This past Saturday, I had the extreme, lifelong dream come true pleasure of sitting down and talking with the one and only Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth. Opeth has long been my favorite band, and they were in the Chicago area on tour with Katatonia, so it was a great opportunity to sit down with Mikael and chat about a myriad of topics, like the state of metal music, his thoughts on working with his musical heroes, and even what the new Opeth record (!) might sound like. Check out the interview below; I'm pretty sure it's awesome and you'll enjoy it, although I may have blacked out from too much awesome while actually speaking with him.
The show itself was great; unfortunately due to the public transportation necessary for my car-less self to get to the venue, I had to leave shortly after Opeth went on, which was a pretty big bummer. On the flip side, the three songs I was priveleged enough to see ("The Devil's Orchard," "Ghost of Perdition," "White Cluster") were absolutely stellar, and Katatonia was thoroughly gloomy and enjoyable. The two bands are on tour through early June; I can't recommend checking this tour out highly enough.