Mikael Akerfeldt: New Opeth Album Coming ‘Maybe the End of or Mid-2019′
Prog metal luminaries Opeth have been admirably prolific in their two decade-plus career, issuing a dozen studio albums, debuting in 1995 with Orchid. Even with Sorceress still fresh in everyone's minds a year after its release, it's inevitable that the band as well as their fans will begin to wonder what Opeth's next musical adventure will sound like and, of course, when it will arrive.
Mikael Akerfeldt, the band's leading creative force, recently spoke with Eon Music about what the future holds for Opeth and their charismatic take on the world of progressive music. When asked if he is satisfied with such a successful career spanning 12 albums, the frontman responded, "Yeah, I’m happy."
Always with a carefree outlook on things, he continued, "Sorceress for me, is old hat; it’s a lovely record, you know, but whatever; it’s back ‘there.' I’m not lingering on it, because it’s old now. I’m not lingering on this record as being a beacon of hope for anything; it’s just what we did then and I’m hoping next time we’re going to do something different and I hope, something twisted. Nothing necessarily ‘great,' but twisted at least."
As any Opeth fan is aware of, the band is in a constant state of evolution, especially over the last decade and even more particularly, in the 2010s where Akerfeldt has completely abandoned the use of his acclaimed guttural vocal style in the studio. They're a band that continue to challenge themselves and their fans and regarding the follow-up to Sorceress, Akerfeldt doesn't appear to want to act with haste. "Maybe the end of, or mid-2019, I’m thinking. I want to have a sabbatical, because we’ve been doing this for a long time, so I want to keep away and just be with my kids. Once I write songs, I want to sit and be," he commented.
In June earlier this year, Akerfeldt explained there's a possibility that he may start a new project with Devin Townsend. He admitted ideas like this get thrown around constantly, name-checking others he had intentions on collaborating with, chalking most of it up to drunken chatter. However, he did note this potential outfit might have more legs than those other booze-fueled ideas.
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