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Opeth Frontman Clarifies Statements On Labelmates

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Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has clarified statements he made during an interview with an Australian magazine — but hasn't gone out of his way to patch up the wounds. When asked about the current state of metal, he told the magazine that he didn't care for most of today's bands, and that "when I grew up it was like heresy to compare [labelmates] Killswitch Engage and whatever you got going with [Iron] Maiden and [Judas] Priest. The bands feel manufactured, almost like boy bands with guitars. I don't want my bands to be f---ing pretty." On Opeth's official forum, Åkerfeldt said the article was "a bit misleading," and that while he doesn't "particularly like Killswitch," he has nothing "against them really. All I was saying [is] that I don't see the same quality in them as I do in Priest or Maiden. [Killswitch] to me sounds like a rehashed version of what's been going on in Sweden for 16 years or more. The boy-band comment ... was not addressed to [Killswitch] but an observation of the overall 'nu' or whatever metalcore scene [there is] in the U.S. All of you gotta understand that out of the zillion interviews I do, some will take the so-called 'good stuff' and put it forward and make me seem like a pr---."

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1. metalmayhem writes:

as much as i love mike akerfeldt and opeth to disrespect a band like killswitch (who i dont even care for all that much) is totally out of line. i dont care what he says...he referenced killswitch in his quote and that is wrong. they have been around since the mid nineties...they def take huge influence from the swedish scene but THEY brought it to the US. They gave kids in the US an outlet to experience In Flames, and then At the Gates and if they were curious enought bands like Dissection and Dismember. Any band that opens doors like that for an inexperienced audience does not deseverve to be disrespected like that. Of all people you would think Akerfeldt would know that. As a musician and an artist, he rules, however, his opinion is not appreciated here (although of course respected). Let me put it plain and simple, im a death metal fan through and through (ie BEHEMOTH, HATE ETERNAL, CARCASS, etc.) and in this case the "metalcore" dudes from KSE deserve their respect. They are one of the few bands that do something different and were originators in their genre. I've already taken up too much space on this site, but im p***ed. I really respect Michael Akerfeldt and im genuinely dissapointed with his statement here. He is a music lover and just because he doesnt like certain bands, you would think he would be above dissing them considering his standing in the extreme metal community ......F U C K I N A

# May 1, 2006 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. metalmayhem writes:

and in response to mike's very last quote in this post....out of the million article's your interviewed for, you definitely take every opportunity you get to talk about how watered down the "metal scene" is today. That is for sure. You even dissed most of the bands you played with in the US on last year SoundsoftheUnderground Tour. That you cant deny. I'll shut up. I am just so dissapointed in this dude b/c i like Opeth and respect him that much (but Joel, Adam, and Howard deserve more than that bullsh** from their label-mates) that is all

# May 1, 2006 @ 11:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. metalmayhem writes:

dissection, behemoth, nile, withered, slayer, burst, lair of the minatour, the haunted, black dhalia murder, the red chord, converege, gojira, DECAPITATED, pig destroyer, cannibal corpse, hate eternal, suffocation, etc.......did i name enough bands......for mikey....that is like 3 continents, 10 countries,and all great bands........he should get a life

# May 1, 2006 @ 11:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

It's ignorant to diss a band when you're signed but it's even worse when you talk about your label mates. A lot of bands like that are on Roadrunner so they must not like most of their label. If you're in a signed band and getting an interview just don't diss other bands unless it's a p***y band like Avenged Sevenfold or any other p***y a$$ wanna-be metal band.

# May 2, 2006 @ 12:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. metalmayhem writes:

well said

# May 2, 2006 @ 12:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. FugitivePrisoner writes:

SoundsoftheUnderground Tour really did suck though. Only bands worth attending for were Opeth, Devi, LoG, and GWAR. The screamo bands were intolerable. I happen to like KSE, but they are no Maiden. This being said,Mike should have thought before he spoke... it would be awesome to be able to speak your mind and not have people take offense, but too often this is the case.

# May 2, 2006 @ 10:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. bradispissed writes:

another case of a musician speaking his mind and having to deal with this kind ofsh**...


dude let the guy think whatever the hell he damn well pleases. he doenst have to own up to your standards. if you let trivial comments like this piss you off then you honestly need to get the hell out of the basement and respect them for what is they do that make you love them. i am so god damned tired of fans expecting these human f***ing beings to have pr reps...can you imagine having every comment you make publicly this scrutinized. this is so far beyond bullsh**. i'm just plain p***ed off i have to read your pissant personal value discrepancies. why thinking that the band, or the majority people here, or even killswitch engage would give 2 sh**s what you think is damn confusing.


killswitch engage are big boys and i'm sure they can deal with this without metal parental figures waving a finger. bet your a$$ they will still come out with the same lame a$$ cd they've reissued twice before.

# May 2, 2006 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Nashimiron writes:

Deal hardly with them. In this day and age when there are so many great metal bands around there is no reason to waste your time with the likes of Kilswich.

# May 2, 2006 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. materagon writes:

i think that mikeal is most certainly not out of line(very much) but all of you are, he is entitled to his opinion and i guess you are too but... he is the lead singer of opeth and you guys definitely are not, however i do feel it is wrong for opeth to be on a label like roadrunner, it just does not suite opeth at all, opeth and dragonforce are the only great bands on it,

# May 2, 2006 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. materagon writes:

by the way bradisp***ed is right

# May 2, 2006 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. opeth! writes:

yea, opeth kicks ass, killswitch sucks, and bought time somebody said it... let opeth say whatever they want, and you know what... kerry king is alwsys slamming megadeth, but nobody cares about that so f*** all you metalcore fags, killswitch sucks, hardcore fags need to be beaten, and opeth kicks most bands ass'

# May 2, 2006 @ 5:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. RememberMetal? writes:

I've always had a healthy respect for Killswitch'es original and current vocalist, but the rest of the band tend to stick with overtly familiar sounding gothencore....Which I'm sure is why Ackerfeldt said what he did.

Let the man have an opinion, too often the media try to capitalize on a remark so they can make Earth shattering headlines on some music rags cover....It's pitiful.

# May 2, 2006 @ 7:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. dbag hater writes:

Killswitch is just not as influential or as good as either of those bands that is his point so some posers that listen to metal can listen to that bullsh** they put out annually and talk about there influences and they just say they listen to killswitchs influences but they dont death to false metal

# May 2, 2006 @ 7:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. metalmayhem writes:

you are all definitely correct in your statements, i dont even like killswitch....i just think support in the extreme metal community (ie death, hardcore, thrash, but not black cause they hate everyone even though a lot of them are awesome artists) should show some support for one another.......and a band like killswitch cannot be lumped in w/ those "screamo" bands mentioned above.

# May 2, 2006 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. slayerdisciple writes:

post 11 kerry always slams mustaine not megadeth but thats because mustaine is a well known prick, i love both bands but i gotta agree with opeth sucks in post 4 however i dont agree with the name

# May 2, 2006 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Linkin Park Killa writes:

What Mikael said about the state of metal right now in the U.S is absolutely true. Most of what is coming out now is just terrible! garbage! Opeth are master musicians and so Mikael can say whatever he wants to say about killswitch or any of those other trendy "yeah, our music sounds hardcore so that means we really are tight cause harder really do mean better" bands. I'm just glad that it's about time somebody who really knows music said something. Kudos to Mikael!

# May 3, 2006 @ 3:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. psythe writes:

ahhh, see, you'r mixing up KsE and the newer hardcore/metalcore/etc bands that simply followed the trend that KsE pretty much pioneered (in the States, anyway...)

# May 3, 2006 @ 6:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. deathbringer writes:

I really don't consider KSE metalcore at all. They are modern heavy metal who have mixed elements of the Gothenburg melodic metal into their sound. Sure, some other prominent metalcore acts such as Unearth have done the same, but that is not a key element in metalcore itself. I really don't even like the term "Gothencore" because since their first album on Ferret (which did have some metalcore elements in it), there has not really been any "core" in it.

The metalcore trend has given rise and prominence to wide spectrum of hardcore influenced bands from screamo to melodic metalcore to old school hardcore as well as mallcore, so calling a band a cookie cutter metalcore band isn't very descriptive really. It's like calling someone a cookie cutter heavy metal band... All you can really derive from the statement is that there's screaming and heavy guitars going on (in metalcore's case, shouting and breakdowns too)

It's predominantly an American thing though (although there seems to bee a good number of Dutch and German hardcore/metalcore bands rising up as well), so I am not really surprised about a European band taking shots at the movement or the bands, but get them right at least. I still enjoy KSE quite a bit because they still have their own sound and of the bands that sound similar, I like KSE's sound overall more.

# May 3, 2006 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. bradispissed writes:

about the first intellegent backing of kse i've seen in, well...ever.


a genre that started out with roots in the thrash field to ripping off the riffs in flames had written a decade earlier. kse define and launched this metalcore movement along with the likes of god forbid and shadows fall...we've all seen over the last few years the minimal progression these bands have made on their sound.


and i would love to think that modern heavy metal is riding on the backs of bands like biomechanical and coprofago instead of this repetitive corporate roadrunner garbage...killswitch along with this entire genre will die out withing 2 years because they will no longer have anything to offer. i will take that bet with anyone.

# May 3, 2006 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Hail Opeth writes:

Mikael is right f*** all these metalcore bands they all sound the f***en same and to post 4 you can you p***yass little b**** go f*** yourself punk. OPETH,OPETH,OPETH,OPETH,OPETH

# May 3, 2006 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. bradispissed writes:

you're an idiot

# May 3, 2006 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. RememberMetal? writes:

The sad fact of the matter is that for some, KSE are always going to sound derivative...To others KSE is going to be the best thing since Korn....
I say Korn because some peoples tastes never (get to) develop past whats easy to find in America's rock market. Others lack the know-how, money or desire to find more advanced metal bands.

KSE are highly original to someone who hasn't been listening to obscure mid-90's metal from across the pond and/or DRI and COC.

I imagine someone like Ackerfeldt has been hearing some version of KSE for most of his life.

I happen to find KSE's first and current vocalist to be incredibly gifted. The song structures leave much to be desired, but the intensity is there.

To me KSE are a decent band in a sea of bad ones of their genre....but if you look hard enough you can find better acts....

and obviously, they're an easy target.

# May 3, 2006 @ 8:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. kevin writes:

To me, KSE is still of of the greatest metal bands in the world...

# May 4, 2006 @ 9:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. OPETH WAS THE WORST BAND AT SOTU writes:

Opeth was the worst band at SOTU last year. How can he remove his band from the "scene" that they play in ?

The Opeth set last year was horrible. I'd go as far to say BORING. They didnt bring anything to the table that was tremendous or awesome. They sucked it up with some light metal 37 minute epic bullsh**.

Opeth is no better than KSE

# May 4, 2006 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

Hey Hail Opeth. Nice work there with the big words. You actually think that they should talk sh** about the bands on there own label? That's f***ed up in general. That makes me look down on him. I already stated before that I think they're great musicians, I'm just not digging the long songs. But if a band doesn't like another band they need to keep that in there head and not tell it to the press. What's the point of putting down another band publicly? Is it proving anything? No, it's not. It's just bringing them down.

# May 4, 2006 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Both Worlds writes:

Killswitch Engage are to metalcore what Nirvana is to grunge, too many bands copied them and turned it into a fashion obsessed horrible brand of music, and while you cannot deny the greatness of either of those bands, i hate nearly all the copycats. how many f***ing times do i have to open revolver and see 300 "metalcore/screamo" bands that scream about nothing wghile playing 4 chords and a breakdown...mikeal was 100% in the right to diss metalcore...with the exeption of maybe 7 bands (KSE included) it sucks...killswitch didnt know that an entire breed of c*** sucking emo boys would tune down and scream about nothing when they released "alive or just breathing" sao yes killswitch is to blame for sh**ty metalcore in the same way nirvan is to blame for all the sh** we dealt with in the late nineties...mikeal shudnt diss killswitch, shadows fall, god forbid, chimaira, or unearth but the rest to me is a bunch of fashion obsessed asswipes (who exactly like at the end of the nu-metal scene) tune down, dress the same and suck...big time

# May 5, 2006 @ 10:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. slayerdisciple writes:

i respect that Opeth Suck!!, u dont have to like a certain band but if they r talented that is somethin to be recognized

# May 6, 2006 @ 11:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Bouncer writes:

Opeth's good, they are alright. one thing for certain is they rock in their melodic death world. Opeth Sucks!! you're a joke man it seems we got a Red Devil for Opeth.

# May 6, 2006 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. slayerdisciple writes:

theres a diff. between Opeth Suck!! and Red Devil, Red Devil is a f***in dumbass who spams and cant recognize the talent for the band he hates, but Opeth Suck!! understands that they r talented not to mention he doesnt spam

# May 6, 2006 @ 11:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

Thanks slayerdisciple, I do respect them 100% and they have great talent. I do have 3 of there CD's so it's not like I'm completely against them. I just don't like how long they are, but w/e it's my opinion. I have the name to kinda stir some things up sometimes. Kinda like how Bouncer got p***ed off. lol

# May 7, 2006 @ 12:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. slayerdisciple writes:

gotcha

# May 7, 2006 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. slayerdisciple writes:

i wish they would do some more solos tho

# May 7, 2006 @ 12:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Talent writes:

Remember it is like comparing apples (Opeth) and horse sh** (Killswitch Engage).
Out of all the horse sh** KsE is some of the better sh**.

# May 7, 2006 @ 7:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. psythe writes:

I have most of Opeth's albums, though, like Opeth Suck!!!, I don't listen to them too often. Dunno why, but they just never really did much for me. But they'r a hell of a lot more talented than KsE (even if i DO listen to KsE more often).

# May 7, 2006 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Bouncer writes:

HEY GUYS I'M JUST A f***IN MANIAC CELEBRATING MAN. COCO'S GONE SO LET GET THIS PARTY STARTED, STARTED.
I was reading the slayer comment on new album. And this Lloyd i hopefully thinks is really Coco is finally out. Man what a pathetic ass. I wake up today to hear this great news getting his a$$ whoop over the internet by The Crusader. But i hope so. I don't really think his that gone for good, but maybe then again....SO LET GET THIS PARTY STARTED, LET GET THIS PARTY STARTED. (black eyed peas tunes)

# May 7, 2006 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. fred writes:

ya well kse does suck

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