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Editors’ Notes

Opeth’s 10th studio album plays like an equal tribute to early Yes recordings and the band’s keyboardist Per Wiberg, who left the Swedish metal band following its recording. Heritage marks a final shift from Opeth’s death metal trappings as it fully embraces progressive metal. Wiberg’s unaccompanied grand piano introduces the opening title track with a melancholy solo before the band joins in on “The Devil’s Orchard.” He switches from piano to Hammond B-3 organ and an eerie-sounding Mellotron as singer Mikael Åkerfeldt abandons his death growls for melodic inflections. The song’s instrumental interlude feeds from the roots of prog rock with clever time signatures and vintage instruments recalling early-’70s recordings by the late, great Bo Hansson. British folk–inspired acoustic arpeggios dance around “I Feel the Dark,” with Mellotron woodwinds lending an authentically classic sound. Fans of early Hawkwind and Deep Purple will warm to the familiar tones of “Slither,” while “Famine” plays like a Latin–tinged King Crimson. Both “Pyre” and “Face in the Snow” make for impressive bonus tracks.

Customer Reviews

A deep look into prog influences

This is a true artist, total freedom to do what they want and when they want to.

This album is different sounding from all that has come before, however it is clearly Opeth. One thing about all Opeth albums remains true, and certainly so with Heritage... The more time you invest into truely listening, the greater your enjoyment... This is a grower and after 20 plus listens... i love it. yet another Opeth classic.

Opeth - genius at work!

This is a very different side to Opeth, but still unmistakeably Opeth! The Devil's Orchard is superb, and Folklore one of the best things they've ever written. The guitars still come through with some great interchanging, and Max is on top form - only down side, would have liked to hear Martin Mendez bass a bit more prominent

A very good album

I was very skeptical about this album. I didn’t really like Devils Orchard when I heard it so didn’t have high expectations of this, especially since I didn’t really like Watershed. But the first time I heard it I was blown away and subsequent listens have only raised my opinion.

The thing about Opeth is they are about evoluion, they always have been. I love the fact that none of their albums sound like any of their others. Heritage is beautifully written, Mikael Akerfeldt is an amazing writer and an extremely creative man.

In saying that I can see that some Opeth fans may not like this and they may lose fans over it, but I wont be one of them.

I definitely recommend listening with an open mind and giving it a few listens to really appreciate this album.

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Brought together in Stockholm by guitarists Peter Lindgren and Mikael Åkerfeldt in 1990, Opeth added progressive influences and acoustic instrumentation to their brand of Swedish death metal. As the group progressed, it was very common for an Opeth live set to fly in several different musical directions — and an average song lasted no less than ten minutes. Impressed by their originality, Candlelight Records released their debut full-length in 1995, which was titled Orchid, and featured a rhythm...
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