Is it just me, or is an album's release date becoming less and less relevant? I'm not just talking about piracy or over-saturation of the market leading to release dates that just don't feel as special -- though even at my relatively young age, I can fondly remember waiting in line at FYE to buy a new album -- but rather I'm saying that the way we consume music is changing in such a way that makes when an album came out nearly irrelevant.
Earlier this year, Down announced that they will record four new EPs instead of a full-length album, setting off a ton of speculation about how the album's days may be numbered, thanks to any number of culprits from our download-centric culture to the impatience of fans.
In the following video, Opeth Fredrik Akesson discusses some of the band's signature techniques, as featured in the song "The Devil's Orchard." "The Devil's Orchard" comes from the band's latest album, Heritage, which is out now.
With every new album, Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have always come up with something new and different, and quite often, something that takes everyone by surprise. The latest album, Heritage, falls in this category and with it, Mikael Akerfeldt & Co. have proven once again that there are no bounds to their creativity.
... kind of. It's not quite a full cover, but it's certainly enough to prove entertaining. Apparently Opeth broke out a few bars of the Bon Jovi classic "Wanted Dear or Alive" during a recent show in Orlando. You can check out fan-filmed footage below.
On their latest album, Opeth take a decidedly more mellow, progressive approach to their unique brand of metal, drawing more from the back catalogs of Camel and Pink Floyd than any of the band's early death metal influences. Fans of Orchid may have been a tad confused by the jazz-fusion passages that made their way onto the album in songs like "Nepenthe," but Heritage is still undoubtedly an Opeth record, and a very good one at that.