The bands Opeth and Katatonia, two of the past decade’s progressive rock revelations, will appear for the first time on the same stage, in Romania, on June 5, at Bucharest’s Arenele Romane, the organizers, One Event, inform, quoted by Mediafax.
Both bands were founded in the early 1990s, in Stockholm, and managed to draw, from the very start, the attention of metal-lovers and critics alike, by their music – uncompromising, straight and strong, in Opeth’s case, and melancholic, with oppressive lyrics, as far as Katatonia is concerned. The two bands’ musical style has evolved in time: Opeth has assimilated progressive music elements, reminiscent of Dream Theater, while drawing on folk, blues, classical and jazz influences, and Katatonia drew closer to gothic and alternative music. Alongside Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, Katatonia are considered the precursors of doom/gothic metal. Both bands have concerted throughout the world, taking part, during their career, in all the major festivals: Sonisphere, Graspop, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, Wacken, Rock Hard Festival, Hellfest, Roskilde and Sziget. Opeth first performed in Romania in 2009, in the Artmania festival, in front of about 5,000 people, while the Katatonia concert at the Preoteasa Club in Bucharest was sold-out. Tickets for the concert are on sale online, on Eventim.ro, in Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, in Humanitas and Carturesti bookshops.