And keyboardist Joakim Svalberg (who has worked with Glenn Hughes and Yngwie Malmsteen) has been rehearsing with Swedish progressive metal group Opeth for the past few weeks. Svalberg has not yet been made an official member of the band.
He replaces keyboardist Per Wiberg, who joined Opeth in 2005; he was relieved of his duties in April as part of a mutual decision with the remaining members of the band.
“Well, it’s been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now Per is no longer a member,” says frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt. “[Martin] Mendez [bass], Axe [Martin Axenrot, drums] and Fredrik [Åkesson, guitar] and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There’s no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that’s that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth.”
The band will be touring this September with Katatonia. You can find those dates after the jump. I need to go get a towel to wipe up the massive load that just dropped out of the bottom of my pant leg because of this tour.
Opeth with Katatonia
9/19 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
9/20 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
9/21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
9/22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
9/26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
9/28 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
9/29 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
10/6 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
10/8 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
10/16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/21 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
10/25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
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