Opeth and heaviness go hand in hand. You will always find Opeth fans divided into two eras of the band.
Ones who prefer the aggressive version of Opeth till Watershed while rest of them dig the mellow as well as the aggressive version.
In the latest studio report, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt talked about the band’s upcoming new album “In Cauda Venenum,” explaining fans why heaviness isn’t all about tuned down guitars and growls.
“For us, at this stage with ‘In Cauda Venenum,’ heaviness isn’t guitars tuned down with screaming vocals over the top. That’s not necessarily what I call ‘heavy’ music these days.
“I can listen to Korn and say, ‘Okay, that’s heavy.’ But it doesn’t really mean anything to me. I mean, I catch up on things in magazines or online.
I read about bands that have the ‘heaviest record ever,’ and I’m not too impressed by that.
“Okay, it’s cool but what does it say? What does it mean? It’s an impossible mission, to be the heaviest. That’s been done before. Over time, I got tired of that tag.
“Of course, when I was younger, it meant everything to me. I was always on the pursuit for heaviness in my youth, trying to find the next level of heaviness.
“First it was death metal, then it was bands like Meshuggah, but the heaviness is now more about emotions, heavy chord progressions, music that has feelings.
The heaviness doesn’t mean Meshuggah anymore, although indeed they’re a f*cking heavy band. I’m not trying to tap into that anymore.”