Big News! Opeth Signs To Nuclear Blast Entertainment

I’m going to try and do more of these “label signing” posts here on PiercingMetal and not so much to keep up with the other more news related websites that are out there but to get a chance to speak my own mind about the particular scenario and offer up what I think about the situation a little deeper.

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The Press Release:
OPETH sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment; “Sorceress” to be released in late 2016

Nuclear Blast Entertainment is very pleased to announce the signing of Swedish progressive legends, OPETH. Always an unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, OPETH has been setting the rulebook ablaze, and ploughing a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow for over 25 years now. Neither conforming nor exhibiting any desire to be restricted to a single genre, OPETH, quite simply, has a time honored tradition of blowing our minds with both class and forward thinking. All these years later, nothing and everything has changed once again with their forthcoming album Sorceress.

“We’re happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records,” states Mikael Åkerfeldt. “The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

Nuclear Blast owner, Markus Staiger, continues:
“I am honored that OPETH has joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Åkerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that OPETH are a band that never releases an album that sounds the same. You never know what their new music will sound like! Nuclear Blast has been following the musical journey of OPETH from the beginning with Orchid to landmark albums like Still Life, Deliverance, Damnation and Blackwater Park, right up to 2014’s Pale Communion. The band has become one of the most challenging artists in rock music today. It is not often that we get to work with musicians of their caliber and I am thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for OPETH and Nuclear Blast looks very bright.”

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds:
“OPETH are a band that has continually evolved and moved forward at every stage. Always innovating and always continuing to challenge themselves as players and writers. They are simply fearless. I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next! It’s an amazing feeling to be reunited with one of my favorite bands and I look forward to my colleagues here at Nuclear Blast being able to have their own OPETH experience and role in the band’s continuing journey. I want to thank Mikael Åkerfeldt and OPETH for putting their faith and trust in everyone here at Nuclear Blast.”

OPETH are currently in the studio with Tom Dalgety putting the finishing touches on Sorceress. A release for the album is tentatively scheduled for the fall via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment..

OPETH’s eleventh studio album, “Pale Communion”, debuted at position No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart. The album was released on August 26, 2014 via Roadrunner Records. Cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is really some great news because I love pretty much everything that Opeth is about AND the artist catalog of Nuclear Blast. If I had to add all of the content up on the website, I’m thinking that they are one of the labels that is presented here the most so its nice to find Opeth joining their ranks for future releases and tours. Opeth has defied convention for so long and continued to impress their fans with music that crosses many boundaries and brings you to other worlds and I cannot see what course they plot for us now. What do you think of this news my readers, have you been following the band over the years or are you among the new blood? Let me know in the comments below, they are always open for your topical opinion.

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