John Petrucci: Why I Love Opeth

The mighty Trooch tells Hammer why he has nothing but love for this month’s cover stars…

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci gives us his reasons on why he loves Metal Hammer cover stars Opeth. And if you love the prog-metal heroes (which we’re sure you do), pick up the latest issue here.


“I got turned onto them a while ago and I think maybe Brad Tolinski from Guitar World was like, ‘You have to hear these guys!’ And then I got really into them. The first album I got turned onto was Blackwater Park – so that’s the one that stands out for me. Sometimes it’s that first record you hear that becomes your favourite one, you know? And to think of how much amazing stuff they’ve put out since then too!”


“Mikael is an incredible writer with loads of personality and character, as well as a great voice. He’s super talented and doing something really original with his band. And Fredrik is such an awesome guitar player! He has the whole shred thing down but with great feel, vibrato and sound. As a fan, I love that element for sure.”


“When you’re on tour together you spend a lot of time together you know, in catering or after the show… so it was really nice that they were so cool. We actually invited the guys to come down to the studios where we were mixing A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Mikael and Fredrik were the only people that heard the early mixes before the record came out. They were sat there with Andy Wallace and myself, and we cranked it to levels beyond the recommended hearing capacity ha ha!”


“I think Opeth fans and Dream Theater fans have a lot in common. Whenever we’ve toured with them it’s felt like a great pairing actually… Such an super-talented and amazing band to watch night after night and as I mentioned before – really cool guys to hang out with.”

Find out more about Opeth in our cover feature from the new issue here.

Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).