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Opeth Comments On Upcoming Full-Length Album

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Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following statement regarding the band's recent song for the "God of War 3" soundtrack and the sound of Opeth's upcoming album:

"Lady Gaga called me up! That was a lie....sorry, that's like fucking SPAM! Quite interesting to see how diverse the reactions have been to our last song, ‘The throat of Winter’ that we recorded to be included on a disc coming with the ‘God of War 3’ game. Everything from ‘loving it’ to ‘hating it’ to juvenile ‘meh’ comments.

"I’m happy we’ve caused some reactions at least, rather raise a taste-agenda than a shrug.
It’s quite clear to me that some have yet to understand what this band is about. Some say the song doesn’t ‘fit’ the game, as if we’d ever, in our career, been interested in fitting in. Sorry! I was asked to write an Opeth song, and that’s what I did. Couldn’t care less if we fit in or not.

"At this point I’m complete and utterly bored with new streamlined music. Bored to tears by conventional metal arrangements. I think the future album will be more or less devoid of any fluid writing. It will be all over the place I guess, because that’s what I and ultimately Opeth as a band find interesting these days. I want it to be fucked up! I’ve written a 10 minute + piece so far and it’s miserable sounding (in a good way, for me at least) and quite disturbing. Don’t know whether it will make the final cut, but it’s certainly set the tone for what type of music I want to write right now. I can’t foresee what you as ‘fans’ will think of anything we put out anymore. I stopped wondering after ‘Damnation’ got hate-bombed, so we’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

"I certainly appreciate all your support during the years. Sorry I can’t commit to pleasing you all, but as we all know it simply doesn’t work like that. I’m happy, just wrote some lovely music with a friend and it opened my eyes somewhat. This music might come across as un-focused, but it’s really crystal clear.

"20th anniversay shows are round the corner. We’re rehearsing and it’s quite fun (for a change), been revisiting some old material and it sounds just ‘right’! Looks like all 6 shows will sell out, which is nice…4 have sold out already. Appreciate that you wanna come and see us. What was going to be a quiet celebration in a pub escalated to 6 of the biggest shows we’ve ever done on our own. I mean, it’s the fucking Royal Albert Hall among others. Stupid!! OK, listening to a Mono copy of ‘The Beatles’ (White album). Quite a different experience really! What an album! Stupid! (X2)"

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1. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Opeth is one of the very few bands that have never put out a bad or boring album. Mikael Akerfeldt is 100% right when he says most metal today is bad. IT'S TRUE. Outside of 5-10 metal bands I have been really bored with metal as of late. I'm sure Opeth's next album will be amazing. I really really enjoyed Watershed and that it may have been their best since Blackwater Park.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. CradleofFilth88 writes:

I agree with you, although I would say there is way more than 5-10 bands that are good but overall, mainstream metal is awful. Overall, however, Opeth is still amazing after all these years and albums. I don't know why people complained about Damnation and Watershed, I thought both were beautiful progressive metal masterpieces. There is a reason that Opeth is my favorite band.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. xDecapitation writes:

There are a LOT more than 10 good metal bands out there today, you just have to look hard lol. Opeth is probably the best of the best though.

And #1...Porcupine Tree is not one of those good bands lol.

Mikael Akerfeldt <;3

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

I'm not too keen on the thought of people "hate-bombing" any Opeth album, and I happen to love every single track on 'Damnation' (especially "Closure" and "To Rid the Disease")...I'm certain I will love whatever Opeth are tinkering away at. I have yet to be let down. I personally am ready for something like 'Blackwater Park', 'Deliverence' or 'Ghost Reveries'...but I'm sure I'd be let down if it was too much like any of them...

It will be it's own distinct Opeth album, just like all the others.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathfreak writes:

I have never gotten into opeth. Any one willing to answer which album should I start with?

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. systemsdown writes:

@ deathfreak: My fave is Ghost Reveries personally

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 6:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. FameOFame writes:

Fame is getting to this guy's head... it clearly shows in their roundhouse tapes dvd...

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 7:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. gripper writes:

it will be tough to top the streak Opeth is on and even though we are talking almost a year from release i am very anxious for the next album
df start with Blackwater Park you'll like it
fof i kinda get that sense too but it has yet to effect the music

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

deathfreak: Just pick one. You really can't go wrong.

RM: Good to read ya man. Where you been hiding?

xDecapitation: EPIC Fail. Pocupinetree is awesome.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Eric J. Bitterman writes:

@deathfreak: Blackwater Park, Watershed, Deliverance, Damnation in that order.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 8:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^What about My Arms Your Hearse? Still Life? They're all good in ANY order.

deathfreak: Pay the bitter man no mind. He's not even a member. lol.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 8:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. xFiruath writes:

I've actually mulled this question over for a long time and I come to a different conclusion nearly every time. I heard "My Arms Your Hearse" first, but it does have a much more "raw" sound than the later ones (well, raw for Opeth, not like "kvlt black metal" raw) and it doesn't have nearly as much clean singing so it isn't really representative of their more famous work.

If I absolutely had to pick an order it would probably go like this - Blackwater Park (its their flagship album, might as well start there), Still Life, My Arms Your Hearse, Deliverance, Damnation, Ghost Reveries, Morningrise, and then Watershed. Not because any of them are necessarily better than the others, but because that order would take you on the wildest prog/death metal ride and show you new heights of awesome on each listen through.

I'm an Opeth fan boy of the highest order, and would probably do many nefarious, evil, and illegal things for them, but I still don't ever listen to "Orchid." It's a take it or leave it album for me, and I leave it. The stuff is fun live, but their albums after that are just leagues ahead of it in every conceivable way.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Now THIS guy is an expert. *jots down xFiruath's recommendations in his words to live by book*

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RememberMetal? writes:

deathfreak: One thing you'll find is that Opeth fans are eager to steer potential fans to the greatness.

Can't go wrong with "Blackwater Park" or "Ghost Reveries" to start. Those albums seem to emcopass the Opeth sound in the robust fashion and deliver on standout tracks. "Deliverence" is almost constantly furious. As excellent as they are I would only suggest NOT starting with "Orchid", "Damnation" and "Watershed". "Still Life" is my favorite as it was my first. Front to back--a perfect, almost spiritual experience.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 9:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Crushem writes:

F*ck. Yes. Cannot wait. Opeth is one of the best, if not THE best. Hell, Opeth got me into Scandinavian metal.

# Mar 18, 2010 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

"One thing you'll find is that Opeth fans are eager to steer potential fans to the greatness." <- That my friend is a perfect sentence.

xDecapitation: You are right. Porcupine Tree is not a metal band.

I find it almost impossible to rank Opeth albums...but why aren't people giving "Morningrise" any love? That albums slips by far to often in Opeth talks.


My comment regarding the 5-10 bands is not my stance on the metal scene. It is just very hard to find metal bands that make consistant great/interesting music (I've been searching for many years). Even bands like Slayer, in my eyes, are not worthy of mentioning that much any more outside of the few amazing albums made in the 90's because their music is not going any where new. Another prime example is AC/DC and CC. Both bands have been making the same album over and over again. Metal bands and bands in general should not fall into this!!

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Cynic writes:

Considering his name is deathfreak - he might want to start with "Deliverance" since that's their most aggressive album. Overall though yes this thread is a testament to the ridiculous nature of trying to pick Opeth's best album!

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. EsotericSurgery writes:

#12, I understand why you wouldn't start someone on Orchid, but god damn it's still good! In Mist She Was Standing is one of my favorite Opeth songs :-]

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 2:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Dagger writes:

remembermetal : still life was my first too. :)

i feel that anyone starting to listen to opeth should listen to damnation and deliverence one after the other. deliverence (the song) is probably one of opeth's most aggressive songs to date... rivaled by some from 'my arms your hearse'. cant wait for the next album.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 7:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Dagger writes:

deathfreak : if you dont like porcupine tree as it says on your profile then you probably wouldnt like opeth.

both of which bewilder me.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 7:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. LordAssenfroth writes:

my arms your hearse and still life are my favorite 2, even though the rest are just as good. opeth is definitely one of the best bands out there right now

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 8:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Even though i fell in love with opeth upon hearing ghost of perdition, the first album i got my hands on was damnation. Not a decision i regret in the least. f*** anyone who would dare give them crap for that album; its goddamned beautiful. But still not an album you should start with from a metal perspective.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 8:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Blindgreed1 writes:

RM: Still Life was my first as well...

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 11:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Hammerheart writes:

Trying to pick Opeth's best album is like trying to pick which hand to masturbate with; no matter which one you choose, it's going to be a great experience.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. xFiruath writes:

I'm loving how its being talked about like "my first time," as though it was when one lost their virginity. I suppose it's fitting.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 12:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Hammerheart writes:

My first was "My Arms Your Hearse." I remember the way he looked into my eyes as I slowly took off my panties..

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 12:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. KickAssDuke writes:

That made me choke on my turkey sangwich Hammerheart. Very funny. I would start with Blackwater Park. That was my first.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 1:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Myendinsight writes:

All these writ made me purchase some Opeth and I would like to personally thank you all because this stuff goes to 11!!

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. xFiruath writes:

This is making me all nostalgic. I first heard Opeth on my 14th birthday. My parents were super religious so of course there was no death metal allowed in the house, so my older brother gets me a computer game (back in the day when they came in those huge boxes for no apparent reason and the manual were massive) and hid "My Arms Your Hearse" inside the box. Gonna have to listen to that one through a few times today now.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I suppose I will take up the impossible task of ranking the Opeth albums. This a list created as I feel about the albums now.

1. Blackwater Park - No question this is the best

2. Deliverance -From top to bottom this album has no flaws

3. Watershed - Most progressive and a good step forward for the band

4. My Arms, Your Hearse - All fans of Death metal need this album

5. Damnation - wonderful non metal album (close to PT)

6. Morningrise - An awesome album that was way before its time

7. Ghost Reveries - Great work that would set up later set up Watershed

8. Still Life - Another great death metal album that is just a little shy to matching the greatness of My Arms, Your Hearse

9. Orchid - First album from one of the best metal bands around

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 4:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. deathfreak writes:

Thx I know know where to start. When I get paid Ill prob pick up Blackwater Park and Deliverance.

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

deathfreak: If you pick up those albums you will be blown away. I would recommend that you listen to them from start to finish. To properly listen and soak in an Opeth album you need to be engulfed in the sound.

Now Playing: "Disease, Injury, Madness" by Between the Buried and Me <-- Another one of the 5-10 metal bands :)

# Mar 19, 2010 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Bren_den writes:

Reading Opeth fans' recommendations is the most irritating thing I've ever done. Listen to all the albums or die.

# Mar 20, 2010 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. xXSymbiotic writes:

I agree 100% with everything Mikael said here, and is exactly what I always say to people who put Opeth down in anyway. Agreed with PorcupineTreeFan (I love them too btw :P) that every single Opeth album is fantastic. Opeth for life.

# Apr 10, 2010 @ 1:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. grim writes:

"Everything from ‘loving it’ to ‘hating it’ to juvenile ‘meh’ comments."
"meh" actually pretty much sums up opeth for me. i have all their albums except the last one, i dont hate em i can see why people like em alot but best band out there nope. plus i think mikael is an arrogant prick.
guess thats just juvenile of me.

# Apr 10, 2010 @ 1:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. DeathCrush writes:

Still Life and Orchid is my favorite

# Apr 10, 2010 @ 6:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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