Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt spoke in an interview made by the 90.3 WMSC and described his thoughts on their long songs. He said:
“I’m not into those kind of things. We’ve done those things a couple of times. It’s alright, I guess.
It would probably be fun. There’s only five songs on that record because of that long track. We tried to make the record clock in at 66 minutes and 6 seconds, but we fucked it up during the mastering and it came in at 66 minutes and 7 seconds. We tried.
You never know. I would probably say no to those kind of things. That was a long time ago. Those albums to most of our fans, they never reached that type of ‘classic’ status. I think the general public would probably prefer we would play an album that’s a bit more well-known.
We did listen to ‘Black Rose Immortal’ to see if we wanted to play it. We do that every now and then, but mostly, it sounds dull, but for research, what we could pull out that we haven’t played that we could play.
We could play all the songs, of course, but what would work? There’s still a couple of songs from our catalog that we never played live, mostly from the newer records.
But yeah, we do every now and then. We sometimes pick a song, like ‘We haven’t played this.’ We’ll rehearse it so everyone knows it, then last minute, most often we’re like ‘Ah, fuck it.'”
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