YOuR EX­cLu­sIvE fREE OPETh cd!

World-ex­clu­sive live tracks from Opeth’s or­ches­tral ex­trav­a­ganza.

Prog - - Limelight - DEV

On Septem­ber 19, 2015, Opeth marked their 25th an­niver­sary with one of the most mo­men­tous gigs of their ca­reer. The Swedes teamed up with the Plov­div Phil­har­monic Orches­tra for a one-off show in front of 4,000 peo­ple at the ro­man Am­phithe­atre in Plov­div, Bul­garia.

This is­sue of Prog comes with a world-ex­clu­sive CD recorded live at that land­mark gig – the first time any of these songs have of­fi­cially been re­leased. The CD fea­tures five tracks – eter­nal rains Will Come, De­mon Of The Fall, The Devil’s Or­chard, The Grand Con­ju­ra­tion and the ti­tle track of 2002’s De­liv­er­ance al­bum.

This con­cert for group and orches­tra took place at a suit­ably his­toric venue – the am­phithe­atre was built in the first cen­tury AD, though its ru­ins were only re­dis­cov­ered fol­low­ing a land­slide in the 1970s.

The Plov­div Phil­har­monic was con­ducted by levon Manukyan, who has also col­lab­o­rated with the likes of Par­adise lost and Anath­ema, though band and con­duc­tor had barely met be­fore the gig took place – cue four hours of in­ten­sive pre-show re­hearsals.

Opeth have em­barked on a se­ries of high-pro­file shows in spe­cial lo­ca­tions in re­cent years, from lon­don’s lav­ish Theatre royal on Drury lane to new York’s pres­ti­gious ra­dio City Mu­sic

Hall. “Those shows feel good be­cause it al­lows us to stretch our­selves and show that we’re more than just a bunch of long-haired mu­si­cians from Swe­den,” Åk­er­feldt tells Prog.

The band orig­i­nally in­tended to re­lease the Plov­div show as a com­mer­cial CD, but sub­se­quently shelved their plans – mean­ing the disc you’re hold­ing in your hands is the only place you can hear these songs.

OPETH LIVE WITH A CHOIR AND ORCHES­TRA AT PLOV­DIV, BUL­GARIA, IN 2015.

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