OPETH Guitarist Had To Make His Solos On New GHOST Album Less Crazy

Opeth guitarist Fredrik Akesson had to tone things down a bit on the new Phantom album Impera. According to Åkesson in an interview with Guitare.comhis original ideas for the solos were too over the top and had to be scaled down to better fit the music.

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“It was very different [to recording with Opeth]. It was more of a session job. I thought I was going to be able to conceive some solos but [Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge and producer Klas Åhlund] thought they were above. I had to reduce it, with more melodic solos – more built. Tobias and klas were very picky.

“I’ve never really done this kind of recording before, where I’m so analyzed in everything I do. I didn’t have a problem with it; I thought it was pretty interesting.”

Åkesson got called up to play on Impera because Forge said he didn’t really have time to train and keep up to date. Despite the limitations, Åkesson said he had a great time recording the album and would definitely do it again.

“Yeah, definitely! In the end, I had a great time. I’m very picky too when I’m recording stuff, so I liked the focus on the details. I’ve never put so many layers of guitars in a recording before. Some tracks, there might have been 16 guitar channels. Some rhythm packs were, like, eight guitars. It was like craftsmanship, making these massive walls of guitars.

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Impera has been very successful across the world in terms of sales, especially in the United States. Impera debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart with 70,000 equivalent album units sold. This number breaks down into 62,500 album sales, 7,000 streaming equivalent album sales, and 500 equivalent album sales.

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