"Opeth" is a progressive death metal band from Sweden. Opeth adds several lighter elements to their music with acoustic guitar interludes, and influences from jazz, '70s progressive rock and blues on top of a fast, churning death metal-esque sound. Vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt performs both clean singing and death vocals (although on the first two albums, his vocals are actually more similar to the shrieking typically found in black metal). Due to their unique blend of melodic and progressive elements, they are said not to conform to typical death metal acts, or any other specific metal sub-genre. Opeth has also attracted a lot of attention from doom metal fans.
The name "Opeth" was taken from the novel ''Sunbird'' (1972) by author Wilbur Smith (Åkerfeldt calls the book "shit"), and was originally spelled Opet. In the book, Opet is the name of the location for an ancient empire which translates to "City of the Moon".
Opeth was formed in Stockholm in 1990 by David Isberg. Isberg invited Mikael Åkerfeldt to join the band at a practice session as a bass player, but failed to inform the current bass player or any of the other members of the band. All band members except for...
|years active||1990 – present|
|music genre||Progressive metal|
|current members|| Mikael Åkerfeldt|
Peter Lindgren (musician)