Swedish prog masters Opeth gave an update on their upcoming studio effort, drawing an interesting comparison to Ronnie James Dio's 1983 debut "Holy Diver."
Chatting with Metal Injection, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt pointed out that the record won't feature "traditional heaviness."
"I revalued what I think is heavy," Mikael said. "Turning up the distortion and tuning down and triggering the drums doesn't make it heavy to me anymore, it just sounds ... like nothing."
"One album we talked about was the first Dio - the 'Holy Diver' album," guitarist Fredrik Akesson chipped in. "That type of sound - the early '80s, late '70s type of hard rock sound."
Describing the album as "emotionally heavy," Akerfeldt noted that the band wanted "a real sound. I'm really tired of the typewriter-sounding bass drums, the Mesa Boogies and that kind of stuff. It just kind of makes me go tired of listening to music," he said.
Getting back to the Dio comparison, the frontman added, "I always liked how 'Holy Diver' sounded, the Martin Birch production as well. Like, 'Heaven and Hell,' Black Sabbath and 'Mob Rules,' those kind of things."
The "Heritage" follow-up is tentatively due in June. Check out the full chat below.