After Heritage and the ‘no death metal vocals’ fallout that followed it, many were left pondering how the next chapter in the Opeth book would unfold. I saw the band during that phase where they cut all tracks with growling from the set and mostly focused on new material and they were still the same ridiculously talented musicians playing interesting music that they were before, albeit more in an Emerson, Lake & Palmer fashion than a Death one. Regardless, Åkerfeldt was recently interviewed by a Swedish site Expressen, in which he gave away some details to keep you guessing:

“We’ve been looking at Rockfield Studios in Wales where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody, but we haven’t made a decision yet. 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.”

When asked if the album would be heavier, he replied:

“Maybe a little bit heavier. 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.”

He also stated that he would be producing the album, taking cues from Dio‘s Holy Diver as an example of the sort of ‘less synthetic sound he was aiming for’.

So if Heritage was the sound of 70’s prog-rock creeping into their sound and this new one is more influenced by 80’s heavy metal, does that mean the one after that will be a disenchanted look at 90’s alternative grunge? I’d still probably listen to it. Can’t imagine Åkerfeldt in a woolly jumper three sizes too big and ripped jeans though. The group did cover Alice in Chains that one time, so there’s that.



 [-via Metal Hammer]

– DL


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