Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt claims that Sweden discriminates against its metal bands

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By Steve Newton

I called Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt up in Houston last week, and we had a nice little chat about his band’s new Nuclear Blast album, Sorceress, and how the group has evolved from its death-metal origins to become much more prog-based.

At one point I asked Åkerfeldt what the music scene was currently like in his native Sweden, and whether prog-metal was big there. Turns out that he thinks the country discriminates against its metal bands.

Have a listen:

 

For more from Åkerfeldt on Opeth, stay tuned.

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