Many people hated Heritage, Opeth’s most recent studio release.
I happen to think the record is incredible, but that’s also because I love progressive shit perhaps just as much as I dig black metal.
Opeth will set sail this weekend on Melloboat 2013, a two-day cruise between Stockholm, Sweden, and Riga, Latvia. The boat cruise marks Opeth’s very last show in support of Heritage. That means the next album is on the way.
Opeth plan to spend the rest of the year capping the writing and recording of the next LP, according to something I spotted here.
Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt says that four songs have already been written for the upcoming release, with three others almost done.
“We’ve been looking at [tracking the next album at] Rockfield Studios in Wales where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Åkerfeldt tells the Swedish newspaper Expressen.
“But it will be an expensive album. There’s a lot going on, lots of string arrangements that we haven’t had in the past.”
Then, Mikael was asked about the sound.
It’s “maybe a little bit heavier” than Heritage,” says Mikael. “Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.”
Mikael will produce the album for the band.