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Heritage (Special Edition)

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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 Åkerfeldt, 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 Åkesson and matching drums by Martin Axenrot. With a huge, swirling B-3 in the backdrop, it melds progressive metal to prog rock, with Åkerfeldt's clear, clean singing. "I Feel the Dark" marries Åkerfeldt's classical guitar to piano, flute, a droning Martin Mendez bassline, and double-timed, quietly tense drum kit work. "Slither" sounds like Motörhead 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 early King Crimson; Mellotrons and nylon-string guitars give way to Åkerfeldt's crooning, thundering basslines, and syncopated drums. At eight-and-a-half minutes, "Famine" is the album's most abstract cut, with guest Alex Acuña 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 sometimes blurry focus, is a brave album. It opens the door for Opeth to pursue many new directions and reinvent themselves as a band.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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Heritage
00:02:03

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Joakim Svalberg, Piano - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

2
The Devil's Orchard
00:06:39

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

3
I Feel the Dark
00:06:36

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

4
Slither
00:03:59

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

5
Nepenthe
00:05:36

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

6
Häxprocess
00:06:57

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

7
Famine
00:08:30

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Alex Acuna, Percussion - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Björn J:son Lindh, Flute - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

8
The Lines in My Hand
00:03:48

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

9
Folklore
00:08:16

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

10
Marrow of the Earth
00:04:17

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

11
Pyre
00:05:31

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion - Fredrik Aakesson, Writer

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

12
Face in the Snow
00:04:03

Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Writer, Mellotron, MixingEngineer - Peter Mew, MasteringEngineer - Per Wiberg, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Mellotron - Janne Hansson, Engineer - Steven Wilson, MixingEngineer, AdditionalEngineer - Fredrik Akesson, Electric Guitar - Martin Mendez, Bass Guitar - Martin Axenrot, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2011 The All Blacks B.V.

Album Description

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 Åkerfeldt, 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 Åkesson and matching drums by Martin Axenrot. With a huge, swirling B-3 in the backdrop, it melds progressive metal to prog rock, with Åkerfeldt's clear, clean singing. "I Feel the Dark" marries Åkerfeldt's classical guitar to piano, flute, a droning Martin Mendez bassline, and double-timed, quietly tense drum kit work. "Slither" sounds like Motörhead 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 early King Crimson; Mellotrons and nylon-string guitars give way to Åkerfeldt's crooning, thundering basslines, and syncopated drums. At eight-and-a-half minutes, "Famine" is the album's most abstract cut, with guest Alex Acuña 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 sometimes blurry focus, is a brave album. It opens the door for Opeth to pursue many new directions and reinvent themselves as a band.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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