Video: Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt Interviewed By FaceCulture

 
Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has sat for multiple lengthy interviews with the Dutch website FaceCulture. They're always interesting conversations that go beyond boneheaded questions like "So, how's the tour going?" and "Who are your influences?" into more personal, introspective areas. In this latest conversation (the second one of the year - watch the last one here), Mikael discusses his personal fragility and how he's consciously stopped caring about reviews, where he sees the band belonging in the music scene, how he takes input from bandmembers, and much more. Here's Part 1: Here's Part 2: And here's Part 3: Opeth's latest album, Heritage, is in stores now.
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Kerrang Radio Names Trivium, Machine Head And Opeth Among Best Album Covers Of 2011!

 
The UK's Kerrang Radio has come out with a list of the 25 Best Album Covers of 2011, and three Roadrunner titles were represented - with Trivium's In Waves taking the top spot! The compilers called the In Waves art "bleak, surreal and visually arresting," and said, "it's hard to think of a more powerful sleeve this year." Machine Head's Unto the Locust came in at #9, and was described as "straight from a horror movie." Meanwhile, Opeth's Heritage, which took the #25 spot, was called out for being "packed with symbolism.".
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Video: Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt Interviewed In Austria

 
Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was interviewed by Freethinkers Blog when the band was in Austria on tour, supporting their new album Heritage. It's an interesting interview, broken into two parts below; he talks about his affection for '70s and '80s metal, his feeling that in the wake of Heritage, his creative options are wide open, his ambivalence about touring, and much more. Here's Part One: And here's Part Two: .
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Video: Opeth's Fredrik Åkesson Teaches You To Play "The Devil's Orchard"

 
In this video from Guitar World, Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson teaches you two of the twisting, winding riffs from "The Devil's Orchard," the first single from their latest album, Heritage. He plays the riffs at regular speed, then at half speed, then breaks them down into their component parts—so all you guitarists, pay close attention! Here's the video: And here are those riffs in their proper context, in the video for the song itself: .
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Video: Opeth's Fredrik Åkesson Interviewed In Baltimore

 
Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was interviewed by MetalFanzine.net when the band played Baltimore, at the tail end of their tour in support of their latest CD, Heritage. Fredrik discusses his favorite Heritage tracks, his early influences on guitar (including Ace Frehley, Angus Young, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen), working in a factory as a teenager to afford to buy himself an amplifier, and much more. Check it out below: .
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