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Sam: How's the tour going out there?
Martin Lopez: "Really well, really well, this is
this is like the best date so far, it seems like, just
'cause we're headlining, so it's been more at home. Down
in the festival...it's like an off-date gig."
Sam: Are you guys rotating the
setlist at all? What songs are you playing?
Martin: "We're playing a new song
tonight. First time ever, so, we'll see how it works
out. It sounded good at rehersal..."
Sam: Is it strange playing with
all those other bands on a tour?
Martin: "Yes and no, we have done
some festivals before so, we're educated playing with
bands that we don't know, but eh, it's a little bit...I
mean just like, when there's 3 bands and that's it
right? But we never went through a thing like that
before, (SOTUG) but it's going like really well. All
the bands are close, together, we have a great time
you know? We haven't played for a year. We haven't
played at all, we haven't been onstage for a year.
It's our 2nd gig, so we just started to get...just
starting to sound good."
Sam: You guys signed with
Roadrunner, what headed you in that direction?
Martin: "They just gave us the
best offer, so we took it. They gave us total freedom
when it comes to the writing and so on, and that's
what we want. And it's going well, we've never done
tours like this, and I think we need it. We're not
complaining at all, we just happen to be here. I mean
it's 30 minutes, that's just 3 songs for us, a little
bit weird 'cause it's just like we get onstage, warm
up, and we have to get off. But at the same time you
know, it's something new, and it's fun, just playing
with the guys again and going on tour agin, that's
the main reason of it."
Sam: The new album, how is it
going to sound?
Martin: "It's definately our best
record by far, I mean it's just...the record that
defines Opeth. We're just so much better, all of us,
musically, and as a band you know? It's really good,
it's the first time I go out of the studio with the
record without wondering if it's good or not. It's
just it's good...if it isn't good, you don't like it
there's something wrong with you, you know what I
mean? We really love it, we think it's our best album,
we're proud about it. It's the first time we're so
proud and so willing to go on tour and show you
Sam: How did you come up with the
title? Is there a special meaning behind it?
Martin: "Yeah, it has, but you've
gotta go through the whole record, you've got to listen
to it, hear some lyrics to get the whole thing."
Sam: Are you guys planning a
headlining tour after this?
Martin: "Yeah, we're going back
to Europe after this festival, and then hopefully we'll
be back around...September doing our own headlining
tour, a couple of months. This is just a warm-up of
the set we haven't played in one year, we've just gotta
know we can play what we did now. Just gotta make sure
we can play the whole song."
Sam: The keyboard player, you
just made an offical member, how's that working out?
Martin: "Awesome, he's just...
after 'Deliverance' and 'Damnnation' we didn't know
what way to go...to release an acoustic album after
7 death metal albums, you know, people don't know what
to expect. But we had the keyboard player, and we
started jamming here and there and feeling the vibe,
and it was like, we can make this sound alot heavier
than it is already with keyboards. We're not using
keyboards like strings, you know, like normal just
as background, we're using keyboards as guitars, like
heavy and distorted, and in your face."