Mikael Åkerfeldt, the frontman of Swedish prog metal band Opeth, is many things— a singer for a legendary metal band, a family man, and now a One Direction fan. Okay maybe he’s not a One Direction fan, but he’s a good enough dad to brave the hoard of fangirls that go to 1D shows to make his daughter happy. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Åkerfeldt recounted the event, which as you can probably guess, was not to his liking.
“My oldest daughter likes One Direction, and I anticipated some type of show as they had some elaborate stage thing going on.”
“But when the guys hit the stage it kinda felt like they’d just dragged five guys from the crowd up… if there were guys in the crowd, which there obviously wasn’t! It was just people on stage that were able to sing in key, but other than that they didn’t do much, they didn’t do any syncopated dance moves, there wasn’t much of a show. And since there were five guys, they’d sing every fifth line of a song and in between be just walking around.
“For me, it was mind-boggling, I just couldn’t see the fascination, but kids think they’re cute and that kind of stuff. For me, I did not understand the point of the songs… some I recognised [sic] but I felt a bit sad in a way. Story Of My Life is the good song, I turned to my daughter and said, ‘This one’s okay.’”
So there you have it, Mikael Åkerfeldt is a One Direction lover, feel free to burn all of your Opeth gear or you could do the sensible thing and get excited for their upcoming album Pale Communion this August 26th via Roadrunner Records, just a thought. While you wait, feel free to check out the first song from the new album ‘Cusp of Eternity’ below.