Opeth is a Swedish heavy metal band that formed in 1990 in Stockholm. While
the band has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and
songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's driving force since joining
shortly after its inception. While firmly rooted in Scandinavian death
metal, Opeth has consistently incorporated influence by progressive music,
folk, blues rock and jazz into their usually lengthy songs. Many
compositions include acoustic guitar interludes and strong dynamic shifts,
as well as both growling and clean vocals. Though they rarely toured in
support of their first four albums, Opeth conducted their first world tour
after the 2001 release of Blackwater Park. Opeth has released nine studio
albums, two live albums, one box set, and two DVDs. The band released its
debut album Orchid in 1995, but did not experience American commercial
success until the 2003 release of seventh effort Damnation which debuted at
number 192 on the Billboard 200. Opeth's ninth studio album, Watershed, was
released on June 3, 2008 and entered the Billboard 200 at #23.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Elizabeth I became Queen of England and Ireland, marking the start of the
Explorer David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls,
one of the largest waterfalls in the world, on what is now the
The Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, was
inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony.
Cold War: Representatives from the Soviet Union and the United States met in
Helsinki to begin SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of
strategic weapons on both sides.
Sixty-two people were killed by Islamic terrorists outside the Deir
el-Bahri, one of Egypt's top tourist attractions, in Luxor.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
gravitas (n) 1. Seriousness in bearing or manner; dignity.
2. (figuratively) Substance, weight.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.