Opeth Frontman: Groups In America Are Like 'Boy Bands With Guitars'

Opeth frontman Mikael kerfeldt recently discussed the inspiration for his band's occult lyrical themes and other topics.

Opeth Frontman: Groups In America Are Like 'Boy Bands With Guitars'
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Opeth frontman Mikael kerfeldt recently spoke to Australia's Time Off magazine about the inspiration for his band's occult lyrical themes, according to Blabbermouth.net. "It started out as a fascination for these type of lyrics and that's something that's deeply rooted in heavy metal," he explained. "It's always been there, ever since I was a kid. I picked up an Iron Maiden record, or [Judas] Priest, it was kind of dark. A piano song like 'Epitaph'... a jolly old song but the lyrics are quite dark and quite gothic. That was something I was always intrigued by. "I don't see myself as a real dark type of person, but I do have a connection with that side. It doesn't necessarily mean I want to kill everyone I meet or I want to worship Satan. I can turn those wicked sides I've got into my own art, if you will. "Most of the bands today, I don't really like them. When I grew up it was like heresy to compare Killswitch Engage and whatever you got going with Maiden and Priest. Especially in America, it seems to be a little trend goin'... it's corporate business. The bands feel manufactured, almost like boy bands with guitars. I don't want my bands to be fucking pretty." Read the entire interview at this location.

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    psykopoo
    losingprada wrote: I don't want my bands to be ****ing pretty." well that works out, cause your ****ing ugly man.
    Um the guys married with kids, is in an awesome band and is generally hailed as one of the finest frontmen of all time, so I really don't think he gives a shit about what you think.
    Freyr
    Opeth are 1 of the greatest bands eva...hands down. Mikael's hit the nail straight in the head. How many bands today will inspire kids of the future to pick up a guitar and try to emulate their heroes? Practically none, there aren't anymore Iron Maiden's, Metallica's or Opeth's crawling out from anywhere anymore. In a way we should consider our generation lucky. The funny thing is that most of the sh1t metal bands are signed to Roadrunner as well. I wonder if they gonna give him a slap on hand.
    psykopoo wrote: losingprada wrote: I don't want my bands to be ****ing pretty." well that works out, cause your ****ing ugly man. Um the guys married with kids, is in an awesome band and is generally hailed as one of the finest frontmen of all time, so I really don't think he gives a shit about what you think.
    Here! Here!
    Siandos.BCRich
    em... ok... chimaira, trivium, god forbid, shadows fall, lamb of god... yeah most bands are copies of someone else's but u cant say that there arent any good american bands... i mean listen to some british bands... franz ferdinand, the libertines, the editors... how gay is that?
    Raging_Lincoln
    INXS are good, ever hear "the gift"? Michael is right though, there arent a lot of good american metal bands, in fact there arent actually a lot of GOOD metal bands full stop. there's a lot of ok ones, but generally they just come off sounding like each other. NWOBHM rules.
    DisturbedIbanez
    Opeth is in my opinion, one of the most talented bands of of all time. And while I agree with what he says about most bands, I love KsE.
    SMITH05
    This is probably one of the greatest articles I've ever read. Opeth is ****ing amazing and he has every right to brag. Most(not all) are excactly what he's saying. Everyband that is on MTV(besides for Headbanger's Ball)and most radio stations all sound the same and need to shut the **** up and get off radio and televsion waves and leave it open for bands that can actually play. Trying to find good music now a days is like searching for the Arch of the Covanent(if I mispelled that whatever).You have to listen to radiostations that fade out or rely on someone telling you about a band every once in a while.I highly doubt that without any effects and machines that any of these "musicians" actually play. Let's see Fall Out Boy pull off any thing from "A Fair Judgement"...exactly!
    Spyder-F16
    I'd have to agree with him. Alot of the mainstream is rather pre-fabricated. Anyways, Opeth is musicianship galore. Full of complex rythms and patterns, as well as full of dynamics. Black Rose Immortal, for example, goes from a grab your balls begining and transforms into something completely different by the time the 22 minute track ends. Its pure brilliance.
    anal frost
    Black Rose Immortal, for example, goes from a grab your balls begining and transforms into something completely different by the time the 22 minute track ends. Its pure brilliance
    it's the best song ever made!!! (also it's 20 minutes, not 22)
    YetAnotherMuso
    Mikael is god. That said, I don't entirely agree with this. There really is nothing wrong with mainstream stuff from time to time IMO.
    trendkill-
    whats the matter with him? iron maiden sucks.
    wingedgopher wrote: whats the matter with him? iron maiden sucks.
    what are u smoking or u all in to nu metal shit?
    fukkindoyle
    wingedgopher wrote: whats the matter with him? iron maiden sucks.
    Personal opinions aside, you're a blubbering ****ing idiot. If Iron Maiden hadn't come around, half the metal you hear now wouldn't have rolling beats or harmonized gutiar riffs. Well, you probably still would, but point being, Maiden inspired so much ****ing metal, you just can't say they suck. Very simply cause they could walk cirlces as wide as planets around you.
    boyan89
    oh and the Franz Ferdinand,The Libertines,The Editors Franz is gay but im sure the other two are gay too nvr heard them but totally Siandos.BCRich your right.
    Opeth*rocks
    I agree You need to make your band different and not conform to what all the other bands are doing GO OPETH!!!!!
    boyan89
    there is a lot of american bands that suck but the metal coming from there its pretty good taking into account Trivium,Sanctity,Machine Head,Metallica,Pantera i mean those bands are all from USA but other than that **** these pussies and their trends Mikeal is absolutely right!!
    boyan89
    Siandos.BCRich wrote: em... ok... chimaira, trivium, god forbid, shadows fall, lamb of god... yeah most bands are copies of someone else's but u cant say that there arent any good american bands... i mean listen to some british bands... franz ferdinand, the libertines, the editors... how gay is that?
    exactly what I was trying to say all those bands you mentioned are amazing amen!!
    dyingrevivalx06
    Geekis_Khan wrote: I guess America can't steal Black metal. You can't steal a genre of music. It's music. Anyone can play it, as long as their good at it. And why would you want to steal black metal, anyway? It all sounds the same, all the bands follow the same formula, and all the songs are about the same things. I agree with him that a lot of mainstream stuff sucks, but it always has, and always will. And America isn't the only place that has horrible mainstream stuff. Opeth is from Austraila. INXS, anyone?
    opeths from sweden
    dyingrevivalx06
    yea exactly my point that noone believes all these new bands SUCK!! and are not talented mikaels right
    SireGreat
    I'm sure there's a lot of European bands that suck too..... America isn't the only country capable of supplying us with sh!tty music.
    SOADRox
    Yeah, well, Michael is a guitarist God. His entire band rocks. American bands suck, aside from a choice few. But all this new preppy shit that's being played on the radio and MTV (All American Rejects, those faggots) is making the American music industry dwindle. Which is why I don't buy the new shit, these stupid little pussy bands with their gay ass lyrics and pathetic guitar riffs.
    waz416
    right on...!!!.....the only US metal new bands I like are agollach ....thats bout it i think...hahaha.....and yeah opeth rules...too bad they didtn come to Tx this time....im still pissed bout it...!!!...PEAC EOUT
    thefinalcut
    Completely agree, and I like how he doesn't attack anyone band or any one genre, classy I guess.
    losingprada
    I don't want my bands to be ****ing pretty."
    well that works out, cause your ****ing ugly man.
    Spade_SanosukeX
    hahaha Mikael your ****in awsome. I love how most bands I hate that arent metal fall into the category XD
    Geekis_Khan
    I guess America can't steal Black metal.
    You can't steal a genre of music. It's music. Anyone can play it, as long as their good at it. And why would you want to steal black metal, anyway? It all sounds the same, all the bands follow the same formula, and all the songs are about the same things. I agree with him that a lot of mainstream stuff sucks, but it always has, and always will. And America isn't the only place that has horrible mainstream stuff. Opeth is from Austraila. INXS, anyone?
    Benn-Static
    Wow, I used to have a lot of respect for Mikael, but that statement made him drop a few notches. I hate when European Metallers rip on new bands, it's ****ing annoying. Yeah, Opeth is an amazing band, but that doesn't mean bands like Killswitch don't have talent, because they do.
    The Novice
    Couldn't have said it better. I'm just pissed off about them not playing that much back home here in Sweden. Haven't had the chance to see them live YET!
    Spade_SanosukeX
    your_madre wrote: I agree. American bands these days suck ASS
    95% of American bands formed after 2000 suck balls.
    Spankey
    Spade_SanosukeX : your_madre wrote: I agree. American bands these days suck ASS 95% of American bands formed after 2000 suck balls.
    There isnt too many bands that have formed after 2000 that I like, I'm an 60's 70's 80's 90's guy. but there have been a few like Mastodon and mudvayne, thats all that I can think of. Opeth is a pretty cool band I havnt heard enough of them though cool guitar. But its not just americans, I have heard so many euro bands that sucked so much I cant even think of another good new euro band
    Spade_SanosukeX
    Spankey wrote: Spade_SanosukeX : your_madre wrote: I agree. American bands these days suck ASS 95% of American bands formed after 2000 suck balls. There isnt too many bands that have formed after 2000 that I like, I'm an 60's 70's 80's 90's guy. but there have been a few like Mastodon and mudvayne, thats all that I can think of. Opeth is a pretty cool band I havnt heard enough of them though cool guitar. But its not just americans, I have heard so many euro bands that sucked so much I cant even think of another good new euro band
    Yea Mastodon is good. Like I said most arent metal and in general its 95% to me so yea. Mudvayne kicks ass also. Opeth kicks ass live and Mikael is funny as hell (I swear I wore the 2006 tour shirt today at school.). Good taste in music by the way.
    Cobain-iac_90
    I agree totally with Michael. I mean, when you've got this slew of bands that are just basically carbon-copies of one another, it's hard not to hate most American bands today. Opeth pwns! \m/