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Mikael Åkerfeldt – Clark (Soundtrack From The Netflix Series)

Mikael Åkerfeldt – Clark (Soundtrack From The Netflix Series)

Mikael Åkerfeldt - Clark (Soundtrack From The Netflix Series)

  • Rating: 9/10
  • Release Date: 05 May, 2022
  • Label: Milan Records/Sony Music Entertainment
  • Musicians:
    Mikael Åkerfeldt - Composer
  • Favorite songs:
    Druglord Panic, Funky Chicken, Code To The Vault
  • For Fans of:
    Opeth, Ulver, Hans Zimmer

Mikael Åkerfeldt is first and foremost known as the singer, guitarist and main composer of progresse rock/metal outfit Opeth. His dry wit during live performances is somewhat legendary as is his love for obscure prog releases from the sixties and seventies. His latest musical adventure is scoring the music for the Nextflix series Clark, created by renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. Let’s see how Åkerfeldt’s first venture into film scoring turns out.

Scoring a movie or a series is a whole different process than writing and recording an Opeth album. It shouldn’t come as a surprise this record is a different beast altogether. As with most soundtracks most tracks don’t surpass the three minute mark and are mostly instrumental. Despite the difference in musical format compared to a regular Opeth release, there are still plenty of musical similarities to be found.

Mikael’s love for sixties and seventies prog is apparent in pieces like “Tango Bizarre”, ‘The Weak Heart’ and ‘Northern Hemispheres’. Perhaps not so much in the sense of odd time measures and virtuoso playing, but more in spirit and the use of certain instruments like mellotrons and other vintage sounds and equipment. He isn’t afraid to venture into jazz and swing as well, which is competently shown in “Druglord Panic” and “Here’s That Sunny Day”.

Mikael Åkerfeldt – Wish You Were There (click here if the video doesn’t play)

Using orchestral pieces apparently comes natural to Mikael, as he has written some beautiful pieces like “Vintage Modern” and “Rags To Riches”. Forays into funk terrority (“Funky Chicken”, “Code To The Vault”) and folk music (“Distant Spring”, “Then”) are also included on this remarkably diverse yet coherent piece of music. Add some fantastic production values into the mix and this album is a true winner.

Mikael Åkerfeldt – Battle for Love (click here if the video doesn’t play)

This soundtrack may not be for every Opeth fan out there, but it does show Mikael Åkerfeldt’s diversity and musical scope as a composer. I lost interest in Opeth’s music a couple of years ago, but this album may be a good excuse to revisit some of Opeth’s more recent albums. A very interesting release and hopefully Mikael will score some more movies and series in the future!


  1. Libertine Theme
  2. Tango Bizarre
  3. Druglord Panic
  4. Rockefellers
  5. Vintage Modern
  6. Wish You Were There
  7. The Weak Heart
  8. Happiness
  9. Ode To Confusion In A Minor
  10. La Shay’ Jadid Tath Alshams
  11. The Real Me
  12. Here’s That Sunny Day
  13. Perfect Horizon
  14. Sea Slumber
  15. Then
  16. The Hunted Are In The Clear
  17. Northern Hemispheres
  18. Ordinary Folks
  19. Distant Spring
  20. Funky Chicken
  21. Code To The Vault
  22. Two Mermaids
  23. Rags To Riches
  24. Sunrise
  25. Red & White
  26. Headfirst Into The Storm
  27. Ballad Of The Libertine In G Minor
  28. Lost In San Marino
  29. Rhodes Rat
  30. Mandag I Stockholm
  31. Mother Of One
  32. Veillicht Spater
  33. Battle For Love
  34. Night Life

About the Author


Raymond is a fourty something Dutch male, very much into travelling, foreign languages and cultures, history, philosophy, reading, architecture, art and literature. Lately dabbling somewhat with writing and urban photography. Has a healthy appreciation for King Crimson, Ulver, Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Cynic, Charles Mingus, Tool, Deftones, Omar Rodríguez-López/The Mars Volta, Isis, Anathema, The Gathering, Mike Patton/Faith No More, Meshuggah, Snarky Puppy, Nevermore, Chelsea Wolfe, The Comet Is Coming, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, The Cinematic Orchestra and much more.

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