The latest Opeth release, "Heritage", saw the Swedish prog metallers going in a completely new direction, resulting in some of the most mixed fans' reactions we got to see in a while. The group has detached themselves from their death metal past and went for a more experimental approach, changing their sound in various new ways.
Although the band members were all unanimously proud of the way "Heritage" turned out, it seems they will not be going down the same path for the second time. In a recent interview with the Loud magazine, guitarist Fredrik Akesson discussed the new record, saying it will be "different and more intense in a way."
"I would have to say [the album goes] in a somewhat different direction to 'Heritage.' [Laughs] It won't be a step back, but it will be different. Maybe more intense in a way. Youll have to wait and see. I was in the studio today and put down my solos and I was very happy about it. The song I heard that Mikael [Akerfeldt] wrote today sounds very cool. I think that's all I can say at this point! I'm sorry. [Laughs]"
Akesson has also once again stressed out that he is proud of "Heritage," calling it a "very good album" and "something the band needed to do." As far as the recording process goes, the group is planning on entering the studio in September, once they complete the current tour.
"I'm proud of the album. I think it's a very good album. I understand the controversy about it, but it was something the band needed to do - something different to break out of the box, or however you want to put it. And also the album is called 'Heritage'. It's about the musical heritage of the band. It's a bit of a flirt with old hard rock themes, [like the] Ronnie James Dio tribute track for instance or, you know, there's a bit of Rush in there or some Swedish folk."
"The plan is to try and record at the end of September, when we're done with all the touring. This is the longest break we've had between albums. I think the longest break we had before this was before Watershed. It's not gonna happen this year, most likely the year after."
"Heritage" was released back in September 2011 via Roadrunner Records. With 19,000 copies sold within the first week, it debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart.