Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Bandleader shouts out classics including Judas Priest's 'Sad Wings of Destiny' and Morbid Angel's 'Altars of Madness'

Lucifer's Friend, 'Where the Groupies Killed the Blues' (1972)
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10. Lucifer's Friend, 'Where the Groupies Killed the Blues' (1972)

I could have picked a million, because I collect records and I've got shitloads of great hard-rock/heavy-metal records that nobody's really heard of. And I figured, maybe it's a bit stupid of me if I would pick just 10 albums that nobody's heard of. But I had to pick at least one. And Lucifer's Friend, they were a German band, but they had a British singer called John Lawton. He replaced David Byron in Uriah Heep; he was in Uriah Heep after he was with Lucifer's Friend. And this record, it's their second album; it's from 1972. And it's just a complete crazy, super, uber-progressive hard-rock record with amazing vocals from John Lawton. ... He's got those types of pipes. I wouldn't compare him to Ronnie Dio, but he's up there with those guys, if you know what I mean. Like [David] Coverdale, Ronnie Dio, Paul Rodgers, David Byron, of course. ... Fantastic singer. 

But this album is so complex. I still haven't gotten my head around it, and I've owned it for 25 years. And I've played it a lot, and it's still so complex to me, but it's also a beautiful record. Very heavy record, and a very dark record, and completely ahead of its time. And I picked this record because the first [Lucifer's Friend album] is much easier to get into. That's like the German answer to the first Black Sabbath record, or the first couple of Led Zeppelin records. It's a fantastic record, but I picked this because it's so crazy. This deserves much more attention. It's so obscure. ... I mean just for the title, Where the Groupies Killed the Blues, it's just, like, a fucking weird title for a record. But it's a great record. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone that's looking for that classic hard rock that's a bit out of the ordinary.