The second in a three-part series of video clips in which vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH breaks down the band’s new album, “Heritage”, can be seen below.
Says Åkerfeldt: “It feels like I’ve been building up to write and participate on an album like this since I was 19.
“I think you’ll need a slightly deeper understanding of our music as a whole to be able to appreciate this record. I’ve realized my influences for this album are so diverse that I can’t really say what it sounds like.
“If I can compare it to any other band, it would have to be OPETH, but it’s different from the stuff we’ve done before. I’ve listened a lot to ALICE COOPER for the last year, yet I can’t say it sounds like ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’. I hope you’ll like it once you hear it.”
“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.
OPETH‘s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.
“Watershed” was the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed “Ghost Reveries” CD, which debuted at No. 64 on the Billboard chart back in September 2005 with first-week sales of just under 15,000.
OPETH‘s 2003 album, “Damnation”, premiered with a little over 5,000 copies.
“Heritage” was produced by 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” first-week chart positions:
Germany: #9 *
Holland: #10 *
U.S.A.: #19 *
Italy: #21 *
U.K.: #22 *
France: #24 *
Poland : #25
New Zealand: #26
* highest chart position to date