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Release date: 14 September 2011
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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

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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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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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NocturnalStalker - 07.11.2011 at 16:57  
Rating: 9 I still feel that I need at least a couple more listens to appreciate all the tracks, but I can already tell that this album is my favourite.
Opeth show that they can be daring with their music. "Heritage" can be seen as a tribute to all that old prog rock bands Mikael finds insipiration in. Not to mention, subtle but quite obvious bows to Scott Walker's music (if you listened to "The Drift", that is). I, personally, see it as a welcome change of direction, if it can be called that (I mean, you can look at it as an evolution too, as many parts take us back to "Watershed").
To put some critical input too, I need to mention that some of guitar leads (Fredrik's, I reckon) sound a bit... random. The other thing that put me down a bit is Akerfeldt's vocals. No, I surely don't mean the absence of growls or vocal performance! But not one, and not even a couple of times I felt, as I listened to the record, that he could be a bit more diverse in that area instead of copying melodic lines played by instruments. But maybe it's just my personal problem.
To sum it all up, Opeth did it again. They never fail to meet my expectations.

P.S. My favourite tracks at the moment are: The Devil's Orchard, Folklore and Slither, which is an usual track for Opeth.
musicalkaratekid - 21.11.2011 at 21:40  
Rating: 9 I enjoyed this album, yet like the reviewee said, it lacks that extra 'edge' found most prominently on other opeth releases. Nonetheless, whether opeth continue in this direction or not,it doesn't matter. not anymore. Opeth are a band of their own now, they can do what the hell they want,without catering to anybody's needs. Theyve been doing that ever since they formed, but still, with opeth, its a free world.
JimInFlames - 23.11.2011 at 01:33  
Rating: 9 What a magical album, indeed they never fail.
Favorite "The lines in my hand", with amazing innovate drums!
I don't have a problem with Mikael not growling, but I will if he wont at the next album....
K†ulu - 26.11.2011 at 15:50  
Rating: 8 I listened to Heritage again yesterday, and, man, I love this album, I really do. It was a brave thing to write this music, and we will never please everybody. If Mikael wrote another Watershed or Ghost Reveries, maybe some people would like that, but I think many (those more familiar with the band) might regard that as "more of the same."

What is really brilliant about Heritage is that sounds like Opeth, but it does not sound like anything they have ever done. It does not sound wrong and it does not sound as if they had copied somebody's ideas (Mikael's 70's heroes). As he said in a recent interview, Heritage does not sound like anything; it reminds one of Opeth. That's it. This album needs time to comprehend: both the change itself and all the weird concoctions that one can hear on it.

Another thing is that the sound quality is just too darn good and the way the recording was done just speaks for itself. Then each member's performance is stellar. So it's the great Opeth that we know but with an original sound and ideas this time, and, man, maybe this time was the perfect time to release such kind of an album, and to tell you the truth, I would like to hear more of this in the future.
Gumbert - 13.12.2011 at 00:35  
Rating: 10 Fuck 10
Doc Godin - 23.12.2011 at 06:07  
  This sounds like it should be sitting on one of those card-board displays in front of the register at Starbucks. Between the Norah Jones and Michael Buble CDs.
Troy Killjoy - 23.12.2011 at 06:22  
 
Written by Doc Godin on 23.12.2011 at 06:07
This sounds like it should be sitting on one of those card-board displays in front of the register at Starbucks. Between the Norah Jones and Michael Buble CDs.

That should have been our official review. Just that.
madrigal - 05.01.2012 at 16:52  
Rating: 10 Absolutely mighty !
McheDayan - 22.01.2012 at 23:39  
  I don't understand why a lot of people have a problem with this album. Its not one you can listen to once and decide yay or nay, because its definitely more complex than that. If their sound stayed exactly the same album to album, there wouldn't be stellar albums like Blackwater park or Ghost Reveries or any of the albums that people generally peg as "Opeth". The change from Orchid and Morningrise to Watershed is epic... it was meant to be that way. Opeth has been on a constant quest of evolution from the norm, and has proven itself over and over again. Not bad for a band thats been around for over 15 years. Honestly I'm impressed with Heritage and I can find nothing wrong with it at all.
R'Vannith - 23.01.2012 at 14:48  
Rating: 8
Written by McheDayan on 22.01.2012 at 23:39

I don't understand why a lot of people have a problem with this album. Its not one you can listen to once and decide yay or nay, because its definitely more complex than that. If their sound stayed exactly the same album to album, there wouldn't be stellar albums like Blackwater park or Ghost Reveries or any of the albums that people generally peg as "Opeth". The change from Orchid and Morningrise to Watershed is epic... it was meant to be that way. Opeth has been on a constant quest of evolution from the norm, and has proven itself over and over again. Not bad for a band thats been around for over 15 years. Honestly I'm impressed with Heritage and I can find nothing wrong with it at all.


The problem for some is not so much that it is different but that it is too different from previous releases. It simply strays too far from the comfort zones of some fans who want metal with their Opeth as opposed to Progressive Rock.

On the other hand some people just plain don't care for the music, regardless of what tags it falls under. It's not like all those who dislike this album are ignorant of everything that makes the music enjoyable for anyone else. That's what I don't understand, how can you not expect a mixed reception from an album as markedly different from Opeth's previous work as this?
MaiSweettShaadow - 07.02.2012 at 02:43  
Rating: 1 Bad, their worst by far
sentinel65 - 10.02.2012 at 21:58  
  A very good album, even the bonus tracks are enjoyable. Does not contain the diversity of their older stuff, but still good.
3rdWorld - 29.02.2012 at 19:29  
  And for the next record, Will they go to their other "roots" (death metal) back again or are they gonna tread in this newfound phase of mediocrity.
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 19:22  
Rating: 8
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 07.02.2012 at 02:43

Bad, their worst by far

It doesn't deserve a 1! You just killed the rating...
Vod52 - 01.03.2012 at 21:02  
Rating: 10 Ok this their worst album and a new style but that still be so perfect
Cal Wolvington - 22.03.2012 at 19:12  
 
Written by Doc Godin on 23.12.2011 at 06:07

This sounds like it should be sitting on one of those card-board displays in front of the register at Starbucks. Between the Norah Jones and Michael Buble CDs.


Not unless someone has been messing with the shelving. I mean, an O-artist between a B-artist and and J-artist?
Mr. Doctor - 22.03.2012 at 22:35  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 22.03.2012 at 19:12

Written by Doc Godin on 23.12.2011 at 06:07

This sounds like it should be sitting on one of those card-board displays in front of the register at Starbucks. Between the Norah Jones and Michael Buble CDs.

Not unless someone has been messing with the shelving. I mean, an O-artist between a B-artist and and J-artist?


It would fit considering how messy this album is.
Cal Wolvington - 23.03.2012 at 10:06  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.03.2012 at 22:35

It would fit considering how messy this album is.


I know dozens of Buble fans and not one of them would have the patience to sit through and immerse themselves in "Marrow Of The Earth". Not a big fan of this album either, but the idea that it might appeal to fans of Buble is... not worth being called an "idea".
Troy Killjoy - 23.03.2012 at 15:11  
  Aye, Buble > Opeth.
Cynic Metalhead - 23.03.2012 at 16:36  
Rating: 8 Aye, Disturbed > Opeth.
@gent_-_orange - 03.04.2012 at 16:08  
Rating: 7 I like Opeth and this album but If they are to continue in this direction ill probably lose interest in them. This album is quite good as a one off but I don't think they can continue their career doing this.
Unhealer - 04.04.2012 at 18:48  
Rating: 8
Written by @gent_-_orange on 03.04.2012 at 16:08

I like Opeth and this album but If they are to continue in this direction ill probably lose interest in them. This album is quite good as a one off but I don't think they can continue their career doing this.


Yep, I agree. I don't want them to return to the "usual" Opeth either, but they should try to keep this direction on par with their metal roots.
Vasil de Shumen - 13.04.2012 at 20:22  
Rating: 9 Avant-garde MASTERPIECE
Troy Killjoy - 13.04.2012 at 20:41  
 
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.04.2012 at 20:22
Avant-garde MASTERPIECE

What is avant-garde about a retro prog rock album?
K†ulu - 13.04.2012 at 23:54  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 20:41

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.04.2012 at 20:22
Avant-garde MASTERPIECE

What is avant-garde about a retro prog rock album?

That it does not really copy the ideas from the 70's (thus, I would not call it "retro" in any sense of the word) but expands Opeth's musical endeavors in a very brave (hence, avant-garde) way. Heritage is quite a unique album in my opinion.
Array - 14.04.2012 at 00:11  
Rating: 7 Well, the term avantgarde hasn't crossed my mind during those times I have listened to this album. Maybe I can think about that avantgarde thing when I spin it for the next time, but right now I think it's just a bit more trippy prog stuff.
JohnDoe - 14.04.2012 at 03:00  
 
Written by MaiSweettShaadow on 07.02.2012 at 02:43

Bad, their worst by far


rating it 1, you basically say the album is pure shit.
iMorphball - 15.04.2012 at 14:36  
  The issue that people have with this album is that it seems as if the songwriting is forgetting about hooks. There's no reason to listen to this album from start to finish if it's not your first listen. There's nothing really worth checking again.

Disappointed, totally.
K†ulu - 15.04.2012 at 21:20  
Rating: 8
Written by iMorphball on 15.04.2012 at 14:36

The issue that people have with this album is that it seems as if the songwriting is forgetting about hooks. There's no reason to listen to this album from start to finish if it's not your first listen. There's nothing really worth checking again.

Disappointed, totally.

To me, it's totally opposite. There is A LOT to discover on repeated listens, and this is definitely not the album that you can understand on the first listen; this one is just as far from that as it gets. If you listened to it just once, you have not heard anything, believe me.
iMorphball - 17.04.2012 at 00:07  
 
Written by K†ulu on 15.04.2012 at 21:20

Written by iMorphball on 15.04.2012 at 14:36

The issue that people have with this album is that it seems as if the songwriting is forgetting about hooks. There's no reason to listen to this album from start to finish if it's not your first listen. There's nothing really worth checking again.

Disappointed, totally.

To me, it's totally opposite. There is A LOT to discover on repeated listens, and this is definitely not the album that you can understand on the first listen; this one is just as far from that as it gets. If you listened to it just once, you have not heard anything, believe me.


I give every album 3 spins at the very least. This one was a torture to listen to the whole way through. Different tastes, though!
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.04.2012 at 03:29  
 
Written by K†ulu on 13.04.2012 at 23:54

Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 20:41

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.04.2012 at 20:22
Avant-garde MASTERPIECE

What is avant-garde about a retro prog rock album?

That it does not really copy the ideas from the 70's (thus, I would not call it "retro" in any sense of the word)


That does not make it avant garde. And actually it totally copies the ideas from the 70s. It copies the tiny unknown underground bands from that era. Mikael even said so hiumself in quite a few interviews.

Avant garde means pushing your music to the exctreme borders and that certainly is something this album doesn't do at all either.
Mr. Doctor - 17.04.2012 at 14:58  
Rating: 6 Avantgarde?


Lolz.
R'Vannith - 17.04.2012 at 16:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 20:41

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.04.2012 at 20:22
Avant-garde MASTERPIECE

What is avant-garde about a retro prog rock album?

Most likely it has something to do with the band name. If Opeth do it then it just has to be something exceptional.
I would say however that this is like no other retro prog album I've ever heard. But calling it avantgarde is rubbish, it just owes far more to their own progressive tendencies which they've always relied on in their music (even of the metal variety) than to the ways of the 70's.
Troy Killjoy - 17.04.2012 at 16:12  
 
Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:00
Most likely it has something to do with the band name. If Opeth do it then it just has to be something exceptional.

That was my first thought, but I thought maybe if I asked I'd get a legitimate response as to why this album is in any way pushing the envelope.
R'Vannith - 17.04.2012 at 16:20  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 16:12

Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:00
Most likely it has something to do with the band name. If Opeth do it then it just has to be something exceptional.

That was my first thought, but I thought maybe if I asked I'd get a legitimate response as to why this album is in any way pushing the envelope.

That would be interesting, I think this is typical Opeth noodling around with their own style and integrating it with a little classic prog. No envelope is being pushed as far as I'm aware.
Troy Killjoy - 17.04.2012 at 16:22  
 
Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:20
No envelope is being pushed as far as I'm aware.

Exactly, and like Marcel stated earlier, Mikael even made note of drawing influence from some of the lesser known prog artists from the '70s (not that I would be able to list off any artists since I never listened to the stuff).
R'Vannith - 17.04.2012 at 16:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 16:22

Exactly, and like Marcel stated earlier, Mikael even made note of drawing influence from some of the lesser known prog artists from the '70s (not that I would be able to list off any artists since I never listened to the stuff).

Well I get an early Deep Purple vibe from this myself. They're well known, but I suppose their earlier material has been considered less than their later hard rock stuff. "Slither" for example has Deep Purple written all over it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.04.2012 at 16:29  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 16:22

Mikael even made note of drawing influence from some of the lesser known prog artists from the '70s (not that I would be able to list off any artists since I never listened to the stuff).


Same for me. That's music I always hated (to put it mildly) But when I come across the interview again where Mikael mentions the artists that inspired them for this one and which artists they even ripped off (I remember MIkael even using the term rip-off to describe the music on Heritage At least the guy is honest in that respect) I will mentione them here.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.04.2012 at 16:30  
 
Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:27

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 16:22

Exactly, and like Marcel stated earlier, Mikael even made note of drawing influence from some of the lesser known prog artists from the '70s (not that I would be able to list off any artists since I never listened to the stuff).

Well I get an early Deep Purple vibe from this myself. They're well known, but I suppose their earlier material has been considered less than their later hard rock stuff. "Slither" for example has Deep Purple written all over it.


Only Slither has that very early Deep Purple vibe but then again very early Deep Purple was firmly rooted in the prog of the 60s.
@gent_-_orange - 17.04.2012 at 16:33  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.04.2012 at 16:29

which artists they even ripped off (I remember MIkael even using the term rip-off to describe the music on Heritage At least the guy is honest in that respect) I will mentione them here.

It seems daft that they are throwing away an original sound simply to do music that has already been done a million times over, Judging by what Mikael has said in interview they are staying this way as well.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.04.2012 at 16:35  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 17.04.2012 at 16:33


It seems daft that they are throwing away an original sound simply to do music that has already been done a million times over, Judging by what Mikael has said in interview they are staying this way as well.


Yes they are staying on this road, because this is the music Mikael really loves listening to and loves making. Apparently Mikael has one of the largest 60s, 70s Prog collections around.
R'Vannith - 17.04.2012 at 16:35  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.04.2012 at 16:30

Only Slither has that very early Deep Purple vibe but then again very early Deep Purple was firmly rooted in the prog of the 60s.

I would have said that one bears more of a resemblance with their mid era material, the album as a whole constantly reminds me of Purple tracks like "April" from their self-titled. But yes very proggy in those early albums, and I can't help but feel its what Opeth were aiming for. I think they did a good job of it actually.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.04.2012 at 16:38  
 
Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:35

I think they did a good job of it actually.


IMO they totally failed at it.
R'Vannith - 17.04.2012 at 16:41  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.04.2012 at 16:38

Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:35

I think they did a good job of it actually.


IMO they totally failed at it.

Granted their own trademark sound sort of smothers it all but I generally find their sound listenable, so when they combine it with influences like early Deep Purple (which I enjoy) I'm naturally inclined to like it I guess.
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.04.2012 at 16:43  
 
Written by R'Vannith on 17.04.2012 at 16:41


Granted their own trademark sound sort of smothers it all but I generally find their sound listenable, so when they combine it with influences like early Deep Purple (which I enjoy) I'm naturally inclined to like it I guess.


I immesnely enjoy very early and early Deep Purple but Opeth somehow manages to defile it.
Fritillaria - 17.04.2012 at 17:37  
  Opeth failed with Heritage
K†ulu - 17.04.2012 at 22:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.04.2012 at 03:29

Written by K†ulu on 13.04.2012 at 23:54

Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.04.2012 at 20:41

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 13.04.2012 at 20:22
Avant-garde MASTERPIECE

What is avant-garde about a retro prog rock album?

That it does not really copy the ideas from the 70's (thus, I would not call it "retro" in any sense of the word)


That does not make it avant garde. And actually it totally copies the ideas from the 70s. It copies the tiny unknown underground bands from that era. Mikael even said so hiumself in quite a few interviews.

Avant garde means pushing your music to the exctreme borders and that certainly is something this album doesn't do at all either.

Ok, maybe this is not avant-garde in the proper sense of the word. About this being a retro 70's album, you are saying he copied stuff from unknown bands, but still people call this a retro album as if they knew those bands. Usually people refer to King Crimson and Jethro Tull. I am not a huge expert of 70's prog, but Heritage does not bring to mind what I've heard. Besides, there is a massive Opeth feel to the album.
infernaldeath87 - 02.05.2012 at 04:50  
Rating: 8 This a much, MUCH better album than a lot of people give it credit for! I just hate that close-minded people are always bashing this record. Really good prog-rock!
Troy Killjoy - 02.05.2012 at 05:38  
 
Written by infernaldeath87 on 02.05.2012 at 04:50
I just hate that close-minded people are always bashing this record.

Just to clarify, bashing this record and being closed-minded aren't mutually exclusive.
infernaldeath87 - 02.05.2012 at 18:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.05.2012 at 05:38

Written by infernaldeath87 on 02.05.2012 at 04:50
I just hate that close-minded people are always bashing this record.

Just to clarify, bashing this record and being closed-minded aren't mutually exclusive.

Well if they can't happen at the same time, why do they then? I just don't get it man!!!

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