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  19th April 2010



Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following statement about the band's recent 20th anniversary shows and the work completed so far on their new album:

"Swollen feet! If you guys been on a plane for 15 hours+ you might have experienced it. Fucking disgusting! Maybe it's something that comes with age, anyhoo... I went to the pharmacy and got special flying socks, and problem is gone! Some words of advice, right? Beware of them jell-o feet! Lamest beginning of any of my 'blogs', right...thank you very much...

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"Got back home last night from the 6 shows we did celebrating 20 years as a band. Let's see, Stockholm (went OK), Essen (Great), Paris (Great), Holland (off show...horrible!), London (AMAZING!), NYC (Good), LA (OK). Overall it was a fantastic little trip for all of us, we had a blast. Played 3 hour shows, started with the whole 'Blackwater Park' album from start to finish, then a little 10 minute break, and a second set consisting of: Forest of October, Advent, April Ethereal, The Moor, Wreath, Hope Leaves, Harlequin Forest and The Lotus Eater.

"Crowd was great on all shows, apart from Holland (I mean, some peeps seemed to like us and cheers to them, but we're really ignored AND some TWAT threw a beer in my chest. Same TWAT later posted in the guestbook that he's actually a fan, and 'couldn't believe I could throw 40 yards, sorry, love you guys' Haha! What a TWAT!!! The 'OK' and 'Good' comments above are based on our personal overall feel on stage, some of these shows we're plagued with bad stage sound which always makes it a lot more difficult. And we're also quite picky I guess. Either way, crowds for all the 6 anniversary shows we're amazing, these were all sold out shows which was a plus.

"Playing the Royal Albert Hall in London is the biggest feather in my rock hat so far. Wow! Just Wow! We took pictures just like Deep Purple did on the 1969 Concerto album. Geeks! Met a bunch of lovely people, thank you for making this trip so memorable for us. We'd meant to have one night in some pub here in Stockholm, downing a few pints, but it 'escalated' into some of the biggest shows we've ever done.

"Now I'm back home... lotsa stuff in the pipeline, some cool things cooking. Next Opeth album being one thing. BUT, firstly I have to service my 2 cars (yeah 2!!!)... haha they're only Volvos, one a MINT 240 from 1988. Looks like a senior citizen's car actually. They need Summer tires by Thursday too. I sweeped the driveway today, changed a few light bulbs, threw out a lot of garbage and picked up the kids early. Good to be back. But soon I'll be itching to go out again I guess. Everyone's good, and I guess they say hello, although I didn't call em up and ask 'em if they did. Hehe!

"I might cancel this MySpace soon actually. I like writing these blogs I guess but it's a little bit too much for me to handle. I want to get down into writing mode and need less things hovering above me. But I'll let you know. Take care guys."



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.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

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.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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