OPETH Frontman Says New Songs Are 'A Bit More Energetic'

December 21, 2007

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt spoke to MTV.com last week about the group's forthcoming follow-up to 2005's "Ghost Reveries", tentatively due next spring via Roadrunner Records.

"I had more fun working on this album than any of the past records," he said. "I have always seen the recording of an album as having loads of problems for a month or two. But this one was easy. It was fun and it was interesting. I could probably say I even enjoyed it."

He added, "We recorded it in two studios — bass in one studio, guitars in the other — so I haven't had the control over this recording as I have had in the past. So I'm not 100 percent sure how everything sounds, but I know it's going to be great."

The band's self-produced record will contain seven epic tracks, the average running time being somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 minutes.

"These songs are a bit more energetic," Åkerfeldt said. "It reminds me of our third record [1998's 'My Arms, Your Hearse'], because it's very energetic. It doesn't sound like a tired, old-man's band. It sounds like a band that's really enjoying to play, and it's pretty insane. It's very, very diverse, and there are lots of things going on that we've never done before. There are a lot of love/hate moments; I feel like some people are going to think it's absolute sh--, but it's really interesting. It won't be a boring record, let me put it that way."

Read more at MTV.com.

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