Åkerfeldt to curate Roadburn
2013-09-02 by Angel STAFF | 72 Comments

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has been tapped to curate next year's Roadburn Festival. Aside from headlining the festival with Opeth, he is charged with personally selecting the bands to play at the Dutch festival. Åkerfeldt joins a long list of diverse artists as curator, including David Tibet (Current 93), Tom G. Warrior (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost), Sunn O))), and Jus Osborn (Electric Wizard).

“It’s with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival”, says Mikael Åkerfeldt, “I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker / promotor, and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.

“I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!"


2014's Roadburn Festival is set to run from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and is now guaranteed to be proggy as fuck.

http://www.roadburn.com/2013/08/opeths-mikael-akerfeldt-to-curate-2014-roadburn-festival/

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2013

16126 Comments


If he gets Camel to play, I'm so there.

BigPleb
September 2nd 2013

28537 Comments


GO MIKAEL BABY :DDDDDDDDDD

demigod!
September 2nd 2013

40970 Comments


sounds sweet, Mikael has great taste so i can expect a killer line-up. maybe even Comus?? who knows!

OneMoreRoland
September 2nd 2013

1047 Comments


I was gonna say Comus

NeroCorleone80
September 2nd 2013

26865 Comments


Will rule

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Millstone
September 2nd 2013

367 Comments


Mikao

Decayingmajesty
September 2nd 2013

5394 Comments


PROG!!!

Relinquished
September 2nd 2013

22377 Comments


A celebration, bitches!


YOU DARKNESS, YOU BLACK - LATE NIGHT - EVIL MOTHAFUCKAS - BLACK MAGIC, DARKNESS! YOU RAW... DARKNESS... YOU... DELIRIOUS... MOTHAFUCKAS. YOU WAS COLD AS ICE.

MO
September 2nd 2013

17364 Comments


damn curious to see what he books

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ResidentNihilist
September 2nd 2013

791 Comments


It probably just be Opeth and Porcupine Tree because he thinks every other band that has ever existed sucks.

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BigPleb
September 2nd 2013

28537 Comments


and you are very dumb.

Decayingmajesty
September 2nd 2013

5394 Comments


ooooooh

MO
September 2nd 2013

17364 Comments


"It probably just be Opeth and Porcupine Tree because he thinks every other band that has ever existed sucks."

lol wtf. he just has a musical palate that expends far beyond cookie-cutter shitty metal bands.

ResidentNihilist
September 2nd 2013

791 Comments


I know I just wanted to see what people's reactions would be like to that statement. That and I was bored.

EyesWideShut
September 2nd 2013

3028 Comments


Goblin will be there

Gwyn.
September 2nd 2013

14005 Comments


Swee, will be interesting

eleventhsun
September 2nd 2013

1475 Comments


Yea sort of a silly statement seeing as Mike is a well known audiophile, he has an utterly impressive collection of music. I would imagine he is a great choice to curate a music festival!

Underflow
September 2nd 2013

2181 Comments


Mellowburn

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MikeC26
September 2nd 2013

3078 Comments


a celebration, bitches!

classic mike

eleventhsun
September 2nd 2013

1475 Comments


Off topic but Goblin is great, I spent some time with Guarini from the band last week and interviewed him. Guy has great taste in prog, got him to give me his top 5 list on camera too. Really nice guy.

Epilogue
September 2nd 2013

1555 Comments


good thing this is in the Netherlands so i can definitely catch it............

bigguytoo9
September 2nd 2013

222 Comments


Katatonia will no doubt play I am sure.

Eclecticist
September 2nd 2013

3863 Comments


fuck it's all the way in The Netherlands. I guess I don't mind going there a third time.

Immortallix
September 2nd 2013

49 Comments


They should make a live DVD/Blu Ray of this shit!

Lambda
September 2nd 2013

2335 Comments


Katatonia
Porcupine Tree
Enslaved
Camel
Goblin
Devin Townsend
3 different Abba tribute bands
Tommy Emmanuel
Ihsahn
Meshuggah


NeroCorleone80
September 3rd 2013

26865 Comments


Nice

BigPleb
September 3rd 2013

28537 Comments


'3 different Abba tribute bands'

Ha, that would be awesome.

OmairSh
September 3rd 2013

8116 Comments


"and is now guaranteed to be proggy as fuck."

Expletive in the news....cool?

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Wizard
September 3rd 2013

18777 Comments


He doesn't deserve this honour. Last album was fucking prog rock and I'm pretty sure I read an interview where he said he was sick of death metal.

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BigPleb
September 3rd 2013

28537 Comments


Stop being dumb.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2013

11397 Comments


Akerfeldt isn't sick of death metal at all, and the new one could very likely have DM elements in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKlW6FbOVHQ

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BigPleb
September 3rd 2013

28537 Comments


His voice is just...

Great interview.

Arnaud
September 3rd 2013

157 Comments


''He doesn't deserve this honour. Last album was fucking prog rock and I'm pretty sure I read an interview where he said he was sick of death metal.''

Lol wtf

NeroCorleone80
September 3rd 2013

26865 Comments


Prog rules

Wizard
September 3rd 2013

18777 Comments


I remember reading a Decibel mag interview before their last album was released and he clearly states how bored he was with death metal. I don't care about his voice either, it's the fact he turned his back on metal and made a stupid prog album.

NeroCorleone80
September 3rd 2013

26865 Comments


He was talking about contemporary death metal

Wizard
September 3rd 2013

18777 Comments


Than my bad if I read into that deeper than I should have. Looking forward to seeing what kind of bands he decides upon.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2013

11397 Comments


Karl V.H. | September 5th 11

"I applaud Opeth for taking a risk and shake my head at the haters who will no doubt, use this as a terrible excuse to hate the band even more."

Well you've had a bit of a change of heart haven't you? Just because he made a prog album doesn't mean he turned his back on metal, but after 9 albums, I can't understand him wanting to make something different. Guess the next album will be very telling.

Wizard
September 3rd 2013

18777 Comments


Hahahaha how times change so quickly, I bet I've done this with a ton of albums on this site. I've had a huge change of heart indeed and that needs to be updated. I liked it at first and than it started to irk me a bit that he would make a jerk-off tribute album to Camel. Other than that, we will wait and see what happens next. Praying for another Ghost Reveries.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2013

18200 Comments


"I don't care about his voice either, it's the fact he turned his back on metal and made a stupid prog album."

lol

You can't blame a musician for changing their style and trying to move in a different direction. Would you rather they kept making albums of exactly the same style and sacrifice any natural progression for the sake of staying metal?

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oltnabrick
September 3rd 2013

29282 Comments


Comus???

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Keyblade
September 3rd 2013

13269 Comments


Really intrigued to see who he picks. He had great taste from what I remember.

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Underflow
September 3rd 2013

2181 Comments


Guess we're not getting psych and stoner this year.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2013

16126 Comments


Porcupine Tree is on hiatus, so an appearance from them might be questionable. Hope he can get Emperor to play since they're already going to be at Wacken next year anyway.

OmairSh
September 3rd 2013

8116 Comments


You can't blame a musician for changing their style and trying to move in a different direction. [2]

Musicians are humans not machines, and they're artists, so their personal life influences their work. Maybe he's in a happier place now. Looking forward to the next album m/... woops I mean p/

OmairSh
September 3rd 2013

8116 Comments


I know he'd love to get Scott Walker

Wizard
September 4th 2013

18777 Comments


Then call it something else then if you're not going to follow your bands style. This goes back to my whole argument with NIN's new album. Heritage was a selfish solo album and you can't argue that with me.

Would you rather they kept making albums of exactly the same style and sacrifice any natural progression for the sake of staying metal?

Really? Cause it sounded like a total 180 in progression.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


Then call it something else then if you're not going to follow your bands style. This goes back to my whole argument with NIN's new album. Heritage was a selfish solo album and you can't argue that with me.


What the fuck do you even mean by this? How was Heritage a solo album? In fact you could even argue that Martin Axenrot and Martin Mendez were more involved creatively than they were on Watershed, especially Axenrot who pretty much steals the show in terms of musicianship.

Also why can't a band be versatile and change up their sound every now and then? I can't understand how you can possibly see a band having a varied discography as being a negative.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

11397 Comments


It's Wiz, he's beyond us all.

BigPleb
September 4th 2013

28537 Comments


'Heritage was a selfish solo album and you can't argue that with me.'

Probably the dumbest thing I've read all year.

Keyblade
September 4th 2013

13269 Comments


Fuck this is making me wanna jam Heritage. Brb

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


I can understand why someone might not like Heritage but people act like it's a sudden and complete change in sound when really they're just exploring a particular aspect of their sound that's been a part of them for a while. It's not like the classic prog influences are completely new to Opeth or anything.

And saying they should have released it under a different name just because it deviates somewhat from their usual sound is ridiculous.

NeroCorleone80
September 4th 2013

26865 Comments


Calling Heritage a solo album implies that the other members weren't happy with the direction which isnt true at all.

Evreaia
September 4th 2013

3742 Comments


His new album will be heavier BUT HE already said it will NOT be metal, just heavier than heritage.

Opeth will never be metal again bros

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BigPleb
September 4th 2013

28537 Comments


'More like hard rock/heavy metal at the moment'

Guess you're wrong dipshit.

Evreaia
September 4th 2013

3742 Comments


if he's telling the truth at least



MeatSalad
September 4th 2013

13382 Comments


wizard is retarded JT dont get worked up over the retarded shit that spews from his mouth/fingertips

Wizard
September 4th 2013

18777 Comments


What the fuck do you even mean by this? How was Heritage a solo album? In fact you could even argue that Martin Axenrot and Martin Mendez were more involved creatively than they were on Watershed, especially Axenrot who pretty much steals the show in terms of musicianship.

Mikael still heads the band and I would assume he would have final say with most things at this point in time. Therefore, I draw the conclusion where Mikael, a self-pronounced addict of 70s prog, would go ahead and create a 70s inspired prog album that sounds like a trip down nostalgia lane. I love when Opeth incorporates this style subtlety into their sound but I could care less if they try and take the style on itself (hence why I call this a selfish solo album). He still hired these new members on and who's to say he didn't do it to meet his own selfish merits with the band. I don't know and I'm only speculating. Is that a good enough reason as to why I think the way I do? It's a boring fucking album and that's just my opinion. You're going to have to accept it just like everyone accepts yours.

Probably the dumbest thing I've read all year.

It's funny how when you don't agree with something, you have to reduce an argument down to an insult ; ). It's kind of stupid on your part for calling my comment dumb and yet you have nothing to back it up on ; ). It may sound stupid but lets be fair here, despite how great of an album you might think Heritage is, I personally find it stupid that a band would take a niche part of their sound and make an entire album of it (a really boring one at that). It's a matter of opinion and obviously I will never see eye to eye with most people on this site. Never have, never will.

Also why can't a band be versatile and change up their sound every now and then? I can't understand how you can possibly see a band having a varied discography as being a negative.

They've changed their sound up subtlety with each release and I like how varied their discography is (even Damnation feels like vintage Opeth and it's soft as baby shit). I never said anything that they can't be versatile either. I have problems with bands that switch up their sound too fast . It's not always about the heaviness but when you drop the best aspect of your sound to go frolicking through faggy prog territory, then I have a major problem.

Tyrael
September 4th 2013

20394 Comments


Congratulations on making a total ass out of yourselves guys

by all means keep it up

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Wizard
September 4th 2013

18777 Comments


I've been doing this for years though Tyrael and you're now just congratulating me?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


Is that a good enough reason as to why I think the way I do? It's a boring fucking album and that's just my opinion. You're going to have to accept it just like everyone accepts yours.


I have no problem with your opinion, you're not the only person who dislikes Heritage. I just find it amazing how you can think that just because a band suddenly decides to head in a different direction they should release it under a different name. Isn't that what a progressive band like Opeth is all about, experimenting?

Also Mikael didn't hire any new members for Heritage, all 5 of the main musicians played on their previous album. Just because Mikael is the band leader doesn't mean a change in direction is selfish. In fact what makes it any more selfish than sticking to the same sound? He'd still be calling the shots that way.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


Anyway it's clear that our ways of thinking about music, and in particular a band's right to experiment and take risks by exploring different sounds and styles, are totally different from one another's, so it seems there's no point in trying to understand each others views on the matter.

Wizard
September 4th 2013

18777 Comments


Opeth is all about experimenting subtlety or at least in line with their previous albums. That's really not the biggest reason why I don't care for this, it's because Camel is a band better left untouched rather than covered. He worships Camel on Heritage and I found it really boring. Maybe I was wrong in saying it was a selfish solo album but rather a terrible cover album.

As for the band members, don't you think he might be throwing us a curveball by giving us his one last heavy album (Watershed) and then using his newer members for what they really came on board for? Opeth is still Mikael's baby and you can't argue that. Just speculation, not trying to argue truth from that.

Anyway it's clear that our ways of thinking about music, and in particular experimentation and exploring different sounds and styles, are totally different from one another's so it seems there's no point in trying to understand each others views on the matter.

I agree and I'm not going to reduce myself down to an ass because someone actually has the balls around here to back themselves up.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


Still can't understand why people call Heritage a Camel cover album, it has just as much influence from other classic prog bands as it does Camel. That's why I find it somewhat refreshing, as it incorporates the sounds of several prog bands rather than just one like say, Wobbler (Yes).

I don't think he was trying to throw us a curveball at all, the direction explored on Heritage had been hinted at ever since Damnation and Ghost Reveries (where the classic prog influences became even more prominent than before). Opeth is definitely Mikael's baby I agree with you on that and that's why I can't see why Heritage is any more of a solo album than any of their previous records. He works with the other member just as much as he did on say Ghost Reveries or even Blackwater Park.



DominionMM1
September 4th 2013

8829 Comments


"Still can't understand why people call Heritage a Camel cover album"


part of it may have to do with the fact that akerfeldt has borrowed very liberally from camel in the past

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


Yeah he hasn't really helped himself in that respect, what with the beginning of Benighted basically being a cover and all.

DominionMM1
September 4th 2013

8829 Comments


yeah and the moor sounds very similar to something from snow goose

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2013

16126 Comments


Basically, Heritage is a mash-up of '70s prog, psych, and hard rock that ends up being on par with most of the music it borrows from.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2013

18200 Comments


Agreed.

OmairSh
September 4th 2013

8116 Comments


"Heritage was a selfish solo album"

Mikael directs the music and he takes into consideration what the band members want I think. But yeah I think he's been wanting to do a Heritage for a loong time and he was hoping that when he wrote those first couple of songs in the same old style, Mendez would say no.

eleventhsun
September 4th 2013

1475 Comments


Solo project? Dude, that was Axenrots crowning performance. The percussion is fantastic and I have a sneaking suspicion Mike didn't write or perform the drums.

NeroCorleone80
September 5th 2013

26865 Comments


" But yeah I think he's been wanting to do a Heritage for a loong time and he was hoping that when he wrote those first couple of songs in the same old style, Mendez would say no."

And thats exactly what happened. You could call Heritage a Mendez solo record because he told Mikael he didnt want to continue the old style.



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