Peter Lindgren (musician)

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]

Peter Lindgren
Peter Lindgren in concert with Opeth
Peter Lindgren in concert with Opeth
Background information
Born (1973-03-06) March 6, 1973 (age 49)
GenresDeath metal, progressive metal, progressive rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass
Years active1991–2007

Musical careerEdit

Lindgren joined Opeth in 1991 as bassist for a show, but ended up switched to guitars. 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 as well as "Dirge for November" and "Blackwater Park" from Blackwater Park.

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.[3][4] Both Lindgren and Åkerfeldt said that the split was amicable. Lindgren was since replaced by Fredrik Åkesson.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Lindgren holds degrees in engineering physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and literature at Stockholm University.[5] Since his departure from Opeth, Lindgren was working as an IT consultant and senior manager in Stockholm and has so far stayed out of public eye.[5]


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.[3]


  • 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.
  2. ^ "Opeth - Trivia - Metal Storm". Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Hellström, Jörgen. "Interview with Peter Lindgren (English)". Archived from the original on October 7, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Opeth Guitarist Peter Lindgren Leaves Band". Metal Injection. May 18, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Peter Lindgren - Partner - Netlight". Retrieved August 5, 2020.