My heritage of the giants

I rarely speak about my days as a part of the band Opeth, now I figure I do kind of have an expression from those days.

Yesterday evening I was DJ: ing at Nisse & Micke’s club Fredagsmangel (the one I spoke about in a previous post). All of a sudden the rumors washes around the Neil Peart passed away after suffering a few years of cancer in his brain. I do support The Swedish Cancer Foundation each and every year, we all lose friends and lovers constantly thx to that ill es and so on. So this is of course not going to be about cancer, no, it is an expression about being led by giants.

Many years ago, I and Mikael started to play music together after I brought him in into my band, Opeth. The turbulent introduction with him in Opeth is spoken about so many times. So it is not necessary to comment that sort of context at all. So all you hyena-journalists that’s been chasing me for ages after stories and material through the band, if they exist or not, who bothers, will come empty-handed out of this. Anyhow, back to the point, a few years earlier I went to my greek friend Sofokles who played me the records “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” by Deep Purple and “A Farewell to Kings” by Rush. Just to show me different elements of the heavy metal music we were tracking.

The discussion came up slightly before when we’re listening to “Technical Ecstasy” by Black Sabbath, which was far from the usual records by that band we were spinning like “Born Again”, “Black Sabbath”, “Sabotage” and of course “Mob Rules” on how many variations there could be of this kind of music. We decided that these three bands were beyond rock starism, they were supreme beings and the real giants. So, making things together with Mikael, it all came back. I guess it started when he came up with a phase in the song “Requiem of lost souls” (later “Forest of October” on the first Opeth-album). He was a bit insecure if we could match it with the blackened riffs fr the rest of the song. We finally agreed that the giants could do as they pleased, therefore, could we. We found ourselves eliminated from any borders or boxes that speak loud for certain music styles. We found ourselves somewhere else. Because when the giants spoke, we were listening. Despite can not rememberĀ  Mikael as a fan of Rush from those days, but he still heard the music and we knew very well what we had inside us and what we were talking about. our feelings and expressions. If he took that with him into the future, he can only answer to himself. This is still my expression and heritage, he just happened to be there with me when it all came to me verbally and agreed to my comments concerning it. I have never talked to him again after I left the band about such a context, so I really do not know.

The whole situation opened new doors for us. We were never ever after that afraid to come up with things that were different pr did not go so exact with the style of music we were trying to play. When Opeth was more becoming a band with more permanent members, we wrote this song “Poise into Celeano” (parts of that song be in “Advent” on the Morningrise-album), containing all kinds of awkward parts, both to play but also to listen too we know that our musical expression was different than expected from a band like us. We were led by our giants into eternity. It instinctively became a part of my life and expressions, whether I do write lyrics, poems or music, I always open the doors I do need to open. I just know I need to carry this torch with me. Everywhere I go.

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