Swedish prog-metal/rock legends OPETH are readying their awaited return to North America in 2020 for a winter tour with labelmates GRAVEYARD. In the meantime, the band has released dark and eerie new animated video shortS for the English and Swedish versions of “Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth,” from their recently released album, “In Cauda Venenum,” that’s available now via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. Both versions are now viewable below.
The offbeat and beautifully crafted video short was created by renowned South African born animator/artist Jess Cope (“Frankenweenie,” “Metallica: Here Comes Revenge”) and follows a melancholic and bitter man on the brink of self-destruction and insanity as he delves into a sinister alternate world as reality crumbles around him. Cope previously collaborated with OPETH’s Mikael Åkerfeldt on the music video for “Drag Ropes” for his side project STORM CORROSION, with Steven Wilson. Working mainly with traditional animation methods, her shorts have an enticingly tactile look and feel to them and are brought to life with an unprecedented level of skill and attention to detail. Her emotive storytelling draws in audiences in a way that has seen her win multiple awards for her films in recent years.
The video short precedes OPETH’s upcoming 2020 North American tour that includes two nights at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and performances at the renowned Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Tickets are selling fast at http://www.opeth.com/tour-dates.
OPETH’s 13th album, “In Cauda Venenum,” has been lauded by critics and fans around the world since its release in late September, and has gone on to be named one of one of Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of 2019 and Loudwire’s “66 Best Metal Albums of the Decade: 2010-2019.” Released in both Swedish and English languages, the record features a number of standout tracks like “Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart In Hand" and “Svekets Prins” / “Dignity” among others.
OPETH Tour Dates: Nov 30 – Pune, INDIA – NH7 Bacardi Weekender Festival Dec 2 - Shanghai, CH - Mao Livehouse Dec 3 - Beijing, CH - Mao Livehouse Dec 5 - Osaka, JP - Club Quattro Dec 6 - Tokyo, JP - Zepp Tokyo Dec 8 – Singapore, SG – Live at The Crossroads (SOLD OUT) Dec 10 - Adelaide, AUS - Thebarton Theatre Dec 11 - Perth, AUS - Astor Theatre Dec 13 - Melbourne, AUS - Palais Theatre Dec 14 - Sydney, AUS - State Theatre Dec 15 - Brisbane, AUS - The Tivoli (SOLD OUT) Jan 12 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT) Jan 13 - Stockholm, SE – Circus (SOLD OUT) Jan 15 - Helsinki, FI - Ice Hall Main Support: GRAVEYARD Feb 13 - Cleveland, OH - The Agora Ballroom Feb 14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre Feb 15 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre Feb 17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium Feb 18 - Montreal, QC - Mtelus Feb 19 - Toronto, ON - Rebel Feb 21 - New York, NY - Apollo Theater Feb 22 - New York, NY - Apollo Theater Feb 23 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Feb 25 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Feb 26 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium Feb 28 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Feb 29 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Mar 1 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Mar 2 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom Mar 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium