Opeth
Heritage


2.0
poor

Review

by Devotedzak2 USER (3 Reviews)
March 28th, 2012 | 63 replies | 6,894 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meandering upsets...

11 of 13 thought this review was well written

Opeth is held in the music community with great esteem by nearly anyone with a cornucopia of musical insight. They have long been seen as innovators and original thinkers pertaining to the creation and evolution of progressive death metal. These long-standing leaders from Stockholm Sweden have proved countless times that they can keep their particular niche unique and interesting over the course of nine preceding "observations". From the raw and budding minds of "Orchid", to the hauntingly beautiful "My Arms, Your Hearse.", to the brutal yet expansive "Deliverance", Opeth have seemingly never failed to deliver.

Until now.

The leader has becoming the follower amidst the hour length of their most recent effort. Mikael Akerfeldt, a self-proclaimed 70's progressive enthusiast, delves into the realm of odes and re-interpretation. Though there are several new ideas brought to the table amongst the ideas present on "Heritage", they die off at the stem more so than they blossom.

In the vein of early progressive metal, the arrangements have been stripped down considerably from the sleek production of their past efforts. In exchange for diminished chord progressions and death metal vocalic, there are now sparse offerings coated in lukewarm singing courtesy of front man and mastermind, Mikael Akerfeldt. These ideals have been used once before throughout Opeth's discography with their offering "Damnation". Where "Damnation" succeeded in setting moods and tones, "Heritage" fails with underdeveloped transitions and meandering moments of multi-layered noodling.

All musicians involved deliver their own brand of musicality to the end product of this record. Guitarist Frederik Akesson attempts to shine on track such as Slither and The Devil's Orchard. Though a skilled and talented guitarist, his playing on the record as seems to be lacking in emotion and sincerity. The solo within Slither seems to be yawn-worthy when compared to previous outings in the Opeth discography where he wasn't present. Martin Axenrot, love him or hate him, offers a new take on old ideas. Though his playing wouldn't be considered the greatest of all time, he does seem to be one of the few members to truly shine on the album. His mixture of jazzy beats and lush fills speak of a time which is normally missed by the masses who enjoy "simpler" music. Martin Mendez fills out the rhythm section just as he has done for quite some time now. His bass-playing works in the favor of the music for most of the record, but this doesn't say much seeing as there is not a lot of music worth mentioning on this record in the first place.

Per Wiberg gives his swan song performance as a member of Opeth on "Heritage", and though his playing will be missed on subsequent releases, his offerings on this record fall short along with the mainframe of this dismal structure. Wiberg uses the direction given to him by Akerfeldt on all the other releases he has taken a part in thus far, and the same could be said about his playing on this record. One cannot truly fault a talented musician under uninteresting direction and dictation.

"Heritage" can be seen as an offering which is progressive for the sake of being progressive. It was an album that Mikael Akerfeldt wanted to make, and so he went along making it. He may be proud of his output on this record, and the band members may be as well. Taking the time and patience to evolve as a band is something that should be admired, as well as taking risks. However, there are times that are called to mind that risk-taking yields unfortunate results with mixed outcomes. This is quite simply one of those times. The failure that this album has garnered says nothing to the fact that it is void of harsh vocals or heavy riffage. It's failure speaks to the lack of direction and meandering attitudes portrayed within tenfold.


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KILL
March 28th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck you

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Devotedzak2
March 28th 2012



26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha sorry guys, this was my first review for an album I don't really enjoy or connect with...so I was trying new things and hoping for the best. I wanted to be critical and make my points the best I could.


ThroneOfAgony
March 28th 2012



3485 Comments


Really isn't a bad review, but I disagree entirely

Tyrannic
March 28th 2012



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dropped a cornucopia this morning

Feels good man

MO
March 28th 2012



18242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

fuck you [thirded]

but yea upon reading it's a fair review, your points are ok, disagree for the most part, but nice that you gave axe the acknowledgment he deserves

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Tyrannic
March 28th 2012



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

" "Heritage" can be seen as an offering which is progressive for the sake of being progressive. It was an album that Mikael Akerfeldt wanted to make, and so he went along making it."


The sky is also blue today. Plus, street lights are functioning, people are attending jobs, and the world is continuing to spin.

Devotedzak2
March 28th 2012



26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks, I'm always up to hear how to improve my writing. I get a lot of enjoyment out of writing these reviews and simply saying "fuck you" when you don't agree doesn't really hit my pride all that hard... but for whatever reason this album did't do it for me at all. It just seems uninspired compared to what they've offered in the past. Again, that is simply an opinion that I'm sure many do not share with me.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2012



18030 Comments


review is really well written

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Tyrannic
March 28th 2012



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah man, i didn't like this as much either. i just have a harder time calling it 'poor'


well written though, even if that sentence doesn't really say anything.

KILL
March 28th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but yea at least dude knows his shit unlike that one staff review ;)

Devotedzak2
March 28th 2012



26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

FictionalFlames
March 28th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fuck you [4]

Funeralopolis
March 28th 2012



11016 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

WHITE FACED SOMETHING SMETHING WITH SERENITY PAINTED DEATH

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

MO
March 28th 2012



18242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

HAGGARD GRIN

TheNotrap
March 28th 2012



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Excellent review.

Have a pos.

johnnydeking29
March 28th 2012



8987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, I enjoy this, but only to a limit

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Killerhit
March 28th 2012



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Opeth is held in the music community with great esteem by nearly anyone with a cornucopia of musical insight."









are you serious. You insult those who don't like or know or underrate Opeth? God damn. What a way to open a review

(This is still good, pos)

D41V30N
March 28th 2012



949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cornucopia of musical insight cornucopia of musical insight cornucopia of musical insight cornucopia of musical insight...
...
...
... Why? WHY DO YOU PEOPLE WRITE REVIEWS THAT I HAVE TO READ WITH A FREAKIN' DICTIONARY?! WHY!!!

Review is well-written >.>
Pos *cough*

They're my favorite band. That is, when they're heavier.

MO
March 28th 2012



18242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yea that first sentence erked me a bit as well

Killerhit
March 28th 2012



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know, right. Nonetheless this is good, but you don't have to insult those who don't like Opeth. I've always never liked them



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