Um, holy shit! That's pretty much all I have to say right now. Alright, alright. I'll try to figure something else out. Uh, sweet! In all seriousness this is a pretty serious announcement and I am really looking forward to the show. Opeth and Mastadon are co-headliners on this tour and they will be sharing the closing duties for each date. On Opeth's last tour (and album) they wanted to switch up their musical direction and even though I enjoyed it, I was really hoping for a balls out metal feast. Mikael Åkerfeldt hinted that they might be cooking up that feast for this tour and that makes me a happy panda. As for Mastodon, I've really enjoyed they progression that their music is taking. What started out as pure aggression has turned into some pretty impressive music that spans over multiple genres. I haven't had a chance to see them live yet so this will be as good a time as any. The dates for the show as well as statements from the bands are after the break.
Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt said of the trek, “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.” Åkerfeldt continued, “Yet, am I right in thinking that this tour, this line up, is pretty decent? Would you all agree? Not complete shit, 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.”
In their own collective statement, Mastodon added, “We’re excited to co-headline this tour with Opeth for whom we have great respect and admiration. Having Ghost along, as well, will make this tour a special event.”
Here are the dates for the tour. Get your tickets early because these might not last!
(M) – Mastodon closes show
(O) – Opeth closes show