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Opeth want next album to be more “twisted”


Opeth vocalist and guitarist Mikael Akerfeld says the band’s latest album Sorceress is already “old hat” as far as he’s concerned.

Their 12th studio album was released a year ago – and Akerfeld reports he’s already turning his attention to their next record and what it might sound like.

He tells eonmusic: “Sorceress for me is old hat – it’s a lovely record, but it’s back ‘there.’ I’m not lingering on it because it’s old now.

“I’m not lingering on this record as being a beacon of hope for anything – it’s just what we did then, and I’m hoping next time we’re going to do something different, and I hope, something twisted. Nothing necessarily great, but twisted at least.”

As for when their next studio album could arrive, Akerfeld replies: “Maybe the end of, or mid-2019, I’m thinking. I want to have a sabbatical, because we’ve been doing this for a long time, so I want to keep away and just be with my kids. Once I write songs, I want to sit and be.”

Opeth picked up the International Band Of The Year at last month’s Progressive Music Awards in London. They’ll return to the UK and Ireland for live dates in November. Find a full list below.

Opeth 2017 tour dates

Nov 15: Manchester Ritz, UK
Nov 16: Glasgow Barrowlands, UK
Nov 17: Belfast The Limelight, UK
Nov 18: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Nov 19: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Nov 21: Bristol O2 Academy, UK
Nov 22: Birmingham O2 Institute, UK

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