Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt: “I Thought Metal Was A More Open-Minded Thing But I Was Wrong”


Opeth frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt has faced his fair share of criticism for the bold steps his band has taken over the years. Speaking recently with Metal Hammer, he elaborated on what he sees as a close mindedness in metal that he has faced as a result:

“In metal, evolution doesn’t seem to be that important. I think most metal fans just want their Happy Meals served to them. They don’t really want to know about what they’r getting.

For a while, I thought metal was a more open-minded thing but I was wrong. Maybe it’s different from country-to-country. Don’t get me wrong, I love metal, but I’m also open-minded.

I admire some bands that do the same record over and over again – I wonder how they don’t get bored! For us, and Anathema, it seems impossible for us to stay still.”