Opeth’s Åkerfeldt Discusses Band’s New Material

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So, it seems Mikael Åkerfeldt and Opeth have two songs written for their next album.

Depending on how you felt about Heritage, this is either good or bad news.

I was a fan. In my opinion, Opeth can do no wrong. They’re consistent. That’s good.

Abed Loutfi and Fredrik Molin of Uppsala Student Radio 98.9 spoke with Åkerfeldt last week and he said new material is taking shape.

“I have one new song, which I really like, a new song,” starts Åkerfeldt, who was not doing an impression of Charlie Babbitt.

“It’s the most miserable song I ever wrote, and it’s beautiful, I think. And then I have a song that we jammed, actually, on tour,” says Mike.

“I came up with a little lick and became a bit of a director and just told everyone to play this and that, and we started jamming on something. And it sounded, immediately from the beginning, which was also my idea, it sounded like the band Goblin, if you heard them, the Italian [progressive rock] band. So it’s a crazy riff, a Goblin rip-off, and the song is called ‘Goblin,’ which is a good title, I think. And we’re gonna record it. I’m not sure if that will be too much of a fucked up song to be on the record, because there will definitely only be one song ever we do that is gonna sound like that. So maybe it’ll just be some extra thing that we have. But it’s really good; I love it. But then again, it’s just because of the closeness to Goblin.”

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