Member:
1991-2007 Opeth - guitars  


Interviews

16.09.2003 Opeth


Personal information

Born on: 06.03.1973

Peter Lindgren (born March 6, 1973) is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former guitarist of Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. In 1991 he joined Opeth to play bass for a show, but ended up staying and switching to guitars.

Some of Lindgren's most notable guitar solos in Opeth songs include that of "When" from My Arms, Your Hearse, the first of the title track on their album Deliverance, and the last in "Beneath the Mire" from Ghost Reveries. As explained in "The Making of Deliverance and Damnation" on Opeth's live DVD Lamentations, lead-playing duties were based on ease of Mikael Åkerfeldt's vocal delivery and which of the two might want a given solo more. If Åkerfeldt was having trouble with a solo, he would hand it over to Lindgren, and vice versa. In March 2004, Peter (and Mikael Åkerfeldt) were both ranked #42 out of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time by Guitar World.

Departure from Opeth

In May 2007 Peter Lindgren announced that he had left Opeth due to the rigors of life on the road as a touring musician and that he had lost his enthusiasm for playing in Opeth. Both Lindgren and Åkerfeldt said that the split was amicable. Lindgren was replaced by Fredrik Åkesson, a former member of the Melodic Death Metal band Arch Enemy. As of this time Peter was working as an IT consultant in Stockholm and has so far stayed out of the public eye. Lindgren holds Masters degrees in physics and philosophy.

Equipment

Guitars

PRS Custom 24
Gibson Les Paul Custom 1974
Jackson Randy Rhoads
1991 Gibson SG

Amplification

Laney VH100R (His amplifier settings/eq were almost exactly like Åkerfeldt's during live performances)

Effects

BOSS GT-5 effect processor