Opeth Frontman To Record Acoustic Solo Album

Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth has revealed that he is contemplating recording a singer-songwriter acoustic solo album.

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Guitarist/vocalist Mikael kerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers Opeth has revealed to Holland's FaceCulture that he is contemplating recording a singer-songwriter acoustic solo album. "My views [regarding songwriting] have broadened a little bit," Mikael said. "I guess when I discovered Nick Drake, that's when I really got into that whole simplistic type of music that really needs something strong strong material in order to make it come across with so little." He continued, "I've always been wanting to do a thing like that. I've got a bunch of lovely acoustic guitars back I wanna use more. Even though Opeth could probably do an album like that, I wanna do it on my own, and in that sense, I wanna record it on my own in my house, basically. I think I can do it well. I think I can do a good album like that. "I'd like to maybe simplify it even more [than the Opeth acoustic stuff], and have it just chords playing, and maybe some finger-picking stuff, so I could be able to perform it if I would wanna do that. So I don't want it to be lots of tracks, like overdubbing guitars with lots of melodies; I want it to be fairly simplistic so if I wanted to, I could play it live on my own... on a stool. [laughs]" For now, the plans only exist in kerfeldt's head. No songs have been written or recorded yet, but Mikael is certain the singer/songwriter solo album will see the light of day. "I'm getting ready to write because every time I sit down and play, I come up with something that I like," he said. Watch FaceCulture's chat with Mikael kerfeldt in four parts here. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Lord Bonney
    the_heretic wrote: This should be great, I just hope he doesn't go too far with the 'simplistic' thing. Would love to see lots of strange and technical finger picking.
    I'm kind of hoping for the opposite, just really simple stuff, really low key sort of stuff. Much as I like all his technical stuff if he makes a solo album of that he may as well release it under Opeths name. For a solo album I want to hear something really un-Opeth.
    BKGMorley
    uk.mace wrote: This'd be cool, but I'm not a big fan of Damnation so hope it'd be something different to that. :/
    i agree
    euan_soad
    Sounds good, but I hope it doesn't get simplified too much, I love the noodly acoustic bits Opeth does. I suppose you don't want it just to sound like Damnation Pt 2
    Kyle Crabbs
    This sucks! It's just speculation for now like the supergroup that probably won't ever happen with Portnoy and Wilson.
    RAH7747
    Sleepwalker 666 wrote: Maybe it'll be like The Aposlte in Triumph intro. That intro is fvcking epic
    I would f[size=2]uckin[/size] love that!!
    Sixx66FeetUnder
    Raven_Flight wrote: This should be good! But I hope it doesn't mean a major delay for Opeth's next album. I NEED MORE OPETH
    ME TOO! You can never have too much Opeth. But Mikael is a musical genius and I'm sure whatever he puts will be worth in the least several listens.
    AlllThatRemains
    Damnation was so epic this new stuff sounds good =D don't like the sound of that simplistic stuff though
    Raven_Flight
    This should be good! But I hope it doesn't mean a major delay for Opeth's next album. I NEED MORE OPETH
    the_heretic
    This should be great, I just hope he doesn't go too far with the 'simplistic' thing. Would love to see lots of strange and technical finger picking.
    Mr.Torrez
    Mikael has a great voice and has already shown than can do marvelous things with a guitar so i guesse this album will be good...
    Ekofu
    the_heretic wrote: This should be great, I just hope he doesn't go too far with the 'simplistic' thing. Would love to see lots of strange and technical finger picking.
    I agree somewhat. I would like it to have some of Akerfeldt's signature finger work, but not too much.. I totally understand his view on it, some of the older solo guitar artist stuff is amazing.
    metalheadblues
    Macabre Lullaby wrote: I think this would be absolutely amazing.
    it sure would Just like damnation all over again good stuff to look forward too
    uk.mace
    This'd be cool, but I'm not a big fan of Damnation so hope it'd be something different to that. :/