Like most people with good taste, I count Opeth among my top ten favorite bands (not just metal bands, but bands) of all time. They’ve yet to release a song I don’t like. I feel like they’re one of those rare acts who have that Midas touch…everything they do is phenomenal. I’ve seen Opeth more times than I can count on two hands, including a set with Porcupine Tree in Massachusetts some years back. Damn, was that surreal. Live, Opeth are perhaps one of the tightest groups I’ve heard.
Usually, I think live records are bullshit. But Opeth did release The Roundhouse Tapes and the “Lamentations” DVD, and both, I can listen to without noticing its a live record. Same with Portishead’s live set from Roseland. So I am kind of looking forward to September 21, when Opeth releases a new live LP called In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall.
Recorded in April, the performance includes two sets: The first, of Opeth’s 2000 masterpiece Blackwater Park and then, a ton of other material from their vast catalogue.
“Opeth had a magical night playing the Royal Albert Hall,” says frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt in a press release. “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 favorite. 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!”
There will be three versions of the outing: a vinyl box set with a double-DVD of the show; a 5-disc set with two DVDs and three CDs; and a double-DVD set.
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