OPETH leader Mikael Åkerfeldt says that he wants the band’s next album to be more “twisted.”
The Swedish progressive metal band released its twelfth studio disc, “Sorceress”, a year ago, and the guitarist/vocalist is already looking ahead to the follow-up effort 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 OPETH‘s next studio album could arrive, Åkerfeldt says: “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.”