Opeth - Heritage


7.3 | 1120 votes |
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

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Per Wiberg - keyboards, vocals
Joakim Svalberg - keyboards, percussion, vocals
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Martin Axenrot - drums
Martín Méndez - 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
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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03.12.2010 - 17:25
!J.O.O.E.!
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First comment.
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03.12.2010 - 17:45
Rating: 8
K†ulu
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Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.12.2010 at 17:25

First comment.

Indeed.
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Things that may not seem important now
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04.12.2010 - 03:11
Lachy
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Already mentally purchased
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04.12.2010 - 21:52
Rating: 9
andreosokin
INFINITY²

Posts: 190
From: Russia

Can't wait for another masterpiece in the vein of past two albums (and of course with some experiments which were never heard before)

"It's gonna be EVIL" (c)
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04.12.2010 - 21:56
Kap'N Korrupt
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Its gonna be great...maybe they can back to an earlier sound...
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05.12.2010 - 22:23
ãtuã

Posts: 28
From: Brazil

OPETH!
NEW ALBUM!
MASTERPIECE!
TOUR!
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05.12.2010 - 23:22
Zuzuz0r

Posts: 507
From: Mexico

Hope they use a lot of mellotron and clean vocals all over.
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06.12.2010 - 06:27
Rating: 7
atma vichara

Posts: 5
From: India
Ha ! Finally. Epic !
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06.12.2010 - 06:28
Rating: 7
atma vichara

Posts: 5
From: India
Written by Guest on 04.12.2010 at 03:11

Already mentally purchased

Mentally heard it. And my head is blown out of proportions !
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06.12.2010 - 14:11
Rating: 6
blackdoomy

Posts: 51
From: Syria

Caaan't wait!!!!!!!!!
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08.12.2010 - 14:49
Rating: 7
advent

Posts: 268
From: Egypt

Written by Guest on 04.12.2010 at 21:56

Its gonna be great...maybe they can back to an earlier sound...

Let us just hope they would.
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14.12.2010 - 17:33
PrimalAntagonist
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My most anticipated entertainment release since Half-life 2.......
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26.12.2010 - 14:37
ramin

Posts: 15
From: Iran

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss
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03.01.2011 - 23:54
SauradipGhosh

Posts: 21
From: India
Cant wait..love you guys..
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04.01.2011 - 15:00
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema

Posts: 10926
From: Portugal

I always have high expectations with Opeth. it's no different now.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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07.01.2011 - 06:22
Rating: 7
tea[m]ster
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Written by BloodTears on 04.01.2011 at 15:00

I always have high expectations with Opeth. it's no different now.


Yup, but that's what I am afraid of. Anything but a masterpiece will be a letdown!
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07.01.2011 - 10:46
Rating: 8
BloodTears
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Written by tea[m]ster on 07.01.2011 at 06:22

Written by BloodTears on 04.01.2011 at 15:00

I always have high expectations with Opeth. it's no different now.


Yup, but that's what I am afraid of. Anything but a masterpiece will be a letdown!


Well, they have set the bar so high that it's almost impossible not to think they can do great. I blame them
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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10.01.2011 - 22:18
Doc Godin
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Posts: 9644
From: Canada

Meh. Watershed almost completely killed my interest in this band. If they would go back and focus more on atmosphere like they used to as opposed to technicality, maybe I would get excited about it.
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05.02.2011 - 21:28
superbarhom

Posts: 13
From: Syria

Oh YEAH OPETH .... am waiting this fuckin new album
as am waiting DEATH..........




IT WILL BE EVIL............
OPETH FOR EVER
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06.02.2011 - 10:47
Wraith

Posts: 14
From: USA

It will be interesting to see what they do on this album. Will they go back to the more progressive style or continue down the road they've been on? Guess we'll have to wait and see either way I'm sure I'll find myself enjoying it.
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15.02.2011 - 14:38
Opeth Heart13

Posts: 1
From: Syria

Cant' Wait yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:banger2:
Opeth 4 Ever
:bow::bow:
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15.02.2011 - 22:35
Rating: 9
JimInFlames

Posts: 10
From: Greece

Opeth never let down their funs, There's no need to worry
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Archaic pearls of sleep and death,
The voice of December losing its breath.
And the floweryard of white and gray is haunted,
Is haunted.
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18.02.2011 - 02:12
Rating: 7
Kuroboshi

Posts: 805
From: Sweden

Let's hope they churn out something like Blackwater Park!
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18.03.2011 - 22:31
FrozenJoy

Posts: 60
From: Argentina
Better something like a mix of BP and SL... xD
Don't worry, Opeth will NEVER dissapoint us...
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27.03.2011 - 17:52
Chris Akerfeldt

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From: Croatia
Jens Bogren is engineering, Steven Wilson is mixing... well, I'm a asshole to say this but it's simply true and it can't be avoided... Attention to every Opeth fan, guess who's producing?? It's Kanye West!!! I don't know what to say, it's like S.Harris producing the next Rihanna album?! WTF? I'm sure you don't belive your eyes and so do I... But I assure you it's true...
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27.03.2011 - 18:43
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Chris Akerfeldt on 27.03.2011 at 17:52

Attention to every Opeth fan, guess who's producing?? It's Kanye West!!!

It doesn't surprise me. Opeth are about as mainstream as Metallica these days. Everyone and their dog has a copy of Blackwater Park and a few band t-shirts.

Now if he were to produce a Mournful Congregation album I think I'd bloody well shoot up the place. The place being whatever heavily populated area I'm in at the time.
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27.03.2011 - 18:50
!J.O.O.E.!
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Haha, what on Earth makes you think Kanye West is producing this record?
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27.03.2011 - 18:52
Troy Killjoy
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Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.03.2011 at 18:50

Haha, what on Earth makes you think Kanye West is producing this record?

Some joke blogs created a story about it a while back.
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27.03.2011 - 18:53
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2011 at 18:52

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.03.2011 at 18:50

Haha, what on Earth makes you think Kanye West is producing this record?

Some joke blogs created a story about it a while back.

Yeah I saw that, was most amusing. For a second I thought the guy above you actually believed it.
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27.03.2011 - 18:53
Troy Killjoy
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Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.03.2011 at 18:53

Yeah I saw that, was most amusing. For a second I thought the guy above you actually believed it.

I think he does.
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