Mikael Akerfeldt

A 'guitarist's guitarist' band if ever there was one, thanks to the combined six-string skills of frontman, Mikael Akerfeldt, and his partner in fretboard crime, Fredrik Akesson. Born in Sweden over 20 years ago, Opeth's musical offering is an interesting and complex one. While the band's roots are very much intertwined with Swedish death metal, their influences are far-reaching and include musical styles as diverse as jazz, blues, 70's progressive rock and classic rock (think Deep Purple, Sabbath and Led Zep) in addition to death metal. Due to Opeth's trademark blend of melodic, progressive and the extreme, the band appeals to many while remaining hard to categorize.