ETA late 2011
What they’re saying:
Last summer Mikael Åkerfeldt told Classic Rock he was writing new material and then the band announced that they would start recording on 31 January 2011 in Stockholm with Jens Bogren and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson.
Our hilarious friends over at The Number Of The Blog also announced been announced that Kanye West will be producing this album. They included some memorable quotes in their story:
“It was always pleasurable working with Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, but I felt that our albums were getting a little too progressive for their own good.”
“I was not aware that most gentlemen like him stick to Hennesey for their drinks, as we had some 40s left over from a previous run to 7/11 nearby, and I offered him one. I’ve never had a man so poetically cuss me out in my entire life. I’m still not quite sure what was said, but it inspired me on many levels as a musician. He’s magical. Almost… like Bagger Vance.”
“This is possibly the least guitar playing I’ve ever done on a CD, we have at least six tracks that just consist of Per playing over beats programmed into his keyboard set up, although I did get to pull a wicked three note solo at the end of one of the songs just to show that we were still death metal.”
We totally would’ve believed it – especially with the mention of keyboard solos – but Kanye West didn’t interrupt a single one of their interviews so we knew it was a funny.
Thrash Hits verdict:
If Opeth really did get Kanye involved, it would be the proggiest and the most metal thing to ever happen in the world. Instead, this album will be the porggiest and the most metal thing to ever happen in the world. Are you even entertaining the thought of it not being good? Seriously?
Guitar solo potential:
7/6 – the keyboard solos might still be real.