conducted an interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt shortly before the band's recent performance at Hellfest, which was held last month in Clisson, France. Åkerfeldt discusses the band's new record Heritage (out September 20), the departure of longtime keyboardist Per Wiberg, and much more. Be warned, though: when we say the interview begins with shit-talking, we're being literal and serious.

Says Åkerfeldt about Heritage, "If you want to compare it to another band, it has to be us. But still, it's different. For me, it kind of makes sense, because I've been doing this for such a long time. So it's not a massive departure for me and for the guys in the band. But for fans, if they are, for example, into My Arms, Your Hearse, it might be a bit different. But I'm hoping that a lot of people are ready for this type of album from us. The music is all over the place. It's hard to define the album and say it sound like this or like that. There are no songs that represent more the album than any other songs. It's an album as whole. You can't listen to only one song and you'll know what the album is going to be like."

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