OPETH Mainman Says Next Album Will Have 'More Sinister-Sounding Riffs'
This coming Friday, September 6, Swedish progressive
metallers OPETH will set sail on Melloboat 2013, a two-day cruise between
Stockholm, Sweden and Riga, Latvia featuring performances by a number of
progressive cult bands and heavy hitters, including Morgan Ågren (featuring a
guest appearance by Devin Townsend), SAGA (Sweden), CRESSIDA, ICECROSS,
TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET, ÄNGLAGÅRD, PANTA REI 2.0 and BADGE. The cruise will mark
OPETH's very last show in support of the band's latest album,
"Heritage", which came out in 2011. The group will spend the
remaining months of 2013 putting the finishing touches on the writing and
recording process for its next studio effort, which will be released sometime
next spring. According to OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, four songs have
already been written for the upcoming CD and three others are in various states
of completion. "We've been looking at [tracking the next album at]
Rockfield Studios in Wales where QUEEN recorded 'Bohemian Rhapsody', but we
haven't made a decision yet," Åkerfeldt tells the Swedish newspaper
Expressen. "But it will be an expensive album. There's a lot going on,
lots of string arrangements that we haven't had in the past." Will it be
heavier or softer than "Heritage"? "Maybe a little bit
heavier," Mikael says. "Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy
metal heavy. There's also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars,
but also more sinister-sounding riffs." Who's producing? "I am,"
Mikael says. "I love the way DIO's 'Holy Diver' sounds, this early-'80s
sound where you can still hear the '70s, but the production is heavier. Right
now I'm into having a similar production that isn't retro but it still sounds
like real instruments and it's heavier than 'Heritage'."
"Heritage" sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week
of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's
previous studio CD, 2008's "Watershed", opened with more than 19,000
units to land at No. 23.