YES! YES! YES! The last update we got about the new material from Opeth said that it “Maybe a little bit heavier. Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.” Since then it’s been pretty quiet, but now we know a little bit more thanks to an interview with front man, Mikael Åkerfeldt, with Decibel Magazine. Here’s what the legend had to say, “I have about six songs done and another two or three just started. Plus a million ideas that I haven’t processed yet. Some songs are simple and stripped-down, while others are epic in the true sense of the word. Business as usual, hopefully with unusual music.”
He also reveals that one song is called “Goblin” and the reason behind it is pretty simple, “It’s a jam I came up with during the MASTODON/GHOST tour that we ended up soundchecking. After a few days, you’d hear people in the corridors humming it. It’s a fucking hit! But basically it’s a not-so-subtle headbanging-type nod in GOBLIN’s direction. And to avoid confusion, the song is even called ‘Goblin’. My rip-off deteriorates mid-song and becomes fusion-esque darkened prog rock like MAHAVISHNU or ELP (yikes!). But it swings! It really does.”
So start getting excited now! New Opeth is in the works, which means we MAY get it this year! I can’t think of better news on a Monday!