About Fredrik Åkesson
Sweden has a knack for producing fantastic rock guitar players, solidifying that tendency with Opeth's Fredrik Åkesson who is surely among the finest shredders to ever emerge from Scandinavia.
Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Fredrik Åkesson is the virtuosic shredder behind Opeth's signature brand of Swedish heavy metal. While Åkesson is primarily known for playing guitar in Opeth, he is also active in the bands Krux, Monsters of Metal, and Talisman.
Born in 1972, Åkesson picked up the guitar at the tender age of 10 and before long, he was playing eight hours a day, heavily influenced by shred gods like Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Moore, Frank Marino, Shawn Lane, George Lynch, and Yngwie Malmsteen.
In 1992, he joined Swedish hard rock outfit Talisman and recorded 5 albums with them over the next four years before parting with them in 1995, searching for a heavier band. Åkesson went on to form the band Southpaw and released an album in 1998, before rejoining Talisman in 2002.
In 2004, he played with Swedish metal band Tiamat, and in 2005-2006 he served a stint in melodic death metal band Arch Enemy as a substitute for guitarist Christoper Amott.
In 2007, he rose to heavy metal stardom with Opeth, joining the band for the recording of the album Watershed. To date he has recorded four albums with the band.
Opeth's sound is a unique blend of death metal elements with a progressive rock expression that is open to eclectic influences ranging from funk, folk or blues to stoner rock, goth, and ambient sounds.
Not willing to succumb to generic expectations, Opeth has since their 2011 album, Heritage, done away with much of the death metal trademarks in favor of a more progressive rock flavor.
Since then, they've delved even deeper into prog-rock and with 2016's Sorceress, Opeth is now on their 12th album.
Enjoying international success with Opeth, we're sure that it won't be long before Åkesson joins the Pantheon of metal gods, he was once inspired by.