Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have declared Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE Shed, Bloodbath, BODOM Right after MIDNIGHT) as their new drummer. Väyrynen will make his live debut with OPETH on September 14 in Tallinn, Estonia. He will exchange stand-in drummer Sami Karppinen who has been the non permanent alternative for Martin “Axe” Axenrot considering the fact that the slide of 2021.

OPETH chief Mikael Åkerfeldt opinions: “We just experienced our to start with rehearsal with Walt yesterday and it went unbelievably well! We have been all pretty nervous beforehand, but Waltteri absolutely killed it! Pure shipping! We went via 16 tracks (!) from get started to finish and did not have a one correctional remark. It truly is quite exceptional! I was astounded, and so were being the relaxation of the band. He has all the things, definitely. From the necessary laid-back sensitivity an OPETH drummer needs, by means of the basic rock, prog rock, metal grooves and onwards to downright mega-intricate complex virtuosity. On major of that, he understands the tunes very properly (already) both from the recorded versions as properly as the sometimes modified live versions. We were hearing drum rolls and beats that we hadn’t read considering that the tunes had been recorded. The audience is unquestionably up for a lot of air-drum times related to their favorite OPETH songs. Walt has received it down, to put it mildly. On best of everything, Waltteri is an great bloke. Authentic. Super awesome. Humorous. And youthful! He was born the same calendar year we recorded our debut album, ‘Orchid’. Envision that!”

Mikael included: “We really much glimpse forward to heading on the highway alongside one another with him. Make new songs together. Play all more than the earth. And to offer a musical upcoming together with us. This is no smaller feat for a band 32 many years of age. I am really, very fired up about him joining us, and I hope that our viewers will embrace him with open up arms.

“I’d also want to acquire this opportunity to thank Sami for conserving our asses when we most necessary conserving. If it hadn’t been for his initiatives, friendship and treatment we might almost certainly been ‘on ice’ as we speak. We’re in addition pleased to maintain Sami as component of the OPETH loved ones. His contribution to OPETH is past words and phrases, and he’ll go on to aid make our performances as excellent as feasible. From the base of our hearts, thank you, Sami!”

Past thirty day period, a single of Axenrot‘s Bloodbath bandmates instructed BLABBERMOUTH.Web that the drummer’s refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 led to his exit from OPETH, Axenrot is continue to a member of Massacre but has not appeared in that band’s latest promotional pictures and reside shows.

Massacre vocalist Nick Holmes (also of PARADISE Lost) mentioned about Martin‘s position with the death steel supergroup: “He is even now in the band as considerably as I am aware. I have not observed him for three decades, probably extra. Waltteri‘s [Väyrynen, PARADISE LOST] been playing drums with Massacre a lot more than Axe has in the previous couple of many years.”

Nick continued: “I signify, [Martin] was performing with OPETH prior to the pandemic, so he made the decision to just take a backseat to the stay demonstrates and Waltteri did the [BLOODBATH] reside demonstrates ever considering the fact that. He is nonetheless in [BLOODBATH]. The whole pandemic — he failed to want to get the vaccine, so that induced issues with travel and touring with OPETH when they begun to go out all over again 6 months in the past. That brought about them challenges there. It truly is come above to Bloodbath for absolutely sure.”

Representatives for OPETH declined to comment when approached by BLABBERMOUTH.Web pertaining to Holmes‘s claim. Equally OPETH and PARADISE Shed are managed by Northern Songs Co. Ltd.

Axenrot has not publicly commented on his exit from OPETH and it is not very clear if his vaccination standing is the only motive he is no lengthier actively playing with the band.

When OPETH declared Axenrot‘s departure last November, Åkerfeldt stated: “However sad it is to not have Axe in the band any longer, we are not in a placement to linger on just about anything that is heading to maintain us back. We have to have to soldier on.

“Needless to say, we’re exceptionally grateful that Sami is supporting us out, making this tour doable and all. On major of that, he’s pretty fantastic, truly!

“All of us wish the very best for Axe in all and any of his long term endeavors. He has been a exceptionally significant section of the band for lots of years now, and we are all heartbroken it did not perform out in the conclusion. But that’s existence, I guess…”

Axenrot officially joined OPETH a lot more than a ten years and a fifty percent in the past as the replacement for Martin Lopez, who left the band in May possibly 2006 right after currently being plagued by sickness and nervousness assaults, which compelled him to pass up a number of of OPETH‘s tours.


We are delighted to announce that the new drummer in Opeth is no other than Waltteri Väyrynen…

Posted by Opeth on Friday, September 9, 2022