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.