In a new interview with Roadrunner Records Germany, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt has talked about the lyric writing process for new album "Pale Communion."
As the singer/guitarist notes, unlike previous offerings from the band, which have been more conceptual, the lyrics on the new album were of a personal nature:
"Writing lyrics is not my forte, but I had to have something. I didn't really have any better options. I've done a few concept records with lyrics that haven't related back to my private life at all, but this time around I approached the lyrics almost like the form of a diary. Writing down thoughts, like everybody does. The difference is that I'm singing it to the world."
The album, which is released on August 26th, has been reviewed strongly by Metal Sucks, who note that:
"Despite a healthy dose of unevenness (which frankly has also become a staple of this band for ages now), 'Pale Communion' offers a great deal of progressive mastery that manages to pay homage to the forefathers of the genre while retaining a sense of the band's personal style throughout."