“MK Ondergrond” (meaning “Underground” in Afrikaans) conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany. You can watch the chat below (Note: The intro is in Afrikaans, but the interview was conducted in English).
“MK Ondergrond” (Facebook page) is South Africa’s first dedicated underground music variety show, hosted by a macabre crew of animated characters, featuring band interviews, video reviews, gig guides and the best in local and international underground music videos.
In an interview with PitCam.TV conducted at Wacken, OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt was asked whether the band had begun work on the follow-up to last year’s “Heritage” album. “I’ve been writing a little,” Mikael replied. “I’m going on a trip soon — next week — on my own, actually, which I’ve never done before. I’m gonna bring the guitar and write some stuff, hopefully. But I think we’re still touring, and we still have another European tour coming up in the fall. And that kind of prevents me from getting too into the work — the creative process. I’m gonna start writing more from real once we finish the tour. ‘Cause I don’t have much.”
OPETH recently completed a North America co-headlining tour with MASTODON. The trek kicked off on April 4 in Portland, Maine, and visited more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up at Atlanta’s Masquerade on May 12.
“Heritage” sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.