Music Review: Opeth – Heritage (2011)

Had it been a distortion-free album, Opeth’s latest could well be on loop at a beach shack you’d spend a part of the day drinking at. But then again, Opeth isn’t that easy to listen to. Alluring from the piano intro, Opeth in 2011 is the ’70s group you’ve never heard. The band launches into short rock n’ roll moments every now and then on Heritage, even as the tasteful guitar-playing eases you into a feeling of completeness. The classic-progressive nature of the music (it’s rock, not metal) is upfront, and Opeth once again choose not to use any kind of vocal style apart from clean singing, and that’s a big deal when the singer’s such a fine growler. Heritage’s strength lies in its subtle way of keeping the listener hooked and already looking forward to another listen, and not just to believe how eclectic Opeth can get. Fans should contemplate this change.


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11 Responses to “Music Review: Opeth – Heritage (2011)”

  1. September 5, 2011 at 01:05

    finally…someone who likes the new Opeth….i really enjoyed this album, everyone seems to hate it


  2. September 5, 2011 at 02:54

    thank god there’s a positive review, i guess even can’t think opeth can’t make a mediocre album just like i do, but this time they pushed it , but its a album which grows on you


  3. September 5, 2011 at 09:59

    When it comes to the big awaited releases our opinions are always contradictory except of course if it’s a Varg album. So, let’s drink some more beer and do some more ghati dance.


  4. 5 bali
    September 5, 2011 at 10:31

    ordinary is a key word in heritage album. thanks opeth


  5. 6 Nishtha
    September 5, 2011 at 18:05

    ‘contemplate this change to ease the pain’ is EXACTLY what i thought as i put damnation back on after listening to heritage once over. i was totally excited when i heard there will be no growls but akerfeldt’s vocals seemed a little monotonous. on a brighter note i loved famine and the devil’s orchard is being a earworm.


  6. 8 Devdutt
    September 6, 2011 at 07:57

    Haven;t heard Opeth since BWP but c’mon, one of the best growlers ever? 😛


  7. September 7, 2011 at 17:00

    The song ‘Slither’ has got that Motorhead-esque feel to it. Eclectic indeed.


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