Heritage Hunter

How long did it take to come up with that tour name?  It's like a divorce in California.  There's no mystery, and it's instantaneous (other than the mandatory waiting peruiod).  You just split everything 50-50.  Can't deny I'm surprised that this one is a co-headliner, but I've been guilty of understimating the American fanbase of the famed Swedes for many nears now.  OPETH will actually close the show at the Gibson on April 26, and MASTODON, if it's anything like the last time I saw them there, will probably sound like shit.  Not their fault necessarily.  Just that their sound and the acoustics of that room are perfectly incompatible.  And then there's GHOST opening things up which may partially cure the pain of the many that will be left outside of the Roxy tomorrow night.  



New York, NYThis is one tour that rock fans will be talking about for years to come and if you miss it, you'll be terribly sorry. Opeth and Mastodon will be embarking on a co-headline tour this spring, which kicks off April 4 in Portland, Maine and runs through May 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. It's the first time these two titans of progressive and forward-thinking hard rock have hit the road together and it's going to be one for the ages. Ghost will serve as the opener of the tour, which has been christened the "Heritage Hunter."

About the tour, Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, in his trademark deadpan wit, stated, "We're touring North America together with Mastodon soon. Nice! One of the very few metal bands of today that I genuinely like. Good people too!  Ghost are coming with us as well, and they are one of the hottest new bands to come out of Sweden in recent years, and I dig them too. I sound like an old fart, don't I? Well, I am.”

He continued, "Yet, am I right in thinking that this tour, this line up, is pretty decent? Would you all agree? Not complete s---, is it? Hope to see y'all out there! What are we playing? Not sure yet, but considering the company, maybe we'll have to pull out the big guns from time to time. In order to keep up, I mean."

Opeth released Heritage in September 2011, garnering critical acclaim from Rolling Stone ("a career record that reimagines prog as actual rock 'n' roll"), Pitchfork ("a pretty, well thought out collection"), AV Club ("wholly absorbing"), Decibel (which featured the band on the cover, which has become a tradition for the band and the magazine), PopMatters ("Opeth still continues to make especially phenomenal music") and more.

Pre-sale ticketing begins on February 1, with public on sales to follow on February 3.  Go here to purchase tickets.