MASTODON's Bill Kelliher Trying To Start A Project With OPETH & IN FLAMES Members
Mastodon guitarist and vocalist Bell Kelliher recently sat down for a video interview with Rocksverige.se (below) and talked about his hopeful project with Opeth guitarist and vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt and In Flames guitarist Björn Gelotte. This is the first we're hearing of such a super collaboration but we're all about it!
Now that Kelliher has spilled the beans on a project as awesome as this, the world is waiting! He said there hasn't been much progress yet:
"We haven't really gotten that far yet. It's harder than I thought it would be … It is definitely a plan. We were on tour together, you know, and I was writing stuff and I was like 'hey how about I send you a riff' and [I told Björn] 'you could play anything you want' and he's like 'well if you send it to me it's going to be metal.'"
While things are moving slow, Kelliher said he does want to try to make it work.
"I could never get my riff to sound perfect, or as close to perfect as I wanted it to, to send it to him so. I stalled out on that. I've got to re-do it and try it again."
If there's one ray of hope, it's that at least we know both Åkerfeldt an Gelotte probably don't have much going on in the way of writing new material considering both their band's records will be out later this year.
I love that the members of Mastodon are all branching off into other collaborative projects, with bassist Troy Sanders teaming with Greg Puciato and Max Cavalera for Killer Be Killed and Brent Hinds teaming up with Ben Weinman for Giraffe Tongue Orchestra.