Opeth - Mikael Åkerfeldt Writing New Material


Opeth's vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said in a recent interview that he has started writing for a new album, although he admits that the writing process is only in the beginning stages. So, there is probably a little waiting to do before a new release. You can watch the whole interview on the video below.

During the interview to PitCam.TV, Åkerfeldt is asked if Opeth had begun to work on a new album yet. He replied: "I've been writing a little. I'm going on a trip soon next week on my own, actually, which I've never done before. I'm gonna bring the guitar and write some stuff, hopefully. But I think we're still touring, and we still have another European tour coming up in the fall. And that kind of prevents me from getting too into the work the creative process. I'm gonna start writing more from real once we finish the tour. 'Cause I don't have much."

Åkerfeldt also talked about the lineup changes the band has gone through throughout their existence, explaining, "All the changes, as far as I'm concerned, have been for the better. There wouldn't be changes if everything was good. Those changes happened for a reason." He summed it up, saying, "At this point we're a happy bunch, we get along great and we play good."




Source: loudwire.com
Band profile: Opeth
 
Posted: 13.08.2012 by Armin


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13.08.2012 - 10:56
LeChron James
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Let the Opeth masturbation fest begin
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13.08.2012 - 11:02
bloodwrage
Pagan Angel
Written by LeChron James on 13.08.2012 at 10:56

Let the Opeth masturbation fest begin

I wouldn't look for too much pre-cum this time around though, compared to Harvest.
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13.08.2012 - 12:56
Nickferatu367
I'll start fappin if i hear they're doing more stuff that ISNT Heritage.
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13.08.2012 - 13:26
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Oh my....

Opeth fans gotta something to rip this page about. Let the tryst begin.
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13.08.2012 - 14:05
Daniell
No, you don't
Written by bloodwrage on 13.08.2012 at 11:02

I wouldn't look for too much pre-cum this time around though, compared to Harvest.


Surely you mean Heritage?

Anyways, after the disappointing last album I'm not waiting for Opeth's new music at all. Add to that the atrocious Storm Corrosion - it's blatantly obvious that Opeth has no interest in metal at all. Which in itself wouldn't be such a bad thing - the problem is that the directions Michael moves towards are totally boring. Nothing puts me to sleep better than Storm Corrosion...
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13.08.2012 - 16:06
Erik M.
Written by Daniell on 13.08.2012 at 14:05

Written by bloodwrage on 13.08.2012 at 11:02

I wouldn't look for too much pre-cum this time around though, compared to Harvest.


Surely you mean Heritage?

Anyways, after the disappointing last album I'm not waiting for Opeth's new music at all. Add to that the atrocious Storm Corrosion - it's blatantly obvious that Opeth has no interest in metal at all. Which in itself wouldn't be such a bad thing - the problem is that the directions Michael moves towards are totally boring. Nothing puts me to sleep better than Storm Corrosion...


I agree with you on this. While Heritage wasn't bad, it's definitely the worst Opeth album out of them all, with only a few good tracks on it (The Devil's Orchard, Häxprocess and Folklore are my favourites). Mikael said in an interview he now finds Metal boring and isn't planning on making another album like Blackwater Park (which is arguably their best album), so it's a real shame. That being said, I'm not blindly buying their new work like I always did before, but this time I'm going to check reviews/ratings first.
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13.08.2012 - 16:15
Unhealer
Eclecticist
These guys still have to disappoint me, really expecting this. I'm always curious on what this guy is going to come up with next.
My guess is that it'll be very hard rock oriented.
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13.08.2012 - 19:00
Lit.
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The album will be another attempt at the whole progressive rock thing or a progressive metal album that Opeth fans will name comeback of the year.
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13.08.2012 - 19:14
UnknownCheese
Written by Guest on 13.08.2012 at 19:00

The album will be another attempt at the whole progressive rock thing or a progressive metal album that Opeth fans will name comeback of the year.


Opeth could release a noise album and their fans would still call it album of the year.
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13.08.2012 - 19:23
Dentura
Shadow King
I actually can't wait to hear what comes of this new album. I'd be very interested actually, because unlike many of the people on this site, I actually did enjoy the last album a lot (maybe not as much as Watershed or Still Life but still). This should be very interesting.
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13.08.2012 - 19:32
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by UnknownCheese on 13.08.2012 at 19:14

Opeth could release a noise album and their fans would still call it album of the year.


Why so much hate for Opeth fanboys? Heritage generally received a response very accurate to it's content by their fans.
I think almost nobody said that was the album of the year or anything, I always saw average tending to good ratings.
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13.08.2012 - 19:47
Cynic Metalhead
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Written by Unhealer on 13.08.2012 at 19:32

Written by UnknownCheese on 13.08.2012 at 19:14

Opeth could release a noise album and their fans would still call it album of the year.


Why so much hate for Opeth fanboys? Heritage generally received a response very accurate to it's content by their fans.


Last year I freaked out over "The Heritage" and even before the release I claimed it gonna be a crappy album. Remember? Heritage inclusion in "It Really Pissed Me Off!! :X" list
but ended it up a huge fuck off on my face when their album turns out be "atleast not a crappy" album, but a reasonably good stuff( still one of their weakest in catalogs). I know I incredibly hyped too much.
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13.08.2012 - 19:58
UnknownCheese
Written by Unhealer on 13.08.2012 at 19:32

Written by UnknownCheese on 13.08.2012 at 19:14

Opeth could release a noise album and their fans would still call it album of the year.


Why so much hate for Opeth fanboys? Heritage generally received a response very accurate to it's content by their fans.
I think almost nobody said that was the album of the year or anything, I always saw average tending to good ratings.


It was more an exaggeration, but Opeth fans tend to get pretty ridiculous in their whiteknighting.
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13.08.2012 - 23:28
Opethian
FUCK YES!
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13.08.2012 - 23:30
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Unhealer on 13.08.2012 at 19:32

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I think almost nobody said that was the album of the year or anything, I always saw average tending to good ratings.


I have seen it voted and called album of the year all over the place. Both on the internet and in metal magazines.
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14.08.2012 - 00:20
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.08.2012 at 23:30

I have seen it voted and called album of the year all over the place. Both on the internet and in metal magazines.


Hmm, all over the place? Really? I did some search to confirm it before posting and I saw Classic Rock gave it such award and it received a couple of other awards, but I remember other albums having far more impact. Maybe you read lots of less known magazines/webzines.
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14.08.2012 - 01:33
Scuzzy McDouche
Fuck all you haters, Opeth rules the god damned world. May your lips touch the heads of a thousand infected horse cocks...
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14.08.2012 - 01:45
Troy Killjoy
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Written by UnknownCheese on 13.08.2012 at 19:14
Opeth could release a noise album and their fans would still call it album of the year.

If they released a masterpiece in the genre then at least those claims would be justified.
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14.08.2012 - 01:48
bloodwrage
Pagan Angel
Written by Daniell on 13.08.2012 at 14:05

Written by bloodwrage on 13.08.2012 at 11:02

I wouldn't look for too much pre-cum this time around though, compared to Harvest.


Surely you mean Heritage?



Yeah, sorry, I wrote that after staying up for a few days.
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14.08.2012 - 05:15
advent
Written by Daniell on 13.08.2012 at 14:05

Written by bloodwrage on 13.08.2012 at 11:02

I wouldn't look for too much pre-cum this time around though, compared to Harvest.


Surely you mean Heritage?

Anyways, after the disappointing last album I'm not waiting for Opeth's new music at all. Add to that the atrocious Storm Corrosion - it's blatantly obvious that Opeth has no interest in metal at all. Which in itself wouldn't be such a bad thing - the problem is that the directions Michael moves towards are totally boring. Nothing puts me to sleep better than Storm Corrosion...

Totally agree, he is a very good musician and i respect his need for change and maybe the metal genre isn't fun or interesting to him , but neither the new direction is taking is satisfying for his abilities, it's far too simple and plain, maybe because his previous work was so much rich and complicated that he is tired from doing this all the time.
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14.08.2012 - 09:25
Daniell
No, you don't
Written by UnknownCheese on 13.08.2012 at 19:14

Opeth could release a noise album and their fans would still call it album of the year.

I'm a massive fan of Opeth, but I wouldn't do that. I also trashed Heritage numerous times because I hate it. I'm not blind and deaf you know.
Can you say your crap again please?
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14.08.2012 - 09:27
Novas
Written by advent on 14.08.2012 at 05:15

Written by Daniell on 13.08.2012 at 14:05

Written by bloodwrage on 13.08.2012 at 11:02

I wouldn't look for too much pre-cum this time around though, compared to Harvest.


Surely you mean Heritage?

Anyways, after the disappointing last album I'm not waiting for Opeth's new music at all. Add to that the atrocious Storm Corrosion - it's blatantly obvious that Opeth has no interest in metal at all. Which in itself wouldn't be such a bad thing - the problem is that the directions Michael moves towards are totally boring. Nothing puts me to sleep better than Storm Corrosion...

Totally agree, he is a very good musician and i respect his need for change and maybe the metal genre isn't fun or interesting to him , but neither the new direction is taking is satisfying for his abilities, it's far too simple and plain, maybe because his previous work was so much rich and complicated that he is tired from doing this all the time.

Heritage, to me, is like a great prog jazz-fusion album. Very nice to relax to & upgrades ur ability to play (I play drums). But remember, ol Mike had 2 head injuries: one before & after Heritage lol. Mike is branching out his skills to more talent. He is a neoclassical/jazz guitarist with great clear & growl vox - one of my influences. Just as long he keeps the dark atmosphere, it'll all go well
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14.08.2012 - 09:31
Novas
He's probably gonna lay low the growling for a bit but will pick it back up later.
I think he's gonna go back&forth, since there's been a slight pattern since 'Blackwater Park'
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14.08.2012 - 10:00
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Novas on 14.08.2012 at 09:31

He's probably gonna lay low the growling for a bit but will pick it back up later.
I think he's gonna go back&forth, since there's been a slight pattern since 'Blackwater Park'


Meh. He probably won't be do anything. An egostical garage guy who just thinks Opeth is revolving around him( HE IS OPETH!!) and musically he always upfront will execute his mediocre fusion of jazz + shit in their new album. Like Lit said, this gonna be "another attempt at the whole progressive rock thing or a progressive metal" stuff which somehow will be too overrated, still people fire back with album of the year.
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14.08.2012 - 17:20
advent
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.08.2012 at 10:00

Written by Novas on 14.08.2012 at 09:31

He's probably gonna lay low the growling for a bit but will pick it back up later.
I think he's gonna go back&forth, since there's been a slight pattern since 'Blackwater Park'


Meh. He probably won't be do anything. An egostical garage guy who just thinks Opeth is revolving around him( HE IS OPETH!!) and musically he always upfront will execute his mediocre fusion of jazz + shit in their new album. Like Lit said, this gonna be "another attempt at the whole progressive rock thing or a progressive metal" stuff which somehow will be too overrated, still people fire back with album of the year.

Actually i think you are right, maybe after the departure of Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez there is no one in the band that could oppose the dramatic and unexpected change he done to the sound of the band , he thinks he is superstar and everything he touches will be gold . Heritage wasn't bad , but it's another decline in the band sound after Damnation .Sad thing to see such talent musician efforts go in vain.
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16.08.2012 - 22:58
Yellax
I really do hope that they make another album like their previous release. It is great to see their influences really come out on Heritage. I understand that there are indeed a large number of people who are upset with their new release; however, I personally think that this is because they are getting older and the thoughts of Camel, Yes, Gentle Giant, etc... (the old progressive rock/metal bands from the 70s) are slowly slipping back into their collective consciousness.
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26.08.2012 - 04:07
Opethian
A lot of Hate for 'Heritage' when in the end it was an honest piece of music. I guess everything being released nowadays isn't considered music if there aren't any 'Breakdowns' that obviously appeal to 14 year old teens that are solemnly dependant of their 'Mommy's & Daddy's
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26.08.2012 - 07:25
a MasT
Written by advent on 14.08.2012 at 17:20

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.08.2012 at 10:00

Written by Novas on 14.08.2012 at 09:31

He's probably gonna lay low the growling for a bit but will pick it back up later.
I think he's gonna go back&forth, since there's been a slight pattern since 'Blackwater Park'


Meh. He probably won't be do anything. An egostical garage guy who just thinks Opeth is revolving around him( HE IS OPETH!!) and musically he always upfront will execute his mediocre fusion of jazz + shit in their new album. Like Lit said, this gonna be "another attempt at the whole progressive rock thing or a progressive metal" stuff which somehow will be too overrated, still people fire back with album of the year.

Actually i think you are right, maybe after the departure of Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez there is no one in the band that could oppose the dramatic and unexpected change he done to the sound of the band , he thinks he is superstar and everything he touches will be gold . Heritage wasn't bad , but it's another decline in the band sound after Damnation .Sad thing to see such talent musician efforts go in vain.

Seems to me the guy writes music in a sincere way. He writes what he wants and could care less who wanted to hear what from his music. Art (if I could be so bold) is a means of individual expression and I think he'd rather be true to his vision than service everyone else with shit that isn't sincere for him. And since he's Captain Opeth...
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31.08.2012 - 08:58
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