Opeth
Heritage


5.0
classic

Review

by overtureoverride USER (4 Reviews)
July 27th, 2013 | 99 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Opeth deliver yet another 5-star classic with a fresh sound for them.

Never, in Opeth's entire career, has their been a slight dip in quality. Every one of their albums feels like a natural evolution and progression to their last release whilst still remaining the absolute apex of metal music. From their not-so-humble roots on the creative masterpiece on Orchid through to their most recent releases, they have consistently amazed people. Their latest release is entitled Heritage and is completely different to anything they have done before, and yet was kind of hinted at by the overall softer nature of Watershed, the previous release from the band.

Heritage is a progressive rock outing for the band, influenced heavily by bands such as Rush and King Crimson, and is their second album to feature no harsh vocals whatsoever. Whereas growled vocals and heavy riffing were the main course for the likes of the title track to 2000's Blackwater Park, beautiful melodies and constantly adapting songs are the vibe of Heritage. Whilst this may sound like every other Opeth album except minus the range to the vocals, this is a completely new breed of animal. Heritage is a beautiful and mystical album that constantly warps the mind of their listener with the truly breathtaking pallet of emotions that the band shows off on here. Mikael's voice is as strong as ever, and arguably has hit is pinnacle here. His voice has a phenomenal range to it, from higher notes such as the "God is dead" moment on The Devil's Orchard to the lower notes he hits on Slither. This is an amazing display of a vocalist who previously showed a limited clean range whilst he relied on heavy vocals on their supposed best releases. The guitar work is also absolutely stellar, from the hammer-ons that are used to amazing effect in the introduction of the single The Devil's Orchard to the genius notation of the later tracks. Other instruments are used to great effect as well, so as not to allow the guitar to completely dominate the soundscape. The title track is a 2 minute piano introduction to the album that kicks it off spectacularly, whilst Folklore is probably the best track here with some truly beautiful musical textures.

To call Heritage anything short of a masterpiece would be an inveracity. This is a release that blew me away from start to finish and will have the same effect if approached with an open mind. This is not another Blackwater Park or My Arms Your Hearse but is instead the natural progression in style from Watershed and as such should be looked at on its own merit-as a masterpiece.


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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2013


21452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

far from a 5 but this does rule. good review

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climactic
July 26th 2013


19365 Comments


neg

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climactic
July 26th 2013


19365 Comments


Never, in Opeth's entire career, has their been a slight dip in quality


if you think BWP to deliverance isn't a dip in quality, you're cray

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2013


4442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To call Heritage anything short of a masterpiece would be an inveracity


While I'm definitely one of the few Opeth fans that considers Heritage to be a really strong effort, I really think you're going quite
far with some of these claims. but we all have differing opinion I guess, anyway nice work, man.

CK
July 26th 2013


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Deliverance is mad weak

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OmairSh
July 26th 2013


11547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

if you think BWP to deliverance isn't a dip in quality, you're cray [2]

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Artuma
July 26th 2013


14329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is a tad too short but ok anyway. album rules

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tommygun
July 26th 2013


24988 Comments


Never, in Opeth's entire career, has their been a slight dip in quality.


there their they're

look it up

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2013


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's pretty good. Damnation is definitely a lot better

Artuma
July 26th 2013


14329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damnation > this

but not by far

climactic
July 26th 2013


19365 Comments


damnation is my least fav opeth

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2013


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Idk this kinda bored me. There was almost no point in damnation that bored me.

Artuma
July 26th 2013


14329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damnation is a lot easier to get into than this

Poet
July 26th 2013


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This sucks

jtswope
July 26th 2013


2351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damnation > this [2]

Good review though.

OmairSh
July 26th 2013


11547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Dam tommy grammar nazi's up in this bitch

pizzamachine
July 26th 2013


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never listen to this album, rating lowered!

PsychicChris
July 27th 2013


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album though it's one of those albums where the performances are awesome and the writing is kinda sloppy.

OmairSh
July 27th 2013


11547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"Fantastic" would be pushing it, it had potential and should have been a lot better. I'm pleased with
the direction though

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2013


6154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how is damnation a "natural evolution and progression"



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