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)

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.