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Discussion in 'Opeth (Archived)' started by Risquit, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Risquit

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    Originally posted by Hammurabb, from Brave Words:
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    Q: What's been happening since Damnation?



    A: "Well, eventually we stopped touring! The last gig was Sweden Rock last summer, so since then I became a Dad and that's basically all I've been doing for months, looking after my wife as she was about to pop, so to speak, going to the doctors, having a kid, which was awesome, and hanging out with my family... and obviously I've been writing the new stuff. I set a date when I knew I had to start writing for real."



    Q: Has Ghost Reveries been written on your trusty battered acoustic?



    A: "Yeah, it has actually. I've done a lot of stuff on that old guitar. I've got a whole 8-channel recording thing at home now, so I did all the demos at home. As before, the guys came over, I did them CDs of the demos. We actually started rehearsing this time too! We rehearsed for two or three weeks. We figured we'd be recording the album in three weeks, but we started March 15th and I just got home. It was the total opposite of what we expected."



    Q: So what should we expect from Ghost Reveries?



    A: "Oh, it's still Opeth. You can definitely hear it's us. I guess it's heavier. It's not as fast as Deliverance, but definitely faster and heavier than Damnation. I think the songs are overall much better. Before I've always had the odd riff where I though ‘I'll fix that later', and there's always

    been lots of riffs that have been going on for too long or whatever. It's got the beauty and the heaviness and all the things we've had in the past but overall the songs are much more well structured. And obviously we've got Per (Wiberg, keyboardist) joined the band and there's a lot of Uriah Heep from 1971, distorted Hammond organ stuff!"



    Q: Full-on July Morning-style shit?!



    A: "Yeah, exactly like ‘July Morning'. In fact, there's one song that had the working title ‘Uriah Heep'. We share our rehearsal space with another band and they were listening and they asked us, ‘Which Uriah Heep song is that?' It's Uriah Heep with death metal vocals! I think right now, even though I've been working with this album for so long, I think it's our best. I hope the fans will like it. It's hard to get into, though. There's so much stuff going on!"



    Q: Are there any purely mellow tracks?



    A: "Yeah, there's one song that could've been on Damnation. I wanted to make the best song of

    that type that I possibly could and I think I've done that. It's a really good song. There's another song that was meant to be instrumental but then I put some vocals on there anyway. It sounds like a soundtrack, film-style thing. Then there's one that's pure sixties psychedelia. That's the oddest song we've ever done. And then there's five heavy songs, with lots of different things going on and they're all about ten minutes long. It's about seventy minutes in total."



    Q: What made you decide to sign with Roadrunner? A lot of people were surprised!



    A: "Yeah, we got flamed! But we got offered so many deals. Roadrunner... I don't know, the kids today seem to think it's some kind of nu-metal label because that's all they know, but there's all those guitar albums from the 80s, the King Diamond stuff and many other things. I'm not fond of their roster today, but then I'm not fond of anyone's roster at the moment. We chose Roadrunner because we wanted to make the album available everywhere and I don't want people saying they

    can't find the album anywhere. I'm sick of that. If people think we signed for the money then that's not the case. It really wasn't a great deal money-wise. If we wanted money we could've chosen plenty of other deals!"



    Q: And if you wanted to make money you probably wouldn't play this kind of music, right?



    A: "Exactly. Some people think we're going to go mainstream! That's just impossible. The thing is, we met Roadrunner. We traveled around and met up with all the main contenders. When we came to New York we'd just been to Los Angeles and hung out with Robert and Century Media. They treat us so good, and I love the guy, so we were pretty much set to sign with them. But then we met the Roadrunner people and we were floored by how professional they were. I was really impressed.

    Roadrunner to me is like how Music For Nations was when we signed to them. You just have to think about their history. I don't want anyone not to be able to get hold of the album this time. But we only signed a couple of weeks ago, so there's still lots to prove!"



    Q: What are you hopes for the rest of the year?



    A: "We're on the Sounds Of The Underground tour in the States this summer. I don't really know what it's going to do for us. I hope a lot of people who've never seen us before will come and see us play. The decision to do that tour has a lot to do with when I became a dad. It's not so cool to be on tour for a long time anymore. I've been away for so long recording the album as it is. But I'm looking forward to these shows. We've been doing this for such a long time. I want to do well. I want people to understand what we're doing. I just hope we have some good fortune."
     
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    Originally posted by Midwinter MelancholY, from blabbermouth.net
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    OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to U.K.'s Terrorizer magazine about the group's upcoming album, "Ghost Reveries", tentatively due on August 30 via Roadrunner Records. A few excerpts from the interview follow:

    Terrorizer: Still working on the album?

    Mikael: "We still have the cover to do and the booklet and photos and all sorts of things."

    Terrorizer: But the album's almost completed?

    Mikael: "You could probably say so. We've done the mixes for five heavy, long tracks, but we still have the mixes for three or four extra songs left to do. Everything's recorded. It's just that KATATONIA went into the studio directly after us, so we have to wait like a week or something to do the mixes for those last songs."

    Terrorizer: Is there perhaps a certain organic quality which has been worked into the songs because of you having rehearsed for this album?

    Mikael: "Yeah. It'd like to hope so, at least. I worked more with each song and each passage, so I feel the songs 100 per cent. They're much more well-structured this time around."

    Terrorizer: There was a certain flow that you seemed to lose on some of the songs on "Deliverance". "Damnation" seemed to breathe properly, where "Deliverance" generally didn't.

    Mikael: "I have to agree, because I think at the time we were recording I was so stressed that it was going to be an album at all; and since we were doing two albums, I think my heart was in the project of doing 'Damnation', because that was the odd thing. While I'm happy with 'Deliverance' overall, I think 'Damnation' is one of our best albums ever. 'Deliverance' is not our strongest album, but I think the song 'Deliverance' is one of our best songs. So I'm not slagging the album off, it's just the memory of the whole recording is so bad, and I know how I was functioning when I was doing those songs. I was under a lot of pressure and I just wanted it to be done. This time around I paid much more attention to the small details and put much more energy into making the songs like, full-on all the time, if you know what I mean. The new album never, ever gets boring. People should never think that OPETH are boring — and we were kind of treading that line on 'Deliverance', I guess."

    Terrorizer: So are the lyrical themes of this new record moving into new and different territory too?

    Mikael: "The lyrics are almost a regression, I think. I've gone back to the early influences of the band. I wanted to write like an occult kind of concept story. I didn't want to write a stupid Satanic lyric and it's not a Satanic album or anything, but I started with this idea of a concept, and that was like a red thread, if you know what I mean, throughout the story: that there is some occult undertone in it. The lyrics are almost like a cliché for death metal, but written how I write, so it's not just stupid. It's some good stories, I think. It's much more sinister than before: I haven't written lyrics like this in fifteen years. I hope they're better now than they were fifteen years ago!"
     
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    Dreadful When Man& Machine Collide

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    first interview was very good. I'm really psyched about the album now...to be honest. Before I was just like "it's gonna be different, I hope it's good" but this looks to be a real diverse release with some old school fancy stuff. It's gonna sound sick. Best release of 2005 surely.
     
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    I can't wait! A phychedelic track sounds very interesting.
     
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    I hope this means they wont cancel any more tours - especially the European.
     
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    how bout we only post interviews on this thread? maybe moonlapse should delete these posts when they add up, so that people can come here for the interview collection only, without having to search through all the posts

    just an idea :p
     
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    NFU I like pie.

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    uriah heep? heeeeyusss! im psyched!!! (no pun intended) :p
     

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