From Sweden with tough love … Opeth performs tonight at Fox Theater in Pomona



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Opeth

With: Katatonia

Where: Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona

When: Doors open 7 tonight; show starts at 8:15 p.m.

Cost: $36.65

Information: www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000; www.foxpomona.com

POMONA – Swedish progressive metal band Opeth will bring its wide-ranging sound that includes jazz, blues and folk elements to the Fox Theater tonight.

The group’s 2008 album “Watershed” was voted the No. 1 album of the year in Metal Edge magazine and peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard charts.

Their latest album “Heritage” was released in September and reached No. 19 on the Billboard charts.

In an interview on the band’s website, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Mikael Akerfeldt described the process of putting out an album.

“It’s a slightly old school idea but when we put out a record there are no `key songs,”‘ Akerfeldt said. “It’s the album that matters. We’ll never have a `hit single.’ By no means would I want one song to be more important than another. We always put out an album and I personally enjoy listening to entire records. That is the kind of art that I like. I like bands with strong albums as opposed to just a couple of strong songs.”

Swedish band Katatonia also takes the stage tonight. The group’s last album was 2009′s “Night is the New Day.”