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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Opeth

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2019 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Opeth - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited to have Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish Progressive metal band Opeth do some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of his favorite albums and artists, including Belgian prog band Univers Zero. "I don't know how to describe this music, it's insane," he told us, calling them, "highly skilled musicians." Though the challenging, dark prog group are largely obscure in most places, Åkerfeldt, pointed out that in Belgium finding a Univers Zero records is like finding an ABBA record in Sweden. "Definitely worth a listen if you're tired of the regular radio FM rock," he stated, continuing, "you're gonna die, pretty much."

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth was founded in 1989 by guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and original frontman David Isberg with the intention of creating the "most evil band in the world." The band has gone Opeth - In Cauda Venenumthrough several lineup changes over the course of its three plus decades of existence, with& Åkerfeldt becoming Opeth's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist after Isberg's departure in 1992. Opeth released their debut LP, Orchid, in 1995. Two years later, the group headed back to the studio to record a follow up, Morningrise. In support of the LP, Opeth embarked on a UK tour as well as a lengthy Scandinavian tour alongside Cradle of Filth. The success of the album won the attention of Century Media Records; the band signed to the label and Century Media released their records for the first time in the US.

Opeth's reputation continued to grow with the release of their fifth studio album, 2001's Blackwater Park. That same year, the band set out on their first worldwide tour, headlining gigs across Europe for the first time and performing at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival. In 2002, Opeth's newest album, Deliverance, charted in the US for the first time, landing at #19 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart. By 2008, the band had made even greater inroads onto the Billboard charts, with their LP Watershed debuting at #23 on the Top 200. Their next two album, 2011's Heritage and 2014's Pale Communion would fare even better, each debuting at #19 on the Top 200. Another Billboard success, Sorceress, followed in 2016; the album landed at #24. Opeth's next album, 2019's In Cauda Venenum is being released on September 27th.

Åkerfeldt started off his What's In My Bag? episode with an obscure, but personal choice: Linda Perhacs' I'm A Harmony. After releasing only one record, Parallelograms, in 1970, Perhacs fell into obscurity, until Åkerfeldt's friend was able to track her down after reissuing her album on CD. Through that Åkerfeldt was able to meet her and invite her to an Opeth show, using one of her songs as the intro music. "Anytime I'm here in LA," he told us, "she usually comes to the shows."

Åkerfeldt found a record by another group of friends, Dream Theater, citing them as a big influence on Opth in their early days. "This would be their first album," he stated. "I picked it up because it's kind of difficult to find these '90s pressings on vinyl."

"I love The Beatles but I wasn't too much into that scene," Åkerfeldt explained while pulling out the record Odessey and Oracle by their contemporaries, The Zombies. "It was later on, maybe 2005, I got into The Zombies," he continued, saying he "was blown away. It changed me, this record."

Also in his bag: John ColtraneVan der Graaf Generator, Jethro Tull, and a hated KISS record.

But which Miles Davis song has Opeth considered covering? And just what record does Mikael Åkerfeldt call the masterpiece of all masterpieces? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Opeth - What's In My Bag?
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