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Heritage [CD+DVD, Limited Edition]

Opeth Audio CD
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In a metal scene glutted with traditionalists and bandwagon jumpers, Opeth continue to create epic, iconoclastic music, inventing the rules as they go along. From the jazz-inflected rhythms and acoustic embellishments of their 1994 debut, Orchid, to the Middle Eastern flavors and stoner metal riffs of 2001's Blackwater Park, these Swedes continue to venture where others couldn't fathom ... Read more in Amazon's Opeth Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B005CM9DX6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Heritage
2. The Devil's Orchard
3. I Feel The Dark
4. Slither
5. Nepenthe
6. Häxprocess
7. Famine
8. The Lines In My Hand
9. Folklore
10. Marrow Of The Earth
Disc: 2
1. Pyre
2. Face In The Snow
3. Making Of The Album Documentary

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BBC Review

News about Opeth ditching metal for the prog world for their 10th album has been greatly exaggerated. Yes, it's an eye-catching story that reflects their progression, but the Swedes are as heavy as they've ever been. Whatever you may have been led to believe, a band does not need death metal vocals to be heavy. If 2003's Damnation wasn't enough proof of that, the 57 glorious minutes of Heritage present another opportunity for doubters to be won over.

Obviously, opening with two minutes of freeform pianos doesn't really help the argument against a massive progression towards certain 1970s rock tendencies; but the title-track really is the most outlandish number on the album. With its clean, vintage guitar sound and organs, next cut The Devil's Orchard immediately provides a punchier vibe, and suddenly we're no longer walking through a psychedelic time warp with our shirts unbuttoned to the navel. Songs like I Feel the Dark and Nepenthe introduce a darker tone, and the album really starts to feel like home. It's comfortable, it's gloomy... it's Opeth.

But what's this? A jazz flute solo in Famine? The track's no Jethro Tull collaboration, but one could be forgiven for leaping to such thoughts. But as it stretches across eight minutes, the song allows more than enough time for a superbly heavy section, which duly arrives towards its end. Lead vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt has been quoted as describing this album as sounding like Opeth, pure and simple, and it really does: Damnation was quite clearly the sum of their 70s prog influences at the time, and tended to plod along without a fully developed identity, but Heritage is quite distinctly an Opeth album. The creativity and darkness most readily associated with the band is melded with the now-standard symphonic influences to create what might what might be the most well-rounded Opeth release to date.

If all you want is straight-forward death metal and savage growling from Akerfeldt, you might not want to step out of your comfort zone with this album. But Opeth's determination to create new music and never stand still has seen them shape and inspire heavy metal for the past two decades. With several groundbreaking albums already ensuring a strong legacy awaits them - records that should already be in your collection - Heritage has some strong predecessors to live up to. But it will surely be seen as one of their most accomplished works in years to come.

--Raziq Rauf

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brave New Direction 9 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Trying something new is something that is often looked down on in the world of metal, don't get me wrong we metal heads can be open minded to new styles of music but the moment Opeth announced that their new album would feature no growled vocals more than a few people raised their eyebrows. Some people even went as far as writing off the album upon hearing this information, the first single released The Devils Orchard didn't help matters with its unique sound dividing old school Opeth fans. If you were still behind the band you couldn't help but feel almost worried, god knows I was. I couldn't help but worry that maybe the band had gone too far sacrificing their trademark style of contrasting their heavy sound with their clean progressive sound. Thankfully I was totally stupid for ever doubting the band, not only is Heritage a great album but it's also a perfectly natural progression from 2008's Watershed.
From the opening piano track Heritage you clearly hear that Opeth have lost none of their ability to create an album that oozes atmosphere. It is important to note though that Heritage sounds completely unique to the bands discography whilst being feeling strangely familiar. Tracks such as I Feel The Dark and Haxprocess continue to demonstrate that Opeth are still at the top of their game in terms of musicianship and quite frankly have never sound tighter as a band. From clearly the audible bass lines to the great key board/piano sections, Heritage feels like a more collaborative effort with the mixing of the album allowing all of the instruments fully breathe rather than being smothered by the distorted guitars.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brave and Wondrous Thing! 20 Sep 2011
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album is a musical side-step for Opeth and is likely to divide their fans big-time. Those who like the death metal side of their music will probably loathe this (no grunting!), but those who prefer their lyrical, romantic side will love the whole album. There is plenty of piano, acoustic guitar, flute, with only an occasional drift into the heavy side ('The Devil's Orchard' reminds me of of some of Djam Karet's music, a fairly jazzy experience in places but a good rock song at heart with a decent little guitar solo at the end). The acoustic beginning of 'I Feel The Dark' has a Gordon Giltrap feel about it, but it's a gorgeous track that develops nicely into a melancholic rock groove that gradually gets heavier as it progresses. Some of the musical motifs on the album seem a bit simplistic but this is a good, modern progressive rock album that will appeal to many fans. It's an odd first listen and it takes two or three complete hearings to appreciate just how good an album this is. It's a brave and wondrous record and I like it better each time I hear it. I confess that I prefer Opeth's lyrical progressive side and have little time for the death metal grunting that, to my mind, spoils some of their earlier work. Many new listeners will be drawn to Opeth through this album and that is no bad thing - this talented band deserves to be heard more. This is adventurous music and the band's collaborations with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson seems to have broadened their horizon. The production is first class and cranking up the volume pays dividends! I found this a fascinating listen and recommend it. It's one of the most interesting albums released this year.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing 17 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am a big Opeth fan but not a good reviewer, so I'm just writing this to spread the love for the band.

I own all their CD's and have been a big fan for a while and I was very excited about hearing their new album.
This album blew my mind in a way I didn't think possible for Opeth, because they have already amazed me so much on their previous outings. I am a big prog fan, listening to both new and old prog, like Yes, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Riverside and a lot more obscure bands. That's probably why I loved this album so much. If you're not that into prog rock and love their previous CD's, this CD might confuse and disappoint you. It's not easy listening, it will challenge you. If you can embrace their new style though, you'll discover a great prog record. The sound is great on this album and their musicianship has never been better. Mikael has reached a new level with his vocals as well. I hear some mixed opinions on this CD, but if you have some trouble getting into it, open your mind, take the journey, embrace it and maybe you'll be as amazed as I am. Give it a few spins, it might grow on you if you have trouble getting into their new style.

This is already my favorite Opeth CD and I hope the rest of their fans will embrace it. I have the special edition and the Surround Mix is fantastic as well. Definitely worth buying.

Go buy this CD :)

Sorry for my english.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected. 25 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Based on the admittedly very little material I'd heard by Opeth prior to this, I was a little nervous purchasing this. But decided to take a chance based on the clips heard on Amazon and on the basis of the fact that the Strom Corrosion album by the musical genius Steven Wilson and Opeth vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt is so very good. However I needn't have worried it's really good.
So if your've an Opeth fan who hasn't already got this album then approach this with an open mind its worth it, it really is very good. And if you've never heard of Opeth then don't worry if you're a fan of good music well written and well played and brilliantly produced by SW then this is well worth getting, especially if you can get hold of the 5.1 surround sound version which lifts the album onto a whole new level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Change
Whilst initially a hard listen the depth and brevity of Opeth's latest album sets it aside from it's heavier counterparts and eventually you are absorbed in it's wonder.
Published 11 months ago by aidan
4.0 out of 5 stars Heritage: a good album, although it took me longer to get into it
Heritage is the tenth studio album by Swedish band Opeth, released on 14th September 2011 through Roadrunner Records. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the last decade
From start to finish, this album is fantastic. Prog heaven! Vinyl makes it even better, and the sleeve is fantastic looking and I love it. one of the nicest records I own!
Published 12 months ago by Scouse Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid album
Enjoyed their show June 1st at FortaRock Nijmegen. Enjoying their latest album, every track on it. Truly a musical masterpiece!
Published 14 months ago by M. van Eikenhorst
3.0 out of 5 stars opeth
good album but not my favourit some songs sounds very simylar to my hear
but all togetherwell interpretet album will listen some other stuff of this band
Published 14 months ago by angelo .incorvaia
4.0 out of 5 stars Heritage or heretic?
So, I've had this since it came out. taken a long time to get round to reviewing it. Why? Well, I'm still not sure what to make of it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
Opeth are 1 of my favorite bands , heritage is a good album but for me it isn't as gripping as other albums and doesn't stand out compared to there back catalogue. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DustNbonez
5.0 out of 5 stars My only complaint is it's not long enough
My son recommended me to try this and I love it. Prog rock did get a bit tired years ago. But this new Prog rock album sounds like a breath of fresh air after all these years. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars T'Opeth Classic
No growling and thrash Death metal on this pastoral Swedish Epic. From the beautiful (yes - beautiful) opening piano and violin intro, you are entranced into a proper Prog... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. M. G. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Opeth Album
This is a brilliant album - It combines both Eastern harmonies and Western European harmonies to create a unique feeling and sound that can't be matched. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MrSammyh
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