"Metal should be rebellious, even within its own genre" - that's the stance of Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, who had recently discussed the band's sonic experiments and drastic musical shifts from the past few years.
Chatting with Metal Hammer, Mikael explained how metal can be a deadly trap for a musician's creativity, pointing out that "there are lots of bands that don't seem to like what they're doing."
Adding that "a lot of metal bands don't have the guts to experiment," Akerfeldt switched to his own group, saying, "Maybe what we are doing is rebelling against metal, but only 'cause we love it so much."
Speaking of Opeth's sonic change, Mikael insists that he's "not stupid, I can hear people saying we're not a heavy metal band anymore." However, if the band was to make "another heavy record, it'd be pure death metal with blastbeats and s--t," the frontman added.
Rounding it up on the funny side, the musician discussed his daughter's obsession with One Direction, saying that seeing the pop sensation live wasn't exactly a mind-blowing experience. "Watching One Direction kinda felt like they'd just dragged up five guys from the crowd ... if there were guys in the crowd!" he jokingly said.