Peter Lindgren (musician)

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Peter Lindgren
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Peter Lindgren in concert with Opeth
Background information
Born (1973-03-06) March 6, 1973 (age 45)
Genres Death metal, progressive metal, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass
Years active 1991–2007
Labels Roadrunner
Associated acts Opeth

Peter Lindgren (born March 6, 1973) is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former guitarist of Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth.[1] In 1991 he joined Opeth to play bass for a show, but ended up staying and switching to guitars.

Lindgren played approximately half of Opeth's lead guitar sections. As explained in "The Making of Deliverance and Damnation" on Opeth's live DVD Lamentations, lead-playing duties were based on ease of Mikael Åkerfeldt's vocal delivery and which of the two might want a given solo more. If Åkerfeldt was having trouble with a solo, he would hand it over to Lindgren, and vice versa. In March 2004, Peter and Mikael Åkerfeldt were both ranked #42 out of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time by Guitar World.[2]

Throughout his career in Opeth, Lindgren has co-written the music for several songs along with Mikael Åkerfeldt, such as "Black Rose Immortal" (from Morningrise) "Demon of the Fall" (from My Arms, Your Hearse), Dirge for November and Blackwater Park (from the critically acclaimed Blackwater Park).[3]

Lindgren holds degrees in physics and literature [4].

Departure from Opeth[edit]

In May 2007, Peter Lindgren announced that he had left Opeth due to the rigors of life on the road as a touring musician and that he had lost his enthusiasm for playing in Opeth.[5][6] Both Lindgren and Åkerfeldt said that the split was amicable. Lindgren was replaced by Fredrik Åkesson, a member of Arch Enemy.[6] As of this time Lindgren was working as an information technology consultant in Stockholm and has so far stayed out of public eye. In 2016 he became an agile coach at Spotify office in Stockholm.[4]


Lindgren became a musician after growing up listening to the band Iron Maiden and was also heavily influenced by the Metallica album Master of Puppets. He was introduced to '70s progressive rock by listening to the band Camel, one of the influences on Opeth's progressive style.[5]




  • Laney VH100R (His amplifier settings/eq were almost exactly like Åkerfeldt's during live performances)


  • BOSS GT-5 effect processor


  1. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Biography : Opeth". Allmusic. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
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  3. ^ Opeth#Discography
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  5. ^ a b Hellström, Jörgen. "Interview with Peter Lindgren (English)". Opeth FanClub Sweden. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Opeth Guitarist Peter Lindgren Leaves Band". Metal Injection. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2016.