Opeth Guitarist Quits

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

Opeth Guitarist Quits
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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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    GMR5
    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.
    zakatak9389
    I can't believe this!! First Martin leaves now this?! Fredrik is an amazing guitarist , technically at least, but Peter was just awesome. Opeth will never be the same again
    Anarion614
    I actually yelled in shock when I first read the headline...damn, at least he had a good reason, I respect him.
    KissingShadows
    Very much of a shame, but the replacement guitarist isn't bad at all...He will definitely bring a different taste to the band...Maybe more fast guitar work while still keeping the moving solos?
    metal Lover
    Mr.Loomis_shred wrote: i am crying...this is one of thee saddest moments in my life i just really did not see this coming at all. Opeths sound will be changed so much now i think with axxe on drums now and fredrik on guitar. i think its soo shocking because he is such a nice guy and he has never said anything bad about anything to do with the band. All i have now are the memories of his playing
    It will change to some degree but Mikael is 85% of the band.
    King ofKumbucha
    See... this is how you can tell a real musician from a sellout. I wonder who will be taking his place?
    Neon Knight wrote: its a shame, Opeth is one of my favorite bands. However I had rather him quit than continue with no passion.
    Exactly.
    Sapient
    Well... this is really the best way he could've gone. Put your happy caps on, you guys!
    BoF
    awwwww shit man... thats so sad, martin then now peter, well ..shit
    Mr.Loomis_shred
    i am crying...this is one of thee saddest moments in my life i just really did not see this coming at all. Opeths sound will be changed so much now i think with axxe on drums now and fredrik on guitar. i think its soo shocking because he is such a nice guy and he has never said anything bad about anything to do with the band. All i have now are the memories of his playing
    Kram
    I won't judge him before I hear any new material but I hope to god they can keep their high standard.
    F-ing Hostile
    u know that really sucks, just last night i listened to them for the first time and i liked them... then the next day the guitarist quits
    garden of grey
    Good luck to all, but I doubt that bug-eyed guy can hold the same acoustic stuff Opeth have done.
    thenephilim
    Not too optimistic about Fredrik...seems like he's too energetic for opeth. No offense to any Arch fans out there but they are dirt compared to Opeth. I hope he doesn't drag the sound down too much.
    Seeing as he was a temporary member, and never actually recorded any material with the band, I don't see how you can use Arch Enemy as a basis for predicting his impact on Opeth.
    mcw00t
    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
    Dead_End
    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.
    YetAnotherMuso
    I think i'm going to express my feelings on this matter in a similar way to the rest of the UG community: NOOOOO!!!!!
    VermillionFlood
    Meh... this is what I expected to happen. As far as Opeth "never being the same", I uttered those words when I first heard Blackwater Park. Those words ring true. I wish they had chosen another path.
    fade2black_69
    I dont want to sound ignorant but i reckon one day Peter will look back one day and say "**** why did i leave?????"
    Geeto6
    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.
    9_11_4
    God so many people have left Opeth, I hope they can keep up the Opeth sound for the future.. This is really sad..
    Man-bitch
    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.
    Tiamat
    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.
    Quantonyne
    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.