In a recent interview with Uppsala Student Radio 98.9, Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt briefly described two new songs that are being written for the followup to 2011’s Heritage (review). He says that the first song is rather miserable yet beautiful. But the real interesting part is that he describes the second track as being heavily influenced by Italian prog rock band Goblin, who scored many of Dario Argento’s films, including the fantastic Suspiria.
Akerfeldt stated, “I have one new song, which I really like, a new song. It’s the most miserable song I ever wrote, and it’s beautiful, I think. And then I have a song that we jammed, actually, on tour. I came up with a little lick and became a bit of a director and just told everyone to play this and that, and we started jamming on something. And it sounded, immediately from the beginning, which was also my idea, it sounded like the band Goblin, if you heard them, the Italian band. So it’s a crazy riff, a GOBLIN rip-off, and the song is called “Goblin”, which is a good title, I think. And we’re gonna record it. I’m not sure if that will be too much of a fucked up song to be on the record, because there will definitely only be one song ever we do that is gonna sound like that. So maybe it’ll just be some extra thing that we have. But it’s really good; I love it. But then again, it’s just because of the closeness to Goblin.”
You can watch footage of Akerfeldt describing the music below.