Opeth - Heritage


7.3 | 1162 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, grand piano, mellotron, effects
Per Wiberg - grand piano, Mellotron, Rhodes piano, Hammond B3, warlitzer
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Martin Axenrot - drums, percussion
Martín Méndez - bass

Guest musicians
Joakim Svalberg - grand piano
Alex Acuña - percussion
Björn J:son Lindh - flute
Charlie Dodd - effects

Additional info
Written and 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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05.09.2011 - 00:44
MetalSpider
A really good album! I was actually worried that I wouldn't enjoy it that much because of the lack of death metal vocals and real heaviness. However, Heritage is a damn good album!
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05.09.2011 - 10:24
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 00:04

Written by BloodTears on 04.09.2011 at 23:58

Written by Guest on 04.09.2011 at 22:56

Written by BloodTears on 04.09.2011 at 17:43

I'm enjoying the album at the moment. I don't get the comparisons with Damnation. I think it is an entirely different album altogether.

Really digging "Haxprocess" and "Famine".

I take that comparison back, Damnation was better.


I wasn't talking in terms of quality. I just think the albums are very different in terms of how they sound. If you like Damnation more or think it is better that is a different matter

I just wouldn't compare them based how similar they sound, because they don't, to me.

They are similar in concepts.


Why?
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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05.09.2011 - 11:04
Rating: 7
Behdad K
DEAD
I'm not a fan of Opeth and generally Progressive music, and somehow I didn't like this album much.
It needs a few more spins but it lacked a lot of things that I need to find an album good.
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05.09.2011 - 11:40
Rating: 8
BehzadSh
Written by Behdad K on 05.09.2011 at 11:04

I'm not a fan of Opeth and generally Progressive music, and somehow I didn't like this album much.
It needs a few more spins but it lacked a lot of things that I need to find an album good.


As Åkerfeldt said "I think you'll need a slightly deeper understanding of our music as a whole to be able to appreciate this record."
Since I get this Album I listen to it constantly, and more I listen, more I enjoy.

When my friends ask me about the album, I said to them "you might not like it once".
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05.09.2011 - 13:27
Rating: 8
Veil of Maya
Just gave it a listen. It has a very progressive feel to it which I personally find great. This album is an awesome addition to the Opeth discography!
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05.09.2011 - 13:57
Rating: 8
Warman
Erotic Stains
I've booked the special edition and can't wait! Got a special Opeth coin in return when I ordered it before release date. Awesome.
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05.09.2011 - 14:34
Fredd
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Written by BloodTears on 05.09.2011 at 10:24

Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 00:04

Written by BloodTears on 04.09.2011 at 23:58

Written by Guest on 04.09.2011 at 22:56

Written by BloodTears on 04.09.2011 at 17:43

I'm enjoying the album at the moment. I don't get the comparisons with Damnation. I think it is an entirely different album altogether.

Really digging "Haxprocess" and "Famine".

I take that comparison back, Damnation was better.


I wasn't talking in terms of quality. I just think the albums are very different in terms of how they sound. If you like Damnation more or think it is better that is a different matter

I just wouldn't compare them based how similar they sound, because they don't, to me.

They are similar in concepts.


Why?


Both are "different" proggy all-clean vocals albums that Akerfeldt "has always wanted to do."
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05.09.2011 - 16:18
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 14:34

Written by BloodTears on 05.09.2011 at 10:24

Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 00:04

Written by BloodTears on 04.09.2011 at 23:58

Written by Guest on 04.09.2011 at 22:56

Written by BloodTears on 04.09.2011 at 17:43

I'm enjoying the album at the moment. I don't get the comparisons with Damnation. I think it is an entirely different album altogether.

Really digging "Haxprocess" and "Famine".

I take that comparison back, Damnation was better.


I wasn't talking in terms of quality. I just think the albums are very different in terms of how they sound. If you like Damnation more or think it is better that is a different matter

I just wouldn't compare them based how similar they sound, because they don't, to me.

They are similar in concepts.


Why?


Both are "different" proggy all-clean vocals albums that Akerfeldt "has always wanted to do."


Fair enough then, I'll give you that!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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05.09.2011 - 16:48
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 14:34

Both are "different" proggy all-clean vocals albums that Akerfeldt "has always wanted to do."


That's barely a concept imo. The intentions are similar, that's true. But the style is completely different.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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05.09.2011 - 16:57
Rating: 6
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by opeth771 on 04.09.2011 at 23:54

Wow.... This is such a GEM! An absolute masterpiece... This is not for closed minded people who don't actually appreciated what music really is. Opeth never was just about growls... This album has a VERY high level of musicianship. You can really see how Akerfeldt is a genius for pulling out that kind of stuff after writing death metal for years! This is an awesome album!


And here comes the first Opeth fanboy to tell me that he is more open minded than me because I don't think Heritage is a masterpiece. Only he can see the greatness of it!
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Hate - Indestructible Pillar
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Dark Tranquillity - Nothing To No One
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05.09.2011 - 17:02
Rating: 6
drdml
It sucks,but wait,it's Opeth,
so it is deep,and most people can't understand this record.
I'm one of them.
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05.09.2011 - 17:44
Fredd
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.09.2011 at 16:48

Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 14:34

Both are "different" proggy all-clean vocals albums that Akerfeldt "has always wanted to do."


That's barely a concept imo. The intentions are similar, that's true. But the style is completely different.


Stop being so anal.
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05.09.2011 - 17:47
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 17:44

Stop being so anal.


It's my first comment on the matter in this forum and I'm anal.

Nice one dude.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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05.09.2011 - 17:50
Fredd
Account deleted
Written by Mr. Doctor on 05.09.2011 at 17:47

Written by Guest on 05.09.2011 at 17:44

Stop being so anal.


It's my first comment on the matter in this forum and I'm anal.

Nice one dude.

"anal retentive"
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05.09.2011 - 17:53
Rating: 8
BloodTears
ANA-thema
I got what he was saying about the concept, the idea. But as I said, it is an entirely different album in terms of sound.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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05.09.2011 - 19:22
Rating: 5
Rulatore
Written by drdml on 05.09.2011 at 17:02

It sucks,but wait,it's Opeth,
so it is deep,and most people can't understand this record.
I'm one of them.


Deep and dark asshole

Opeth is feeding the trolls, cant you see it both close and open mind
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05.09.2011 - 20:05
Rating: 7
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by Daniell on 05.09.2011 at 16:57

And here comes the first Opeth fanboy to tell me that he is more open minded than me because I don't think Heritage is a masterpiece. Only he can see the greatness of it!


when a dude has a band's name as his user name, and has scored said band's albums an average 9.6, it's a big neon sign that says "this opinion is not worth wasting your time on."
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05.09.2011 - 23:05
SauradipGhosh
I feel the dark is haunting...at least the first part is...Listening to it now. It would take a while. But I'm sure It would bag the top awards at Metalstorm Awards 2011
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06.09.2011 - 01:51
opeth771
Written by BitterCOld on 05.09.2011 at 20:05

Written by Daniell on 05.09.2011 at 16:57

And here comes the first Opeth fanboy to tell me that he is more open minded than me because I don't think Heritage is a masterpiece. Only he can see the greatness of it!


when a dude has a band's name as his user name, and has scored said band's albums an average 9.6, it's a big neon sign that says "this opinion is not worth wasting your time on."


You guys are ridiculous.... A lot of my favorite bands have released s*it albums and I can recognize it. Since you called me an Opeth fanboy, you obviously don't even like Opeth, so why bother?
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06.09.2011 - 03:35
Rating: 7
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by opeth771 on 06.09.2011 at 01:51


You guys are ridiculous.... A lot of my favorite bands have released s*it albums and I can recognize it. Since you called me an Opeth fanboy, you obviously don't even like Opeth, so why bother?


"you obviously don't like Opeth"

i am a fan of the band and have five of their albums, i just don't drool over them (or anyone else) like you seem to. whether or not i like a band has zero bearing as to whether or not i think someone's voting patterns are absurd.
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06.09.2011 - 03:57
opeth771
Written by BitterCOld on 06.09.2011 at 03:35

Written by opeth771 on 06.09.2011 at 01:51


You guys are ridiculous.... A lot of my favorite bands have released s*it albums and I can recognize it. Since you called me an Opeth fanboy, you obviously don't even like Opeth, so why bother?


"you obviously don't like Opeth"

i am a fan of the band and have five of their albums, i just don't drool over them (or anyone else) like you seem to. whether or not i like a band has zero bearing as to whether or not i think someone's voting patterns are absurd.


My voting pattern has nothing absurd.... I really think Still Life and Blackwater Park should be definite 10s, at least for me, they are perfect.... Anyways...
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06.09.2011 - 07:29
Rating: 8
BenWasHere
Folklore may just be the best song ever
I love the new album.
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06.09.2011 - 11:39
Rating: 7
Moose
Two listens in, and I'm not too sure about this one :/
To be completely honest, I'm finding it a little...boring!
A few really awesome songs, but on the whole, I'm certain this will be their lowest rated album to date.
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06.09.2011 - 13:46
Rating: 8
DrM
DreaMutilated
Written by BitterCOld on 06.09.2011 at 03:35

Written by opeth771 on 06.09.2011 at 01:51


You guys are ridiculous.... A lot of my favorite bands have released s*it albums and I can recognize it. Since you called me an Opeth fanboy, you obviously don't even like Opeth, so why bother?


"you obviously don't like Opeth"

i am a fan of the band and have five of their albums, i just don't drool over them (or anyone else) like you seem to. whether or not i like a band has zero bearing as to whether or not i think someone's voting patterns are absurd.

So you're saying that if I like a certain band's entire catalog means my opinion is less worthy? Having bought every Opeth studio album post 1999, and since I think Still Life and Damnation are worthy of a 10 rating my opinion must be discarded as well, right? You're entitled to your opinion, but that does not mean other people's posts are worthless just because they don't agree with your point of view.

This is getting off topic. In my worthless opinion then, after a few listens I think this is definitely a 9. It's a more complex albeit less aggressive piece which I much appreciate, and with every listen I still uncover more and more layers I didn't hear in a previous listen.
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06.09.2011 - 13:48
Kenos
Account deleted
... The first listens were actually puzzling, but now it's gaining ground. Sure, it may be not their best work and sometimes it seems a bit sparse, but it's pretty interesting and diverse, and it shows a 100% prog Opeth. Anyway, it's better than the "Watershit" failure. It's a solid 8, for the moment.

I feel it won't be appreciated by many, especially metalheads and those who are not familiar with prog. Fine... Guess everyone has his own tastes. Just give it time and let it grow on you...
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06.09.2011 - 14:38
(((O)))
Folklore is a cool track, this album is much better than everything else Opeth has released. Blackwater Park is a huge snoozefest for me.
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06.09.2011 - 14:45
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by (((O))) on 06.09.2011 at 14:38

Folklore is a cool track, this album is much better than everything else Opeth has released. Blackwater Park is a huge snoozefest for me.

[Incert rage comment here]
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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06.09.2011 - 14:47
(((O)))
Quote:
[Incert rage comment here]

Lets see what happens.
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06.09.2011 - 14:54
(((O)))
I also want to add that the clean vocals (well, there are only cleans in this one) are much better than on their previous albums, in Damnation they were
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06.09.2011 - 15:06
Rating: 5
Slayer666
Written by (((O))) on 06.09.2011 at 14:38

Folklore is a cool track, this album is much better than everything else Opeth has released. Blackwater Park is a huge snoozefest for me.

It was for me too, but this one isn't much better either. After hearing "Devil's Orchard" I though that this could be the very first Opeth record I would like, but no such luck...
Opeth and I are eternally opposed, it seems.
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