Opeth ‎– Heritage

Roadrunner Records ‎– 1686-177052
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1 Heritage
Grand Piano – Joakim Svalberg
2 The Devil's Orchard 6:40
3 I Feel The Dark 6:40
4 Slither 4:03
5 Nepenthe 5:40
6 Häxprocess
Effects [Fx] – Charlie Dodd
7 Famine
Flute – Björn J:son LindhPercussion – Alex Acuña
8 The Lines In My Hand 3:49
9 Folklore 8:19
10 Marrow Of The Earth 4:21

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Standard jewel case version.
"Slither" recorded as a tribute in memory of Ronnie James Dio.

Made in the USA

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  • Barcode (Printed [UPC-A]): 0 16861 77052 5
  • Barcode (Scanned [UPC]): 0016861770525
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): X36219 3 177052-2 01 M0S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): X36219 3 177052-2 01 M1S5
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L902
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L902
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2UA1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U3S
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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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
1686-177051 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album) Roadrunner Records 1686-177051 US 2011 Sell This Version
RRCAR-17705-1 Opeth Heritage(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Ora) Roadrunner Records RRCAR-17705-1 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
1686-17705-2 Opeth Heritage(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, Warner Music Argentina 1686-17705-2 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version
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October 9, 2017
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)


December 13, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
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.