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Mikael Akerfeldt Talks New Album "Heritage" In Video Interview

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Face Culture has posted a new video interview online with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, in which he discusses the new album "Heritage" and fan reaction to the release (reviewed here). Check out the three part interview in the clips available below.

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9 Comments on "Mikael Akerfeldt Talks New Album 'Heritage'"

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1. Yuck writes:

He's turned into such a pompous jerk. Glad to know he's weeding out all the BAD Opeth fans. What a prick.

# Dec 14, 2011 @ 11:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Netromancer writes:

Can you blame him? He knows there will be alot negativity from so called "fans". I respect Mikael and the rest of the guys for making the music they want to make despite the expectations. A band making the music they want to make? Absurd!

It took a while for me to digest "Heritage". To be honest, I wasn't sure I liked it upon my first hearing. Months later I am realizing how damn good it is. Funny how most of the more accessible music I hear tends to fade out and lose my interest while an album like "Heritage" took time for me to appreciate.

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 1:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. cruor writes:

My respect for this guy just went up 10 fold. Hats off to Mikael for standing by his work and not giving a sh** about what people think. It takes a lot of self-respect to put out something you know your fan base isn't going to like then brush it off with "I don't care".

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 2:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Yuck writes:

If he didn't care, he wouldn't be playing damage control with all these interviews. Thats one of the worst things Ive ever heard a musician say. For them to say whats right and wrong for a fan, is just as bad as a fan saying the same about them adhering to a certain style.

I love me some old Opeth, but recently after watching Mike grow up, Im really turned off by his attitude. I really wish I couldn't let it get to me like you guys, but its part of who I am. I tend to take things too personally.

Maybe Ill come around some day and not take things so literally, but for now he's still a jerk.

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 10:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

So Yuck,

If you made an album (after previously making 9 other highly revered albums), how would you feel about people who didn't like it?
Wouldn't you still be proud of it and stand by it? Or would you bow down to the masses and 'admit' that it isn't good based on public opinion (thereby throwing away your own opinion)?
Wouldn't you defend it, and explain your views? Isn't safe to say that those who don't like it, either don't get it, or are only fans when the music fit THEIR definition of how Opeth should sound like?

Who made the music? Who set the direction? Who had the inspiration?
How would you react if people were saying your young child or new spouse doesn't compare to the one that came before? That is the relationship he has with his music.

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Yuck writes:

I completely understand. Im in the same field as Mike. I have over ten releases under my belt as well. What got to me was his comment about weeding out the bad Opeth fans. Id like to think my fans have the freedom to like whatever they want, and hate just the same. I've heard him say this many times in the past. He has also said stuff such as Opeth being like a fine wine in metal, and can only suit the most sophisticated palettes.

The guy is just a jerk. Fans see him one way, and musicians who meet him back stage see him another way. It happens. Just because the guy writes music you and many others like doesn't mean he is the nicest/smartest guy in the world. Fans tend to have a pattern where they place their favorite artists on a pedestal and defend their every move.

He's a regular guy like you and I, but he happens to be a jerk. Take away his cult status, and his popularity. Have him come on MetalUnderground expressing his point of view. Guarantee he would be ganged up on as a troll.

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 12:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. cruor writes:

"What got to me was his comment about weeding out the bad Opeth fans"

He meant the people who have to have things their way all the time. The people who demonize artists for progressing. The people who if had it their way would make sure Mikael wrote the said individual's favorite Opeth album over and over and over again instead of allowing Mikael to grow. Its not about defending him because of who he is, people like myself I believe are attempting to get jump in his shoes, get inside of his mind, see through his eyes, and see what its like the best we can from his point of view.

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 6:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. cruor writes:

You can call him a jerk all you want. Hell I'll even support you on it for having your own opinion of him even if I don't agree with it. I just view him as a individual detached from the opinions of others which can't be said about a lot of people.

# Dec 15, 2011 @ 6:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. psythe writes:

Love Opeth, love 'Heritage'. I'll use cruor's post (#3) to point out a fun observation, however:

"My respect for this guy just went up 10 fold. Hats off to Mikael for standing by his work and not giving a sh** about what people think. It takes a lot of self-respect to put out something you know your fan base isn't going to like then brush it off with "I don't care"."

Could you not say the same for the Metallica boys after their 'Lulu' album? Funny how one band can get praised for doing the same thing another band gets rubbished over. That said, I hate 'Lulu' and don't respect Metallica for sticking by it but love 'Heritage' and respect Opeth for it haha

# Dec 16, 2011 @ 12:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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