Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Answers The Question We’ve All Been Asking

Opeth

Will he ever scream or growl again?

After Heritage — an insanely awesome album featuring nothing but clean vocals from Mikael Åkerfeldt, Opeth’s lead singer — fans have wanted to know if he’d be returning to form at some point. He’s sort of been hinting that perhaps he’s done with that kind of intense, spine-chilling vocal style.

“I can’t say, really,” Åkerfeldt tells RushOnRock. “I’ve never turned my back on anything and I’m not going to start now. It’s not like I don’t like that style of vocal delivery anymore. But I just can’t develop any more as a singer if I keep on screaming. In fact, I think I got worse at that as the years went by. But if the future songs require those vocals, then that’s what I’ll deliver. It seems like a long shot at this stage.”

A long shot that you’ll ever do that kind of vocal again, or a long shot that you could avoid it? I’m confused, and my arm is itchy.

Åkerfeldt also said he wrote some “metal-sounding” songs that he later scrapped in favor for the more prog rock feel of Heritage.

They were “not very good songs. So I started again from scratch. I came up with an idea for ‘The Lines Of My Hand’ straight away and that set the tone,” Mike says. “It was 180 degrees from what I was writing before but once I’d written that song, I felt I could do anything and the album was completed in six months.”

You can read the rest of that interview here.

Personally, I’d like a mix of both in future Opeth efforts. But I would never impose or demand. I think progression is good, and who knows? If Opeth keep on down this path, they may turn out one of the best records ever made…again. They’ve done it at least five times already, so…they can do it again.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

  • Andy Hemp

    Totally agree with your last bit. Everything they do, they do incredibly well.