In a recent online radio interview, Opeth fronmtan Mikael Akerfeldt reached the subject of new extreme metal scene and music. And he doesn't seem to be too fond of it.
"New extreme metal, I think it's dull, I think it's sh-t," the singer shortly said during his Andrew Haug appearance.
As a member of one of the top class metal acts of today, you might have expected the frontman to be more supportive, but then again, this is obviously his honest opinion and there's no reason he shouldn't express it. In a last year's interview, the singer/guitarist even admitted he "hasn't been listening to death metal since the early '90s".
The group's latest studio effort, "Heritage", was released back in September 2011 via Roadrunner Records, debuting at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart with 19,000 copies sold in the first week. Guitarist Fredrik Akesson stated that the band had feared the album might split their fanbase, adding however that "the album was necessary for them to do."
Opeth is currently preparing for their forthcoming North American tour with Katatonia set to kick off on April 18 in Buffalo, NY. With a total of over 30 concert dates, the tour will keep the Swedish five-piece busy until the end of May.
So do you agree with the guy? Do you think the new extreme metal really is dull? Let us know in the comments section below.