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Taking in 1990s Black Metal classics, 2000s Progressive Death Metal masterpieces and the stunning progressive rock/jazz fusion excursions of the 2010s, Opeth On Track combines a meticulously crafted mixture of original analysis and behind-the-scenes research in order to reveal how the band has managed to innovate and evolve throughout its career.
There has never been another band like Opeth. Formed in Stockholm, Sweden around 1989, the band's thirty-year career showcases a melding of diverse influences. Opeth demonstrates a commitment to both songwriting and instrumental excellence and stylistic diversity –-no matter what the cost - that’s unmatched by any peers. Mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt and company continuously create records that push the band and its audience - and progressive music as a whole - forward.
Jordan Blum is an Associate Editor at PopMatters, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is the founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Bookends Review, an independent creative arts journal. He focuses mostly on progressive rock/metal and has contributed to many other publications, including Sonic Perspectives, Paste, Progression, Metal Injection, Rebel Noise, PROG and Sea of Tranquility. He is the author of Jethro Tull On Track and Dream Theater on track, published by Sonicbond. He records his own crazy ideas under the pseudonym Neglected Spoon. When he's not focused on any of that, he teaches English courses at various colleges.