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Opeth Writing Songs For New Album

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Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was recently interviewed by Australia's Loudmag, and during the course of the conversation, revealed that the band is writing material for a next studio album and follow-up to "Heritage" (reivewed here).

According to Fredrik, the next record will go "in a somewhat different direction to Heritage. It won't be a step back, but it will be different. Maybe more intense in a way. You'll have to wait and see! I was in the studio today and put down my solos and I was very happy about it. The song I heard that Mikael [Åkerfeldt] wrote today sounds very cool. I think that's all I can say at this point!"

He says the band is planning to re-enter the studio this fall, perhaps at the end of September. Stay tuned for further details.

Opeth will be touring North America next month, and a full list of tour dates can be found at this location.

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1. Art Vandaley writes:

Heritage failed because it didn't capture the spirit of Opeth. They tried to turn it into something that it wasn't. The new album doesn't necessarily need to be balanced between death metal with acoustic & clean vocals, but it does need to incorporate the elements that define Opeth. I'm hopeful that the new album will be exactly what we need it to be.

# Mar 30, 2013 @ 3:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. hewhoshallnotbenamed writes:

blackwater park 2 is not going to happen. mikael has said countless times that he finds extreme metal boring nowadays. are we that arrogant as fans to expect bands to write songs we'll like? remember they have 18 month touring cycles to play the songs over and over again, so naturally a band like opeth who doesn't like repeating themselves are going to make music they will enjoy playing every night. they want us to support them while doing this and being "true" fans we should. that being said, i happen to love heritage and i listen to it regularly. so, if you want blackwater park or my arms, your hearse, pop them in your cd player. or you can go with the flow and eagerly await the next opeth masterpiece as i am.

# Mar 30, 2013 @ 12:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Art Vandaley writes:

"are we that arrogant as fans to expect bands to write songs we'll like?"

If we don't like them, then why are we fans? There's not too many people out there that are fans of music they don't like.

# Mar 30, 2013 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

I know a lot of folk hated it, but I like heritage...its a trip, but I don't consider it a 'failure' in the band's catalogue...it sounds very much like Opeth to me anyway, if a bit elusively.

Anyway, I'd rather listen to Opeth playing Heritage than Metallica playing the Black Album...even if its quite a departure from their traditional sound, at least the quality is still there

# Mar 30, 2013 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Cynic writes:

Heritage was ok, but Storm Corrosion was where it was at for me. Hell, I'd be happer with a more Opeth-y Storm Corrosion.

# Mar 31, 2013 @ 5:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. i find that many people writes:

Really did not give "Heritage" a chance. Yes, I was one of those naysayers when I first heard it for the first time. However, as I went through 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th listen, the album grew so much on me. It's not a failure by any means. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the next Opeth album possesses clean vocals throughout its entirety just like "Heritage". Oh, and modern metal to be honest is boring anyways! Black, death, thrash? How much variation can you get with especially thrash and playing one 1-4 notes really fast? It gets repetitive and uninteresting relatively quickly. The retro thrash movement is all but dead. The last interesting thrash album was havok's "time's up," whilst the last interesting black metal album belonged to Woods of Ypres. The only death metal album I bought within the last couple years (and innovative as well), The Black Dhalia Murder's "Ritual." Even the new suffocation album is meh. Opeth is redefining the standard and making a political statement of the status quo of metal--mainly that it is all the same!

Oh, and please do not flame me. If you disagree cite reasons why black/death metal today was more interesting than the apotheosis of the 90's (and maybe continued slightly in the 2000's until Emperor disbanded)

# Mar 31, 2013 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. The_Avant_Garde writes:

@ #6: I both agree and disagree with you. Death metal may be spinning its tires as a genre but I feel black metal today in its current generation is reaching peaks its never seen before. The amount of progression and experimentation taking place in black metal now is something you never saw in the 90's and early 2000's and its something that even those last remaining few "tr00" and "kvlt" black metal elitists can't accept. Just look at groups like Sigh, Nachtmystium, Deafheaven, Ihsahn, Liturgy and An Autumn For Crippled Children. They are all doing some really cool things and I'm sure I'm missing out on quite a few other awesome black metal bands as well.

# Mar 31, 2013 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. silvermountains writes:

we shall see

# Mar 31, 2013 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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