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Vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt Reportedly Leaves Bloodbath

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Loudwire.com has posted a news story online reporting that Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has left death metal supergroup Bloodbath. Opeth's latest album "Heritage" (reviewed here) saw a change in style for the band, switching entirely to clean vocals and prog rock.

Loudwire.com reports:

When we asked Akerfeldt — who by his own admittance has recently been struggling to maintain the power and tone of his screaming — if that would affect future Bloodbath projects, the vocalist dropped the news on us.

“I’m not in Bloodbath,” says Akerfeldt. “They have a new singer, which I can’t say who it is. Bloodbath for me was never a serious project, it was just something I did for fun. We did a few songs on the last North American tour, we did two songs at the very last show because we were touring with Katatonia, so the whole Bloodbath band was there. It’s still fun you know? But I think that some of the other guys in Bloodbath want to take it to the next level, which I don’t really want to do because I’m so busy anyways.”

He continued, “It doesn’t really have to do with anything with my screaming vocals, it’s just that it’s not a progressive project for me. It’s just paying tribute to death metal and I’ve done it for such a long time. And when it stops being fun, I don’t really want to participate. We do things so rarely it’s always been fun. The shows we’ve done have been fun, but I don’t feel the need to do it.”

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13 Comments on "Mikael Akerfeldt Reportedly Leaves Bloodbath"

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1. jayballer14 writes:

DAMN IT!

# Apr 12, 2012 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. MetalFan420 writes:

Well that sucks but it's not surprising. Mikael has become less metal with every opeth album. Opeths new music is so different that the band name should change.

# Apr 12, 2012 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Netromancer writes:

Can't really blame the guy. Playing and touring with one band is rough enough. For a while he was in three.

# Apr 12, 2012 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. cynic22 writes:

Understandable, but still-

BOOOOO!!!!!!!

# Apr 13, 2012 @ 12:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. OverkillExposure writes:

This doesn't concern me at all. My favorite Bloodbath stuff has Peter Tagtgren fronting anyway. If they've impressed me without Mikael before, they probably will again.

# Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Greyback writes:

Argh. This is annoying. I do like Opeth's last slab of goodness, but seriously? Leaving Bloodbath? Who's going to replace him? Probably someone who can't growl like him and sounds like a kitten. Ah well.

# Apr 13, 2012 @ 3:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Overlord writes:

I'm still gonna be that guy who yells out "EATEEENNNNN" at Opeth concerts, idgaf.

# Apr 13, 2012 @ 4:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. btbamfav20 writes:

Awwww.... this is a sad way to wake up (yes im aware it's 2pm lmao)

NP: Piss - Pantera

# Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. hewhoshallnotbenamed writes:

not to nitpick, but, "eaten" was on nightmares made flesh which had peter tägtgren on vocals. but anyway, i saw a clip of opeth in israel on youtube dated last month and mikael's growls sounded great.

# Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. silvermountains writes:

understandable, but still sucks

# Apr 15, 2012 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metacoburgoa writes:

T.T I cant believe this is happening! AGAIN! Mikael Akerfeldt has disappointed me a lot, even though he is one of my favorite death metal singers...

# Apr 15, 2012 @ 9:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Mengkeshi writes:

This is good news, Bloodbath deserves a frontman who can put 100% into the band.

# May 10, 2012 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. ZMA writes:

If Peter Tagtgren came back to Bloodbath it'd be the greatest thing ever. Nightmare Made Flesh was their best album and Mik wasn't even on that. Fingers crossed.

# May 10, 2012 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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