With every new album, Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have always come up with something new and different, and quite often, something that takes everyone by surprise.
The latest album, Heritage, falls in this category and with it, Mikael Akerfeldt & Co. have proven once again that there are no bounds to their creativity.
They are on tour across North America to promote this album, along with fellow Swedes Katatonia. This tour hit the Mayan theatre in Los Angeles on October 19, and I had the great pleasure of sitting down with guitarist Frederik Akesson to talk about this tour and various other topics.
Listen to the 13-minute conversation below, and check out opeth.com if you haven't done so already.
Andrew Bansal is a Los Angeles-based writer who has been running his own website, Metal Assault, since early 2010, and has been prolific in covering the hard rock and heavy metal scene by posting interviews, reviews and pictures on his website -- with the help of a small group of people. Besides being hugely passionate about heavy metal, he is an avid follower of jazz music and recently started a blog called Jazz Explorer to pursue that interest.