Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Teases New Band with Devin Townsend


Well, this would sure be super cool: a new band featuring both Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt and Devin Townsend’s Devin Townsend is allegedly in the works.

Don’t get too excited just yet, though: Åkerfeldt, in a recent interview with Rock Hard Magazine, was careful to say that the project is still very much in the idea phase, even if both men have agreed to work together:

“Well, actually, if I say anything about it, people are gonna be expecting something to be released. Some of these… I don’t know how many projects I’ve been in, and all of them have been talked about when you’re drunk. I had a band with Jeff Loomis, from now Arch Enemy. [We were] like, ‘We’re gonna have a band.’

“And a band with Brent from Mastodon. And I was gonna have a band with Yngwie Malmsteen, even if I never met him. But [there was] talk [of] a lot of shit—a lot of shit. But this one, and since [Devin] already mentioned it, yeah, I talked to him about doing something. Not [just] me and him… If it happens, which it may well not do, it will be like a band of musicians.

“I came up with the idea, talked to one guy from Sweden that I love his voice. I talked to him, and he’s, like, ‘If you’re doing it, if you’re in, I’m in.’ And then I met a keyboard player, asked him and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m in.’ I talked to a drummer, ‘I’m in.’ I talked to Devin, ‘I’m in.’

“The idea for this—again, if this happens—is to have a band consisting of lead singers. So the vocals first and instruments second, because that’s been gone missing in music, I think, now. So people that are comfortable singing lead vocals. And then if they are a bass player or a drummer, that’s great. But the singer is the most important thing, that they have a lead-vocal-type voice, if you know what I mean.

“So the band, if it happens, it’s not gonna be anything big — [we’ll] just do a record for the fun, if we get there, and, like I said, focus on singing and harmony vocals. Like, one takes the lead and the other guys are singing harmonies. Because I love vocals and I’ve been missing that in the rock scene.”

In other words it’s still very much a matter of “if” rather than “when.” Still: something to potentially get horny over, especially given the vocal-first angle (both Åkerfeldt and Townsend are tremendous vocalists).

Meanwhile, Devin Townsend offered the following nugget on Twitter earlier today:

So, yeah… back to your usual daily routines, folks.

[via The PRP]

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