There is no band in the world quite like Opeth and there is definitely no band in the world like System of a Down. In our quest to find the greatest metal album released so far in the 21st century, these two heavyweights have advanced in March Metal Madness 2014 to face off in a massive Round 2 battle!
True progression in modern metal has been embraced by the fans of these two acts like almost no others. One hails from Sweden while the other comes straight from the U.S., but both have composed some of metal's most recent long-form masterpieces. Which one of these discs will advance in our March Metal Madness tournament to find the best 21st century metal album?
For Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, every day is Record Store Day, but for the actual April 20 holiday this year, Opeth traveled to Newbury Comics in Leominster, Mass., for an awesome acoustic performance.
When Swedish progressive metal giants Opeth released 'Heritage' in 2011, the band received a surprisingly mixed reaction from fans. Opeth separated themselves from their death metal-infused past with 'Heritage,' with frontman Mikael Akerfeldt ditching his iconic guttural in favor of clean singing, while the rest of Opeth experimented with low distortion levels and '80s prog elements.
It's March Metal Madness 2013! To find the best metal album of all time, we're leaving it up to you to vote for your favorite records throughout the history of the genre. We've got two more innovators on the block in this Stage Dive region Round 1 matchup, with one of metal's most aggressive acts taking on one of the most eclectic acts in modern metal.
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy has been covering the Opeth song 'Harvest' at some recent solo acoustic shows, including one in New York that Loudwire reviewed. Now, a video of Heafy performing the song in a studio has been released. (watch below)
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