Opeth Partner with Nuclear Blast for Cheekily-Named Imprint, Announce New Album

  • Axl Rosenberg

After eleven years, four studio albums, and one live collection, Opeth have parted ways with Roadrunner Records. Like fellow RR departees Machine Head and Soulfly, they’ll now be part of the Nuclear Blast roster instead.

Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt says of the signing:

“We’re happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records. The decision was made in Markus Staiger’s (Nuclear Blast kingpin) ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150 mph somewhere in the south of Germany. We’re happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

“Moderbolaget,” in case you’re wondering, is Swedish for “Parent Company.” So not only does the imprint’s moniker sound cool to our stupid English-speaking ears, but it’s witty, too.

The band are “putting the finishing touches” on Sorceress now. A fall release is expected. No word on whether or not this record will feature any actual metal, but I’m guessing it won’t.

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