Opeth
Heritage


4.0
excellent

Review

by goss19 USER (1 Reviews)
September 12th, 2011 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 70's prog from the 21st century.

Opeth's tenth 'observation' entitled "Heritage" is likely to polarize fans into two distinct camps. Those who are disappointed that the death metal elements are gone and those who embrace the change towards 1970's influenced experimental progressive rock.

While there definitely were 70's influences apparent in their earlier work, "Heritage" takes it to a whole new level. One can immediately notice the 70's prog vibe just from the album artwork and vintage production alone. This album definitely stands out as being the oddest one of the Opeth catalogue with virtually every track emitting some form of eccentricity not previously heard from the band. It seems that past Opeth is just one of many artists blended into the sound of "Heritage" rather than the primary identity behind the album.

The opening title track, "Heritage" starts off with a very gentle and haunting piano piece accompanied with stand up bass from bassist Martin Mendez. “The Devil’s Orchard” abruptly comes in and provides the album’s first single. Guitarist Fredrik Akesson really shines with his guitar solo towards the end of the track. “I Feel the Dark” is one of the more immediately enjoyable songs employing some pretty interesting acoustic guitar grooves throughout. Next is the most up tempo song on the album, “Slither”, the band’s tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio.

Apart from “The Devil’s Orchard”, “Slither” and “The Lines in My Hand”, most of the album is fairly mellow and laid back with some louder jarring parts in between to prevent the listener from becoming too comfortable with the calm musical climate. This is best demonstrated during “Nepenthe” when a series of very tranquil guitar passages is interrupted by a sudden burst of dissonant jazz energy. There are a lot of ambient and somewhat avant-garde passages in here that are atypical for Opeth such as the middle of “Häxprocess” which features serene acoustic guitar work interspersed with sound effects of children playing in the distance.

“Famine” is the longest and ‘evilest’ track including a memorable Jethro Tull inspired section with a chaotic flute solo playing over a doomy riff. “Folklore” traverses all over the place from a relaxed section with vocal effects to dwelling guitar and piano parts to a very dramatic and thematic outro. The album concludes in a similar fashion as it opens with a very beautiful and poignant instrumental, “Marrow of the Earth”. It is primarily acoustic guitar and electric lead guitar until the outro with the rest of the band as the album fades to silence.

Some complaints toward this album are the lack of an elite discography defining track that most other Opeth albums have and the declining (at times rather cheesy) lyrics from songwriter, Mikael Akerfeldt. The clean vocals are quite a bit more aggressive and assertive than what listeners are used to hearing from Mikael. Sometimes the more assertive style works and other times it does not work as well. Some listeners may be turned off by the old school production that sounds like it may have legitimately been recorded in the mid 1970’s.

Overall the album is recommended for progressive rock fans, especially those into 1970's prog.

Highlights:
I Feel the Dark
Häxprocess
Marrow of the Earth


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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011


21965 Comments


the main page is gonna get flooded with opeth reviews

edit: oh you beat me to it

omnipanzer
September 12th 2011


21452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

3 of these in one day huh? These guys must be big.

scissorlocked
September 12th 2011


3510 Comments


opeth marathon

KILL
September 12th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules

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Underflow
September 12th 2011


2563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Good review, but wrong.

beefshoes
September 12th 2011


3894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty disappointing but I still enjoy it quite a bit. It just isn't the same.

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GregLake
September 12th 2011


84 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like prog

beefshoes
September 12th 2011


3894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

With a name like GregLake, no one would ever know.

GregLake
September 12th 2011


84 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Greg Lake is a forgotten wonder

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not surprised Greg likes this since Mike's voice kind of similar to his.

Tyrael
September 12th 2011


20877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album needs an Angel review :[

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GregLake
September 12th 2011


84 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if sethputnam had the only review and Angel reviewed it, It would be like the marrow situation

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, ten pages of "Great review. Still don't like the album."

KronosRage
September 12th 2011


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is probably their worst album but it's still pretty good

Hawks
September 12th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh I like this one more than Watershed.

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beefshoes
September 12th 2011


3894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Watershed was pretty lame with the exception of Lotus Eater and Hessian Peel.

GregLake
September 12th 2011


84 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Heir Apparent slays too

KeithStone582
September 12th 2011


1480 Comments


No growling = WIN.

Inveigh
September 13th 2011


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really don't understand the hate this album's getting from a lot of people


it's fucking awesome

KILL
September 13th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

theyre dumb as fuck



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