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This masterwork from the Stockholm, Sweden based virtuoso musicians is a mind-boggling dense maze of tempo shifts, off-time signatures, percussive experimentation and warped rhythms. It is all expertly melded together by a myriad range of emotional outpouring and breezy melodic optimism which soars above the songs like a woodland spirit surveying its forest. There are multiple hints of darkness but Heritage moves the band forward into broader dimensions.
Heritage Special Edition CD/DVD includes 2 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of the album, "Making of Heritage" documentary, expanded packaging with lenticular/hologram cover.
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No aspect of this album can be called metal, and I doubt any band member would present it as such. Heritage is radically different from its predecessors in shape, sound, and direction. The death vocals and heavy riffing have completely vanished, which will definitely please or disappoint a lot of fans depending on their preferences. In their place, the band builds complex songs that are rhythmically evolved with exquisite drumming. Martin Axenrot takes on a jazzy feel throughout the whole album, accenting the most critical beats during the songs. What many thought was gone for good after the departure of former drummer Martin Lopez is re-established with Axenrot's special attention to groove and detail.
Like all of Opeth's albums, Heritage proves to be an extremely rewarding listen as its internal complexities unfold. The amount of detail to be found in the songs is amazing. Due to Steven Wilson's ingenious mix, the compositions are rife with nuance. I discovered Per Wiberg's creepy keyboards repeating Akerfeldt's vocal melody on "I Feel the Dark" and the very distant vocal hooks during the instrumental part of "Nepenthe" after giving the album many spins. This being Wiberg's swan song with Opeth, I particularly enjoyed his use of a wider palette of sounds, adding textures and atmospheres to the songs like never before. He is the reason why Heritage has become one of Opeth's darkest and most atmospheric statements.Read more ›
1. Metal fans, who like Opeth because they are SO great at being heavy, will in general not like this record because for the most part the heaviness is gone.
2. Prog rock fans who have enjoyed Opeth in the past but couldn't get past the death metal vocals will probably love this.
3. Hardcore Opeth fans will be split, you'll either love it or hate it.
Personally, I think they've done something very brave and challenging. It's not 'Damnation' which was basically an acoustic album. There are heavy parts here, but the general vibe is a sort of jazz meets prog-rock. The musicianship is stunning, and the songs, once you give them a chance to work their way into your head, are amazing. But there is not instant gratification to be found here, you need to give this a few listens before you really start to hear how brilliant it is.
I am, as a huge Opeth fan, thrilled that they've made this interesting record, and can't wait to see if this is a permanent new direction, a temporary left turn, or a sound that they will incorporate with what they've done in the past moving forward. Either way, count me in, i'm along for the ride!!! But no rush, I am more than happy to spend plenty of time with 'Heritage.'!!!
My main gripe on this album is some of the songs seems like they are just "jamming" and nearly recording as they go along as if there really is no song structures and instead of like most bands play the song and record the drums first they all just recorded parts they wanted and chopped it up on a computer program.
After seeing some of these songs live I love "I feel the dark" the most which really made me listen to the album again. There is a Youtube video of mikael akerfeldt and now I'm wondering in the future if Opeth will ever go anywhere near the styles of the past. It wasn't a coincidence he did play some heavy songs from other albums but avoided any of the vocal oriented songs that involved screaming/death style. Hopefully not a vision to come.
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When I first heard this album which was at anFYE store I (well first of all I saw the album cover and the title of the songs and so I assumed it was another great Opeth album)... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Vincent Alfano
I had originally thought this was an earlier album of theirs. I feel like they're going backwards progressively with their style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rptwinkie
This is an amazing album sort of in-line with Deliverance. Best album since, in my opinion. I would recommend this to fans of many different styles cause there is a lot going on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thingfish33
Technical masterpiece, even if it does vary greatly from the growls and heavy guitars I am used to.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like the earlier Opeth sound with death/black metal inspired vocals and fast-heavy-complex-dense structure of those songs, you won't appreciate this album. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffery A. Vogel