Opeth have something in store for you.
Those who are feeling emotionally bland or restrained by normal routines are encouraged to rise from the everyday humdrum and release the inner rebel vanquished during their good old teenage years. Opeth is the very much needed jolt of freedom, and they will be gracing the stage of the Wellmont Theatre on April 19.
Hailing from of Sweden, Opeth will be bringing their progressive death metal sound to the Wellmont. The audience can expect to hear songs with bass, guitar and plot twists as well. Since most Opeth songs last longer than a typical three minute radio tune, a dark intricate story like one found in “Wreath” off of the band’s sixth album, Deliverance, is granted time to develop.
Opeth’s website, it has been said that “an Opeth album is created to be experienced as a continuous whole,” which is why the essence of engaging storytelling can be found dating back to 1994 when the band put out their first album, Orchid. “Forest of October” is proof the band has been capturing this misty sinister element, since their conception by varying instrumentation use from heavy to light and vice versa.
It’s no surprise that Opeth took a refreshing approach with their tenth album Heritage, released in September of 2011. “The idea with Opeth is to do music we want to hear,” said Mikael Åkerfeldt, the band’s vocalist and driving force for over two decades. Fans can expect to hear multiple songs from Heritage, like “Famine,” as well as a mesh of tougher songs from the nine previous albums.
Katatonia, whose vocalist, Jonas Renkse, is best buddies with Åkerfeldt, will be the night’s opening act at 8 p.m. before Opeth takes center stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. Feel free to arrive earlier; parking is available at the Crescent parking garage. Enjoy the nearby Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, where eating without silverware is condoned. Or, sharpen Italian skills by ordering the Bistecca Ai Ferri at Saluté: A Brick Oven Bistro.
After the blood boiling show, Just Jake’s will be open until 2 a.m. to soothe the lingering adrenaline rush with various drinks and snacks.
Don’t miss out on thrashing with the big boy. The bands’ prior show will be on April 18 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, N.Y. To purchase tickets in advance for $25, visit the Wellmont’s site or call 877-WELLMONT (877-935-5668).
Tickets will also be sold on the day of the show for $30 at the box office located directly outside the entrance of the Wellmont Theatre. Opeth will be featured on April 20 in Worcester, Mass. at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.