Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt shared some fresh details regarding the band's upcoming studio effort, confirming eight new songs headed in "all over the place" direction.
Chatting with Metal Hammer, Mikael stressed that versatility is in fact one of Opeth's biggest strengths. "I have eight songs written and the direction is going straight into the territory of 'all over the place!'" he kicked off with a laugh.
Further explaining the matter, the frontman even confirmed an old-school Opeth vibe on one of the new tracks. "I think that's our strength, that we can do all these different things. We have a couple of calm songs, a couple of really heavy songs, one proper heavy metal song and I have one epic old-school Opeth song that reminds me of the first two records, with lots of riffs stacked up! I'm really happy with it all. I think we have something big on our hands this time."
Sticking to his guns, Akerfeldt said he doesn't feel obliged to adjust to anyone's music taste. Comparing the new material to the band's latest effort "Heritage," the singer/guitarist added (via Blabbermouth): "I can't say if 'Heritage' haters will love or hate this album. I don't want to accommodate anyone, like, 'Oh, sorry guys! We made a mistake! We'll make a proper record for you this time so you're all happy!' I don't think along those lines.
"This isn't going to be a death metal record," he added. "If you know me and what I like, it won't be such a big surprise. It's a metal record and a progressive record and something else too. Each song is representative of Opeth. It's what I want to listen to, so it's business as usual."
During a separate Decibel magazine interview, Mikael announced it's time for the group to go "'all in' with strings," noting influences from such acts as Goblin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.