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Opeth To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Damnation”


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A 20th anniversary edition of Opeth‘s seventh studio album “Damnation” will be arriving on December 15th through Music For Nations. This version of the effort follows suit of the 2015 reissue, using that sonically updated re-mix and remaster. Several color variants, including a limited edition picture disc vinyl, are being made available for this anniversary edition.

Mikael Åkerfeldt, who fronts the Swedish death metal turned prog rock outfit, commented of this upcoming reissue:

“Hello folks! Our old ‘partners in cryme’ Music For Nations are planning a 20th-anniversary re-release of one of our odd records, this time ‘Damnation‘.

We want our records available on vinyl at all times, and it turns out we can’t keep stock! Our vinyl editions are flying out. I’ve seen it with my own eyes when I helped out in a record shop during the pandemic. Some customers didn’t know they’re buying it from one of the people responsible for the music.

Of course I went: ‘Good record, good band!’. So before there’s any moaning about ‘another reissue, another cash grab’ I want to stress out that it really comes down to public demand. We’ll present Steven Wilson’s updated mix (first available in 2015 or thereabouts) on limited edition opaque and transparent vinyl as well as on a picture disc, which I believe is the first time ever (?).

Damnation‘ is a special record, even if they’re all special to me. I remember hearing the first mix on headphones in a crummy hotel somewhere in the UK. I had trouble believing it was us, myself, Peter, Lopez, Mendez (as well as ol’ Steve on keys). It was completely different from anything we’d done up to that point, and quite frankly, since.

Out of all of our records, I think this one is most suitable for the vinyl format due to the fact that it is not really cluttered with stuff. A pretty airy recording with 5 musicians and done on 2 inch tapes as well. It’s a record I’m immensely proud over and it also remains a fan-favourite I believe.”

Steven Wilson who oversaw some of the production duties on the effort, added:

“At the time I remember getting death threats from metal fans for ‘ruining’ the band! As if it could be anyone’s intention but Mikael’s to do a record like that anyway. Damnation was when everyone understood that he was not going be trapped within the confines of any genre or label, and that the band’s importance and influence would be far reaching. Rightly so Damnation is now seen as a timeless masterpiece, and I’m very proud to have had my part in making it.”

Pre-orders are available at opeth.lnk.to/Damnation20.

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