Akerfeldt Issues Opeth Update

2007-03-22 by Mikesn EMERITUS | 21 Comments
Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt has updated fans on the current going-ons in progressive metal band Opeth's realm of influence. The update addresses the band's upcoming DVD, new album, and, well, anything else Mikael can think of:

"Just a quick note to fill you (if you care) in on what's cooking and stuff....like that.....

"Roundhouse/U.K. gig DVD: Well, the music is mixed and it sounds nothing less than awesome I must say. The film material is also edited and it looks great too! We went through a lot of fan interviews as well which was hilarious. Most of the interview material that was shot is going to be used, although there were severe audio problems with some and those can't be used for that reason. I was struck by how drunk all of you fuckers were....great!! I felt like partying myself watching it! All I can say is, it will be pretty good all in all....pretty fucking good indeed. Release date? Don't know right now, I guess late spring. Title? I have it but will announce it later on Opeth.com.

"Next Opeth LP: I'm writing and it's going quite well. I have around a dozen of song ideas. Some are downright evil sounding....a few Bathory (evil era '83-'87) parts, some tech-death ones, some overblown prog ballad ones, one Nick Drake thing, one complete prog thing with triple harmony vocals, one evocative Middle Eastern psychedelic metal arrangement with falsetto vocals (not as wimpy sounding as you might think), one '70s Scorpions sounding bit (like 'Living and Dying' type of stuff), one's totally murky forest-ish sounding dark prog-rock with loud vocals that shifts between major and minor, one tedious ugly/pretty little hobbit sounding symf part with moogs over a classical guitar, some soundtrack-ish sounding ones etc...

"Yes, it's business as usual....

"I don't know when or where we'll record but I guess late this year. I want to make sure it....rocks....somewhat! No titles, lyrics or anything like that so don't ask.
Wilson/Portnoy thingie: I don't know...maybe it's off, maybe it's on...I've no idea really....don't hold your breath.

"Overall I feel good but my brain is making me sick as I feel (maybe too) inspired.
Listening to: A-ha, 'Hunting High and Low'...what a song! Tony Macalpine (some '80s shred...I don't know why but I had to listen to him), Camel – 'Snow Goose' (got stuck in an endless airport que and needed to 'calm down'), Jan Johansson – 'Jazz på Svenska' (endless fave but listened to it as well for the above reason, same que), Judas Priest – 'Sad Wings of Destiny' (If you ask why, you're a geek!).

"Sorry, this message is fucked up and disjointed but that's where I'm at right now."

Tagged: Opeth

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hummer
March 23rd 2007
228 Comments


When you can describe your music as sounding like both Nick Drake and Bathory at times, you've got some range.

jrowa001
March 23rd 2007
8752 Comments


cant wait for this, it sounds like it might be there best. the whole nick drake comparison is awesome

antihippy
March 23rd 2007
696 Comments


people...... it's great day to be alive.

even greater when the dvd and cd is release.

ArC
March 23rd 2007
27 Comments


I'm excited now

Tyler
Emeritus
March 23rd 2007
7925 Comments


new Opeth sounds damn promising, actually.

JumpTheF**kUp
March 23rd 2007
2722 Comments


[quote="Mikael"]one evocative Middle Eastern psychedelic metal arrangement with falsetto vocals[/quote]


That sounds like it'd be so good.This Message Edited On 03.23.07

rockstar18
March 23rd 2007
741 Comments


Sounds really interesting.

SynGates
March 23rd 2007
2467 Comments


Can't wait for the CD....the DVD not so much.

Abaddon2005
March 23rd 2007
684 Comments


I don't know. Opeth have their own signature sound, but they didn't show a lot of growth with Ghost Reveries. I hope they'll do some more out of the box thinking this time around.

Yazz_Flute
March 23rd 2007
18939 Comments


I hope we don't have to wait too long for this, just like we have to with wintersun.

Riziger
March 23rd 2007
316 Comments


Haha this is gonna be pretty kick-ass. cant wait for the dvd AND cd.

Wizard
March 23rd 2007
20209 Comments


Mikael Åkerfeldt has some interesting descriptions of his songs! Looking forward to this!

Win A Rabbit
March 23rd 2007
60 Comments


I'm not the biggest Opeth fan by any means but I think I'll have to check the cd out based on those descriptions.

Doppelganger
March 23rd 2007
3124 Comments


I thought Ghost Reveries was pretty awesome.

Anyway, I can't wait for the new material or the DVD.

Angmar
March 23rd 2007
2688 Comments


Shweet

Confessed2005
March 24th 2007
4553 Comments


This is fantastic news! New album in particular sounds as if it is going to be nothing less than astounding.

WARPATH_88
March 24th 2007
514 Comments


This sounds so awesome! I cant wait!

-Listy-
March 26th 2007
10 Comments


Brilliant.

new album sounds very interesting.

Mikael got me into Nick Drake and Camel from an interview I saw years ago. kick ass :p.

I also can't wait.



muchtallerthanu
April 9th 2007
648 Comments


Talk about news of the decade.

TojesDolan
April 12th 2007
271 Comments


If the DVD has old-school stuff, holy crap I'll be happy.

The new CD sounds promising, indeed.

FR33L0RD
May 31st 2007
1474 Comments


I cant wait
Opeth is simply an amazing Metal band



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