Opeth Complete New Album, Aiming at June Release

"It's a bit heavier than 'Heritage,'" frontman Mikael Akerfeldt explains.

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Swedish prog masters Opeth have officially completed their 11th studio album and are looking to have it released this June.

Loudwire guys broke the news and were even lucky enough to get the record's advanced copy. In their own words, "Opeth's songwriting is top notch on the album, but once again, the record features no guttural vocals."

Guitarist Fredrik Akesson was the one predicting the June release, while frontman Mikael Akerfeldt gave more info on the album's sound. "If it sounds like us, that's good," he kicked off. "And if it sounds like something we don't know, that's also good. This album has some parts that sound like us and some parts that sound kind of new too.

"It's a bit heavier than 'Heritage' at times and it's a bit more melodic," Akerfeldt continued. "I think it should be a bit easier to get into this record because there's a lot of focus on the melodies. We're a progressive band. Sometimes we sound like a metal band and sometimes we don't."

Previously discussing the effort, Mikael described the new material as "all over the place," noting that it's time for "all in" with the strings. "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," he told Metal Hammer back in January.

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    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    If Mastodon and Tool also finish their albums, 2014 is officially year of the Prog.
    CurlOfTheBurl
    Mastodon is a dead cert for this year, to the point where they are seriously contemplating an additional winter EP! Tool...well we can pray...
    little_boy
    And wait for a miracle and hope Porcupine Tree decide to release a new album as well. What an epic year that would be.
    Muntificator
    I bet Tool will take another year or two and Porcupine Tree i seriously doubt (although i love both bands and would love a new album from both of them) =\
    osiris12
    And Animals as Leaders has a new album coming out. Heard it the other night and it's stellar. This year will be ridiculous.
    jackw3295
    dont forget Transatlantic!! They already released their kick ass album! PROG RULEZ
    Elfy310
    Honestly, all I can see is that intense ass picture of Mikael Akerfeldt singing.
    esky15
    Awesome. I'm fine with all clean vocals, but the lack of distortion in the guitar tone was tough to handle.
    csemrau84
    best news of the week. Can't wait.. now if i could only see them live in the US...
    BigHeadClan
    Pretty sure they do US shows, they've been coming to Canada last 3 years. Hell I've met them after a show and hung out for a bit, super chill dudes.
    jamie_hough
    Yeah they do US shows but they will only do like one show in each state. As each state is sort of the size of one European country it kinda sucks for them over there sometimes. I'd hate (being a Brit) to have to travel to London for every single gig which would be the equivalent over here. Luckily bands tend to put on at least 5 dates throughout the UK.
    estabon37
    I've never really understood this kind of reasoning. If you want to see a band, you make it happen. For context, the last time I saw Opeth I travelled roughly 300 kilometers and paid $80-$90AU for the ticket. Because Australia is both large and expensive. I suppose that because most big bands only show up here once every three or four years, you take advantage when a tour actually happens.
    barlie
    I'm sure this album is going to be fantastic. Thing is, I do have a little bit of a problem with there being no growls. Akerfeldt's growling is the best in all of metal. Since growling seems to be solely in the domain of metal, his are the best growls in all of music. There's no way for this avoids being a loss. His clean vocals are equally fantastic though, so more cleans are a gain in a sense.
    qrEE
    Nah he's not the best. I'd give it to Corporate Death from Macabre for best growls in Death Metal. Unfortunately nobody knows who he is or likes his style but me.
    barlie
    That song is badass and his growling is indeed solid. Still going to give it to Mike though
    skyturnedred
    I do love me some Macabre, but he doesn't come close to the greatness that is Åkerfeldt's growls.
    morbidguitar
    Very awesome, im pumped for this album. Ill be in the audience at this north American tour too. Bring Katatonia with you again!
    jasonbloss
    I'm surprised you guys want gutterals and growls. Have you heard him recently? Like in the last four years? Look I love Opeth to death, probably my favorite metal band period, but he cannot growl anymore. It sounds very strained and nothing like he used to. I'd prefer he just sing because he's a very good singer. I'm not hating on Opeth in the slightest but just look up some vids man. I even saw them in 2012 and 2013 and they played AWESOME sets but he cannot do the harsh vocals anymore. It's time to move on.
    Flying Afros
    He said in an interview it was his in-ear monitor that made him sound like that. The mix he was getting was over-compensating and making him change the way he was singing. He can still growl like a ****ing demon.
    Second Rate
    Ahhh, another album of mediocrity followed by a year and a half of constant articles of Mikael and his bruised ego explaining why we're all too stupid/intolerant/closed-minded/bigoted/whatever to understand it. Looking forward to it. Mikael and Fredrik's next apology tour that is, not the album.
    JackAligator
    It looks like Alex011 was wrong after all because it's been a while since we had an Opeth article. Anyhow, great news. I'm sure that the album is going to be epic regardless of the direction they take on it.
    Emenius Sleepus
    would be interesting to hear. Though Heritage was a ****ing awful album, so I'm not really hoping for a miracle here
    Anjohl
    Who cares about this death-wannabe? He could be a decent prog act, but he insists on immitating his death metal idols, despite how ridiculous it sounds. And I mean "he", not "tgey" since there is no "Opeth" outside hired musicians.