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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.

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A rare masterpiece, this does take a few listens to get into but once your hooked you can appreciate the beauty of this lp. Watershed was good but was the first opeth record where they were in regression. This wipes the slate clean. A lot has been said about the lack of death vocals but when the clean vocals are as good as this why ruin it with a cookie monster growl. Nothing will come close to this album this year - congratulations to akerfeldt for making a real album rather than the heavily programmed generic stuff that passes for metal at the moment.

Really Good :)

I was really dissapointed when I first heard the album, it felt like a chore to listen to. It takes a few listens listens to get to know all of the songs, but then you can really enjoy it. And believe me, it's worth it :)

Strongest release so far

Opeth's most mature and well crafted album yet. Devoid of all the silly "growl" lyrics and grunts of their past this is easily the best work they have done and I hope they continue in this direction and don't get sucked back into the adolescent, silly and dated metal grind nonsense that always smothered their excellent instrumental work. A great nod to King Cirmson and Gentle Giant.


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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