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Peter Lindgren (born March 6, 1973) is a Swedishmarker guitarist and songwriter. He is best known as the former guitarist of Swedishmarker progressive death metal band Opeth. In 1991 he joined Opeth to play bass for a show, but ended up staying and switching to guitars. Lindgren shared Opeth's guitar and songwriting duties with vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt; however, he contributed to writing on only their first two albums (excluding his later guitar solos). In May 2007 Peter Lindgren announced that he had left Opeth due to the rigors of life on the road as a touring musician. Both Lindgren and Åkerfeldt said that the split was amicable.

Some of Lindgren's notable guitar solos in Opeth songs include the first in Deliverance from the album Deliverance, that of When from My Arms, Your Hearse, and the last in Beneath the Mire from Ghost Reveries. As explained in "The Making of Deliverance and Damnation" on Opeth's live DVD Lamentations, lead-playing duties are based on ease of Åkerfeldt's vocal delivery and which of the two might want a given solo more. If Åkerfeldt is having trouble with a solo, he will hand it over to Peter, and vice versa.

On May 17, 2007, the official Opeth website announced that Peter Lindgren had left the band, including the following statement from him:

It is with sadness I announce that Opeth and I are going separate ways after almost 16 years. The decision has been the toughest I've ever made but it is the right one to make at this point in my life.


The reason behind this is that I feel that I simply have lost some of the enthusiasm and inspiration needed to participate in a band that has grown from a few guys playing the music we love to a world-wide industry. The love of music has always been, and still is, our motive, but I personally have lost something along the way. The massive amount of touring has taken its toll. Opeth has worked extremely hard to get where we are right now and in order to persist and maintain the quality of the music, it is necessary that we continue to work hard and always stay focused. But in doing so, it means that we nowadays spend 18 or 19 months on the road and I don't feel the same enthusiasm for the upcoming world tour that I have felt earlier. I have come to a point where I realize I won't be able to give the band 100%, and from both sides this will not be good enough for what Opeth stands for. I will always love playing, listening to, and living music, but I will do it differently from now on.


These years has easily been the best of my life and I will always cherish the memory of what we have experienced together. I would like to thank the band, our management, record label people, all the bands I've made friends with for everything. Most of all, I would like to thank the fans from the depth of my heart for the support throughout the years.


I wish Mikael, Martin, Per and Axe all the best and I am confident they will continue doing the greatest music in the world!! - Peter


He was replaced by Fredrik Åkesson of Arch Enemy fame. Peter holds Masters degrees in Physics as well as Philosophy. He is currently working as an IT consultant in Stockholmmarker.

Equipment

Peter Lindgren used a PRS Custom 24, a Gibson Les Paul Custom 1974, and a Gibson SG 1991. He also used Laney VH100R amplifier and BOSS GT-5 effect processor. His amplifier settings/eq were almost exactly like Åkerfeldt's at live performances.

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