During the recent interview with Metal Hammer, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt has revealed the band’s plans to enter studio and work on the follow-up to 2016’s “Sorceress“.

Here’s the statement:

“I told myself I’d be taking a break, maybe even a sabbatical or something, after the last tour, but I think I lasted until after Christmas. I was definitely in the studio before New Year’s.

I started writing in December last year and I’ve got a lot of music — I think I’ve got about an hour and a half’s worth of material — but I’m going to take it easy. I’m going to be very methodical and listen to a lot of stuff I’ve done and just make sure there’s no gaps of any kind on the next album. That feels important to me.”

In another interview with Overdrive.io, Mikael Akerfeldt explained his thoughts about AC/DC and said:

“To be honest with you, I thought AC/DC were a bit too old sounding early on, but I really loved their albums. I think the first thing that caught my attention was ‘For Those About To Rock‘ and I love that song. The rest of the album is just so-so and not their best work. I got into Brian Johnson before Bon Scott, but yes, a very important band.

AC/DC are very much a meat and potatoes kind of band, you know? They have a very simple sound, but in fact, it’s not as easy as you may think. A lot of fans expect Opeth to think of irregular time signatures here and there but sometimes, we just need that four-four beat to make the composition work.

Phil Rudd (AC/DC drummer) is one of Martin Axenrot’s favorite drummers and you know what? To have those basics can be a difficult thing to do for some really technical drummers.”

Opeth’s latest album “Sorceress” was released in September 2016.

Click here to entire interview.