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Video Interview With Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt Available

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Roadrunner Records has posted a new video interview with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, which can be found below. The label commented on the clip:

"When Opeth came through New York on tour last week, naturally we pulled Mikael Ã…kerfeldt into the office for an interview. In the clip, he reveals his favorite Opeth songs to play live (old and new); his guitar practice regimen (or lack thereof); how the band tailors their set list to the bill they'll be appearing on; who hears Opeth songs when they're works in progress; and much more! We think you'll agree it's a pretty interesting conversation."

In related news, Mikael has now reportedly left death metal super group Bloodbath. Opeth is also now on the road in support of new album "Heritage" (reviewed here).

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1. Cynic writes:

Great interview. Bad news for death metal fans of course, it seems "Heritage" isn't just another "Damnation" blip.

# Apr 18, 2012 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ImTooCynical writes:

I can't listen to him anymore. I used to be a huge Opeth fan, but over the years he has come off as a giant a$$hole in my opinion. There's something about him that rubs me the wrong way.

# Apr 18, 2012 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ I had an ex-girlfriend who rubbed me the wrong way. Everytime I asked for a tugjob, she gave me an Indian burn.

I showed her though, I used condoms that were 'ribbed for her pleasure' - except I wore them inside out.

# Apr 18, 2012 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Netromancer writes:

I love the idea of a musician taking his own path. Pandering to or appeasing others might work for some bands in a limited scope, but it's refreshing when a band decides on a course of action and the rest be damned. I am a huge Opeth fan, but Heritage has yet to have any real resonance with me. I miss alot of the old Opeth sound, but I still respect them as musicians and am glad to see them doing their own thing.

# Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hours3 writes:

He's turned into an a$$hole. its true. Mike has learned to hate metal like Geoff Tate. Next thing you know he'll have his own traveling Strip Show Carnival like Queensryche did in 2010.

# Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. CorpusUpir writes:

It's easy to say your finding a new path when you are really selling out . I know more hippsters that love Opeth and their new album now then I know metalheads that give a crap about them. IMO they have gone the way of Load they just need to call the new one Re- Heritage

# Apr 20, 2012 @ 9:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RememberMetal? writes:

Lots of respect for Ackerfeldt for sticking to his guns regardless of fan tantrums and the risk involved with bold (even for Opeth) artistic path finding but I can't say that I love "Heritage". A first for me in 12+ years as a fan.

Much of the band's trademark sound (beyond the complicated arrangements, death vox and production style) were consciously purged during the course of "Watershed" (which I liked for the most part) and "Heritage". "Damnation" managed to be a completely metal-free Opeth record and it is a positively haunting experience. Why Ackerfeldt couldn't or chose not to make a record as beautiful as that, while still making it different and non-metal is beyond my puny grasp.

Here's to hoping Storm Corrosion is more like Steven Wilson's "Grace for Drowning" and less like "Heritage".

/fan tantrum

# Apr 21, 2012 @ 1:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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