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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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (12)


Line-up
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

Rating:
7.8
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.

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published 20.09.2011 | Comments (134)

Guest review by
SauradipGhosh

Rating:
8.6
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?

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published 29.05.2012 | Comments (32)

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Troy Killjoy - 02.05.2012 at 18:13  
 
Written by infernaldeath87 on 02.05.2012 at 18:09
Well if they can't happen at the same time, why do they then? I just don't get it man!!!

I didn't say they can't happen at the same time, I'm saying they don't only happen at the same time.

Some open-minded people bash this too, is what I'm saying.
infernaldeath87 - 02.05.2012 at 18:16  
Rating: 8 Oh I get you now. But anyways I truly do enjoy this album, as I do all of Opeth's music, even though I need to do some more exploring of their catalog.
Hermann Langke - 15.05.2012 at 17:28  
  Their earlier release was better, I opine!
mz - 19.05.2012 at 19:01  
Rating: 6 This album is far better than watershed, deliverance, damnation,orchid and even Morningrise . I had a low expectation from heritage but they made this masterfully.
Crucifux - 29.05.2012 at 07:12  
  It seems Opeth have continued their downward spiral into mediocrity. "The Devil's Orchard" was a good track at least.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:15  
Rating: 9 Certainly, opeth style has changed, it changes radically, but it's still a very good album.
Dentura - 10.06.2012 at 01:58  
Rating: 7 I am a huge prog nerd, and this was a very enjoyable listen. I love how Opeth is a band that is willing to take risks and does not care whether they piss off the "true" metalheads who only cling to their music because it's "metal". I believe Opeth did a fine job with this album and I enjoy the ideas that they have presented here. While not my favorite album by the band (there are a few "meh" moments here and there) this album is highly recommended for those who enjoy progressive rock music.
Slyfang - 14.06.2012 at 04:12  
Rating: 5 Not trying to jump on the hater bandwagon, but I just think Mikael is getting way too self indulgent. It's a shame to see someone squandering their talent like this. Not saying he has to keep doing death metal. If he doesn't want to, fine. I just think he can do way better than this
ThunderAxe1989 - 17.10.2012 at 02:55  
Rating: 8 I don't understand why people hate this album, it's pretty damn good! Their more recent albums really kind of bored me, I felt they'd lost their touch.....this is the best they've done in a very long time! They are a band that can actually play their instruments, it doesn't have to be metal to be good you know "Folklore" might probably be my favourite track, maybe.
bgcasio - 25.10.2012 at 16:18  
  I can not believe what I have just heard - a complete travesty of the larger group. Do experiments in the studio, but do not make this shit ... Just no words! Where is death sound combined with progressive elements? Fix, boys.
Daniell - 25.10.2012 at 16:31  
Rating: 6
Written by bgcasio on 25.10.2012 at 16:18

I can not believe what I have just heard - a complete travesty of the larger group. Do experiments in the studio, but do not make this shit ... Just no words! Where is death sound combined with progressive elements? Fix, boys.


What death sound? The only thing resembling death metal in Opeth's music were the vocals.
Erik M. - 13.12.2012 at 21:25  
Rating: 7
Written by Slyfang on 14.06.2012 at 04:12

Not trying to jump on the hater bandwagon, but I just think Mikael is getting way too self indulgent. It's a shame to see someone squandering their talent like this. Not saying he has to keep doing death metal. If he doesn't want to, fine. I just think he can do way better than this


I agree. This album is good in itself, but for Opeth standards it's definitely mediocre. He can do way better than this... However, I've kind of seen this coming ever since Watershed, which was some sort of transitional album (I always looked at it that way).

I honestly don't mind if they keep making progressive rock instead of metal, but they should at least keep three things:
- Their unique sound (Heritage does sound like Opeth, which is a good thing obviously)
- Complexity (which Heritage doesn't have, sadly)
- Variety (Heritage does have this, though it's the wrong kind: jazz-influenced for instance. I'm talking about variety like other albums had)
akvan - 14.12.2012 at 01:06  
  I think this album is a perfect kind of art,it's what that the art should be,it's more than just a little metal album,deep meaning of lyrics is a kind of phylosophical and theosophical art(i think),a good cause to think about ourselves and around,it's really what i wandt from aqt,specially progreesive rock,this change has started from watershed,i really like it:thumb up:(shit,type with mobile is hard and i'm too laZy to fix it:D)
Unhealer - 14.12.2012 at 03:13  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 13.12.2012 at 21:25

- Complexity (which Heritage doesn't have, sadly)
- Variety (Heritage does have this, though it's the wrong kind: jazz-influenced for instance. I'm talking about variety like other albums had)


Complexity in what exactly? I don't think Opeth were ever a complex band.
And why would jazz be the "wrong kind" of variety? What kind of variety did the older albums have? Didn't get that.
Jaeryd17‍ - 19.12.2012 at 00:30  
Rating: 8 I thought this was a great album. I understand where the hate is coming from, but I personally thoroughly enjoyed this release.
ScnD361 - 28.12.2012 at 22:29  
Rating: 4 This album is really a different Opeth's album, but IT'S a Opeth's album. I enjoy this very much.
InnerSelf - 17.01.2013 at 21:02  
Rating: 8 It's weird, Opeth was always love at first-listen for me yet this album didn't appeal to at first but with time I've grown to REALLY like it.
It seems that I'll always be a sucker for anything with the Akerfeldt trademark on it.
svartberger - 18.02.2013 at 04:00  
Rating: 8 Some Opeth fans logic: damnation- 8.8, heritage-7.4...lol
MaiSweettShaadow - 24.02.2013 at 06:10  
Rating: 1
Written by svartberger on 18.02.2013 at 04:00

Some Opeth fans logic: damnation- 8.8, heritage-7.4...lol

Damnation was pure magic, it was Opeth´s way to do Prog-rock and sounded like Opeth (the voice, Chorus, guitars,lyrics, etc.). Heritage instead tries to copy Steven Wilson Style and create the songs with 1000 instruments , Heritage it´s a full copy of Pink Floyd and steven wilson, doesnt sound like Opeth.
MaiSweettShaadow - 24.02.2013 at 06:11  
Rating: 1 Every time I play this album again the Faith in Opeth comes down more.
svartberger - 01.03.2013 at 00:07  
Rating: 8
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 24.02.2013 at 06:10

Written by svartberger on 18.02.2013 at 04:00

Some Opeth fans logic: damnation- 8.8, heritage-7.4...lol

Damnation was pure magic, it was Opeth´s way to do Prog-rock and sounded like Opeth (the voice, Chorus, guitars,lyrics, etc.). Heritage instead tries to copy Steven Wilson Style and create the songs with 1000 instruments , Heritage it´s a full copy of Pink Floyd and steven wilson, doesnt sound like Opeth.


both albums were mixed by Steve Wilson and are naturally influenced by him so i still dont get your point
LeKiwi - 30.04.2013 at 16:02  
Rating: 9 At first I viewed this album with disdain, but I've come to appreciate it...it's certainly an acquired taste.

There are a few minor details I'm still not too fond (e.g. a few parts appear to be stuck together without regard for flow and structure) but as a whole this is an incredible release.
LeKiwi - 30.04.2013 at 23:59  
Rating: 9
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 24.02.2013 at 06:10

Heritage it´s a full copy of Pink Floyd and steven wilson, doesnt sound like Opeth.


Well I don't enjoy either band you stated so why do I enjoy this? That's right...because it's Opeth, not a Steven Wilson imitation
Ravenous - 26.06.2013 at 16:03  
Rating: 10
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 24.02.2013 at 06:10

Written by svartberger on 18.02.2013 at 04:00

Some Opeth fans logic: damnation- 8.8, heritage-7.4...lol

Damnation was pure magic, it was Opeth´s way to do Prog-rock and sounded like Opeth (the voice, Chorus, guitars,lyrics, etc.). Heritage instead tries to copy Steven Wilson Style and create the songs with 1000 instruments , Heritage it´s a full copy of Pink Floyd and steven wilson, doesnt sound like Opeth.

So Heritage is a Pink Floyd copy? I suppose you never heard Pink Floyd at all.
Fallen Ghost - 17.07.2013 at 14:03  
  Starting to like this album, very different and hard to get into imo, but it sounds nice. Probably gonna buy this
Dentura - 22.08.2013 at 07:32  
Rating: 7 I think this album has grown on me quite a bit over the past couple of years. Even though I've greatly enjoyed it when it first came out, I think it's gotten even better since then, and since Opeth's "classic" work has been heavily overplayed for me, Heritage feels like a breath of fresh air personally, I've always loved Mikael's cleans over his (still awesome) growls anyway.
Daniell - 22.08.2013 at 11:19  
Rating: 6 I hate it even more that I did 2 years ago.
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2013 at 14:02  
Rating: 6
Written by Daniell on 22.08.2013 at 11:19

I hate it even more that I did 2 years ago.


I still have the trauma. Only listened to it once when it came out.
Daniell - 22.08.2013 at 15:05  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.08.2013 at 14:02

I still have the trauma. Only listened to it once when it came out.


I listened to it dozens of times hoping that I'd finally get it, but to no avail.
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.08.2013 at 15:53  
Rating: 6
Written by Daniell on 22.08.2013 at 11:19

I hate it even more that I did 2 years ago.

You use the word "hate" yet give it a good score of 7?
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2013 at 16:41  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.08.2013 at 15:53

Written by Daniell on 22.08.2013 at 11:19

I hate it even more that I did 2 years ago.

You use the word "hate" yet give it a good score of 7?

He hates how much he likes it. (?)
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.08.2013 at 16:54  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.08.2013 at 16:41

He hates how much he likes it. (?)

Yeah, maybe Heritage is some kind of masochistic thing for Daniel
Daniell - 22.08.2013 at 19:04  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.08.2013 at 15:53

Written by Daniell on 22.08.2013 at 11:19

I hate it even more that I did 2 years ago.

You use the word "hate" yet give it a good score of 7?


That was my initial, hopeful rating
bugsterscrow - 14.09.2013 at 16:17  
Rating: 8 I like the opening....
Angry Chair - 08.11.2013 at 21:45  
Rating: 9 It was always going to get bashed on a metal site. People are comparing it to things they should't be hence the such low ratings.
Uldreth - 16.11.2013 at 13:58  
Rating: 7
Written by Angry Chair on 08.11.2013 at 21:45

It was always going to get bashed on a metal site. People are comparing it to things they should't be hence the such low ratings.

Yet Damnation is not bashed. So I really don't think it gets bashed because it is not metal ^^.

I'll go out and say I like this better than Deliverance though, and also that Haxprocess is a really really good song.

Edit: So is Folklore and Marrow.
Angry Chair - 20.11.2013 at 13:17  
Rating: 9 Yeah maybe so, Yeah I like the album alot not on of Opeths best but not one of their worst, the first five albums are the best imo.
Daniell - 20.11.2013 at 16:01  
Rating: 6
Written by Angry Chair on 08.11.2013 at 21:45

It was always going to get bashed on a metal site. People are comparing it to things they should't be hence the such low ratings.


First and foremost I want to hear good music, no matter what genre it is. The fact that it's not metal does not affect my opinion about Heritage. It is simply a boring album. Nothing more nothing less. And this comes from a diehard Opeth fan. Check my ratings if you have doubts.
Fritillaria - 20.11.2013 at 16:17  
Rating: 4
Written by Daniell on 20.11.2013 at 16:01

First and foremost I want to hear good music, no matter what genre it is. The fact that it's not metal does not affect my opinion about Heritage. It is simply a boring album. Nothing more nothing less. And this comes from a diehard Opeth fan. Check my ratings if you have doubts.

well said
Uldreth - 20.11.2013 at 22:32  
Rating: 7 Hah, I really don't agree with you two it seems.

I am not even a fan of prog rock in general but I like this album. Still second or third worst Opeth album for me (Deliverance is worst, yet to decide how much I like Watershed) but there are some stuff I really like in here. The proggy meandering gets boring at times but even the most boring tracks have some highlight and Haxprocess, Folklore, Marrow of the Earth and Face In The Snow are all extremely good. If I'd have to compile my 15 favourite Opeth songs, Haxprocess would surely be on it.
Mr. Doctor - 20.11.2013 at 23:11  
Rating: 6
Written by Daniell on 20.11.2013 at 16:01

Written by Angry Chair on 08.11.2013 at 21:45

It was always going to get bashed on a metal site. People are comparing it to things they should't be hence the such low ratings.

First and foremost I want to hear good music, no matter what genre it is. The fact that it's not metal does not affect my opinion about Heritage. It is simply a boring album. Nothing more nothing less. And this comes from a diehard Opeth fan. Check my ratings if you have doubts.


Let's not even start on how bad this one looks next to other prog rock albums in this vein.
Angry Chair - 20.11.2013 at 23:49  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.11.2013 at 23:11

Written by Daniell on 20.11.2013 at 16:01

Written by Angry Chair on 08.11.2013 at 21:45

It was always going to get bashed on a metal site. People are comparing it to things they should't be hence the such low ratings.

First and foremost I want to hear good music, no matter what genre it is. The fact that it's not metal does not affect my opinion about Heritage. It is simply a boring album. Nothing more nothing less. And this comes from a diehard Opeth fan. Check my ratings if you have doubts.


Let's not even start on how bad this one looks next to other prog rock albums in this vein.


Maybe its just me that likes it, I have a strange taste though seen as I would rank them like this:

My Arms Your Hearse
Blackwater Park
Still Life
Morningrise
Orchid
Heritage
Watershed
Ghost Reveries
Damnation
Deliverance
LeKiwi - 21.11.2013 at 00:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.11.2013 at 23:11

Let's not even start on how bad this one looks next to other prog rock albums in this vein.

I've not been very fond of prog rock, yet this was brilliant; that certainly says something...
Uldreth - 21.11.2013 at 17:43  
Rating: 7
Written by LeKiwi on 21.11.2013 at 00:52

Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.11.2013 at 23:11

Let's not even start on how bad this one looks next to other prog rock albums in this vein.

I've not been very fond of prog rock, yet this was brilliant; that certainly says something...

Considering that I am also not very keen on prog rock but I like this a lot, maybe this album is bad from a prog rock standpoint but not from others.

Or whatever, I dunno how to say what I thought right now lol. Especially that I am the least fond of the very proggy tracks here. This works the best when they create dark/folky atmospheres with their acoustics.
Lit. - 22.11.2013 at 00:48  
  Well, I love prog rock, but this is an absolute bore no matter what anyone says.
LeKiwi - 22.11.2013 at 01:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Uldreth on 21.11.2013 at 17:43

Considering that I am also not very keen on prog rock but I like this a lot, maybe this album is bad from a prog rock standpoint but not from others.

Or whatever, I dunno how to say what I thought right now lol. Especially that I am the least fond of the very proggy tracks here. This works the best when they create dark/folky atmospheres with their acoustics.

It took a while, but I've come to love all the aspects of this album As far as I'm concerned, this is better than a large majority of the prog rock I've heard barring PT, SW, and PoS; the style is unique (not regarding instruments and tones used). However, if anyone believes there exists a superior album in this vein, I'd like to know about it

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