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    Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:35:36

    Opeth Two-Disc Live Set to Be Released September 21 - It chronicles the band's 20th anniversary performance at London's Royal Albert Hall

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    As part of the ongoing celebration of their 20th anniversary, Sweden's much heralded progressive metal stalwarts Opeth are releasing live footage and audio from the band's recent performance at London's famed Royal Albert Hall. In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, is due out September 21.

    The performance at the Royal Albert Hall (recorded in April, 2010) includes two sets, the first consisting of the band performing 2000's now-classic, breakthrough epic, Blackwater Park in its entirety, and the second, a chronologically arranged selection of material from the rest of Opeth's extensive catalogue, totaling almost three hours of music. The front cover artwork concept pays tribute to Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra, underlining the band's longstanding love for their prog-rock roots. Thinking back to the concert, frontman and guitar god Mikael Åkerfeldt said in a statement that "Opeth had a magical night playing the Royal Albert Hall. It was a dream come true, and now afterwards, it still feels like a dream. We got it all on film, and this, our third live recording and DVD might be my personal favorite. One couldn't help to think of all the fantastic artists that played there over the years. Looking back at this night of celebration brings me fond memories of our 20th anniversary—this package is the delayed birthday present. Enjoy!"

    The release will be available as three very special configurations: a limited edition Vinyl Box Set, which includes a double-DVD set of Opeth's performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety, including bonus features, like a set of four 180-gram LP's of the concert's live audio in its entirety. The vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeves which are packaged as a two double gatefold set with exclusive artwork. Vinyl only available in this box set. There is also exclusive, numbered lithograph with artwork designed by Mikael Åkerfeldt and longtime Opeth designer, Travis Smith; a 20-page, LP sized booklet printed on coated paper stock that chronicles the night's events in photos; and expanded, exclusive artwork and more. There is also a five-disc set that consists of two DVDs and three CD's. The set not only includes the legendary evening captured on video, but the concerts live audio in its entirety as well. The Double-DVD set of Opeth's performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety and with bonus features.

    Are you an Opeth diehard? Are you going to check this out?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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