Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recently discussed the band's latest album "Heritage," pointing out the importance it had for the Swedish five-piece, as well as the negative reactions it received from some of the fans.
Singer/guitarist admitted that although he wishes he could say that the criticism made no impact, it did ultimately make him more cynical.
"It sounds a bit pretentious to say that, but it helped us, it gave us a new direction," Akerfeldt told Face Culture. "Not saying that we're gonna try and repeat the sound of Heritage, but it gave us a future, I think."
When asked about the hate the band received from "die-hard" fans, the frontman commented: "It made me a bit more cynical. I would love to say that it didnt affect me at all, but I became a bit more, like whatever, 'f--k off,' you know.
"I can't force people to like it, and I understand that some people don't like it, but the thing that annoyed me is people saying 'This is not Opeth,'" the frontman said. "I knew that it's impossible to please everybody, and that's not our goal, but what is Opeth is that we always recorded what we want to hear, that is Opeth."
Akerfeldt then discussed some of the backlash the band received after embarking on a tour to promote "Heritage," describing some of the fans' reactions as "outrageous."
"That's one of the more annoying things, people get upset because we're not doing what they want us to do, which I think is completely outrageous. Overall, it was fine, it's just that those people who didn't like it were much more vocal, screaming 'What the f--k!' 'Play some f--king metal!' One guy even challenged me for a duel.
"For some reason, it makes me happy that people [get] so passionate that they can allow themselves to lose their f--king sanity just because of some music, you know," the frontman concluded.
"Heritage" dropped in September 2011 via Roadrunner Records as the group's tenth studio effort. With 19,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart.