Opeth: 'Progressive Metal's Doing Quite Well Today, a Lot of It Has to Do With Dream Theater'

artist: Opeth date: 06/20/2014 category: general music news

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Opeth: 'Progressive Metal's Doing Quite Well Today, a Lot of It Has to Do With Dream Theater'
Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeld shared an optimistic stance about the current state of prog music, attributing a lot of its popularity today to Dream Theater.

Chatting with Team Rock after receiving the Metal God award at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, Mikael acknowledged that prog is coming back to the foreground these days.

"I think Dream Theater has a lot to do with that," he said. "When they came out in the early '90s, they spawned a lot of bands, younger guys who started playing. We were a death metal band at the time."

Explaining how he ultimately started to find his way around the prog genre, Mikael praised DT as the band that had successfully merged the progressive rock vibe with the heavy edge.

Asked to name a single musician he would name a God, Akerfeldt instantly replied, "Ritchie Blackmore," calling Deep Purple axeman his own idol. "If he walked into this venue, everybody would be like, 'That's Ritchie Blackmore.' He is a God, for real," the frontman said.

During the rest of the chat, Mikael also talked about his kids, who happen to be fans of One Direction and Justin Bieber. More details in the video below.

The new Opeth release, "Pale Communion," is set for August 26 release via Roadrunner Records. Full details here.

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