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Going back home from the tour was really boring actually, although the Christmas seasons were close. We had during this tour felt that Johan didn´t really fit in the band on the personal level, so we decided to boot him too. At the time of this dismissal, Anders had gone to Brazil on vacation, so the decision to kick out Johan was only mine and Peter´s choice. But when Anders eventually called me up from Brazil, I was eager to tell him these news, as well as that we had booked Fredman studios for the third record. He had even bigger news: "I´m moving to Brazil...I´m quitting the band"!! I was honestly in tears, as he and I had started this whole thing, and there actually was a short period of time when Opeth was no more.

However, I changed my mind as the new material we had was so fucking exciting! We started advertising for drummers/bassists, and we almost immediately got contacted by Martin Lopez, a huge Opeth fan! We tried him out, and he seemed to be a competent drummer, so we took it one step further, and tried him out in the studio as well.

His first Opeth recording is Remember tomorrow which was recorded in 1997. Later on, his friend, Martin Mendez, completed the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle by becoming the new basist. We didn't have time to try him out before the recordings of the third album,


so I decided to put the basslines down myself on the record.

My arms your hearse was recorded at Fredman in August/September of 1997, and it is probably our best work yet! In December 1997, we returned to the UK for a couple of successful gigs. One of which was together with Cradle of Filth at the LA2 in London.

This was also the time of our last days with Candlelight records. Lee Barrett who was the founder of the label, and a good friend (still is), decided to call it quits and sold his share of the company to the guys who runs it nowadays.

We had problems with some persons that we worked with and when Lee left we had basically noone to trust. And we also had fullfilled our part of the agreement and recorded the 3 albums we were supposed to. We were negotiating with several labels for the 4th release but eventually we ended up at Hammys legendary Peceville records. It was/is a big thing for me as an old death metal freak signing to one of these classic labels, and the fact that they had a close relationship with Music for nations didn´t make things worse. We signed the agreement quite instantly.