Sweden's OPETH have been forced to cancel the first couple of dates on their previously announced U.S. tour due to delays in the bandmembers obtaining the necessary visas to enter the country. The band's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"It is with regret that the first couple of dates on the OPETH U.S. tour will have to be postponed due to a delay in getting the bands work visas through, at this stage one can 100% confirm that the Mesa and Los Angeles dates will not happen, we are working to save the San Francisco date and will almost certainly start the tour in Portland [on October 12]. We are working on rescheduling the postponed dates. More news soon!"
OPETH are touring in support of their new album, "Ghost Reveries". Opening the shows will be FIREBALL MINISTRY (Oct. 12-30),INTO ETERNITY (Oct. 31 - Nov. 11),PELICAN (Oct. 12-22) and NEVERMORE (Oct. 24 – Nov. 11).
As previously reported, OPETH's video for the track "The Grand Conjuration", featuring a special guest appearance by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD drummer Gene Hoglan, has been posted online at Roadrun.com. The song comes off "Ghost Reveries", which was mastered on June 16 at the Cutting Room facilities in Stockholm and features a running time of 66 minutes.
OPETH utilized the services of Hoglan during the bulk of the recently completed Sounds of the Underground tour after the group's regular skinsman, Martin Lopez, went back to Sweden for treatment of a rare blood disorder he's had for most of his life. The band have since enlisted Martin Axenrot (BLOODBATH, WITCHERY, NIFELHEIM) to take over Lopez' duties until he's fully recovered.