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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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (12)


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

Guest musicians
Alex Acuña - percussion
Björn Johannson "J:son" 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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!J.O.O.E.! - 03.12.2010 at 17:25  
Rating: 6 First comment.
K†ulu - 03.12.2010 at 17:45  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.12.2010 at 17:25

First comment.

Indeed.
Lachy - 04.12.2010 at 03:11  
  Already mentally purchased
andreosokin - 04.12.2010 at 21:52  
Rating: 9 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)
Kap'N Korrupt - 04.12.2010 at 21:56  
  Its gonna be great...maybe they can back to an earlier sound...
ãtuã - 05.12.2010 at 22:23  
  OPETH!
NEW ALBUM!
MASTERPIECE!
TOUR!
Zuzuz0r - 05.12.2010 at 23:22  
  Hope they use a lot of mellotron and clean vocals all over.
atma vichara - 06.12.2010 at 06:27  
Rating: 7 Ha ! Finally. Epic !
atma vichara - 06.12.2010 at 06:28  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 04.12.2010 at 03:11

Already mentally purchased

Mentally heard it. And my head is blown out of proportions !
blackdoomy - 06.12.2010 at 14:11  
Rating: 6 Caaan't wait!!!!!!!!!
advent - 08.12.2010 at 14:49  
Rating: 7
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.
PrimalAntagonist - 14.12.2010 at 17:33  
  My most anticipated entertainment release since Half-life 2.......
ramin - 26.12.2010 at 14:37  
  Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss
SauradipGhosh - 03.01.2011 at 23:54  
  Cant wait..love you guys..
BloodTears - 04.01.2011 at 15:00  
Rating: 8 I always have high expectations with Opeth. it's no different now.
tea[m]ster - 07.01.2011 at 06:22  
Rating: 7
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!
BloodTears - 07.01.2011 at 10:46  
Rating: 8
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
Doc Godin - 10.01.2011 at 22:18  
  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.
superbarhom - 05.02.2011 at 21:28  
  Oh YEAH OPETH .... am waiting this fuckin new album
as am waiting DEATH..........




IT WILL BE EVIL............
OPETH FOR EVER
Wraith - 06.02.2011 at 10:47  
  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.
Opeth Heart13 - 15.02.2011 at 14:38  
  Cant' Wait yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:banger2:
Opeth 4 Ever
:bow::bow:
JimInFlames - 15.02.2011 at 22:35  
Rating: 9 Opeth never let down their funs, There's no need to worry
Kuroboshi - 18.02.2011 at 02:12  
Rating: 7 Let's hope they churn out something like Blackwater Park!
FrozenJoy - 18.03.2011 at 22:31  
  Better something like a mix of BP and SL... xD
Don't worry, Opeth will NEVER dissapoint us...
Chris Akerfeldt - 27.03.2011 at 17:52  
  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...
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2011 at 18:43  
 
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.
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.03.2011 at 18:50  
Rating: 6 Haha, what on Earth makes you think Kanye West is producing this record?
Troy Killjoy - 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.
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.03.2011 at 18:53  
Rating: 6
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.
Troy Killjoy - 27.03.2011 at 18:53  
 
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.
RavenKing - 27.03.2011 at 19:11  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2011 at 18:43

Opeth are about as mainstream as Metallica these days.


Surely not as popular as Metallica. But, mainstream and accessible? Surely. I think everyone I know in real life who likes Opeth is not a metalhead.
Perhaps I get a false impression. I never cared at all for Opeth, as everything I heard from this band was extremely boring.
Chris Akerfeldt - 28.03.2011 at 00:16  
  Yep, it seems you all know the story haha...
Joey Filth - 05.04.2011 at 16:15  
  C'mon, new details already! Steven Wilson mentioned a few days ago that he's finished mixing the 'incredible new Opeth album'. Which means, it's only a matter of time before we get tracklistings and artwork and what not.
JunN_Vai - 07.04.2011 at 08:03  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.12.2010 at 17:25

First comment.

pertamax, gaaaannn.....
Void Eater - 08.04.2011 at 04:51  
  Well, I just checked out Opeth for the first time this morning, and was unimpressed. Th alb um is good news for the thousands of fans on Metalstorm, but I'll pass.
madrigal - 08.04.2011 at 18:21  
Rating: 10
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?

it's just a ballshit
Fat & Sassy! - 09.05.2011 at 00:05  
Rating: 6
Written by Doc Godin on 10.01.2011 at 22:18

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.


This. Although, based off your vote for Damnation, it looks like you hated it. I thought that album was super atmosphere-focused... which is why *I* love it.

Oh and this probably wouldn't be a popular idea, but I'd be pretty happy if Opeth released an album full of songs like Burden. It would be pretty sexy-fresh if you ask me.
Doc Godin - 09.05.2011 at 00:51  
 
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 00:05

Written by Doc Godin on 10.01.2011 at 22:18

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.


This. Although, based off your vote for Damnation, it looks like you hated it. I thought that album was super atmosphere-focused... which is why *I* love it.

Oh and this probably wouldn't be a popular idea, but I'd be pretty happy if Opeth released an album full of songs like Burden. It would be pretty sexy-fresh if you ask me.

Part of what attracts (or attracted) me about Opeth was the variation. Damnation had absolutely none. It was a bit of a borefest.
BloodTears - 09.05.2011 at 00:54  
Rating: 8 Sexy fresh? lol

I'm hoping they can still surprise me.
Fat & Sassy! - 09.05.2011 at 01:22  
Rating: 6
Written by Doc Godin on 09.05.2011 at 00:51

Part of what attracts (or attracted) me about Opeth was the variation. Damnation had absolutely none. It was a bit of a borefest.


I can understand that. It does seem like one big song (which is why I think it arguably stays soothing). It seems they had one idea... and then just rolled with that one idea the whole album.

Written by BloodTears on 09.05.2011 at 00:54

Sexy fresh? lol


Well, yeah. Whenever I hear Burden, I think *smooth*. And well... sexy-fresh is just another way I like to describe such feelings the song provokes. XD
Mr. Doctor - 09.05.2011 at 10:37  
Rating: 6
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 01:22

Well, yeah. Whenever I hear Burden, I think *smooth*. And well... sexy-fresh is just another way I like to describe such feelings the song provokes. XD


Weird... I really like Damnation but Burden is such a MEH song it's unbelievable, the keyboard solo is chessy as hell too.
Fat & Sassy! - 09.05.2011 at 11:00  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.05.2011 at 10:37

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 01:22

Well, yeah. Whenever I hear Burden, I think *smooth*. And well... sexy-fresh is just another way I like to describe such feelings the song provokes. XD


Weird... I really like Damnation but Burden is such a MEH song it's unbelievable, the keyboard solo is chessy as hell too.


Eh, to each his own, I suppose. The keyboard solo is my favorite part of the song. Very blues-rock inspired. I found it fantastic and very fitting. The whole song packs a big *sincere*-sounding emotional punch, I think. Something a good amount of the rest of the album lacks.

But, uh... I think we are digressing. This thread is about their new album, no?
Mr. Doctor - 09.05.2011 at 16:33  
Rating: 6
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 11:00

But, uh... I think we are digressing. This thread is about their new album, no?


Of course of course... II'm going to rewrite my previous post so it can be on-topic:

"I wish there will be no songs like Burden in this new album"
There, fixed just for you ]:<
BloodTears - 09.05.2011 at 17:33  
Rating: 8
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 11:00

Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.05.2011 at 10:37

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 01:22

Well, yeah. Whenever I hear Burden, I think *smooth*. And well... sexy-fresh is just another way I like to describe such feelings the song provokes. XD


Weird... I really like Damnation but Burden is such a MEH song it's unbelievable, the keyboard solo is chessy as hell too.


Eh, to each his own, I suppose. The keyboard solo is my favorite part of the song. Very blues-rock inspired. I found it fantastic and very fitting. The whole song packs a big *sincere*-sounding emotional punch, I think. Something a good amount of the rest of the album lacks.

But, uh... I think we are digressing. This thread is about their new album, no?


I like "Burden" a lot, so I'm with Fat on this one. Kinda like I like "Road Salt One" and a lot of people don't.
Fat & Sassy! - 09.05.2011 at 18:00  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.05.2011 at 16:33

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 11:00

But, uh... I think we are digressing. This thread is about their new album, no?


Of course of course... II'm going to rewrite my previous post so it can be on-topic:

"I wish there will be no songs like Burden in this new album"
There, fixed just for you ]:<


... I'll allow it. >:[

Written by BloodTears on 09.05.2011 at 17:33

I like "Burden" a lot, so I'm with Fat on this one. Kinda like I like "Road Salt One" and a lot of people don't.


I guess we just aren't metal enough to think otherwise... ;-;
BloodTears - 09.05.2011 at 18:25  
Rating: 8 Yes, we're definitely posers.

As for the Opeth album, Wilson said it was excellent, I'll believe him for now.
Fat & Sassy! - 09.05.2011 at 19:07  
Rating: 6
Written by BloodTears on 09.05.2011 at 18:25

As for the Opeth album, Wilson said it was excellent, I'll believe him for now.


Steven Wilson? Guy is such an Opeth fanboy. He would say that about anything they put out.
BloodTears - 09.05.2011 at 19:19  
Rating: 8
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 09.05.2011 at 19:07

Written by BloodTears on 09.05.2011 at 18:25

As for the Opeth album, Wilson said it was excellent, I'll believe him for now.


Steven Wilson? Guy is such an Opeth fanboy. He would say that about anything they put out.


Oh, shush!
andreosokin - 26.05.2011 at 18:11  
Rating: 9 Heritage... already feels creepy
João Pirucas - 26.05.2011 at 19:56  
  Omg, I always love the song titles!

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