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Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Comments On Upcoming Album

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Metal Injection correspondent Robert Pasbani sat down with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson to discuss the band's upcoming album, their views on religion, and what they consider "heavy" to mean nowadays.

Check it out below. The band's currently untitled new album is projected for release this coming June.

On the topic of what's "heavy" Mikael had to say this: "I don’t think it’s traditional heaviness, like when you talk about heavy and metal music. I kind of reevaluated what I think is heavy in the last couple of years and turning up the distortion and tuning down and triggering the drums doesn’t make it heavy to me anymore. It just sounds like nothing. So, we went the other way. We never tuned down. We kind of lost distortion and tried to opt for a more normal type of drum sound, like a real drum sound. I think it makes it sound heavier. Some of those parts that are slow and doomy just sound heavier. But it’s also emotionally, a heavy record."

On their views of religion: "I would say we’re atheists. Like many other metal bands, we were into satanism and stuff like that. Growing up in Stockholm, and forming a band in the late '80s, it comes with the territory. It was a gimmick in those days, just like it is today with the satanic bands. But we never had any religious beliefs ourselves. I think it’s still interesting with the occult. I always had a fascination for it. But it’s not something I want to push on to."

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

New prog record? Cool. \m/\m/

# Mar 25, 2014 @ 3:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Drum_Junkie writes:

LMAO!! Why is Fredrik even there. Most of the time he just sat there looking like he's holding in a major deuce!!!

Still interesting interview. Little doubt the new album will be polarizing like Heritage was. I'm expecting more of the same, with maybe a bit more overtly intricate riffs (whereas Heritage also had intrcate riffs - just more subtle in the delivery.)

# Mar 25, 2014 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. hellrat writes:

Pretty much my thoughts exactly....

while not a metal band per se, Led Zeppelin has written some of the absolute heaviest music out there...there's also plenty of country and folk music that is fvcking heavy, and hell, some of the material from acts such as Depeche Mode, Tricky, or Black Uhuru as examples can rightfully be considered pretty damn heavy; and there are so many more....

Heavy is as heavy does, mama sez :)

NP---When the Levee Breaks---fvckin HEAVY \m/

# Mar 25, 2014 @ 7:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

as an afterthought, while I like Heritage, I don't find it particularly "heavy"

Sounds like they might "master the art" on this one :)

# Mar 25, 2014 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. RememberMetal? writes:

I think those that were disenfranchised by “Heritage” have been dismissed as fickle, lazy, narrow-minded Cro-Magnons. But even Opeth fans who love “Damnation” (myself included) were turned off by “Heritage”. I marginally count myself among this lot, as I do like “Heritage” on the whole but not nearly as much as any other Opeth release.

Too many of the band’s defining elements were simply tossed out on that record and the only logical response to that was for many fans to also feel abandoned. “Heritage” could have been (and perhaps should have been) a Mikael Ackerfeldt solo album. As I said, I still enjoyed “Heritage” but far less than any other Opeth album. Still, I cannot repress my excitement for the next one.

# Mar 26, 2014 @ 9:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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