Nordin was asked to join Opeth by Mikael Åkerfeldt, having previously played with him in another death metal band, Eruption. Along with David Isberg on vocals, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Andreas Dimeo on guitar, and Nick Döring on bass, Nordin became an official member in 1990. Other members came and left, until the roster was solidified in 1994 with Åkerfeldt on vocals, Peter Lindgren on guitar, and Johan DeFarfalla on bass.
Nordin appears on the albums Orchid (1994) and Morningrise (1996). After touring in support of Morningrise finished, Nordin decided to leave Opeth as he (according to Åkerfeldt ) had informed the band he was moving to Brazil. However, in an interview with fellow Swedish band Katatonia, it was stated Nordin never moved to Brazil (according to guitarist Anders Nyström and contrary to popular belief) and had rehearsed with Katatonia (circa 1998) for a proposed tour, which was cancelled due to Nordin’s last-minute withdrawral .
The departure in sound on all subsequent Opeth recordings has often been attributed to the recruitement of bassist Martin Mendez and drummer Martin Lopez (Defarfalla was fired for unrelated reasons just days prior to Nordin’s exit). If Opeth’s sound can be described as having been influenced by jazz, it is certainly on the first two albums (that Defarfalla and Nordin contributed to) where that is most prevalent.
Edited by Iselilja on 16 Aug 2006, 02:17
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