and “Blackwater Park”
just showed the way that metal should be played in nowadays!!! A
Mega-Band that is called OPETH and it’s going to crush everyone that
stands in their way! Mike Åkerfeldt,
singer and the guitar player of OPETH, talks about his band and answers
also to our “Weird” Questions!
First of all, congratulations for your new incredible album! Tell
us all the latest news from the band. How would you describe the sound
of OPETH to those that haven't heard you before?
We're basically a metal band that takes influence from many other genres
than just metal. Today's metal is lacking feeling we think. Most bands
today are bollocks! We try n do something different and after 5 albums I
still feel we are improving and finding new sounds.
Which is the reaction of the press and of the common fans for the album?
Did you expect such a reaction?
It's been really good, hyped almost...I don't mind, we deserve every
ounce of success as we've been working for a long time + we have never
ever sold out to shallow biz such as image. We care only about the music
and everything else is just crap! I think the music industry pretty much
sucks and most of the bands suck too. I couldn't care less what people
think about us, but when we get bigger gigs, bigger crowds, more money
I'm happy because we're getting somewhere. I know we never sold out or
came out with less than 100% music.
What do the lyrics talk about and who writes them? Which are your
favorite lyrics subjects?
It's always about death in any other way....
What do you think about the Internet and all those things that happened
with Napster and Metallica? Which is your opinion about the free music
that anyone can find over the Internet?
I don't care much for it as I'm a musician and depend on the cash to get
me and the band through. You probably wouldn't like if I was to get 5 %
of your salary.... I know it's a double-edged sword as we have probably
found some new fans through the interneet/napster and so on, but I've
made up my mind about it and I don't approve. It's never been necessary
before...I always went out and bought my records.... I went to the store
and listened...that's part of the whole thing. This whole business have
worked for over 50 years, and now all of a sudden people are to lazy to
get their asses to the music store, maybe it's me who’s close-minded
or getting old and shit, but there you go.
Who are your favorite singers and from whom you have been influenced
David Vincent, Ronnie Dio, Rob Halford, Chuck S, Coverdale.... all these
I listen to on a regular basis and they rule!
Tell us, if you weren’t a singer on a metal band, what do you believe
that you could do in order to live? Can you imagine yourself doing
something completely different than being a musician?
I have been in the past.... I had several jobs to get me through,
although most of em have been related to music.... I work sometimes in a
record store, I've worked for over 3 years in a guitar store, I worked
on a gas station changing tyres, I've worked with construction supplies
etc....I'm not fukkin impossible, I know when I gotta take care of my
7. If Aliens kidnapped you and you were forced to give them 3 albums of Metal music so they could finally discover why that kind of music is so genius, powerful and divine…which ones you would choose to give them? And why?
Tough question.... entire catalogues of Sabbath, priest and maiden is
probably essential to every collection but if you could just give em 3
records...."sabbath bloody sabbath", "altars of
madness" and "some Opeth record"!
Can you remember an album that you have bought and when you heard it you
wished you never had bought it and you wanted to play Frisbee with it?
All the time...Dispatched is probably the lousiest stuff I've ever
heard.... there’s too many to mention really. I get free stuff from
companies all the time and as I said before I'm a hard guy to impress. I
think everything is shit basically and it's almost like it's a problem
Ok Mike, we wish you the best for that album. The last words of this
interview belong to you.
Thanks for the interview + sorry that I come across like a complete
by Thanos (Mc)