OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON Discusses His Gear (Video)

RockSverige.se recently met up with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH in the band's rehearsal room to take a closer look at his gear. Check out the footage below.

OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart.


"Pale Communion" was released on August 26, 2014 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.

Speaking about following up 2011's "Heritage" album with "Pale Communion", Fredrik told Rock Made Of Metal: "It would have been strange, in a way, if we would have done a very metal album straight after 'Heritage'. I think this album goes a bit hand in hand [with the last one] even though it's different; 'Pale Communion' is different compared to ['Heritage']. And I know the fans are a bit divided; some people don't like that kind of [less heavy direction] and some [do]. But, I guess, a lot of people that listen to OPETH have a bit of an open mind; they can understand [why we wanted to do this]."