Opeth announce new album Sorceress

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Opeth have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast to release their 12th album entitled Sorceress.

The follow-up to 2014’s Pale Communion is set to launch in late 2016 – and frontman Mikael Akerfeldt says he’s looking forward to a “fruitful relationship” with the label.

He says in a statement: “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.

“The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s – Nuclear Blast kingpin – ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150mph somewhere in the south of Germany.

“We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

Staiger adds: “I am honoured that Opeth have joined the Nuclear Blast family. Mikael Akerfeldt and his fellow bandmates have demonstrated time and time again that Opeth are a band that never release an album that sounds the same.

“The band have 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’m thrilled to have such a unique genre-leader on the label. The future for Opeth and Nuclear Blast looks very bright.”

Further album details will be revealed in due course.

Opeth will head out on a European winter tour, which includes a show at London’s Wembley Arena on November 19.

Opeth European winter tour 2016

Nov 05: Stockholm Annexet, Sweden
Nov 06: Oslo Konserthus, Norway
Nov 07: Copenhagen DR Koncerthuset, Denmark
Nov 08: Hamburg Docks, Germany
Nov 10: Vienna Arena, Austria
Nov 11: Stuttgart LKA Longhorn, Germany
Nov 12: Munich Theaterfabrik, Germany
Nov 13: Zurich Volkshaus, Switzerland
Nov 14: Milan Alcatraz, Italy
Nov 16: Cologne E-Werk, Germany
Nov 18: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Nov 19: London SSE Wembley Arena, UK
Nov 21: Paris Le Trianon, France
Nov 23: Luxembourg Den Atelier, Luxembourg
Nov 24: Berlin Astra Kulturhaus, Germany

Mikael Akerfeldt flicks through Book Of Opeth

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