Opeth Plan ‘Epic, Unusual’ Album
Mikael Akerfeldt has completed six songs and begun work on another three for Opeth’s eleventh album.
He promises the material will be “epic” and “unusual” – and adds that the way he plans to record it has been heavily influence by Steven Wilson after their Storm Corrosion collaboration.
Akerfeldt tells Decibel: “Some of these things could be easily done with synthetic sounds or effects, but recording the Storm Corrosion LP with Steven made me realise what a massive difference it can mean to incorporate the real shit.
“I’m semi-pretentious in my songwriting and sometimes I go all in. I think it’s time for all-in with strings and the full monty… hopefully it won’t be a mess.”
The mainman is considering recording the follow-up to 2011′s Heritage in Rockfield Studios in Wales, because that’s where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody. He’s planning to produce the work himself.
In 2012 he revealed one of the tracks they’d written was inspired by Italian prog outfit Goblin, but it might be too weird to make the cut – while another was the “most miserable song” he’d ever created.