Opeth is one of those bands that when you see them live it becomes more than a show it becomes a musical experience. I saw Opeth once before at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ in 2011. Unfortunately in this tour Opeth were supporting their Heritage album and they decided to not play any of their songs that had death growls. This was a bit disappointing as this left off a few songs I have been wanting to see live. However Opeth pulled it off and did a fantastic show with support from Katatonia.
I had the chance to see Opeth again with support from Katatonia at The Rialto Theater. For this show Opeth decided to do much more of their older stuff with death growls. Songs like Deliverance and Ghost of Perdition were present in the setlist to a surprising result. Some surprises came in an acoustic rendition of Demon of the Fall which sounded almost more evil than the original. Their encore with Blackwater Park was probably the biggest highlight of the whole show. Opeth played a fantastic show and each member was a sight to see, especially the jam-like session they had with Atonement.
The Age of Metal had a chance to speak with mainman Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. In the interview we had a chance to talk about the tour, antics pulled on Katatonia between shows, writing on the new album, the inclusion of death growls again in their set, the best shows he has seen, and much more. Check out our video interview with him below!