OPETH MASTERMIND MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT PROMISES NEW ALBUM WILL BE HEAVIER AND MORE SINISTER
Opeth‘s last album, Heritage, was met with mixed opinions – ranging from adoration to absolute fucking hatred. Personally, i really enjoyed it. It may not be their best album, but I thought it was a great listen and I have re-listened many times. Usually when I’m couchlocked, with a bag of doritos and a beer.
Where am I going with this, you ask? Well, Mr Åkerfeldt has made it known that the new album will be following the same kind of direction as Heritage did. If the feelings towards Heritage are still the same as at the time of it’s release then one school of thought will be severely disappointed, while the other guys will have something new to look forward to.
BUT WAIT. DON’T BE SO HASTY.
Mikael is quoted by Expressen as stating that the new album will be:
…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… 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.
Ok, so from that, we see that they are still experimenting heavily with their writing style. The introduction of strings and orchestral pieces indicate a break from Heritage‘s ‘back to the rock roots’ direction that they tried out. Or perhaps it’s not a break, but an evolution of this idea, which seems more likely to me. He also mentioned that he really liked the old school production that projects like Dio had – this further confirms that he will be sticking with the Heritage style, at least in regards to the band’s foundation.
The record is likely to drop next spring, according to Mr Åkerfeldt, as they are just finishing up the writing process now. They hope to move on to recording at Rockfield Studios in Wales, which is where Queen’s iconic (albeit notoriously overplayed) “Bohemian Rhapsody” was recorded.
One more thing, you old school Opeth fans may still be in for some disappointment, as Mikael is still sticking to the statement that he made in November of 2011 – the new album is not expected to have any growled vocals at all. While he says he will never completely turn his back on anything, he does not have any plans to include that style of vocals in the new direction of Opeth.