Ten Things We Learned From Our Opeth Cover Feature

To celebrate having the prog metal titans Opeth on the cover of the new issue, we've put together this collection of his wisest words in the feature. And there's much more where this came from...

To read the full interview with Mikael, pick up the new issue of Metal Hammer here.

Mikael Is Not A 1D Fan

“Watching One Direction kinda felt like they’d just dragged up five guys from the crowd… if there were guys in the crowd!”

He’s All About Defiance

“Metal should be rebellious, even within its own genre.”* *

And He Sees Room For Improvement

“There are lots of bands that don’t seem to like what they’re doing.”* *

He Does It Out Of Love

“Maybe what we are doing is rebelling against metal, but only ‘cause we love it so much.”* *

Mikael Thinks Metal Can Try Harder

“A lot of metal bands don’t have the guts to experiment.”

He Is Aware Of Opeth’s Critics

“I’m not stupid, I can hear people saying we’re not a heavy metal band anymore.”* *

He Was Once A Hardcore Gamer

“A woman died in a fire while I was up all night playing Phantasmagoria.”* *

Being In A Band Was Always Mikael’s Dream

“I used to saw toy guitars out of my desk so I could mime in front of the mirror.”

Prog Isn’t The Be All And End All

“If we made another heavy record, it’d be pure death metal with blastbeats and shit.”

Mikael’s Feet Remain Firmly On The Ground

“I used to only say thank you because I was shy. I still am shy.”

Find out more about our new issue here. And you can pick up your copy 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).