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Opeth split their fan base pretty heavily when it came to their last album, Heritage, and while they show no signs of stopping with experimentation, it seems as though things are headed back toward the heavy once more. Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt told Expressen Newspaper in an interview regarding the band's next release: "Maybe a little bit …

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Mikael Akerfeldt to select bands for the event and perform with Opeth.

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30 minutes of music has been written, and harks back to Opeth’s early sound according to Mikael Akerfeldt.

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Mikael Akerfeldt gives his opinion on the new extreme metal, calling it “dull s–t”.

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Opeth will return to North America in April for a 30 plus city tour in support of 2011’s Heritage. Katatonia will open on all dates. There will be several dates of note during Opeth’ s North American run. On April 20th, Opeth will be making a stop to headline at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. The April 28th show in Clifton Park, NY will see Mikael Akerfeldt’s Storm Corrosion collaborator Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree join Opeth. There will also be two rare and intimate evenings with Opeth planned for Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 29th and The Roxy in Los Angeles on May 24th.

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Legendary Swedish act Opeth performed an unplugged show in London earlier this month, with footage from the show available here. Roadrunner Records has now conducted an interview directly with band frontman Mikael Akerfeldt about the show and footage being recorded from several unplugged gigs which may be released down the line. Excerpts from the interview follow, or you can read the full thing right here.

RR: You played what was described as your first-ever “unplugged” show earlier this month at Union Chapel in London, but you were playing electric instruments, so how was it different from a regular Opeth gig?

Well, none of the so-called “unplugged” shows are really unplugged, because there’s always microphones [laughs], even if you’ve got acoustic guitars. But we just played some more mellow stuff, I guess. We’ve got a bunch of those songs, so it was kind of easy for us to do that. The problem we had was that the dB limit in Union Chapel, where we played, was 85 dB, so we had to have the amps on really low. That was the only problem that we noticed, really. Other than that, it was fun. It was a bit like throwing ourselves off a cliff in a way, because out of the 10 or 11 songs that we played, I think half of them were songs we’d never played before. So it was interesting. But it went really well. I was quite happy with it.

RR: You’re doing two more shows like this, in Germany; are you filming or recording these shows at all?

We bought some type of rig, so we can record every show. I’m not sure if we’re recording every show, but we did record the London show, and we’re probably gonna continue recording whenever we can. But I’m not sure what we’re doing with that stuff, to be honest. It’s always good to have material, and maybe further down the line, if we have a bunch of shows recorded we can pick and choose the best segments of the shows and maybe put something out, but we don’t know yet.

RR: Your tour ends December 9; what are your plans for 2013? Will you be returning to the US, or will you be writing again?

Yeah, we’re probably returning. We still have a few details to work out, but we were supposed to be in the US in the fall and we didn’t do it, so we’re gonna be in the US in the spring, I think. But it’s not completely settled yet, so I’m not sure—I can’t say 100 percent that we’re gonna be there. But 90 percent sure, we’re going on a North American tour, which will be the last lengthy tour that we do for this record. We’re also doing a few shows down in Australia and Japan and perhaps South America and some summer festivals as well, but generally it’s gonna wind down after May of next year.

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Comments No Comments » had the chance to interview guitarist Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Bloodbath) in New York City last weekend, and during the chat Anders revealed that Katatonia’s originally planned fall tour with Opeth has been canned, and also confirmed that Bloodbath has found a replacement for Mikael Akerfeldt in Bloodbath. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Metal Insider: Speaking about touring, guitarist Fredrik Akesson let it slip this past summer that Opeth and Katatonia would be touring North America again later this year. Is that still happening?

That was supposed to happen, but Mikael [Akerfeldt, Opeth frontman] actually pulled the plug on that at the last minute. It’s very unfortunate because we have two more days on this tour now. In three days, we were supposed to start that tour, so it’s a bummer really. We were ready to do that.

Metal Insider: Did he give a reason for canning the tour?

I think honestly, Mikael’s burnt. He’s just been touring nonstop, constantly. I think he had to choose his priorities because they’re going out in Europe in a month as well. So that would mean they probably wouldn’t have a gap at all and they decided to pull on this tour, which is unfortunate for us. But things like that happen, it’s out of our control.

Metal Insider On the plus side, at least you guys did get to tour together. It brought a lot of exposure for the band, I’m sure. I remember when we were speaking you were like, “that would be the perfect tour for us” and one year later…

It was a perfect tour. We could see our fanbase grow tremendously from that one. And Opeth, of course, are our old buddies, so it was probably the most smooth tour for us.

Metal Insider: Speaking of Mikael Akerfeldt, he recently announced that he was no longer in Bloodbath (the death metal supergroup also featuring Nystrom and singer Jonas P. Renske’s death metal project). I know you were optimistic that Bloodbath would record and tour again when we last spoke. Given Akerfeldt’s departure, what’s the current status of Bloodbath?

Well, we are going to make one new album. That’s part of the agenda. We’re already looking at seeing where we can fit it in schedule wise. The big obstacle is that Axe [Martin Axenrot, drummer of Opeth] is still in it. We use to say “Oh, Mikael is so busy, it’s hard to do Bloodbath,” but it’s just as busy for Axe, right? So we’re trying to look at the first week he can get off Opeth. We’re just gonna try to throw him into a studio and lay down drum tracks because after the drum tracks are done, we can just work whenever we want. Just on and off, weekends here and there. So we’re gonna try to work on the album in 2013 where we have the gaps. And we’ll see… This is a thing I’m not allowed to say, but with the new singer and everything like that.

Metal Insider: There is a new singer?

Yeah there is, but we cannot go out with an official, like 100% confirmation on who it is because there is a little bit more discussion to be done and a little bit more paperwork to be done. It’s like bullshit stuff.

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In an exclusive video for, Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt explains where the idea of doing an acoustic show came from, why it appealed to him, and why he chose Anathema to support his band on an upcoming UK tour. Check out the video right here or in the player below.

Prog Magazine No.30 is published on September 26th and features Akerfeldt on the cover. The Opeth November UK tour dates are as follows:

12/11 Nottingham Rock City
13/11 Glasgow O2 ABC
14/11 Dublin Vicar St
15/11 Leeds Metropolitan University
16/11 London Union Chapel
17/11 Portsmouth Pyramid Centre

OPETH UK TOUR from Lisa Cope on Vimeo.

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Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was interviewed by at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, and you can check out the whole conversation in the player below. In the clip, Mikael talks about previous experiences playing Wacken and other festivals, how membership changes have impacted the band’s growth, starting to write new material, and playing the band’s death metal songs at the festival.

Opeth’s new album “Heritage (reviewed here) is available now. recently took two opposing sides to dissect the album, which features no death growls or extreme metal elements. Check out our pro-”Heritage” and anti-”Heritage” articles.

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Sweden’s Opeth has issued the following announcement about front man Mikael Akerfeldt recording a new collaboration with Steve Hackett of Genesis:

“Mikael has recorded some vocals in collaboration with legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Mikael is featured on a re-recording of the classic mega-epos ‘Supper’s ready’ from 1972′s ‘Foxtrot’ album. Watch this space for further details about the upcoming release.

“Due to popular demand Mikael has recorded 8 further shows for Swedish national radio. ‘De bortglömda mästerverken’ (The forgotten masterpieces) is a series of shows where Mikael flips vinyl on air, playing mostly obscure progressive and psychedelic rock.

“The show is being produced by Andreas Matz for Radio P4 and will start airing on the 15th of July. You can also catch it online at this location.”

In other recent coverage of Opeth, the band was looked at for our Sunday Old School column, and we also featured opposing and supporting opinion articles on the band’s change in style with latest album “Heritage.”

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