Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt to score new Netflix Original, Clark

It’s the guitarist and singer’s first time composing a score.

Mikael Åkerfeldt

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Netflix has announced that Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt will compose the score for its upcoming original series Clark. The announcement marks Åkerfeldt’s first foray into the world of scoring.

The series will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund, and will recount the story of “celebrity gangster” Clark Olofsson. It is adapted from Olofsson’s autobiography, and will follow the early years of his career until the present day. Olofsson became notorious for escaping prison multiple times, after committing robberies across Europe. He notably was present at the Norrmalmstorg robbery, where he would spend an extended period of time with hostages he and his accomplice took. The hostages reportedly sympathised with Olofsson, and felt he was attempting to keep the situation from escalating. Hence, after the events, the Swedish term ‘norrmalmstorgssyndromet’ was coined by criminologist Nils Bejerotwhose. This was later anglicised as Norrmalmstorg syndrome, and then (more famously) Stockholm syndrome.

Åkerlund’s filmography has notably touched on both metal and true crime – he directed the film adaptation of Lords of Chaos, recounting the Norwegian black metal scene of the 1990s from the perspective of Mayhem co-founder Euronymous. He is also a prolific music video director, with quite the diverse back-catalogue – including videos for Rammstein‘s Pussy, Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, and Duran Duran’s Girl Panic!.

Alongside his work in Opeth, Mikael Åkerfeldt is also part of Storm Corrosion, a collaboration with Steven Wilson. The project is currently on hiatus, however in 2019 he spoke in a fan Q&A about the possibility of another record from the project, saying “I had dinner with Steve yesterday, and we talked a little bit about it. We always talk a little bit about it, if we’re gonna do another one. But yeah, I think we’ll try; at some point, we’ll try.”

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