Metal Sickness conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on June 19, 2011 at Hellfestin Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.
OPETH‘s new album, “Heritage”, is scheduled for release on September 20 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records. The CD was produced by the band’s mainman, Mikael Åkerfeldt, and was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork, which can be seen below.
“Heritage” track listing:
02. The Devil’s Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
08. The Lines In My Hand
10. Marrow Of The Earth
Play.com has listed a pre-order deal for “Heritage” that is not to be missed! The special edition includes a 5.1 mix of the album and making-of documentary, including a download card with two bonus tracks: “Pyre” and “Face In the Snow”. The package also includes an OPETH coin, which can be seen in the picture below.
To pre-order your copy of the special edition or the standard version of the album, visit Play.com.
“Heritage” will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH‘s legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the band’s own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP.
In a recent interview with Radio Metal, Åkerfeldt stated about “Heritage”, “I never heard music like that, so I can’t compare it to other bands. If you want to compare it to another band, it has to be us. But still, it’s different. For me, it kind of makes sense, because I’ve been doing this for such a long time. So it’s not a massive departure for me and for the guys in the band. But for fans, if they are, for example, into ‘My Arms, Your Hearse’ [OPETH‘s third album, released in 1998], it might be a bit different. But I’m hoping that a lot of people are ready for this type of album from us. The music is all over the place. It’s hard to define the album and say it sound like this or like that. There are no songs that represent more the album than any other songs. It’s an album as whole. You can’t listen to only one song and you’ll know what the album is going to be like. Because, like I said, it’s all over the place.”
“The Devil’s Orchard” audio stream:
Photo below courtesy of the French edition of Rock Hard magazine.