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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 [bonus]
12. Face In The Snow [bonus]

The biggest surprise of 2011

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Lyrics (12)

Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitar, keyboard
Fredrik Åkesson - guitar
Per Wiberg - keyboard
Martin Mendez - bass
Martin "Axe" Axenrot - drums

Guest Musicians:
Alex Acuña - percussion
Joakim Svalberg - piano
Björn "J:son" Johannson Lindh - flute

Additional info
Artwork by Travis Smith
Produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt
Mixed by Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt
Engineered by Jens Borgen
Mastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London

"Slither" is a tribute to Ronnie James Dio

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

Release dates:
Japan: September 14th, 2011
Europe: September 16th, 2011
United Kingdom: September 19th, 2011
North America: September 20th, 2011

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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Erik M. - 29.08.2014 at 21:39  
Rating: 6
Written by mz on 26.08.2014 at 23:56

I used to give heritage a 9. Damnation was initially 6 and the others I mentioned were 7 or 8 if I remember correctly.
Their pre-BWP era was not something I liked easily.

Whoa, talk about changing your opinions drastically. Of course that just happens due to multiple listens and your own taste evolving/changing, but yours is pretty extreme I'd say. In any case, good to hear your opinion of Opeth albums changed in a very positive way (because anyone who thinks Heritage is their best album is either out of his/her mind or just hates metal).

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