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OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt Has About 90 Minutes Of A New Album Written

"I think I've got about an hour and a half's worth of material, but I'm going to take it easy."

"I think I've got about an hour and a half's worth of material, but I'm going to take it easy."

Opeth recently released their new live album Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre as an awesome holdover between 2016's Sorceress and their coming studio album.

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While Opeth is remaining as mysterious as ever about the new album and its process, frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt tells Metal Hammer he's got about "an hour and a half's worth of material" and that he "was definitely in the studio before New Year's."

"I have, actually. 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 Xmas. 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."

While you wait for a new album, Opeth just released three new beers for you to drink the time away.

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