Opeth Guitarist Quits

Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar-wielding duties in Opeth after 16 years.

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Peter Lindgren has stepped down from his guitar-wielding duties in Opeth after 16 years. His official statement on the matter reads as follows, according to Blabbermouth.net:

"It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.

"The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a worldwide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll.

"Opeth has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what OPETH stands for. I will always love playing, listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.

"These years has easily been the best of my life and I will always cherish the memory of what we have experienced together.

"I would like to thank the band, our management, record label people, all the bands I've made friends with for everything. Most of all, I would like to thank the fans from the depth of my heart for the support throughout the years.

'I wish Mikael, Martin, Per and Axe all the best and I am confident they will continue doing the greatest music in the world!!"

Fredrik kesson (ex-Arch Enemy, Krux, Talisman) has been confirmed as the new guitarist in Opeth.

Says Opeth leader Mikael kerfeldt: "Well, I think it's too soon right now to fully be able to explain what I feel.

"Peter and I had been working in this band together for almost half of our lives and we shared some unforgettable experiences together all over the world. We will obviously remain friends and this 'break-up' has been on very good terms from both sides. We all wish him the best of luck with his future ventures!

"Fredrik was the only name that popped up thinking about a replacement for Peter. In my opinion he's one of the top three guitar players out of Sweden. We all get along great as we've known each other for maybe four years and he already has the experience to take on the circus-like lifestyle we lead as members of Opeth.

"I can't wait to see what he can bring to the table musically and also to get out on the roads touring together. His first gig will be at the Ilosaarirock festival [July 13-15 in Joensuu] in Finland. I'm sure he'll shit his pants before that one, but then again...so will I!"

Opeth recorded its November 9, 2006 concert at the Roundhouse in London, England for an upcoming DVD. The disc will contain the show (filmed in HD), band interviews, fan interviews as well as photo galleries. A fall release is expected.

The special-edition deluxe version of Opeth's "Ghost Reveries" CD was released on October 31 via Roadrunner Records. Bonus material on the set includes the band's cover of Deep Purple's "Soldier of Fortune", a 40-minute documentary about the making of the record complete with the band's own private tour footage, the video for "The Grand Conjuration", liner notes, photos, an enhanced 24-page booklet, deluxe sleeve, and 5.1 surround exclusive mix of the record made by original mixed/engineer Jens Bogren.

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    The Novice
    Aww ****, I love Opeth to death this sucks so goddamn bad. However, I can't think of a better replacement that Fredrik kesson, another swede, just like me
    damn that really sucks. Losing Peter feels like I have lost part of myself. Opeth has been such an influence to me over the years. However, even with the loss I think Opeth will still be able to produce kick ass music that will continue to amaze us.
    Damn, this was just too sad =( He was an awesome player and an essential part of best and most beautiful melo-death band on earth. Let's hope that that Fredrik-dude can somehow fill his shoes.
    NOOOOO I dont want this to happen, Peter is such an awesome player, But i can see what his view is, tey reall have become a blobal industry, rather than just a few guys playing together.
    I think i'm going to express my feelings on this matter in a similar way to the rest of the UG community: NOOOOO!!!!!
    i came onto UG and i saw this.....i think i died a little on the inside. but i cant blame the guy, i bet touring takes its toll, so i am glad he left on good terms.
    Second Rate
    EndOfNothing656 wrote: damn man i love opeth no matter what, it just really sucks after all this time, 16 ****in years. you have to respect the decision he made but it just sucks. and yo second rate, whats so bad about the Dream Theater-like sound? Dream Theater creates awesome music some people never imagined of.
    Dream Theater does create awesome music. However, Dream Theater is Dream Theater and Opeth is Opeth. I don't want to hear them sounding like each other. I can understand maybe a couple similarities because they both play prog after all, but some of it just sounds so derivative. Also... as for all this 'Mikael is Opeth' stuff. Mikael has been the main songwriter since "My Arms, Your Hearse." And to be quite honest i prefered their sound before he took over songwriting duties. He needs to relinquish a bit of creative control to the other members because some of his riffs as of late are sounding a little samey. That's just my two cents though.
    mcw00t wrote: EZLN libertad wrote: gonna majorly miss him first the drummer, now one of the guitarists gonna massively change things around gonna miss the old opeth.... same, but i eargerly await the new opeth, as long as it still has mikael at the helm, things won't change for the worse, it'll just be different
    Absolutely right.. Mikael basically IS Opeth... as long as he's there they can't go wrong. However it is still a shame that Peter is leaving... at least it's not for something shallow and retarded like money *coughchriscornellcough*... meh.
    This is such bullshit... Damn man. Opeth isnt going to be the same. Good thing I saw Opeths last tour with Peter. Man he was awesome.
    damn man i love opeth no matter what, it just really sucks after all this time, 16 ****in years. you have to respect the decision he made but it just sucks. and yo second rate, whats so bad about the Dream Theater-like sound? Dream Theater creates awesome music some people never imagined of.
    Second Rate
    ugh..... this will probably effect their sound more negatively than the new drummer did. Fredrik is a damn fine guitar player, but this loss is stil terrible. If these guys get any more Dream Theater-like with their sound. They'll officially lose my 17 bucks when the next CD is released.
    damn, that made me sad but then again i like what he said on the quotes, it wouldnt seem right for him to keep doing something he clearly feels indifferent about, being of his talent and the feeling of not giving 100 percent and feeling good about playing would be a horrible feeling i imagine.
    Well... this is really the best way he could've gone. Put your happy caps on, you guys!
    Wow, I didn't see this coming. Sucks too, he is such a great guitarist.
    SmElLy KiD
    that really funken blows, but hopefully Opeth will still reigh as the kings of the world.
    God so many people have left Opeth, I hope they can keep up the Opeth sound for the future.. This is really sad..
    Very sad news. I'm sure Fredrick is a great guitarist, hopefully he will have the same chemistry with Mikael that Peter did when it comes to song writing.
    Wow.....i read the whole article with this really really upset smile on my face. I feel like crying now. Such sad news...
    But mom!
    Aw damn thats sucks :\ Well best luck them By the way...Fredrik kesson rocks!
    this must be a joke... they will never beat still life era now, that new guitarist seems too much of a yngwie type to me..
    God's Guitarist
    that sucks. still, i got the impression (may be wrong) that akerfeldt was the main drive behind the songs, seeing as tho he sings and plays the lead work
    Hey, I know it sucks but maybe it was for the best. If he had decided to hide his lack of enthusiasm the music probably wouldn't be as good.
    Wow, this is sad. But we must support him in all his decisions. Look on the bright side, Fredrik Akesson is now on guitar!
    Sad to see him go - but this is a good a reason as any to call it a day - wheres the point in creating music if your not passionate about it?
    At least it's not for a shallow reason (money), or I would have lost some respect for Peter, still sucks though.
    I dont want to sound ignorant but i reckon one day Peter will look back one day and say "**** why did i leave?????"