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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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SWAMPL0RD - 15.09.2011 at 07:33  
Rating: 7 Had to delete my previous post which mostly praised this album. Honestly, none of the songs have stuck with me... in fact its boring me to tears. Very self-indulgent album from mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt, which ultimately falls flat under its own weight. An homage to 70's prog-rock wasn't what we needed from the mighty Opeth. Should have left Procupine Tree to deal with with progressive rock heritage.
annodomini - 15.09.2011 at 10:07  
Rating: 10 DDDDDDDDDD This is the funniest shit for sure! I feel ashamed for all of you people, seriously! Poor, poor categorised metalheads...
Daniell - 15.09.2011 at 10:14  
Rating: 6
Written by annodomini on 15.09.2011 at 10:07

DDDDDDDDDD This is the funniest shit for sure! I feel ashamed for all of you people, seriously! Poor, poor categorised metalheads...


Poor poor arrogant creature...
annodomini - 15.09.2011 at 10:22  
Rating: 10
Written by Daniell on 15.09.2011 at 10:14

Written by annodomini on 15.09.2011 at 10:07

DDDDDDDDDD This is the funniest shit for sure! I feel ashamed for all of you people, seriously! Poor, poor categorised metalheads...


Poor poor arrogant creature...


Angry, to be precise.
Daniell - 15.09.2011 at 10:33  
Rating: 6 People like music, or they don't. They are allowed to like/dislike music without any background. Mocking others for tastes different from your own is rude. Live and let live.

Also, I'll publish the review of Heritage this weekend. Get your angry axe ready, because it won't be a 10...
Headbanger93 - 15.09.2011 at 11:24  
Rating: 9 As a musical piece is great, you can not deny that.
As an Opeth album, not what we've expected. It has a new melody, which is great, but we surely miss the typical Opeth riffs and the turning point from clean to growl vocals.
I would give it an 8
John Shock - 15.09.2011 at 15:29  
 
Written by Daniell on 15.09.2011 at 10:33

People like music, or they don't. They are allowed to like/dislike music without any background. Mocking others for tastes different from your own is rude. Live and let live.

Also, I'll publish the review of Heritage this weekend. Get your angry axe ready, because it won't be a 10...

Can someone explain something? ...i've read about this album, and...is that true that this album, has "Jazz" elements??? :\
Daniell - 15.09.2011 at 15:41  
Rating: 6 Yes, some fragments do have a jazzy feel to them. There's quite a bit of jazzy drumming as well..
drdml - 15.09.2011 at 16:19  
Rating: 6 Although 1 gave it a 6,honestly, i think it's pure shit.
dr.death - 15.09.2011 at 17:00  
Rating: 10 Nice to see Opeth flexing some musical muscle and showing off their range. God forbid the metal kiddies can't sacrifice a goat every song. 10+
Daniell - 15.09.2011 at 18:02  
Rating: 6
Written by dr.death on 15.09.2011 at 17:00

Nice to see Opeth flexing some musical muscle and showing off their range. God forbid the metal kiddies can't sacrifice a goat every song. 10+


Quoting to show it later when things become more apparent.
dr.death - 15.09.2011 at 18:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Daniell on 15.09.2011 at 18:02

Written by dr.death on 15.09.2011 at 17:00

Nice to see Opeth flexing some musical muscle and showing off their range. God forbid the metal kiddies can't sacrifice a goat every song. 10+


Quoting to show it later when things become more apparent.


Okay. I'll quote you too. I like this site already.
Phantom noir - 15.09.2011 at 19:05  
Rating: 8 Opeth is moving to a different direction (hope they don't end up doing crappy music as so many "evolved bands"), but for now I think the album is fine. It's not Blackwater Park, but is a good album anyway. Damnation was indeed a terrible album, but somehow Heritage manages to walk down the same path but in a much better way.
Really looking forward for a Latin-American tour
MartinMyersKoek - 15.09.2011 at 20:48  
Rating: 5 This really isn't good album, and Im not comparing to previous opeth albums, too much ballast all over the record, its unable to grasp my attention for the whole hour, there are good even great moments but someone should cooperate with Mikael on writing process because he evidently did this record for himself...
kurokamen - 15.09.2011 at 21:42  
Rating: 7 This album is a reminderer of the reason why musicians with huge creativity have side proyects... Swäno wanted to make 80's rock, Nightingale was born, Lucassen wanted pure prog rock, Guilt Machine was born... If Åkerfeldt wanted a prog rock-jazz-folk band, he could just make one... The album isn't, its just not quite Opeth... Damnation was still Opeth, this just isn't...
dr.death - 15.09.2011 at 21:59  
Rating: 10 I love it that all the fanboys are so butthurt that Opeth decided to explore the music more and show off some progressive talent Huge credit to Opeth for not pumping out the same old same old, cd after cd. BEING the musical geniuses that they are, this cd shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
Lit. - 15.09.2011 at 23:10  
  It broke the green chain. That bad, huh?
Fade To Black - 16.09.2011 at 00:44  
Rating: 7 Opeth has always been a prog band with death metal elements. I think being completely caught off guard by this is ridiculous. The ensuing argument just looks like prog rock elitists in a screaming match with death metal head bangers.

To the head bangers, things change get over it.

To the prog rockers, your taste in music doesn't make you open minded genius. It seems to be making you kind of arrogant.
Gabri - 16.09.2011 at 01:16  
Rating: 10 Perfect. just perfect..
terribleusername - 16.09.2011 at 01:53  
Rating: 7 Gave it a third listen before rating on the off chance it would finally "click" like Watershed did. No such luck although I don't completely hate it anymore. It has some nice parts and it has some parts I don't care for. I'm not really a prog rock fan so it just doesn't do much for me.

And I can't be the only one who was totally caught off guard by the lyrics "Feel the pain, in your brain, insane" and busted out laughing. Usually Opeth lyrics are pretty good but man...
godisdead - 16.09.2011 at 03:34  
Rating: 10 Such a great album. I dont why people are complaining about lack of death metal elements. They have always been a prog band first (except for maybe their first two albums.
Asunder - 16.09.2011 at 03:50  
  This album makes me sad
Super_Greg - 16.09.2011 at 09:08  
Rating: 7 Metal nerd will surely rage over this.
Jeeers - 16.09.2011 at 12:41  
Rating: 7 Opeth could have done this much better, I think, but maybe it's just the way Åkerfeldt intended.
I don't know ..., I was mildly dissapointed when I heard this album, contrary to Damnation album which I love.
It has some very good and promising moments, but Åkerfeldt has to spoil those moments and atmosphere with some "progressive wankery", which seems totally out of place sometimes.

My favourite song is "Marrow Of The Earth" - sounds the most "opetish".

The album is not bad, but I am bored a little bit. Maybe I was expecting something if not genious, than on the level of previous albums, but this seems just bland to me.

I have always been more into this mellow side of Opeth, not growls. I really started to appreciate the extreme side of Opeth not so long ago. Yes, I can stomach "no growling"
On the other hand, maybe I am not much into progressive rock, but I have heard some and If I must compare - Heritage is nothing extraordinary.

Something is missing in this album .... maybe some memorable song or something ...
dizzl - 16.09.2011 at 13:42  
Rating: 6 Good ol Mike havin' a laugh? Srsly go buy one of the 70's prog albums that actually rock instead of this incredible overrated "prog" band
skerfy - 16.09.2011 at 15:11  
  Maybe its me but bands produce the music they want to produce....they dont write music that people want them to write :-)

I haven't heard the album yet but very much looking forward to it!!
RockeRoy - 16.09.2011 at 15:42  
 
Written by skerfy on 16.09.2011 at 15:11

Maybe its me but bands produce the music they want to produce....they dont write music that people want them to write :-)

some does, some don't
Yavanna - 16.09.2011 at 16:10  
 
Written by RockeRoy on 16.09.2011 at 15:42

Written by skerfy on 16.09.2011 at 15:11

Maybe its me but bands produce the music they want to produce....they dont write music that people want them to write :-)

some does, some don't

And those who write what people want to hear, turn too comercial (as it happens in pop-music) and then people say they sold out
Kenos - 16.09.2011 at 20:04  
 
Written by Yavanna on 16.09.2011 at 16:10

Written by RockeRoy on 16.09.2011 at 15:42

Written by skerfy on 16.09.2011 at 15:11

Maybe its me but bands produce the music they want to produce....they dont write music that people want them to write :-)

some does, some don't

And those who write what people want to hear, turn too comercial (as it happens in pop-music) and then people say they sold out

And that's not the case of Opeth. Nobody asked Mikeal to write an album like this; this time he just did whatever he wanted to do, and I'm quite sure he was aware of the risks but in the end he didn't care. I've read some reviews (mainly written for webzines of my country) during the last days and almost none of them gave a positive opinion -some "horrible", some just "meh" or "good but nothing more" and so on. Even on RateYourMusic "Heritage" is getting a fairly low average rating for Opeth's standards: 3.30/5, meaning "decent", compared to the other albums whose ratings approach 4.

I know some people who are not used to listen to metal but love other genres like progressive rock or fusion or something like that and they liked this album. And I'm not surprised.
I hate generalizations, really, but I'm starting to think that most of the bashings against "Heritage" are coming from metalheads who just listen to... Metal, and that's it. Hence a non-metal album, especially if a bit contrived and odd like this one (and I admit, it's initially frustrating to listen to), may just not be their cup of tea. To each his own, I guess.
Again, I repeat: imho, this is the best and most intriguing album they've released after "Blackwater Park".
Gospel - 16.09.2011 at 21:20  
Rating: 7 Ok, in terms of melody works good, but where is the growling? Where is the power? For me it's fucking too soft
Death - 16.09.2011 at 21:39  
Rating: 7 So, as it appears, this is the weakest Opeth album by rating.

I like this album and it should not be compared with Opeth's previous work.
Nicko's Nose - 16.09.2011 at 21:43  
Rating: 8 ZOMG NOT METHUL ENOUGH!!! TOTAL FUCKING SHIT!!! IF IT'S NOT METHUL IT SUCKS!!!
Kenos - 16.09.2011 at 23:03  
 
Written by Nicko's Nose on 16.09.2011 at 21:43

ZOMG NOT METHUL ENOUGH!!! TOTAL FUCKING SHIT!!! IF IT'S NOT METHUL IT SUCKS!!!

malaikat - 17.09.2011 at 00:03  
Rating: 7
Written by Nicko's Nose on 16.09.2011 at 21:43

ZOMG NOT METHUL ENOUGH!!! TOTAL FUCKING SHIT!!! IF IT'S NOT METHUL IT SUCKS!!!


^this
@gent_-_orange - 17.09.2011 at 00:45  
Rating: 7 The Inevitable "Close Mindedness" argument is getting closer and closer. You can just feel it
Hammer Pie - 17.09.2011 at 00:51  
  I mean, it just makes me so angry when people don't like this album! I bet it's because people only like metal! They only like music with growls! That's the only conceivable reason someone might not like this masterful tribute to what I've been told 70's prog sounds like. Maybe I should try listening to one of those bands sometime. Camel, was it?
Nicko's Nose - 17.09.2011 at 03:14  
Rating: 8 Just look at all of the people saying it's bad because it doesn't have any growling and it's not heavy enough.
Hammer Pie - 17.09.2011 at 07:30  
  I know! It really gets under my skin too when people like some types of music and dislike others.
Monolithic - 17.09.2011 at 08:41  
Rating: 7 I dunno what's wrong with this album, other than fanboys getting butthurt over the growls and the heaviness of course ...Maybe they're not FANS after all...
The album speaks for itself:It's good music. And good music deserves more than a bunch of angry words for no logical reason.
Nicko's Nose - 17.09.2011 at 08:50  
Rating: 8
Written by Hammer Pie on 17.09.2011 at 07:30

I know! It really gets under my skin too when people like some types of music and dislike others.

So you think it's ok to hate music that isn't metal only because it isn't metal?
AnthonyGlaser - 17.09.2011 at 10:24  
  If ya'll want heavier music from Mikael, go listen to Bloodbath. That's strictly death metal. Mikael even said this album would be different. I found it written very well.
Hammer Pie - 17.09.2011 at 14:11  
 
Written by Nicko's Nose on 17.09.2011 at 08:50

So you think it's ok to hate music that isn't metal only because it isn't metal?


Yes. If it's a genre of music you don't enjoy, you aren't going to like the album. If certain elements of a band appeal to you, and then they drop those in favor of elements you don't like, of course you won't enjoy the new material as much. So I don't see what's so anger-inducing about someone who only likes metal (or at least doesn't like prog rock) not liking Heritage.
Sleeping Dragon - 17.09.2011 at 23:03  
Rating: 8 Hmm... this is by no means a bad album, but it's not quite what I've been waiting three and a half years for...
Evil Chip - 18.09.2011 at 00:55  
Rating: 7 Prog rockers seem to accept everything as long as it is prog rock, experimental and "sophisticated".
Omnicosm - 18.09.2011 at 02:42  
 
Written by Sleeping Dragon on 17.09.2011 at 23:03

Hmm... this is by no means a bad album, but it's not quite what I've been waiting three and a half years for...


This is about how I feel. I need to give it a couple more true open-minded listens before I can rate it, but I'm leaning towards an 8, objectively. I think it's fantastic music overall, but just not quite up to par with the delivery of most Opeth arrangements. Damnation is, actually, in my top favorite albums from Opeth--the lack of "heaviness" holds no weight on my opinion. I feel that the melodies aren't originating from sincere passion--they aren't saturated in emotion like much of Opeth's melodies are. This album feels a little too deliberately experimental, rather than a genuine creative representation. That being said, I think it's a good thing. I hope that in the next album a refined balance can be found after the discoveries that were certainly made in the creation of this album.
Zaphod - 18.09.2011 at 13:35  
 
Written by Sleeping Dragon on 17.09.2011 at 23:03

Hmm... this is by no means a bad album, but it's not quite what I've been waiting three and a half years for...

Exactly, I think that's the main problem people have with this album.
Hybreda - 18.09.2011 at 14:56  
  People do make me sick from time to time. I am not a pure headbanger, listen to every genre, so maybe the douches that think that going soft and changing style automatically makes you give high scores to an album. this album is opeth that has forgotten it was opeth, listened to a bit too much PT and KC, and then decided that they needed a change to top Watershed, but fell short in preparing something that sticks. I am not saying music is bad or anything, I can hear lovely melodies all around, but if this was released under a different name, I would've appreciated it a lot more, because unlike any of the past releases, none of the melodies got stuck to my head! I can still sing songs from Watershed, even their slow parts (and this album shouldn't be compared with Damnation just because both are slow paced, the way the subjects, melodies and emotions are explored in these two are completely different) but after listening to this album for many times, I gave the band Today is the Day's last album a listen, and I immediately got their songs stuck on my head (neither their fan nor advertising, just giving pure facts)..
BloodFireDeath - 18.09.2011 at 19:10  
Rating: 7 See my thoughts on this album is that its just ok. Nothing bad nothing good. It is just average. Opeth kinda rips off deep purple quite a bit, from the song structure in the begining of The Devils Orchard, to the guitar tone, and the hammond organ. I would give this albums a 7 becuase it is good. It is above average. But the melodies and the ideas just aren't as interesting as previous albums by the band. While I do applaud him for completely eliminated the growls for artistic purposes, and taking a band in a direction he wanted to. Honestly if he put out another album like watershed just to "please" the fans I would have immediatly acused him of selling out. However two of the best things about Opeth is the juxtoposition of heavy and soft, and that brooding sadness and sorrow of which this album has neither. It took me so long to have a complete listen of the song "The Devils Orchard" because I just got so bored. To all you fan boys out there its just somebodys opinion. Whether they don't crucify it or praise it is of no bother to you. I know I have been guilty of being a terrible fan boy in the past but I realized if I liked something or disliked something no one elses opinion should sway me. Unless I am a complete twat who has no spine and is getting ready to roll over and have society stamp on the other side of my face.
BloodFireDeath - 18.09.2011 at 21:34  
Rating: 7 One thing I forgot to mention is how regardless of how people think or feel about this album I will say this. This really does sound like an Opeth album. Its got that pouring from every hole.
BloodFireDeath - 18.09.2011 at 21:34  
Rating: 7 One thing I forgot to mention is how regardless of how people think or feel about this album I will say this. This really does sound like an Opeth album. Its got that pouring from every hole.

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