Mikael Åkerfeldt - Honored By SKAP Organization


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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17.12.2013 - 20:12
Dentura
Shadow King
Congrats to him! He deserves it!
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17.12.2013 - 20:18
Candlemass
Defaeco
Oh Sweden Sweden
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17.12.2013 - 20:19
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
You can't award god, god awards you!
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17.12.2013 - 20:54
Kass
St. Anger
Why so skinny?
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17.12.2013 - 21:46
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Kass on 17.12.2013 at 20:54
Why so skinny?

Probably drugs.
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17.12.2013 - 21:50
Mountain King
K i K o
Oh Sweden, such a great country. Every country should do this...
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17.12.2013 - 22:08
Arcesse Eum
He doesn't need an award right now, he needs a sandwich.
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As above, so below.
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17.12.2013 - 22:11
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.12.2013 at 21:46

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

Probably drugs.

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



I never understood that emoticon...wtf is it?
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18.12.2013 - 00:24
Grey Wind
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
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wimps and posers leave the hall lol
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18.12.2013 - 00:55
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Grey Wind on 18.12.2013 at 00:24

a guy with a hammer

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

They should knight him.
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18.12.2013 - 02:42
Syk
myspace/bonerama
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)
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18.12.2013 - 03:09
ChildofHorus
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..
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18.12.2013 - 03:38
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Jaeryd on 17.12.2013 at 22:11

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.12.2013 at 21:46

Written by Kass 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.
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18.12.2013 - 04:32
CaptainRhodes
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.
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18.12.2013 - 05:34
Mattybu
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.
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18.12.2013 - 06:09
Gelati
Probably one of the best songwriters of our time and some demonic growls to boot
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18.12.2013 - 08:36
Fredd
Account deleted
Who's Mikael Akerfeldt?
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18.12.2013 - 08:51
CaptainRhodes
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...
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18.12.2013 - 08:54
Frank Comstock
Awesome news. Seriously, I'm listening to them right now.
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18.12.2013 - 11:30
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
He simply has a small frame.
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18.12.2013 - 14:15
Kuroboshi
Looks normal to me. Everyone else's too fat.
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18.12.2013 - 18:32
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
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.
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18.12.2013 - 18:36
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by Guest 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.
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18.12.2013 - 18:41
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
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?
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18.12.2013 - 19:07
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Jaeryd 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
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18.12.2013 - 19:16
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
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).
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18.12.2013 - 19:18
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Jaeryd 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).

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