Opeth will embark on a South American Tour in February 2023, making several stops throughout the continent, including through Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and México. Regarding Colombia, one of their stops will be in Bogotá, where they will perform at the Teatro Royal Plaza on February 16, 2023.
The show will be part of their In Cauda Venenum tour and will feature the band performing their whole music catalog, from their earliest albums to their latest. The tour is a celebration of the band’s twentieth anniversary and will surely be an unforgettable show.
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Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band that has been active in the music scene since the mid-90s. Since their formation, they have released thirteen full-length studio albums and are widely considered to be one of the most innovative and influential metal bands of the modern era.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and bassist Peter Lindgren in Stockholm, Sweden, formed the band. Mikael Åkerfeldt had been playing music since he was a child and had been a part of several bands before deciding to form his own. Peter Lindgren was an experienced musician who had played in several bands as well, and the two quickly decided to team up and form Opeth.
The band soon gained a following and was signed by Candlelight Records in 1994, and on May 15, 1995, Opeth released their debut album, ‘Orchid.’ It was an excellent introduction to their history, a debut album that put them on the map as a legendary band.
It was a much politer album than anything found in the discographies of the well-established “traditional” death metal bands at the time. It contained some beauty that a truly appreciative listener can realize.
The album was filled with diverse riffs, acoustic passages, and heart-breaking guitar solos, and all these elements go with little to no transitions. It was largely influenced by the so-called Gothenburg sound, flowing naturally with those buzzing early melodic death metal riffs and atmospheric guitar solos. The album’s somewhat grotesque and gothic atmosphere also adds to this impression.
Opeth managed to unite diversity and quality on this album, and ‘Orchid’ truly triumphs with folkish melodies seemingly inspired by Celtic motifs, lengthy jass passages, traditional death metal riffing, and ephemeral progressive rock melodies.
‘Orchid’ was, indeed, a tremendous success and is still considered a classic in the genre. Moreover, the album set the tone for Opeth’s future works and established them as one of the most influential death metal bands of all time.
Opeth’s second album, ‘Morningrise,’ was released on June 24, 1996, also via Candlelight Records. The album consists of five tracks and lasts for sixty-six minutes, and features Opeth’s longest song, the twenty-minute majestic ‘Black Rose Immortal.’
Following the footsteps of the innovative ‘Orchid,’ ‘Morningrise’ received tremendous praise worldwide, with Allmusic giving the album four stars.
‘Morningrise’ marked the beginning of a shift in the band’s sound, focusing more on acoustic guitars and guitar harmonies and less on the blast beats and aggression typical of death metal. Nevertheless, ‘Morningrise’ is still considered a classic in the genre and is a timeless masterpiece.
Opeth’s third full-length studio album, ‘My Arms, Your Hearse,’ was released in August 1998 simultaneously in Europe, through Candlelight Records, and in the United States, through Century Black. It was the first Opeth album featuring drummer Martin Lopez, and all of the songs on the album were shorter than ten minutes.
‘My Arms, Your Hearse’ was Opeth’s first concept album, with all the lyrics written before the music was written.
The album was widely praised by critics, with Steve Huey of AllMusic saying that it “flows logically from one composition to the next, and the longest songs have enough variation in texture and mood to hold the listener’s interest fairly consistently.”
Opeth’s fourth album, ‘Still Life,’ was released on October 25, 1999, through Music for Nations and Koch Records. It marked the first collaboration between Opth and the infamous British label Music for Nations.
The album’s sound is a combination of progressive metal and death metal and features two singles, ‘Face of Melinda’ and ‘Serenity Painted Death.’
Opeth’s fifth studio album, ‘Blackwater Park,’ was released on March 12, 2001, in Europe and a day later in North America, again through Music for Nations and Koch Records. ‘Blackwater Park,’ on its turn, marked the first collaboration between Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson and the band, as Wilson had been brought in to produce the album. This contributed to a shift in Opeth’s musical style, leading it to be often considered their magnum opus.
It features two singles, ‘The Drapery Falls’ and ‘Still Day Beneath the Sun,’ and a special edition of ‘Blackwater Park’ was issued in 2002 with a bonus second disc. The limited edition EP sold out in less than twenty-four hours and continues to be one of Opeth’s most sought-after releases to date.
Opeth’s sixth studio album, the magnificent ‘Deliverance,’ was released on November 12, 2002. It was recorded between July 22 and September 4, 2002, at the same time as their follow-up ‘Damnation,’ released five months after this album.
It was produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson and features two singles, ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Master’s Apprentices.’ The album is considered to be one of the band’s heaviest albums to date.
‘Deliverance’ also peaked on Top Heatseekers at No. 16 and the Top Independent Albums chart at No. 19, making it the first Opeth release to chart, making history on their impressive musical career.
Opeth’s seventh studio album, ‘Damnation,’ was released on April 22, 2003. However, as stated, it was recorded between July 22 and September 4, 2002, at the same time as their magnificent ‘Deliverance,’ released five months before this album, featuring two singles, ‘Windowpane’ and ‘Death Whispered a Lullaby.’
‘Damnation’ peaked on Top Heatseekers at No. 30 and the Top Independent Albums chart at No. 17, making it the second Opeth release to chart.
Opeth’s eighth studio album, ‘Ghost Reveries,’ was released on August 29, 2005, a debut regarding their new association with then, extreme North American record company Roadrunner Records. It features two singles, ‘The Grand Conjuration’ and ‘Isolation Years.’
Opeth’s ninth studio album, ‘Watershed,’ was released on June 3, 2008, featuring two singles, ‘The Lotus Eater’ and ‘Porcelain Heart,’ and was the second Opeth album released through Roadrunner Records.
Opeth’s tenth studio album, ‘Heritage,’ was released on September 20, 2011, featuring two singles, ‘The Devil’s Orchard’ and ‘I Feel the Dark,’ It was the third Opeth album released through Roadrunner Records.
Also through Roadrunner Records was Opeth’s eleventh studio album, ‘Pale Communion,’ which was released on August 25, 2014, featuring two singles, ‘Eternal Rains Will Come’ and ‘Cusp of Eternity.’
Marking their switch of labels, and the first for German Nuclear Blast Records, Opeth’s twelfth studio album, ‘Sorceress,’ was released on September 30, 2016. ‘Sorceress’ featured two singles, ‘Will o the Wisp’ and ‘The Wilde Flowers,’ and was the first Opeth album released through Nuclear Blast Records, followed by their September 27, 2019, latest release, their thirteenth studio album titled ‘In Cauda Venenum.’
‘In Cauda Venenum’ was recorded at Atlantis Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and was produced by Jens Bogren, featuring two powerful singles, ‘Svekets Prins’ and ‘Ingen Sanning Är Allas.’
The album has been hailed as a return to form for the band and is one of the most acclaimed progressive metal albums of all time. It has sold over 93,000 copies in the United States and is ranked as one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
In addition to their studio albums, Opeth has also released several live albums and DVDs. They are known for their intense and powerful live performances and have played at major festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Download Festival, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, and many more.
They have also been featured on major tours, such as the Ozzfest, the Sounds of the Underground, and the Mayhem Festival.
Opeth has been highly influential in the metal scene and is often cited as an influence by many modern metal bands. Their unique blend of death metal, progressive metal, and folk music have earned them widespread critical acclaim, and they remain one of the most important and influential metal bands of the modern era.
Tickets for the show can be purchased online at Bandsintown, and are sure to sell out quickly. Fans can also purchase tickets at the venue on the night of the show, but it is advised to purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry.
The show promises to be a night to remember, as fans will experience an unforgettable performance by one of metal’s most influential and iconic bands. Fans in Bogotá and throughout South America will surely be in for a treat when Opeth comes to town.
Regarding ‘In Cauda Venenum,’ the album’s latest single, ‘Ingen Sanning Är Allas’ has been released with a captivatingly intense music video, which can be viewed below.