Opeth Frontman Discusses Strings On Next LP

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Those who weren’t big on Opeth’s last album Heritage may be a bit bummed to hear what the band’s guitarist and vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt had to say recently to Decibel.

“I have about six songs done and another two or three just started,” Åkerfeldt said, “plus a million ideas that I haven’t processed yet. Some songs are simple and stripped-down, while others are epic in the true sense of the word. Business as usual, hopefully with unusual music.”

However, Åkerfeldt plans on utilizing strings on the next album. Like, from a string section.

“Some of these things could easily be done with synthetic sounds or effects,” he said, “but recording the Storm Corrosion LP with Steven Wilson made me realize what a massive difference it can mean to incorporate the real shit. I’m semi-pretentious in my songwriting and sometimes I go all in. I think it’s time for ‘all in’ with strings and the full monty. Hopefully it won’t be a mess.”

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