That’s my interpretation, anyways.
Disclaimer: I really enjoyed Heritage. Then again, Opeth has failed thus far to release a single shitty note of recorded music, so, I’m abnormal.
Most people hated Heritage because it sounded more like Porcupine Tree mixed with Opeth than regular, old faithful Opeth.
Now, Australia’s Loud magazine is running an interview they recently conducted with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson, and Fred says the new material’s sounding more like the Opeth most people love.
“I’m proud of [Heritage],” says Fred.
Yes, we are on a first-name basis.
“I think it’s a very good album,” he continues. “I understand the controversy about it, but it was something the band needed to do — something different to break out of the box, or however you want to put it. And also the album is called Heritage. It’s about the musical heritage of the band. It’s a bit of a flirt with old hard rock themes, [like the] Ronnie James Dio tribute track, for instance or, you know, there’s a bit of Rush in there or some Swedish folk.”
We know. So, what about the next disc, dude?
“Um… well, I would have to say, [the material is headed] in a somewhat different direction,” says Fred with a laugh.
“It won’t be a step back, but it will be different. Maybe more intense in a way. You’ll have to wait and see. I was in the studio today and put down my solos and I was very happy about it. The song I heard that Mikael [Åkerfeldt] wrote today sounds very cool. I think that’s all I can say at this point! I’m sorry.”
That’s enough dude.
When asked if the band would be working with producer and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson on the disc, Fred said, “It’s too early to say.”
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