Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt: “I’ve Been On A Permanent Leave From Contemporary Metal Since The Mid-Nineties”


Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt appears in Rolling Stone‘s new episode of ‘The First Time’, discussing a number of firsts in his life. In addition to discussing how he came into contact with heavy metal and first fell in love with it, he also comments on the band’s shift away from their death metal/black metal leaning roots to prog rock. Speaking on that, Åkerfeldt commented:

“We put out a record called ‘Heritage‘, which some of our fans absolutely hated, and they figured we’re traitors and it’s not metal, and that had me starting to question what is metal?

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Because what I hear, it’s not metal to me, some of the contemporary stuff. It’s like boy bands, if you know what I mean — no aggression, no rawness, no honesty, nothing rebellious about it.

…I’ve been on a permanent leave from contemporary metal since the mid-Nineties, but I still play the Priest records and the Maiden, Scorpions, Deep Purple, all that stuff. I love that stuff. I love it”

The video segment also saw him discuss an up close experience with ABBA, paying $2200 for a rare vinyl album and more. You can take in the full video over at In other news, Opeth have now released a visualizer for their track “Dignity” below. It’s taken from the English language version of their new album “In Cauda Venenum“, out September 27th.

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