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    Posted: April 06 2011 at 10:30

"Keyboardist Per Wiberg has been relieved of his duties in Opeth as part of a mutual decision with the band. Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician’s identity will be released at a later date.

 

Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt released the following statement about the matter: “Well, it’s been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now, Per is no longer a member. Mendez, Axe and Fredrik and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There’s no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that’s that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth.”

 

Opeth remain hard at work on their next album, which follows up 2008’s critically acclaimedWatershed.  The album is due out this Fall on Roadrunner Records."

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 10:34
Another leaving for Opeth.UnhappyLet's see who will be the next.
Mikael Akerfeldt for fans of Opeth who don't like his growls (and generally the growls): If they don't like it then they are pussies.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Monodrone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 10:36
Just saw this on facebook.... Kind of sucks.
    
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Monodrone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 10:37
 "Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician’s identity will be released at a later date..."


Steven Wilson, maybe? LOL
    
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Originally posted by The Monodrone The Monodrone wrote:

 "Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician’s identity will be released at a later date..."


Steven Wilson, maybe? LOL


Maybe you're right.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Negoba Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 10:49
Unbelievably unlikely that SW would just be a touring keyboardist.
 
So Per recorded all the keyboards for the upcoming album, they're apparently happy with his musical contributions, but he's gone?
 
It's been Mikael's gig for awhile. If I'd had to say who would be the hardest member to lose of the main lineup it would have been Lopez, but they've still made killer music.
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Originally posted by The Monodrone The Monodrone wrote:

 "Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician’s identity will be released at a later date..."


Steven Wilson, maybe? LOL

Yeah I'm sure that would go over well with the metal audience. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bonnek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 10:52

No No Nooo !!!

That can't be true, how are they gonna make that progressive fusion death metal album now?
Per was the only musician in the band that I deemed capable of pulling off a bit of jazz.

If someone had to leave, then why couldn't that drummer leave Unhappy


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This is a shame, Per was a truly great musician. 
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This makes me kinda sad. :(

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A great player for sure and i can understand more from his point of view why he wouldn't want to be in Opeth anymore than from the band not wanting him. After all, any keyboard player in Opeth is going to be underused for much of the time - must have been quite frustrating for him at times.
 
Of course we never know what's gone on behind closed doors. sounds more like personal conflicts from the rest of the bands point of view to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 13:12
i saw this coming years ago. Opeth is turning into a one-man band (or has already)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Monodrone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 13:59
Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

A great player for sure and i can understand more from his point of view why he wouldn't want to be in Opeth anymore than from the band not wanting him. After all, any keyboard player in Opeth is going to be underused for much of the time - must have been quite frustrating for him at times.
 
Of course we never know what's gone on behind closed doors. sounds more like personal conflicts from the rest of the bands point of view to me.

Yeah, I agree. It was probably mostly personal... Also, I kind of disagree with you that keyboards weren't used much in Opeth (which is what I believe you said); seemed like they were used quite a bit, IMO.

Mikael seems like a bit of an ass, but I honestly could care less.


My comment about SW being their new keyboardist was obviously a joke.


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Originally posted by darkshade darkshade wrote:

i saw this coming years ago. Opeth is turning into a one-man band (or has already)

Always has been to be honest, which is why a revolving door on members is hardly a surprise.
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Another step in Mikael Åkerfeldts genius masterplan of getting rid of everyone in his way of complete dominance. LOL

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Too bad for Per, he is a great keyboard player but I'm still confident that Mikael will do amazing music.
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Originally posted by PabstRibbon PabstRibbon wrote:

Too bad for Per, he is a great keyboard player but I'm still confident that Mikael will do amazing music.

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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

Originally posted by darkshade darkshade wrote:

i saw this coming years ago. Opeth is turning into a one-man band (or has already)

Always has been to be honest, which is why a revolving door on members is hardly a surprise.


I know. Its been Mikael's thing for a long time, but for a while it was the classic lineup of Lindgren, Lopez, Mendez, with Wiberg added later. Once that lineup started falling apart, I knew it would just be "The Mikael Akerfeldt Show"
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mellotron Storm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 06 2011 at 15:37
Maybe Per will join Anekdoten,he did a great job on that new track they did on the "Chapters" compilation.
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Originally posted by Prog Geo Prog Geo wrote:

Another leaving for Opeth.UnhappyLet's see who will be the next.

Mikael. He will go solo and the band will continue without him. Tongue
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