Keyboardist Per Wiberg is no longer a member of Opeth. The band announced on their website that “keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician’s identity will be released at a later date.”
Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt released the following statement:
“Well, it’s been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now, Per is no longer a member. Mendez, Axe and Fredrik and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There’s no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that’s that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth.”
Opeth are currently working on the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Watershed.’ The album is scheduled for release this Fall via Roadrunner Records.