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Release date: 14 September 2011
Style: Progressive rock


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01. Heritage
02. The Devil's Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
04. Slither
05. Nepenthe
06. Häxprocess
07. Famine
08. The Lines In My Hand
09. Folklore
10. Marrow Of The Earth
11. Pyre [DVD bonus]
12. Face In The Snow [DVD bonus]

The biggest surprise of 2011

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Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Per Wiberg - keyboards, backing vocals
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Martin Axenrot - drums
Martin Mendez - bass

Guest musicians
Alex Acuña - percussion
Björn Johannson Lindh - flute

Additional info
Produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Mixed by Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Engineered by Jens Borgen.
Mastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios.

"Slither" is a tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

Artwork by Travis Smith.

DVD contains a 5.1 mix of entire album, a "making of" documentary, and a card to download the bonus tracks Pyre and Face In The Snow.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

The general consensus when a great band dares to move away from their original Death Metal sound is usually not positive. However Opeth have done it before masterfully with Damnation in 2003. They are back at it with one of the year's most anticipated albums, Heritage.

Cutting to the chase: Compared to their previous releases, Heritage lacks character. Despite the song structures being very progressive rock and the vocals being crazy good, the absence of catchy guitar riffs or memorable growls is a downer. One can positively recognize Opeth as the artist, especially since a lot of the songs borrow tidbits straight from the Ghost Reveries period. Certainly they manage to perpetuate a dark atmosphere throughout the album, but the mellowness of the whole thing is borderline irritating to someone expecting their trademark sound. I know we have been forewarned by Mikael Åkerfeldt himself about this being a throwback kind of release. Still, I believe this would be either catchier or more aggressive. Nevertheless the album does feature good moments, mostly from the jazz-infused portions of the songs.

published 20.09.2011 | Comments (134)

Guest review by

Heritage poses more questions than answers. Have Opeth reached a creative cul-de-sac? Have they chucked their "Extreme Progressive Death Metal" for good? Have they finally shed their "Underground Garage Band" (I am quoting Akerfeldt from an earlier interview) and have ventured out into the Pantheon of the "mainstream" Gods from their hallowed underground temple so frequented by hordes of reverent worshipers?

published 29.05.2012 | Comments (32)

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Bad English - 22.03.2015 at 19:55  
  How many of you have listen it after it was out and how many you listen on regularly bases
Cant play it long, in some way it somehow 8if we accept fact its not metal and image band is Poteh what so ever other name not Opeth) it works , otherwise ...
LeKiwi - 26.10.2015 at 04:07  
Rating: 8 Never understood why the bonus tracks are bonus tracks. They're just as good as the rest, if not better than some.
Dima - 29.10.2015 at 07:36  
Rating: 6
Written by Bad English on 22.03.2015 at 19:55

How many of you have listen it after it was out and how many you listen on regularly bases
Cant play it long, in some way it somehow 8if we accept fact its not metal and image band is Poteh what so ever other name not Opeth) it works , otherwise ...

This album has some nice moments. The Devil's Orchard, the end of Famine where it knocks on the Doom door, Folklore (especially the end) and Marrow of the Earth are songs I come back to from time to time. The rest of the album is fairly dry by my estimation. I would have concluded with Folklore. Bothers me much when bands tack on a short mellow tune on the end of their album for supposed closure.
AlexanderTG - 28.11.2015 at 06:44  
Rating: 9 An amazing and very creative outlook on progressive music as a whole surprised this isn't at a higher rating, for the metal sound its not the best but when it comes to musical creativity it is really recorded as an amazing album a throwback to the 70's

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