Every year, the organization SKAP (Swedish composers and lyricists) delivers scholarships to Swedish musicians who they feel have contributed to Swedish music and culture. This year, Opeth's mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt was awarded an exclusive scholarship for his services to the Swedish and international music scene.

Mikael was presented with the scholarship and diploma at an intimate event in the south side of Stockholm on the 9th of December.

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented: "I'm quite honored to receive this. Apparently you can't apply for this scholarship, a board of legendary musicians decide that you're the right person for this award. I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me. I'm happy and surprised there's some focus on heavy Swedish music and genuinely chuffed that they focused in on me. Through time I've been handed some awards and whatnot, but this one resonates more in me personally. No glitz and glamour, just some appreciation for what we and I do musically. It's well appreciated!"




The Swedes are currently preparing the follow-up to Heritage and the plan is to release it next year.


Source: opeth.com
Band profile: Opeth
 
Posted: 17.12.2013 by BloodTears



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Dentura - 17.12.2013 at 20:12  
Congrats to him! He deserves it!
Candlemass - 17.12.2013 at 20:18  
Oh Sweden Sweden
LeKiwi - 17.12.2013 at 20:19  
You can't award god, god awards you!
JD - 17.12.2013 at 20:54  
Why so skinny?
Troy Killjoy - 17.12.2013 at 21:46  
Written by JD on 17.12.2013 at 20:54
Why so skinny?

Probably drugs.
Mountain King - 17.12.2013 at 21:50  
Oh Sweden, such a great country. Every country should do this...
ArcesseEum - 17.12.2013 at 22:08  
He doesn't need an award right now, he needs a sandwich.
Jaeryd17‍ - 17.12.2013 at 22:11  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.12.2013 at 21:46

Written by JD on 17.12.2013 at 20:54
Why so skinny?

Probably drugs.

Yeah, he looks like a meth-head to me. Explains Heritage.
Grey Wind - 17.12.2013 at 22:39  
Should be more like a noble prize
this guy is a f**king legend by now
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 00:06  
Written by Grey Wind on 17.12.2013 at 22:39



I never understood that emoticon...wtf is it?
Grey Wind - 18.12.2013 at 00:24  
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 00:06

Written by Grey Wind on 17.12.2013 at 22:39



I never understood that emoticon...wtf is it?


a guy with a hammer
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 00:55  
Written by Grey Wind on 18.12.2013 at 00:24

a guy with a hammer

who is he and what is his purpose?!
Troy Killjoy - 18.12.2013 at 01:10  
Written by Grey Wind on 17.12.2013 at 22:39
Should be more like a noble prize

They should knight him.
Syk - 18.12.2013 at 02:42  
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 00:55
Written by Grey Wind on 18.12.2013 at 00:24
a guy with a hammer
??? who is he and what is his purpose?!
I don't claim to fully understand it, but... it's like a judge with a gavel, proclaiming a judgement, or an order they think needs to be heard. Or an auctioneer (kopkop is between the colons in the code like lol for , "kop" means/is related to both "buy" and "head") with a sense of energy/enthusiasm/urgency/something-cious-ness. Kinda like metal or banger, may be seeking agreement with a positive tone/strong personal opinion (or of course "kop" could just refer to the sound the hammer makes (or, WOULD make))

Good choice of recipient, I guess he's worthy of it, and I like the way he responded to it. I wonder what exactly "scholarship" means, at time of presentation, and for the future. The Åk's not enrolled for studying, 's he?

Finally, like I always say: I hope he's not on drugs... (who knows - I've been that "skinny" with no drugs for a long, long, long time)
ChildofHorus - 18.12.2013 at 03:09  
Great! I hate glitter and glamour crap too.. Why sugar art with so much money? It's a waste, just let the art/music speak for itself :p But he is indeed way too skinny, holy crap..
Ace Frawley - 18.12.2013 at 03:38  
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 17.12.2013 at 22:11

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.12.2013 at 21:46

Written by JD on 17.12.2013 at 20:54
Why so skinny?

Probably drugs.

Yeah, he looks like a meth-head to me. Explains Heritage.


You guys are probably only joking anyway but I'm as skinny as a rake and don't do any dr&gs. I think I have a fast metabolism. And I'm not young either - I think I'm about the same age as Akerfeldt.
CaptainRhodes - 18.12.2013 at 04:32  
Are you all going off that picture where his whole torso is covered by a framed poster? The picture where he's looking down causing his face to appear more angular? The same picture featuring a Mikael dressed in all black?

Yeah, he's clearly emaciated.
Mattybu - 18.12.2013 at 05:34  
Written by CaptainRhodes on 18.12.2013 at 04:32

Are you all going off that picture where his whole torso is covered by a framed poster?


AKA emaciation concealment device?

really doe, congratulations to the guy for winning the award. I like how he says he never heard of the people giving the award, haha.
Gelati - 18.12.2013 at 06:09  
Probably one of the best songwriters of our time and some demonic growls to boot
Dinkleberg - 18.12.2013 at 08:36  
Who's Mikael Akerfeldt?
CaptainRhodes - 18.12.2013 at 08:51  
Written by Mattybu on 18.12.2013 at 05:34

Written by CaptainRhodes on 18.12.2013 at 04:32

Are you all going off that picture where his whole torso is covered by a framed poster?


AKA emaciation concealment device?


Ah, yes. Clever, Mikael...
Frank Comstock - 18.12.2013 at 08:54  
Awesome news. Seriously, I'm listening to them right now.
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 11:30  
He simply has a small frame.
Kuroboshi - 18.12.2013 at 14:15  
Looks normal to me. Everyone else's too fat.
Jaeryd17‍ - 18.12.2013 at 18:32  
Written by Ace Frawley on 18.12.2013 at 03:38

You guys are probably only joking anyway but I'm as skinny as a rake and don't do any dr&gs. I think I have a fast metabolism. And I'm not young either - I think I'm about the same age as Akerfeldt.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure he doesn't do any hardcore drugs (though there's no way to know for certain). I was most definitely joking; I love Opeth and Akerfeldt. I even liked Heritage.

But yeah, he used to be chubbier before he started eating differently, which caused him to start thinning out a bit. If you look at old pictures of him, from the Blackwater Park/Deliverance days, he had a lot more fat on his bones. But he's been thinning out slowly ever since he was married, sometime in 2003. If you look at interviews from the time of Ghost Reveries, to the Watershed era, to now, you can see that he's gotten progressively thinner, and not super-thin super-fast the way meth would make you skinny.
Jaeryd17‍ - 18.12.2013 at 18:36  
Written by Dinkleberg on 18.12.2013 at 08:36

Who's Mikael Akerfeldt?

Isn't he the former frontman of Akercocke? If I'm not mistaken, they originally named the band after his penis.
Jaeryd17‍ - 18.12.2013 at 18:41  
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 00:06

Written by Grey Wind on 17.12.2013 at 22:39



I never understood that emoticon...wtf is it?

Is that supposed to be a judge making a decision?
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 19:07  
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 18.12.2013 at 18:41

Is that supposed to be a judge making a decision?

That's what it seems to be, judging by Syk's reply. The yellow guy should look less happy
Jaeryd17‍ - 18.12.2013 at 19:16  
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 19:07

That's what it seems to be, judging by Syk's reply. The yellow guy should look less happy

He should also probably wear a white wig. It would make the point of the emote a little bit more clear (if that's really what it's supposed to be used for).
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 19:18  
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 18.12.2013 at 19:16

He should also probably wear a white wig. It would make the point of the emote a little bit more clear (if that's really what it's supposed to be used for).

Cynic Metalhead - 18.12.2013 at 19:47  
I'm pretty sure they would have awarded BETTER MUSICIAN than Mikael.

No no, he's a great musician but if anything this award goes by I think Mikael doesn't deserved it. They're far better musicians than him. Its not only experience creeps in everytime, there is something we called musical talent and skills.
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 19:53  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 19:47

I'm pretty sure they would have awarded BETTER MUSICIAN than Mikael.

No no, he's a great musician but if anything this award goes by I think Mikael doesn't deserved it. They're far better musicians than him. Its not only experience creeps in everytime, there is something we called musical talent and skills.

Heresy! Who else do you propose, infidel?
Cynic Metalhead - 18.12.2013 at 20:42  
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 19:53

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 19:47

I'm pretty sure they would have awarded BETTER MUSICIAN than Mikael.

No no, he's a great musician but if anything this award goes by I think Mikael doesn't deserved it. They're far better musicians than him. Its not only experience creeps in everytime, there is something we called musical talent and skills.

Heresy! Who else do you propose, infidel?


I know handful of Swedish musicians I think their contribution was far better and expansive than Mikael did. I don't know but I think artists like late Fred Åkerström(if they honour it) or Denize Lopez, even from ABBA, you know.

Look, i don't want to obliterate Mikael from his great talent but if they really do honour respected, skillful and talented musicians on podium like this I think Mikael have to make his way up there. Nothing against him.

Other than that, award ceremonies' are not few. Every country honour musicians, bro.
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 20:57  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 20:42
I know handful of Swedish musicians I think their contribution was far better and expansive than Mikael did. I don't know but I think artists like late Fred Åkerström(if they honour it) or Denize Lopez, even from ABBA, you know.

Look, i don't want to obliterate Mikael from his great talent but if they really do honour respected, skillful and talented musicians on podium like this I think Mikael have to make his way up there. Nothing against him.

Other than that, award ceremonies' are not few. Every country honour musicians, bro.
I was only kidding I'm sure there is a more suitable candidate for this award, but I doubt by anything more than marginally. I'm sure that up until this point they've already recognised all the obvious candidates. After all, this organisation has been around for quite a while...

Edit: I might be wrong about that last part, I can't seem to find any record of who's been awarded the scholarship...
Erik M. - 18.12.2013 at 22:19  
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Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 17.12.2013 at 22:11

Probably drugs.

Yeah, he looks like a meth-head to me. Explains Heritage.




Seriously though, when I saw Opeth about 2 years ago here in 013 (which was the last time I saw them btw) he was probably just as skinny. He probably decided not to be "fat" again, which he was a decade ago or so. That being said, he doesn't look bad apart from being skinny... though him using drugs would indeed explain Heritage. The upside is that they can't make an album worse than Heritage... right?
Erik M. - 18.12.2013 at 22:27  
Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 11:30

He simply has a small frame.


Nah, not at all. He has a pretty normal frame and is actually not short at all (I believe he's around 1,85 m). I've seen photos of him in which he was pretty "big", for example those photos of him performing with Bloodbath. He doesn't look skinny at all there. Have a look at this one for example: http://bloodbath.biz/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mike.jpg
Dinkleberg - 18.12.2013 at 22:40  
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 18.12.2013 at 18:36

Written by Dinkleberg on 18.12.2013 at 08:36

Who's Mikael Akerfeldt?

Isn't he the former frontman of Akercocke? If I'm not mistaken, they originally named the band after his penis.

You made me laugh.
LeKiwi - 18.12.2013 at 22:45  
Written by Erik M. on 18.12.2013 at 22:27

Nah, not at all. He has a pretty normal frame and is actually not short at all (I believe he's around 1,85 m). I've seen photos of him in which he was pretty "big", for example those photos of him performing with Bloodbath. He doesn't look skinny at all there. Have a look at this one for example: http://bloodbath.biz/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mike.jpg

What I meant by small frame was his shoulder width. He probably lost weight, and for the better Touring doesn't come with a very healthy lifestyle, which probably explains the Bloodbath photo. Since Opeth has gradually become more renowned, the band probably tours under better conditions and learned to cope. He's probably healthy and simply not muscular. What I'm saying might be indirectly related to what you said, but...whatever
Pazdzioch - 18.12.2013 at 23:04  
Does Dan Swanö got this award in previous years
LeKiwi - 19.12.2013 at 13:11  
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.12.2013 at 23:04

Does Dan Swanö got this award in previous years

No, but he deserves some sort of recognition for all his works
tea[m]ster - 19.12.2013 at 17:18  
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.12.2013 at 23:04

Does Dan Swanö got this award in previous years


Jari Lindholm is fast on his way too...
Mr. Doctor - 19.12.2013 at 20:39  
Written by Erik M. on 18.12.2013 at 22:27

Written by LeKiwi on 18.12.2013 at 11:30

He simply has a small frame.

Nah, not at all. He has a pretty normal frame and is actually not short at all (I believe he's around 1,85 m). I've seen photos of him in which he was pretty "big", for example those photos of him performing with Bloodbath. He doesn't look skinny at all there. Have a look at this one for example: http://bloodbath.biz/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mike.jpg


At some points in the Lamentations DVD he even looks a bit on the chubby side. Note that I didn't say fat... but definitely a bit chubby.
Marcel Hubregtse - 19.12.2013 at 21:10  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.12.2013 at 20:39



At some points in the Lamentations DVD he even looks a bit on the chubby side. Note that I didn't say fat... but definitely a bit chubby.


I am chubby, not Akerfeldt
Andresopeth - 20.12.2013 at 04:47  
So awesome, it is wonderful that this kind of thing exists, Sweden, my respect to you, and all your habitants
Erik M. - 20.12.2013 at 20:39  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.12.2013 at 20:39

At some points in the Lamentations DVD he even looks a bit on the chubby side. Note that I didn't say fat... but definitely a bit chubby.


Yeah, chubby is the right word for it I guess.
moe5512 - 21.12.2013 at 14:13  
"I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me"
Either he is a pretentious fuck or SKAP isn't a big deal. Maybe both
Troy Killjoy - 21.12.2013 at 19:53  
Written by moe5512 on 21.12.2013 at 14:13
Either he is a pretentious fuck or SKAP isn't a big deal. Maybe both

I had never even heard of SKAP before it was mentioned in a news article on this website. I don't think they're exactly renowned.
Unhealer - 23.12.2013 at 04:49  
Written by moe5512 on 21.12.2013 at 14:13

"I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me"
Either he is a pretentious fuck or SKAP isn't a big deal. Maybe both


Or maybe he is... honest?

Regarding his weight, I wouldn't be surprised if he did it to look more like a 70s rockstar.
Fritillaria - 24.12.2013 at 16:41  
But I liked Opeth since when they were almost an obscure sound in metal or at least that was what I thought about them, and now they're getting more and more in the eyes.

Scholarship ? does it mean that he's going to study music with SKAP ?


And isn't this award a kind of proof for his musical knowledge and to know musical theory as well ?
akvan - 25.12.2013 at 10:02  
I knew he deserve it

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