Speaking in an interview with Overdrive.ie, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt spoke on death of Malcolm Young and explained what AC/DC means to him. He said:
“They were as important as any other band from that era. I was born in ’74, so I really got into the metal/rock bands in the early ’80’s and there were just so many bands at the time. Sabbath, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest etc and I was just thinking to myself at the time, “Wow! There’s just so many bands out there!“.
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.”
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