OPETH Have 12 New Songs Ready for Next Album

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Opeth guitarist Fredrik Akesson shared an update on the band’s new album – which will mark their 13th studio effort and the follow-up to 2016′s Sorceress¬†- telling¬†FaceCulture:

We’re very much into the demoing. I’ve recorded a lot of solos so far. And Mikael [Akerfeldt, guitar/vocals] has almost already written 12 songs for the new album, so we have more material than enough for an album. But I think we will at least try to finish 15 songs. So hopefully we’ll work on song ideas very soon.

Saying the band is aiming to release the record during the first quarter of 2019, Fredrik added:

I’m not sure if it’s gonna happen, but we’re working towards that, and the songwriting goes very well. Mikael has been very productive these last… since January, basically. We did the last touring for ‘Sorceress‘ in November.

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As for the musical direction of the fresh material, Akesson said:

Compared to the last three albums, I would say, if I can reveal anything, this album is more complex, more energetic, and I think it’s gonna be something.

The guitarist added about the creative process:

The first filter is the guys in the band, I would say. If we enjoy it, we can only hope that people that enjoy listening to Opeth will enjoy it; that would be nice. But if we’re happy with it, we will release it; it’s quite simple.

I think this is kind of a ‘Mikael question’ in a way, since he’s the creative director for the band, so I know, speaking for him a little bit here, that he always tries to push everything into something new. And I think people will enjoy this new album.

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