Opeth mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt discussed his approach to constructing setlists, telling Rock Hard (transcribed by UG):
"If it's a metal festival [we're playing] - most metal bands say, 'OK, we're gonna break the other bands, play heavier and faster.'
"We think the other way - play something that makes us stick out. Maybe not the heaviest band on the bill, but something that people might remember, most quiet band or...
"We want it to be dynamic, we don't want to be just another metal band, there's plenty or just metal bands out there as far as I'm concerned.
"On the contrary, when we play pop festivals which we do now and then, like when we played [on the same bill as] Bob Dylan, we tend to play heavier.
"Nobody knowns us there anyway, so we wanna stick out. Wherever we are, we wanna stick out.
"We don't want to be just another metal, and I have nothing against metal - I love metal.
"But in the scenery with a lot of metal bands, we want to stick out a little bit.
Asked about "special setlists," Mikael replied:
"[We play special setlists] every now and then when we're told to, when the management says so.
"Special ultimately means that you're either playing a whole record or that you're playing old shit you never play.
"And that's probably fine for the crowd, but we don't like rehearsing too much, so I don't like special setlists too much.":