Opeth’s Åkerfeldt Making Progress On Next LP

Opeth

Calm yourselves, people.

I understand you are rabid for new Opeth, especially if it’s a return to Opeth of old with the yelling and the screaming and the riffing and the explosions.

But there’s a process that comes with making fresh Opeth — one Brutalitopia recently learned frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt is smack dab in the middle of.

“I don’t really know what’s gonna end up on the record, but I have three ideas right now,” says Åkerfeldt.

“And I’ve been working a little bit in between tours, which I don’t necessarily do; I usually have a completely clean slate, like a clean calendar, before I really into the songwriting. But I have made some good progress.

“I have maybe 25 to 30 minutes of music, and it’s three songs, so they’re quite long,” says Åkerfeldt.

“And one of them is called ‘Goblin’ — that’s the name of the song — and it sounds like the band Goblin. So it’s a complete tribute to them. Another song is a ballad-type song… like a ’70s-sounding ballad, I guess, which is a strong vocal song; it doesn’t have any super-technical riffs, it’s just a strong vocal melody and a pretty sad-sounding song.

“Then I have an all-over-the-place type of song, which… I was writing this, and I was just lumping riffs on top of each other, arrangements, and it’s all over the place. I’ve kind of outgrown that style of writing, because that’s the way I used to write on the first, say, two records. And I was, like, I have to kind of stop myself here and kind of arrange this a little bit nice, smooth the edges, if you know what I mean. But then I was, like, ‘Why?’ OK, I’m just gonna let this song be the schizophrenic, kind of, it-doesn’t-make-much-sense-but-I-kind-of-like-it-type song. So it’s really long. It’s heavier than the Heritage stuff in terms of, there’s more riffs, and it doesn’t have a theme. It has several themes, but it has no recurring theme. You might think that this might be the theme for this song, but it’s not; it just disappears and moves on to the next [one]. So it’s kind of fun in that way to kind of… It’s quite youthful, this song. But I still have a lot of work with that one. And I have shitloads of ideas that I’m still gonna demo when we finish touring.”

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