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on 30 December 2016
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 early Soft Machine, and even a soupcon of Procul Harem at times, in my very 'umble opinion.
Musically adventurous, every few minutes it throws you off guard: I'm a Prog' rock album, no i'm a Metal album, ha-ha fooled you, i am a folk album. Brilliantly executed!
Okay the vocals are normal, no grunting here, not this time anyway; do i miss it ... mmm, not really ... though it was never really a problem, my 54yr old ears have problems deciphering the words.
Now, i am off to buy some of their more recent albums: what will i discover?
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on 24 November 2014
It's bizarre really. The customer reviews on Amazon for this album. I don't believe a band can get anywhere near greatness unless they have some kind of ambition to produce something of this complexity, sophistication and imagination, backed up by the superb musicianship Opeth obviously enjoy. What really gets me is comments like 'this album will split existing Opeth fans' or words like that. What nonsense. If you are so narrow minded that you think Opeth should pursue only death metal type stylings, it is you who are limited by your own narrow vision of what a band should and shouldn't be doing, not 'them letting you down'.

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.
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on 11 December 2017
I love Opeth, but this album is such a disappointment. After a string of albums with unparalleled quality, basically from the debut until Watershed they didn't really put a foot wrong, but here they missed with both feet. I can't get over how Watershed, the album before this was so brilliant and then this followed which sounds like a different band. It's not just because it's lacking Death Metal vocals because Damnation is one of my favourite Opeth albums and that has no Death Metal vocals, it's just that the songs are so uninspiring, boring and not like Opeth at all. There's barely even a decent guitar solo. The only track that's remotely memorable is The Devil's Orchard.

The next album Pale Communion was a big improvement on this and succeeded in many areas where Heritage failed, though still far from perfect. Sorceress, their newest album is also a big improvement on this, apart from the horrible production and drums which sound like they were recorded underwater. Heritage is the worst album in Opeth's catalogue and I hope they never sink this low again.
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on 30 September 2013
Heritage is the tenth studio album by Swedish band Opeth, released on 14th September 2011 through Roadrunner Records. The album was recorded in early 2011 at Atlantis/Metronome Studios in Stockholm and produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt, engineered by Janne Hansson, and mixed by Steven Wilson. A critical and commercial success, the album sold 19,000 units in the United States in its debut week, charting at number 19 on the Billboard 200. The album signals a departure from the musical style of Opeth's past albums, being one of only two albums by the band not to feature death growls (the other being Damnation). The album's fourth track "Slither" is a tribute to former Rainbow and Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who died during the album's writing process.

I have to admit that it took me just that little bit longer to get into Heritage than it took me to get into Opeth's other albums, but it's good in its way (I would listen to it again sometime). Maybe what didn't help at the time was that I didn't listen to any of the tracks from this album on YouTube first before buying the album.

In August 2012, Mikael Åkerfeldt revealed that he has begun writing new material for what will be the eleventh Opeth album. When asked if it will be heavier or softer than Heritage, Åkerfeldt said, "Maybe a little bit heavier, not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There's also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs". Åkerfeldt will also produce the new album.

Going back to Heritage, parts of this album remind me very much of the sort of music Deep Purple and Rainbow produced and released, particularly the material they did in the 1970s, as the style of some of the guitar work is very Ritchie Blackmore-ish. Heritage is still worth a look though, and I'm hoping that Opeth will take a slightly heavier direction for any more albums they will do in the future.
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on 25 May 2013
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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on 18 May 2012
Don't listen to the naysayers and rogues. Anything less than five stars is a travesty. Heritage is an hour of brilliant music. The songs are beautifully crafted and the album has the sort of completeness and balance that has always been rare and has become increasingly so as people download and piece together personal playlists. You just don't need to do that with this album. Just take it whole every time. It isn't really heavy, fine, but it is good prog metal with (to my ear) references right back to Red (King Crimson) 1974. I wish that they had played material from this when I saw them live. No death metal vocals - a bonus on this occasion. Some acoustic riffs and quiet passages - sure. But it still has fibre and muscle too. If you really want unrefined power and growling vocals, avoid this, and forever miss a great album. Magnificent, doesn't do it justice. Majestic, is too clichéd. Masterpiece -that'll do.
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on 18 July 2017
You just have to admire the level of musicianship and ambition from these most talented gentlemen.
The lyrics are a little weak.
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on 29 December 2017
Kept reading about this band converting to Prog so bought on a whim & it’s actually pretty decent
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on 3 November 2012
what could be better than a Brilliant album by a brilliant band?
that same album on Vinyl *gurrgles* This album is exactly as I described it on cd only it sounds better and clearer and crisper and Deeper and even more natural. the artwork looks fantastic and it just is excellent to own something like this on vinyl yay
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on 22 March 2018
Awesome, thank you...
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