Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt: My Life In 10 Songs

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When Mikael Åkerfeldt joined Opeth in 1990, he was just a death metal-loving kid from Stockholm, but iver the next three decades, he honed the band into one of one of progressive metal’s most revered creative forces. His extreme metal days may be behind him, but his back catalogue is still littered with modern classics. Here are 10 of the finest songs he’s been involved in, in his own words.

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Opeth – Deliverance (Deliverance, 2002)

I couldn’t write Deliverance today. It was a sign of the times – everything about that record is based around 2002; from the sound to the Meshuggah influence while still being a distinctly Opeth record. It broke through the complexity barrier and became almost mainstream progressive death metal. Working with Steven [Wilson, former Porcupine Tree mainman and Deliverance producer] helped that – he came at things from a non-metal place so could bring great ideas for both production and songwriting.

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