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Announcing the Evolution XXX By Request tour

Formed in 1990 by Peter Lindgren and Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish outfit Opeth quickly expanded beyond the dark death metal that characterised their early releases. By 1998's My Arms Your Hearse – the band's third studio album – they had captured the attention of Century Media for international release and joined the likes of Morbid Angel on tour. Their first decade saw them experiment with heavy sonics, injecting a progressive nature into their ominous metal, with tracks often in excess of 10 minutes in length.

Following the release of Still Life in 1999, Opeth took to the United States for their first live performance across the Atlantic. It preceded the release of the innovative Blackwater Park, heralded as the band's true coming of age. Having worked with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson on production, it cemented the band's progressive sound. Quick to build on the critical hype of the album, Opeth released Deliverance only a year later.

Their atypical Damnation saw Opeth step away from their metal roots, instead opting for traditional acoustics. Although subsequent records in the '00s would see the band return to their heavier sound, this combination of traditional folk and metal would dominate 2011's aptly titled Heritage. The band returned to Wilson for 2014's Pale Communion and signed to Nuclear Blast for 2016's Sorceress. By then well noted for their stage performances, they released their fourth live album in 2018, having already dropped recordings from London's Royal Albert Hall and The Roundhouse in Camden.

Actively looking to further expand their epic compositions, Opeth returned to Stockholm to record their 13th studio album In Cauda Venenum, released in September 2019. The band released both Swedish and English versions of the album, the latter released through their Nuclear Blast home, declaring it their heaviest record to date.

In 2020, Opeth announced a London show as part of their Evolution XXX By Request tour. Celebrating the band's 30th anniversary, founding member Åkerfeldt confirmed that fans would be voting on which songs they wished to hear live. Fans were offered the opportunity to select one song from each of their 13 albums for the setlist. "I can’t really believe we’ve been around for 30 years, but there you go," Åkerfeldt said. "So please help us. And be gentle. The final setlist will have 13 songs. One from each album. Your call….".

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Opeth have announced a London show as part of their Evolution XXX By Request tour, performing at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 16 October 2021.

Opeth have announced a London show as part of their Evolution XXX By Request tour, performing at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 16 October 2021.

Celebrating the band's 30th anniversary, founding member Åkerfeldt confirmed that fans would be voting on which songs they wished to hear live. Fans were offered the opportunity to select one song from each of their 13 albums for the setlist through the band's official website.