A new audio interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt
of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH
conducted by Andrew Haug
, the former host of Triple J
Australia's "The Racket"
radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"
; 2001-2011), will air on Australia's recently launched first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station, AndrewHaug.com
, today (Thursday, March 7) at the following times:
* USA/Canada (PST) 7:00 p.m.
* USA/Canada (EST) 10:00 p.m.
* U.K. 9:00 p.m.
* EUROPE (CET) 10:00 p.m.
During the chat, Åkerfeldt
offers his controversial opinion on the state of the new extreme-metal scene: "New extreme metal, I think it's dull, I think it's shit." OPETH
will return to North America in support of their most recent studio album, "Heritage"
. Released September 20, 2011, it garnered rave reviews from everyone from Rolling Stone
, who called the album "a career record that reimagines prog as actual rock 'n' roll," to Pitchfork
saying "a pretty, well-thought-out collection" to NPR
who called it "equally vast, thoughtful and heavy." The tour will kick off on April 18 in Buffalo and will take the band throughout North America on a 30-plus-city tour. KATATONIA
has been confirmed as direct support for the tour.
There will be several dates of note during OPETH
's North American run. On April 20, OPETH
will be making a stop to headline alongside ANTHRAX
and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
. The April 28 show in Clifton Park, New York will see OPETH
mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt
's STORM CORROSION
collaborator and friend Steven Wilson
of PORCUPINE TREE
for a special evening that is not to be missed. There will also be two rare and intimate evenings with OPETH
planned for Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29 and The Roxy in West Hollywood on May 24. These shows will allow fans the unique opportunity to experience OPETH
like never before.