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Opeth Says New Album "Not Death Metal Hard, But Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Hard"

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Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt conducted an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, during which he commented on what fans can expect from the band's next album, the follow-up to 2011's "Heritage" (reviewed here).

Mikael comments: "We looked at Rockfield studio in Wales where Queen recorded 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' We have not decided yet, but it will be an expensive album. There is a lot going on, a lot of string arrangements that we have not had before."

He says the new music he's been writing (four songs are complete, with three more in progress) is "Maybe a little harder [than Heritage], but not death metal hard but hard rock/heavy metal hard. Since there are many progressive parts and very acoustic guitars but more sinister riffs."

He also reveals that he'll be producing the record himself, saying, "I love how Dio's Holy Diver sounds, this early '80s sound where the '70s still remain but there is more weight in the entire production. At the moment, I want to get a similar sound, which is not retro but it sounds like real instruments and has a little more weight than Heritage."

The full interview can be read (in Swedish) at this location. In other Opeth news, it was also recently announced that Mikael Akerfeldt will be curating the Roadburn 2014 festival, hand picking the bands to be on the bill. Get full details right here.

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13 Comments on "Opeth: New Album A Little Harder Than 'Heritage'"

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1. The After Sex Piss writes:

sounds like they're going to get it right this time, this is what heritage should have been

# Sep 4, 2013 @ 9:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. coldiem writes:

Yeah, in the few listens I gave it I felt like Heritage was always bursting at the seems, wanting to be harder and heavier but it was held back just because. Maybe it was just that the production can only gloss over songwriting so much and the natural style was showing through, but the album on the whole felt (to me, anyway) like they were trying to jam a square peg into a round hole.

# Sep 4, 2013 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Ueno Murakami writes:

It took a long time for me to come around to "Heritage," and Opeth in general. Always loved the music, but I don't really dig the death metal growls that said Akerfeldt has such diversity to his voice it really drew me in. Plus the songs are heavy, complex, and longer than the average heavy metal song; the songs have a lot to say.

"Heritage" was a more 70s prog rock album a few decades out of place. Nonetheless it is a very very good album. I think it was a deliberate effort to sound that way, and not by accident or circumstance. If the next album is heavier that would be great, but I feel it would have been a well thought-out and deliberate process. Songwriters like Akerfeldt don't let production or happen-chance dictate what they produce.

I do hope they get Steve Wilson to produce again, and take a few steps towards a "Ghost Reveries" style. One of my personal favorites.

# Sep 6, 2013 @ 12:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. themoment writes:

Really would like to believe this could happen. If they were to evolve to a more melodic sound like the band Nightingale with Mike singing most melodic, clean vox like Swano, the last album might have been more of a traditional progression in style.

Swano as producer also = classic Opeth. i don't understand why they don't work together again and Akerfeldt insists on using Wilson or self producing.

# Sep 6, 2013 @ 9:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Deathblooms writes:

So basically this will be an album expanding upon the song "Slither"

# Sep 6, 2013 @ 12:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. silvermountains writes:

woooo!

# Sep 7, 2013 @ 5:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Valentine_no_more writes:

Opeth has never put out a bad album so i trust this one will still be amazing.

# Sep 7, 2013 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. train robber writes:

steve wilson needs to stay the hell away from this album, and it sounds like he will (but who really knows). A lot of Opeth songs hold up through my changing tastes in music, but the melotron and wilson's style don't.

Ghost reveries wasn't well done, that was the most polished, overproduced, and in-tune album I've ever heard. It was far too glossy. The songs would've been amazing had they been produced by someone who cared about Opeth's legacy and, in fact, heritage.

This new album will probably be good. I can't wait.

# Sep 13, 2013 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. HG writes:

One main-reason why Opeth's albums are so good is, that Åkerfeldt always writes what he wants and thinks that sounds good. You can express whishes all day, but it will never effect anything, and it is good that way. Because starting to write what the fans want is the end of artistic freedom.

# Sep 30, 2013 @ 6:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

@train robber

Wilson had nothing to do with "Ghost Reveries". He was a producer, engineer, and contributor to "Blackwater Park", "Deliverance" and "Damnation".

For "Ghost Reveries" your beef might be with the mighty Jens Bogren who challenged Ackerfeldt to broaden his horizons but also work within certain restrictions. It made for a damn fine album imho. I personally don't think the band missed until the slight misstep of "Watershed" and the obvious let down of "Heritage".

I actually enjoyed Storm Corrosion for what it was but it certainly doesn't hold a candle to any Opeth album.

# Oct 1, 2013 @ 8:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Drum_Junkie writes:

Sounds like this album will be 40% Watershed, 50% Heritage & 10% "String arrangements".

After listening to Watershed and Heritage over and over, they don't hold up as well as their previous work - at least to me. My favorite was and is Still Life. Even Blackwater Park doesn't do that much for me.

After giving it a lot of thought, it seems the two biggest reasons I liked Opeth were how Peter and Mikael complemented each other and the dynamics and character that Martin Lopez put into his drumming. For BP, it appears that Mikael wrote more with Steve Wilson than with Peter when compared to the other 7 albums with Lindgren. Regardless, with those two elements gone, Opeth doesn't spark my interest as much. I've tried to get into the Akerfeldt/Akesson duo and Axenrots' harder hitting style, but it is just not what I want to hear, I guess.

Akesson's playing comes across as too sterile, and Axenrot's drumming is missing the complex subtlety that Lopez masterfully incorporated. The cymbal work is either dialed back (Watershed) or comes across as a rock drummer trying to play jazz (Heritage). The snare drum also has too much 'thud' than not enough 'crack' for my tastes. I don't expect any of that to change for this next album - especially on the snare drum given the typical 80's metal/rock drum sounds were horrible.
Maybe, it's time for me to accept that Opeth and I have grown apart.
I wish them well...

NP: The outro to Harlequin Forest

# Oct 2, 2013 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. FYI73 writes:

^train robber^
Wilson had nothing to do with 'Ghost Reveries'. From this point on Akerfeldt has been producing.

# Oct 2, 2013 @ 2:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Jack Mehoff writes:

Ghost Reveries is easily their best sounding album

# Oct 3, 2013 @ 12:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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