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  25th March 2010



Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following statement conerning the band's recent song for the 'God of War 3' soundtrack and Opeth's upcoming new album:

"Lady Gaga called me up! That was a lie....sorry, that's like fucking SPAM! Quite interesting to see how diverse the reactions have been to our last song, 'The Throat Of Winter' that we recorded to be included on a disc coming with the 'God of War 3' game. Everything from 'loving it' to 'hating it' to juvenile 'meh' comments.

"I'm happy we've caused some reactions at least, rather raise a taste-agenda than a shrug. It's quite clear to me that some have yet to understand what this band is about. Some say the song doesn't 'fit' the game, as if we'd ever, in our career, been interested in fitting in. Sorry! I was asked to write an Opeth song, and that's what I did. Couldn't care less if we fit in or not.

"At this point I'm complete and utterly bored with new streamlined music. Bored to tears by conventional metal arrangements. I think the future album will be more or less devoid of any fluid writing. It will be all over the place I guess, because that's what I and ultimately Opeth as a band find interesting these days. I want it to be fucked up! I've written a ten minute plus piece so far and it's miserable sounding (in a good way, for me at least) and quite disturbing. Don't know whether it will make the final cut, but it's certainly set the tone for what type of music I want to write right now. I can't foresee what you as 'fans' will think of anything we put out anymore. I stopped wondering after 'Damnation' got hate-bombed, so we'll just have to wait and see I guess.

"I certainly appreciate all your support during the years. Sorry I can't commit to pleasing you all, but as we all know it simply doesn't work like that. I'm happy, just wrote some lovely music with a friend and it opened my eyes somewhat. This music might come across as un-focused, but it's really crystal clear.

"20th anniversay shows are round the corner. We're rehearsing and it's quite fun (for a change). Been revisiting some old material and it sounds just 'right'! Looks like all six shows will sell out, which is nice... four have sold out already. Appreciate that you wanna come and see us. What was going to be a quiet celebration in a pub escalated to six of the biggest shows we've ever done on our own. I mean, it's the fucking Royal Albert Hall among others. Stupid!! OK, listening to a Mono copy of 'The Beatles' (White album). Quite a different experience really! What an album! Stupid! (X2)"



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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