In an exclusive video for Prog magazine, vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH explains where the idea of doing an acoustic show came from, why it appealed to him and why he chose ANATHEMA to support his band on their upcoming U.K. tour. Check out the video below.
Prog magazine No.30 is published on September 26 and features Åkerfeldt on the cover, plus a ton of bonus bits and features on the inaugural Prog Awards that were held recently.
In an interview with PitCam.TV conducted at Wacken, Åkerfeldt was asked whether OPETH 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.