Metal Hammer editor and TeamRock Radio presenter Alexander Milas conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year’s Download festival, which is taking place June 13-15 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.
Asked if there are any plans to release a second album from STORM CORROSION, the collaboration between Åkerfeldt and PORCUPINE TREE‘s Steven Wilson, Mikael said: “I’m not sure if that’s anticipated or if people even would want another record with STORM CORROSION, but [Steven and I] talked about that, and both of us agreed that we want to do another record. But if it’s gonna happen or not, I’m not sure.”
The self-titled debut album from STORM CORROSION sold 9,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD also landed at No. 45 on the official U.K. chart.
OPETH‘s highly anticipated eleventh studio album, “Pale Communion”, will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by Åkerfeldt.
“Pale Communion”, which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, was heralded by the lead single “Cusp Of Eternity”. Pre-orders for “Pale Communion” made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of “Cusp Of Eternity” as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records webstore and O Merch.
“Cusp Of Eternity” Video: