Opeth ‎– Heritage

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Heritage, the 10th observation by the Opeth collective, was recorded during various stages throughout late 2010 and early 2011.

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In addition to the regular black vinyl (U.S. and Europe) versions and the deluxe box set, there have been several limited edition pressings (info provided by Omerch store):

100 Light Blue
100 Orange
100 Bordeaux
100 White (German EMP Retail Exclusive)
500 Picture Discs
300 Clear (1st Pressing for 2012 VIP Tour Packages)
575 Clear (2nd Pressing for 2013 VIP Tour Packages)

Versions (27)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RR7705-2, 1686-177052, 1686-17705-2 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records RR7705-2, 1686-177052, 1686-17705-2 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Opeth Heritage(12xFile, MP3, Album, S/Edition, 256) Roadrunner Records none US 2011
1686-177051 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album) Roadrunner Records 1686-177051 US 2011 Sell This Version
1686-177053 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album + CD, Album + DVD-V, Album + 7" + Box,) Roadrunner Records 1686-177053 UK, Europe & US 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR 7705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, 180) Roadrunner Records RRCAR 7705-1 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR-17705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Blu) Roadrunner Records RRCAR-17705-1 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR-17705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Bur) Roadrunner Records RRCAR-17705-1 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR 7705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Roadrunner Records RRCAR 7705-1 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR-17705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Ora) Roadrunner Records RRCAR-17705-1 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
1-77051 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, TP) Furnace MFG 1-77051 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR 7705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Roadrunner Records RRCAR 7705-1 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
1686-17705-2 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, Warner Music Argentina 1686-17705-2 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version
1686-177052 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records 1686-177052 US 2011 Sell This Version
1686-177052 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records 1686-177052 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
RR7705-2 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records RR7705-2 Australia 2011 Sell This Version
RR7705-5 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album + DVD, Album) Roadrunner Records RR7705-5 Australia 2011 Sell This Version
1686-177055 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album + DVD-V + Col) Roadrunner Records 1686-177055 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
RR7705-5, 1686-177055 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album + DVD-V, Multichannel) Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records RR7705-5, 1686-177055 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RR7705-5, RR77055, 1686-17705-5, 1686-177055 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album + DVD-V, Multichannel + Ltd, Dig) Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records RR7705-5, RR77055, 1686-17705-5, 1686-177055 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
1686-177055 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album, Dig + DVD-V, Multichannel) Roadrunner Records 1686-177055 US 2011 Sell This Version
WPCR-14191 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album, Enh) Roadrunner Records WPCR-14191 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
none Opeth Heritage(CD, Album, Promo) Roadrunner Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
RR7705-2 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album, RP) Roadrunner Records RR7705-2 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RR7705-2, 1686-177052, 1686-17705-2 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album, Unofficial) Roadrunner Records (6), Roadrunner Records (6), Roadrunner Records (6) RR7705-2, 1686-177052, 1686-17705-2 Russia 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR 7705-1 Opeth Heritage(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Roadrunner Records RRCAR 7705-1 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR-17705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP, Cle) Roadrunner Records RRCAR-17705-1 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
RRCAR 7705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RP, Cle) Roadrunner Records RRCAR 7705-1 Germany 2013 Sell This Version

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patrickvertigo

patrickvertigo

April 8, 2019
referencing Heritage, 2xLP, Album, 180, RRCAR 7705-1
After a proper cleaning, I haven't had any issues with this pressing. The sound is balanced and rich. I will admit, it was pretty dirty out of the sleeve, but easily cleaned.
juanmico

juanmico

February 15, 2018
referencing Heritage, 2xLP, Album, 180, RRCAR 7705-1
This is a truly awful pressing. Terrible crackling from the first listen. The more I clean it the worse it gets. It's not a Roadrunner thing because my copy of Pale Communion sounds spectacular.
ole.grung

ole.grung

October 9, 2017
referencing Heritage, CD, Album, 1686-177052
This is more refined than Watershed, but in a good way. The vocals are even more daring, but I can’t quite get all the weird drumming going on. Some tracks are good, others are just... meh. (Slither, Famine, The Lines In My Hand)
markok1847

markok1847

August 23, 2015
referencing Heritage, 2xLP, Album, 1686-177051
Despite what people say about the album, this pressing sounds fantastic.
progfan97402

progfan97402

December 13, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Heritage, CD, Album, 1686-177052
I think there's probably a lot said about Opeth that I really can't add much more, given many others would be much more familiar with this band than I am. Heritage is my first ever purchase from Opeth, and you have to bear in mind death metal has never been my music of choice. When I often hear this type of stuff, I end up laughing over those growling monster vocals. Metal in general I'm trying to get to terms with, because I had such a negative impression of it growing up in the 1980s, probably due to the oversaturation of hair metal acts like Twisted Sister, Ratt, Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant, Bon Jovi (even KISS without the makeup) and so on (and I realize very well metal in general can't be judged on, like too many people judge prog just on a couple of substandard Yes and ELP albums). On the other hand I've been hearing how Opeth had been flirting with progressive rock, as if Steven Wilson inspired the band to go that way, while Mikael Åkerfeldt inspired Porcupine Tree to go a heavier direction (not that they'll end up death metal). I guess what drew me to Heritage was because Åkerfeldt lost those growling vocals on this release, and it's more progressive rock. Naturally, not of the Yes or Genesis variety, you know they'll never head that direction. I love how many of these cuts are pretty heavy, with some great Mellotron work (the band finally got themselves a new Mark VI, all the tron you've heard on previous releases were sampled tron, and all the other keyboards too on this release are real, like the Hammond organ and electric piano) then they'll contrast it with more mellow acoustic material. This album is certain to divide many of their fans, but their more prog inclined audience are more likely to warm up to this. Oh, by the way, check out the special edition. It comes with a 3-D cover similar to the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request, a bonus DVD that includes the Dolby 5.1 surround version of the album, two bonus cuts, and a Making of Heritage documentary. I found it interesting that Björn J:son Lindh makes an appearance on flute on "Famine" (on a side note, I was wondering why for years his middle name was J:son, turns out it's just an abbreviation of Johansson) since he's been recording even before any of these guys were alive!

What also surprises me big time is the amazing chart performance of this album. It's made the Top 20 US Billboard album charts, it's topped the charts in other countries. Wow, I just love how a band sneaks prog like this to the masses. Much as Radiohead did with OK Computer more than a decade ago, they sneaked it in their brand of indie rock (OK, so they were recording for Capitol here in the States and Parlophone in the UK, just like the Beatles), while Opeth is doing with metal. Heritage is an album that might not grab you the first listen (which also surprises me of its chart success). But after a few listen, this album really made a believer out of me. And I'm a sucker for that Mellotron and happy to know the real deal is used here.