Opeth caught on camera exclusive…

As part of the ongoing celebration of their 20th anniversary this year, Sweden’s OPETH are releasing audio and video from the band’s recent performance at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall’ is set for release on 20 September.

20 years and nine records into their career, Opeth’s ‘Evolution XX: An Opeth Anthology’ tour brought the Swedish prog titans to six of the world’s most unique venues, and now, with the release of In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall, into the homes of their fans. Recorded on 5 April this year, the performance at the Royal Albert Hall includes two sets, the first consisting of the band performing 2000’s now-classic, breakthrough epic, ‘Blackwater Park’ in its entirety, and the second, a chronologically arranged selection of material from Opeth’s extensive catalogue, totalling almost three hours of music. The front cover artwork concept pays tribute to Deep Purple´s ‘Concerto For Group And Orchestra’, underlining the band’s longstanding love for their prog-rock roots.

Thinking back to the concert, frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt comments: “Opeth had a magical night playing the Royal Albert Hall.  It was a dream come true, and now afterwards, it still feels like a dream. We got it all on film, and this, our third live recording and DVD, might be my personal favourite. One couldn’t help to think of all the fantastic artists that played there over the years. Looking back at this night of celebration brings me fond memories of our 20th anniversary — this package is the delayed birthday present. Enjoy!”

The release will be available as two very special configurations. The first being a limited edition vinyl box set, which includes:

Double-DVD set of Opeth’s performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety, including bonus features.
An exclusive set of four 180-gram LP’s of the concert’s live audio in its entirety. The vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeves which are packaged as 2 double gatefold set with exclusive artwork.
Exclusive, numbered lithograph with artwork designed by Mikael Åkerfeldt and longtime Opeth designer, Travis Smith.
20-page, LP sized booklet printed on coated paper stock that chronicles the night’s events in photos, expanded, exclusive artwork and more.


Alternatively, for the true Opeth geeks out there, you can feed your existing Opeth related OCD with a 5-disc set consisting of 2-DVDs and 3 CDs which not only includes the video, but the concert’s live audio in its entirety as well. Tracklisting is as follows:

Set 1 | THE LEPER AFFINITY | BLEAK | HARVEST | THE DRAPERY FALLS | DIRGE FOR NOVEMBER | THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT | PATTERNS IN THE IVY | BLACKWATER PARK

Set 2 | FOREST OF OCTOBER | ADVENT | APRIL ETHEREAL | THE MOOR | WREATH | HOPE LEAVES | HARLEQUIN FOREST | THE LOTUS EATER

In other news, the band play this weekend’s High Voltage festival at London’s Victoria Park  and headline the Bloodstock Festival on Friday 13 August at Catton Hall, Derbyshire.

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