YOuR EXcLusIvE fREE OPETh cd!
World-exclusive live tracks from Opeth’s orchestral extravaganza.
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.