frontman Mikael Akerfeldt
recently touched on the subject of female metal bands, describing most such acts as "weak"
and stressing that their gender brings undeserved attention.
"When it comes to music, I think it's still pretty weak, there's not a lot of female bands out there,"
Mikael told the Fight Network
. "Some of those bands get a lot of recognition because of the fact that they're women, as opposed to whether the music is good or not. Still the whole kind of sexist thing - which is sad I guess.
"Obviously there's a lot of talented musicians out there - women just as many as men. Just happens to be that metal is still male-dominated. Maybe it's gonna catch on, I'm not sure. But women in the metal scene have our collective support, of course. I certainly don't have anything against it."
During the rest of the chat, Akerfeldt discussed the early days of Opeth, his death rumors, as well as music censorship, which he finds pointless for the most part. "Doesn't make any sense to me,"
he said. "People and authorities have blamed music, especially metal music, for all sorts of bad things for years. People forget of this Tipper Gore
] thing that's resulted in these advisory stickers because of 'filthy lyrics,' she said. We even have those - on an album like 'Damnation.'"
The latest Opeth record, "Heritage
," saw its release in September 2011 via Roadrunner Records as the band's tenth studio effort.