A Brief, METAL Visit To The Beach

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Swedish metal band Opeth stopped in Long Beach to greet some fans and scribble some signatures as tickets for Los Angeles show go on sale.

By CHEANTAY JENSEN

Amid the conveniently shaded sidewalk were fans in just about every flavor of jelly bean from all over southern California: eager 20-somethings donning crisp black Opeth tees, beer-bellied men with rough facial hair, ladies with bright colored hair and wiry dreads, fans decorated with tattoos and piercings, and patient parents waiting with their eager children.

Swedish heavy metal band Opeth stopped in Long Beach’s quaint audio heaven, Fingerprints, for a brief pre-release signing Sunday for their 12th studio album Sorceress. Everyone was excited, especially 10-year-old Zack Cook.

“Heck yeah I’m excited to meet them,” exclaimed bright-eyed Cook. “I don’t remember the first time I ever heard Opeth, but I remember the song that got me into them was Hessian Peel.”

Just a quarter of the size of the line waiting to greet their metal idols outside of the conveniently shaded sidewalk of Fingerprints music store in LB.

Just a quarter of the size of the line waiting to greet their metal idols outside of the conveniently shaded sidewalk of Fingerprints music store in LB.

Having just played a brief 40 minute set — one Opeth song averages about 10 minutes — at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest the day before, the five Nordic musicians seemed relaxed during the small reprieve and were more than happy to sign just about everything their fans held out in front of them: CD’s, vinyls, posters, shirts, buttons– even their bodies. One particular fan, Jose Martinez, had the musicians sign all around his ornate tattoo.

Left forearm of Opeth fanatic Jose Martinez displaying the beloved scribbles of all five  Opeth members.

Left forearm of Opeth fanatic Jose Martinez displaying the beloved scribbles of all five
Opeth members.

Just minutes after the glorious encounter Martinez said he had plans to transform those sharpie scribbles into a permanent fixture with a quick trip to the tattoo parlor. 

Feeling rather glum you missed them? Don’t hang your head just yet, they’ve already scheduled a show for Oct. 20 at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, beginning at 7 p.m.




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