Opeth: Owe A Church A Favor

When bands head into the studio to record, a lot of the time they have no idea what they're going to end up calling the finished product.

Opeth: Owe A Church A Favor
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When bands head into the studio to record, a lot of the time they have no idea what they're going to end up calling the finished product, write MTV.com reporters Chris Harris and Jon Wiederhorn. Bands will often employ amusing working titles, just so they have some point of reference as they hammer away at the new material. After all, it's hard to talk about something when you don't know what to call it. Opeth are no different. The Swedish death-metallers aren't sure yet what they'll wind up naming their new album, which they started recording November 1 and just finished tracking. But contrary to online reports, the band's second Roadrunner Records effort certainly won't be titled A Holocaust on the Moon I never heard that one before, frontman Mikael kerfeldt told Metal File last week, mere hours after returning home from the studio. So, just what are they calling the follow-up to 2005's Ghost Reveries for the time being? What they call every album, up until the point they decide to give it a proper christening: Suck Pu. I'm sure that's going to change, kerfeldt said with a laugh. I have to come up with something cool. According to kerfeldt, the forthcoming LP was one of his favorite to make, and sounds like an album he'd go out and buy. I had more fun working on this album than any of the past records, he confided. I have always seen the recording of an album as having loads of problems for a month or two. But this one was easy. It was fun and it was interesting. I could probably say I even enjoyed it. But the recording wasn't entirely hassle-free. The disc will feature a church organ on one track, which was recorded inside a real church. The Opeth boys convinced the local clergy to let them use their organ for an afternoon. And [keyboardist] Per Wiberg went in there and broke it, playing a really doomy, devilish-sounding riff. kerfeldt is still waiting on an estimate from the church on how much it's going to cost to have it repaired. Opeth's ninth studio set is due to arrive in stores in the spring, smack-dab in the middle of their U.S. trek with Dream Theater, 3, and Between The Buried And Me. We recorded it in two studios bass in one studio, guitars in the other so I haven't had the control over this recording as I have had in the past, the singer said. So I'm not 100 percent sure how everything sounds, but I know it's going to be great. Read more at MTV.com.

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    gramke
    there are no pictures of martin lopez...the picture in the article is of mikael, and the one on the outside is of peter lindgren. peter isnt in the band anymore; he quit a couple months ago and pretty much like everyone else said, LOL to the breaking of the organ. the music was just too evil for the church? it just decided to break. lol
    Anarion614
    duncang wrote: Uuuh...both the pictures are of Martin Lopez, who isn't in Opeth anymore. Sort it out.
    I'm pretty sure the picture in the article is kerfeldt..right?
    Misterhustle24
    Emenius Sleepus wrote: Cobalt Blue wrote: Swedish death-metallers Opeth is death metal? i thought they were progressive... eh what do I know, i only have the one album, i guess some tracks were kind of growly. Progressive Death Metal?
    Yea I'm pretty sure thats just about the only thing you could classify them under...or just Opeth lol
    Emenius Sleepus
    Cobalt Blue wrote: Swedish death-metallers Opeth is death metal? i thought they were progressive... eh what do I know, i only have the one album, i guess some tracks were kind of growly.
    Progressive Death Metal?
    The Novice
    Opeth rocks, and as always, can't wait for the new album. Won't say "should be go" but I'll say "WILL be great".
    Gunpowder
    I'm excited. This'll be killer if it turns out even half as good as Ghost Reveries did.
    LakeboDom
    UncleCthulhu wrote: ShoeFaceBass wrote: Anyone else thinking they might play new tracks when they play with Arch Enemy in the UK? That'd make one baaaad ass show! I hope so, I'm seeing them play in Birmingham in April Phe4rTheGod wrote: lack of talent and label space... Says the guy who likes Children of Bodom.
    Yeah Children of Bodom doesnt have any musical talent...idiot. BTW Opeth owns
    UncleCthulhu
    ShoeFaceBass wrote: Anyone else thinking they might play new tracks when they play with Arch Enemy in the UK? That'd make one baaaad ass show!
    I hope so, I'm seeing them play in Birmingham in April
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: lack of talent and label space...
    Says the guy who likes Children of Bodom.
    emr_steelmech
    Doodleface wrote: ...their U.S. trek with Dream Theater, 3, and Between The Buried And Me. How come 3 wasn't bolded in that sentance? 3 is the band I'm most looking forward to seeing on that tour. You haven't seen Dream Theater then, have you?
    Molodov wrote: Kornholic : "I could probably say I even enjoyed it." Whats the point in the making of an album if you cant enjoy making it? Recording can get ****ing tedious. Especially if you're as meticulous as Opeth. If you really care about the outcome, recording is stressful, smelly, and headache inducing. But maybe thats just based on my experiences.
    nope, +1 here CANNOT wait for this ****ing album and tour.
    amareus
    One person said ANYTHING negative about Opeth, what does that tell us? Anyway, Opeth are ****ing professionals, I just got a hold of the leaked album.
    Scourge441
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: woohoo...more 20 minute songs to fall asleep to...lack of talent and label space...
    Umm... fail?
    Phe4rTheGod
    woohoo...more 20 minute songs to fall asleep to...lack of talent and label space...
    BradKohl
    crzywhiteboy wrote: Cobalt Blue : Swedish death-metallers Opeth is death metal? i thought they were progressive... eh what do I know, i only have the one album, i guess some tracks were kind of growly. they call them self death metal but allot of people cay they are progressive.But who really give a shit there one of the best ****in bands ever and i cant wait for this cd to come out.
    They've been categorized in like 3 or 4 different genres, depending on what album you listen to, but I also agree... It's f**king opeth, it's gonna be epic.
    Filip413
    Not only did they have to convince the clergy to let them use the organ, but they also broke it lol.
    duncang
    Anarion614 wrote: duncang wrote: Uuuh...both the pictures are of Martin Lopez, who isn't in Opeth anymore. Sort it out. I'm pretty sure the picture in the article is kerfeldt..right?
    It is now.
    Slayer_Guy
    I wonder how much the absense of Peter and Martin will affect their previous sound..
    ShoeFaceBass
    Ahhh, cant wait for this new album... Anyone else thinking they might play new tracks when they play with Arch Enemy in the UK? That'd make one baaaad ass show!
    Doodleface
    ...their U.S. trek with Dream Theater, 3, and Between The Buried And Me.
    How come 3 wasn't bolded in that sentance? 3 is the band I'm most looking forward to seeing on that tour.
    Nightfyre
    sashki wrote: Suck pu-? What does that mean?
    The word is finished with -ssy. It's an old joke with them; if I remember right they announced that title as a joke for one of their previous cds and the media completely bought it. So now it's the code name for all their cds until they actually name it. How the **** did they break the organ? Dagger in the bass keys, or just from the fact that they were playing "evil" music on a church organ? Lmao
    MedicreDemon
    DaveGilmour1189 wrote: MTV is reporting on Opeth?
    MTV shows Opeth all the time on Headbanger's Ball i believe.
    Jimpy
    rofl @ mtv. Sounds good, really looking forward to the new album!
    duncang
    Uuuh...both the pictures are of Martin Lopez, who isn't in Opeth anymore. Sort it out.
    CyanideChris
    *Shrug* Love Opeth though. Should be interesting to hear what Fredrik will bring to Opeth..
    Cobalt Blue
    Swedish death-metallers
    Opeth is death metal? i thought they were progressive... eh what do I know, i only have the one album, i guess some tracks were kind of growly.
    Anarchy_Ant
    Haha, get a few more albums, you'll soon learn. Awesome news, can't wait to see what they come out with this time.
    frottage
    hahaha, how did they break a freaking organ? unless they were screwing around, i don't see how they could break it just by playing it. i've never heard them before.
    tiimmmmmyyy
    Kornholic wrote: "I could probably say I even enjoyed it." Whats the point in the making of an album if you cant enjoy making it?
    yeah... watch the documentary on Lamentations and you'll understand.
    Guitar_Dan_666
    tiimmmmmyyy wrote: Kornholic wrote: "I could probably say I even enjoyed it." Whats the point in the making of an album if you cant enjoy making it? yeah... watch the documentary on Lamentations and you'll understand.
    Oh yeah, EVERYTHING goes wrong on that and they still produce amazing albums. I'm really looking forward to this and LMFAO @ the organ!
    Molodov
    Kornholic : "I could probably say I even enjoyed it." Whats the point in the making of an album if you cant enjoy making it? Recording can get ****ing tedious. Especially if you're as meticulous as Opeth. If you really care about the outcome, recording is stressful, smelly, and headache inducing. But maybe thats just based on my experiences.
    Kornholic
    "I could probably say I even enjoyed it." Whats the point in the making of an album if you cant enjoy making it?
    Joeldix
    i wonder if steve wilson has anything to do with this new record??