Mikael Åkerfeldt - Updates On New Album

With their new album expected this year, guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive band Opeth spoke to Decibel magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2011's Heritage. Åkerfeldt revealed that he plans to enhance at least a few of the new Opeth tracks with strings.

"I have about six songs done and another two or three just started," he said, "plus a million ideas that I haven't processed yet. Some songs are simple and stripped-down, while others are epic in the true sense of the word. Business as usual, hopefully with unusual music."

He adds: "Some of these things could easily be done with synthetic sounds or effects, but recording the Storm Corrosion LP with Steven Wilson made me realize what a massive difference it can mean to incorporate the real shit. I'm semi-pretentious in my songwriting and sometimes I go all in. I think it's time for 'all in' with strings and the full monty. Hopefully it won't be a mess."

About a new song described as a 'Goblin ripoff': "It's a jam I came up with during the Mastodon/Ghost B.C. tour, that we ended up soundchecking. After a few days, you'd hear people in the corridors humming it. It's a fucking hit! But basically it's a not-so-subtle headbanging-type nod in Goblin's direction. And to avoid confusion, the song is even called 'Goblin'. My rip-off deteriorates mid-song and becomes fusion-esque darkened prog rock like Mahavishnu or ELP (yikes!). But it swings! It really does."

Speaking to the Swedish newspaper Expressen last year, and asked if the forthcoming effort would be heavier or softer than Heritage, Mikael said: "Maybe a little bit heavier. Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There's also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs."

Source: ultimate-guitar.com
Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 06.01.2014 by deadone

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09.01.2014 - 23:45
Written by Jaeryd on 08.01.2014 at 11:53

Written by TheLostChord on 07.01.2014 at 19:05

Definitely excited. I think the important thing for him and every other musician is to do what they feel. That's one thing I like about Opeth. The albums are usually unexpected, original and have a sincerity to them because they are written from feeling, not with the goal of trying to sound a certain way. This album should be good as long as Mike and the band are doing what they want. It gets old when a band tries to do the same sound over and over. Granted, I liked their Death Metal stuff the best, but it's all quite good.

Well said. This is pretty much exactly the way I feel about things.

Same here!
10.01.2014 - 00:44
Well, at least the 1st 5 albums were all masterpieces, We can't hope for them to be the same all along , let them try what they want , even if we don't like , what they had recorded before are very sufficient for me

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