Mikael Akerfeldt Talks Clean Singing And Death Vocals In New Metal Sucks Podcast
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Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt appears on this week’s episode of the MetalSucks podcast (available below) to talk about the band’s new album, "Pale Communion," which is due out June 17th, 2014.
In the interview Mikael discusses how his kids take to metal and the effect technology has on the appreciation of music today, as well as his opinion on the lack of evolution in metal and the current “occult” metal trend.
Akerfeldt also talks at length about how he no longer feels inspired by death metal and why Opeth's music has moved away from that sound, stating:
“I haven’t had inspiration from the death metal scene since like 1992, if you know what I mean, so it kind of makes it difficult for me to write those types of songs, I guess, now. I guess I saturated that style of writing on the Watershed record and I just couldn’t do it anymore, for now, but you never know! Maybe I’ll get back to it, but right now I’m just interested in singing and developing my clean voice... It feels like I’m developing so much with my clean singing while with the death metal singing I kind of took it to a level where I couldn’t get better and in fact I got a bit worse, so it wasn’t fun to do that stuff anymore. But since then I’ve gotten back into it. My death metal voice sounds good again. But I’m still waiting… if that inspiration comes back, we’ll do a death metal record again.”
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