Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt says he's written almost 30 minutes of music for a new album to follow 2011's critically acclaimed "Heritage."
He's almost finished three long songs so far, and has a tonne more ideas to work on once his current tour finishes.
"I've been working a little bit in between tours, which I don't necessarily do," he tells Brutalopia in the interview below (via Blabbermouth). "I usually have a completely clean slate, like a clean calendar, before I really into the songwriting. But I have made some good progress."
Akerfeldt says one song called "Goblin" colds like the band Goblin as a tribute. Another is a 70s-sounding ballad with a string vocal. "It doesn't have any super-technical riffs, it's just a strong vocal melody and a pretty sad-sounding song," he says.
The third new song harks back to Opeth's early style. "I was just lumping riffs on top of each other, arrangements, and it's all over the place. I've kind of outgrown that style of writing, because that's the way I used to write on the first, say, two records. And I was like, I have to stop myself here and arrange this a little bit. But then I was, like, 'Why?' OK, I'm just gonna let this song be the schizophrenic, kind of, it-doesn't-make-much-sense-but-I-kind-of-like-it-type song. So it's really long."
But his work isn't done yet: "I have sh-tloads of ideas that I'm still gonna demo when we finish touring."