Communion’ (2014) and the new release ‘Sorceress’ (2016), the latter is somewhat heavier than its predecessors. Some of the old fans may grumble over the new musical direction their studio albums have taken but not to worry because their live set consists of a mix of old and new material. (#GMM17)