2000 is a strange year in the Opeth history. Not only did we
change label (again) record a new album, but we also did a couple
of live gigs! Kinda baffled by the fact that we actually had to
rehearse somewhat, I almost forgot about the writing for what
was going to be "Blackwater park". Anyways...I had some
riffs here and there, and I actually worked pretty hard the last
couple of months before we were due in the studio. I went to an
old friends house to record some demos and just relax and await
some inspiration. His house is (used to be) in the countryside
just outside Stockholm. Some months earlier I had found myself
eating dinner with one of my musical heroes in London. Yes, Steven
Wilson is a real person, not just a legend told to easily frightened
children by the fire. Seriously though I was kinda awestruck by
the fact that we were actually discussing a co-operation. I asked
him if he was interested in producing the new Opeth album, which
This put some strain on me and the rest of the guys to come up with material that was good....real good. After listening to the demos Id sent him he accepted the offer to come over to Sweden and Fredman studios for the sessions. Yes, that studio is rubbing off on us, and we have an urge to go back there.
The newly required table tennis table (!) didnt make it
worse either. We got down there on the 10th of August knowing
that Gothenbourg would be our home for the coming 7 weeks or so.
The time was dearly needed as we only had rehearsed 3 times before
this recording. All the lyrics and some of the music had yet to
be written. That is the way we work nowadays. And everybody knows
rehearsing is boring!!