- Audio CD (19 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Roadrunner
- ASIN: B004G25V9S
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
But at least some people obviously appreciate what Opeth are all about, which, to me, is exploring the limits of both musical influence and their own remarkable musical invention, unfettered by 'convention' or repetition. I have listened to metal since the the early eighties. I didn't encounter Opeth until a few years ago, and, for me, they are the greatest metal band that have ever existed. Able to slay you with raw power or reduce you to tears and awe with their pulsating rage and beauty. It is a heady, electrifying cocktail that is alternatively thrilling and jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is truly wonderful, awesome etc. It's a bit like listening to a dozen of your favourite early 70's albums all at once: a touch of Jethro Tull, some Floyd, a tadge of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by vykr
I sold my vinyl when i found out that Heriage was out on dvda. The albums sounds really great in surround. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased on the recommendation of a trusted friend. Decent but not great in my humble opinion. Will give it a few more listens in case it's a grower.Published 11 months ago by Sweats
They've gone waaaay past their Metal heritage and have created a new ceiling for other artists and bands to aim for. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dan C.
intelligent, demanding, rewarding, ambitious, you need to listen with focus!Published on 26 Jan. 2015 by henrik hasselberg
Beautiful, a true masterpiece. I love the new prog direction they have taken. I do love the older albums but they are starting to date now.Published on 6 Nov. 2014 by N. Anderson