Opeth mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt revealed he's working on assembling a band with Devin Townsend, telling Rock Hard Magazine (transcribed by UG):
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.
"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."
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."