Opeth - Heritage


7.3 | 1132 votes |
Release date: 14 September 2011
Style: Progressive rock

Owners:

970 have it
209 want it
1 trades it


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.

Read more ››
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?

Read more ››
published 29.05.2012 | Comments (32)

Found in 77 lists
Top lists



Comments page 9 / 17

Comments: 509   Visited by: 2595 users
14.09.2011 - 20:23
Sasha Batrakov
Account deleted
Still don't get the big deal over Opeth. They're good but are they REALLY number 2? Some moments, they're hardly metal at all.
Loading...
14.09.2011 - 21:13
Rating: 6
Prometheus
Pretty jazzy but good
Loading...
14.09.2011 - 21:43
Rating: 5
Rulatore
Dio wouldnt approve that tribute
Loading...
14.09.2011 - 22:43
Night Sight
I need more time for listening to them.but i'm sure it would be great album
----
Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
Loading...
14.09.2011 - 23:42
SauradipGhosh
Basically, with heritage the band hads broken new grounds. The problem with Opeth(or rather that is precisely what makes them second in the Bands list) is their constantly changing music. However with Watershed, Opeth had created an amazing sound for themselves which they could have pursued it.

Coming back to Heritage, songs like Haxprocess, I feel The Dark, The Devil's Orchard and Folklore are top Opeth stuff. Only Mikael could have pulled up something like that. The riffs are eerie and forebooding so are the vocal lines. Nepenthe, basically had a great vocal line but the wierd percussions and the riff kind of spoilt what could have become a beautiful and an emotional song.
Slither doesn't match up to the Opeth brand.

Even the songwriting is kind of disappointing because words like "Lies" "Father" "Mother" used too much. Recurring themes were seen in Watershed.

But production, performance wise a big full marks.

I'll give it an 8.75.
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 01:57
Rating: 6
Zender 1.8
Indestructible
I didn't like it........sorry !
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 02:45
Rating: 5
MaiSweettShaadow
Sounds like a 70´s rock pop , shit
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 03:43
sasquatch
You people are harsh, it's not like they sold out or anything. the music is still really good just different
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 07:33
Soulhole
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.
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 10:07
annodomini
DDDDDDDDDD This is the funniest shit for sure! I feel ashamed for all of you people, seriously! Poor, poor categorised metalheads...
----
there is nothing left to die for...
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 10:14
Rating: 6
Daniell
No, you don't
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...
----
Now loving:
Katatonia - Takeover
Kreator - World War Now
Ortega - Crows
Ahab - The Light In the Weed
Anaal Nathrakh - Depravity Favours the Bold
Dark Tranquillity - Encircled
Moonsorrow - Ihmisen Aika
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 10:22
annodomini
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.
----
there is nothing left to die for...
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 10:33
Rating: 6
Daniell
No, you don't
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...
----
Now loving:
Katatonia - Takeover
Kreator - World War Now
Ortega - Crows
Ahab - The Light In the Weed
Anaal Nathrakh - Depravity Favours the Bold
Dark Tranquillity - Encircled
Moonsorrow - Ihmisen Aika
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 11:24
Rating: 8
Blackened_Lux
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
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 15:29
John Shock
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??? :\
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 15:41
Rating: 6
Daniell
No, you don't
Yes, some fragments do have a jazzy feel to them. There's quite a bit of jazzy drumming as well..
----
Now loving:
Katatonia - Takeover
Kreator - World War Now
Ortega - Crows
Ahab - The Light In the Weed
Anaal Nathrakh - Depravity Favours the Bold
Dark Tranquillity - Encircled
Moonsorrow - Ihmisen Aika
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 16:19
Rating: 6
drdml
Although 1 gave it a 6,honestly, i think it's pure shit.
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 17:00
Rating: 10
dr.death
ponderer again
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+
----
hai guys. i'm ponderer. back again. i just cannot quit this site. how pathetic am i?
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 18:02
Rating: 6
Daniell
No, you don't
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.
----
Now loving:
Katatonia - Takeover
Kreator - World War Now
Ortega - Crows
Ahab - The Light In the Weed
Anaal Nathrakh - Depravity Favours the Bold
Dark Tranquillity - Encircled
Moonsorrow - Ihmisen Aika
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 18:42
Rating: 10
dr.death
ponderer again
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.
----
hai guys. i'm ponderer. back again. i just cannot quit this site. how pathetic am i?
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 19:05
Rating: 8
Phantom noir
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
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 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...
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 21:42
Rating: 7
kurokamen
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...
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 21:59
Rating: 10
dr.death
ponderer again
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.
----
hai guys. i'm ponderer. back again. i just cannot quit this site. how pathetic am i?
Loading...
15.09.2011 - 23:10
Lit.
Account deleted
It broke the green chain. That bad, huh?
Loading...
16.09.2011 - 00:44
Rating: 7
Fade To Black
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.
Loading...
16.09.2011 - 01:16
Rating: 10
Gabri
Perfect. just perfect..
Loading...
16.09.2011 - 01:53
Rating: 7
terribleusername
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...
Loading...
16.09.2011 - 03:34
Rating: 10
godisdead
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.
Loading...
16.09.2011 - 03:50
Asunder
This album makes me sad
Loading...

Hits total: 69705 | This month: 242