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  1. Performer
  2. Heavy Metal
  3. Progressive Metal
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Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Add flutes, Middle Eastern percussion and Celtic- and flamenco-specked guitar beauty, and you have a career record that reimagines prog as actual rock & roll..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Acoustic and keyboard textures of all kinds blend with unpredictable arrangements and unexpected sonic sidesteps..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]hugging riffs segue into extended passages of jazz fusion or sombre Scandinavian folk."

  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] - Heritage
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] 2-- The Devil's Orchard
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] 3-- I Feel The Dark
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] 4-- Slither
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 5-- Nepenthe
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] 6-- H--xprocess
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 7-- Famine
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] 8-- The Lines In My Hand
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] 9-- Folklore
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] 10-- Marrow Of The Earth
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Heritage
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Devil's Orchard, The
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] I Feel the Dark
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Slither
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Nepenthe
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] H„xprocess
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Famine
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Lines in My Hand, The
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Folklore
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Marrow of the Earth
Pop / Rock
Release Date
1 September 2011
South Africa

Personnel: Mikael kerfeldt (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, grand piano, Mellotron); Fredrik kesson (electric guitar); Per Wiberg (grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron); Mart¡n Mendez (upright bass, electric bass); Martin Axenrot (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Steven Wilson; Mikael kerfeldt.
Recording information: Atlantis Studios, Stockholm (03/2011); Junkmail Studios, Stockholm, Sweden (03/2011); No Man's Land Studios, Hemel Hempstead, UK (03/2011); Atlantis Studios, Stockholm (2010-2011); Junkmail Studios, Stockholm, Sweden (2010-2011); No Man's Land Studios, Hemel Hempstead, UK (2010-2011).
Photographer: Sandra Artigas.
Heritage, Opeth's tenth studio offering, finds the Swedish band abandoning death metal: no growled vocals, no blistering fast power riffs, no blastbeats. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and engineered by Janne Hansson, Heritage is easily Opeth's most musically adventurous -- and indulgent -- recording. Written primarily by vocalist/guitarist Mikael kerfeldt, these ten songs are drenched in instrumental interludes, knotty key and chord changes, shifting time signatures, clean vocals, and a keyboard-heavy instrumentation that includes Mellotrons, Rhodes pianos, and Hammond organs -- ironic since keyboardist Per Wiberg left the band after Heritage was completed. Opening with the title track, a haunting solo piano instrumental, it careens into the explosive "The Devil's Orchard," with spectacular, arpeggiatic guitar work by Fredrik kesson and matching drums by Martin Axenrot. With a huge, swirling B-3 in the backdrop, it melds progressive metal to prog rock, with kerfeldt's clear, clean singing. "I Feel the Dark" marries kerfeldt's classical guitar to piano, flute, a droning Martin Mendez bassline, and double-timed, quietly tense drum kit work. "Slither" sounds like Mot”rhead meeting early-'70s Deep Purple. "Nepenthe" begins as a ballad but shifts toward jazz-rock in the instrumental break before finding its way back to a middle ground with sparse instrumentation and taut dynamics. "Haxprogress" draws real inspiration from King Crimson; Mellotrons and nylon-string guitars give way to kerfeldt's crooning, thundering basslines, and syncopated drums. At eight-and-a-half minutes, "Famine" is the album's most abstract cut, with guest Alex Acu¤a adding Latin percussion to the mix, creating spaciousness in a long intro before giving way to colliding prog rock at the seam where King Crimson's "Larks Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2" meets Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick." "The Lines in My Hand" is the set's most aggressive cut, with a deeply satisfying guitar crunch. "Folklore," with its myriad instrumental and vocal parts, complex melody, and breakbeats, comes off as an eight-minute suite before closing with another jazz- and folk-inflected instrumental entitled "Marrow of the Earth." Love it or hate it, Heritage, for its many excesses -- and stellar conception and execution -- is a brave album. It opens the door for Opeth to pursue many new directions and reinvent themselves as a band. ~Thom Jurek

56m 58s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Mikael Akerfeldt
  1. Opeth
Date Released
Janne Hansson; Mikael Akerfeldt
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