Opeth's Akerfeldt Working on Project With Devin Townsend: Every Band Member Must Be a Lead Vocalist

"That's been missing in music now, I think - people comfortable with singing lead vocals."

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Opeth's Akerfeldt Working on Project With Devin Townsend: Every Band Member Must Be a Lead Vocalist
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Opeth mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt revealed he's working on assembling a band with Devin Townsend, telling Rock Hard Magazine (transcribed by UG):

"I talked to him about doing something, not just me and him - it'll be a band of musicians.

"I came up with the idea, talked to one guy from Sweden - I love his voice - he was like, 'If you're in, I'm in.'

"Then I met a keyboard player, asked him, 'Yeah, I'm in'; I talked to the drummer, 'I'm in,' I talked to Devin, 'I'm in.'

"The idea for this - if it happens - is to have a band consisting of lead singers.

"So vocals first, instruments second. Because that's been missing in music now, I think - people comfortable with singing lead vocals.

"If they're a bass player or a drummer - great, but singing is the most important thing, that they have a lead-vocal type of voice.

"If the band happens, it's not gonna be anything big, just do a record for fun, if we get there. And like I said, the focus is on singing; a lot of harmony singing where one guy takes the lead and the other guys are singing harmony.

"I love vocals and I've been missing that in the rock scene."

In related stuff, Mike Portnoy has been expressing his desire to work with Mikael for quite some time now, and he can sing. Whether or not they actually join forces remains to be seen.

This wouldn't be the first time Mikael and Devy are working together as Mr. Akerfeldt previously delivered guest vocals on the "Strand" track off Mr. Townsend's 2011 record "Deconstruction."

37 comments sorted by best / new / date

    gaznarlucker
    Einar Solber from Leprous on keys, Brann Dailor from Masotodon on drums. That could be awesome
    BloodDuster
    Please tell me they're doing a Barbershop quartett doing famous metal songs acapella
    Bedside Shred
    Akerfeldt, Townsend, Claypool, Portnoy, Patton.
    *Stranger*
    If Daniel Gildenlow is a part of this (and he might be) I will viciously masturbate to this record until both of my testicles fall off.
    Shavyi
    Devin has being looking for a band to play bass in it. This could be interesting !
    DethRegh
    Hopefully it has Steve Wilson from Porcupine Tree involved. Thatd be the Holy Trinity of Modern Prog
    singularity6
    I think Ihsahn would be a great addition to this.
    Kyyper
    please tell me there are no Mastodon members involved
    karschnyphilip
    Brann Dailor is a great vocalist.
    Syamm
    I really don't like his singing 90% of the time. Even more so if we're talking about the new album, but I gotta say he sounds pretty good on oblivion.
    Blayney
    Press To MECO are already doing this. 3 piece playing heavy technical pieces with all 3 lead singers taking it in turns to take lead/provide harmonies.
    krsdrn
    Bran daylor from MASTADON is a AMAZING DRUMER AND HAS AMAZING LEAD VOCAL SKILLS
    owen556
    Really would like to see Per Wiberg alongside Akerfeldt again, but I'm not sure if he does lead vocals.