Interview – Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth


Fredrik Åkesson is the lead guitarist for the progressive death metal band Opeth. He is also known for his guitar work in numerous projects that include Arch Enemy, Tailsman, Krux, and Tiamat.

Åkesson is currently on tour with Opeth promoting the band’s latest album Heritage (which I was a fan of).

Here is a phone conversation we had in which we discussed the current tour with Mastodon, Mikael’s recent injury, the dark lyrical content of the band he had when he was nine, his favorite beers, and more. He even divulged the band’s post-festival season tour plans, although he is unsure if he was supposed to or not.

Listen to the full interview with clips from Åkesson’s work after the jump…



Pick up Heritage by Opeth via RoadRunner Records now.

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_Daniel Cordova

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  1. […] Source: blabbermouth.net KSSU Loud Rock director Daniel Cordova recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish […]

  2. […] KSSU Loud Rock director Daniel Cordova recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now stream the chat using the SoundCloud player below. When asked about OPETH‘s touring plans for the immediate future, Fredrik said, “Well, we’re actually gonna come back to North America again late September. We’re doing another headlining run. We’re gonna hit the spots we didn’t hit on the last tour with KATATONIA [in late 2011]. And we’re bringing KATATONIA with us again. . . And then after that we’re gonna do a European tour again, and then it’s Christmas, I guess. And [then] we’re gonna head out to Australia again. So it never ends. I think we’ve done 130 shows since the end of September.” […]

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