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Opeth Announces New Album "Heritage" Details

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After previously announcing the band's new album will be titled "Heritage," Opeth has now revealed more details on the upcoming release.

Opeth will release Heritage, the band's third album for Roadrunner, on September 20th. The first video and single will be the song “The Devil’s Orchard." Opeth frontman and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt weighed in on "Heritage," saying, "It will be our 10th album/observation. I dig it; we all do. In fact, it feels like I've been building up to write for and participate on an album like this since I was 19."

Åkerfeldt went a little deeper and described the music contained within Heritage, saying, "It's quite intense at times in some 'old' murky way, and quite beautiful and stark at times, if I may say so myself. It's obvious I'm going to say nice things about it since I wrote basically the whole piece, but I guess it will raise a few eyebrows and it certainly is an acquired taste. I think you'll need a slightly deeper understanding of our music as a whole to be able to appreciate this record. I've realized my influences for this album are so diverse that I can't really say what it sounds like. If I can compare it to any other band, it would have to be Opeth, but it's different from the stuff we've done before. I've listened a lot to Alice Cooper for the last year, yet I can't say it sounds like 'No More Mr. Nice Guy'. I hope you'll like it once you hear it."

The album was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed along with Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, who is also a labelmate of Opeth. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork.

The "Heritage" track listing is as follows:

Heritage
The Devil's Orchard
I Feel the Dark
Slither
Nepenthe
Haxprocess
Famine
The Lines in My Hand
Folklore
Marrow of the Earth

Opeth will also embark on a seven-week, headline tour of the U.S. in support of the album. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Brucezombie's avatar

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1. Brucezombie writes:

"...will raise a few eyebrows and it certainly is an acquired taste."

hmmmm... not sure how to interpret that. Sounds like it might be either a fan album (not attracting any new Opeth fans) or it will be the exact opposite (a lot of fans might not like it, but it will attract new listeners). Of course the "acquired taste" part makes me think it at least will not be for the mainstream.

# May 26, 2011 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

I have a feeling it will blow our minds

# May 26, 2011 @ 8:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Shades writes:

Bands: STOP NAMING SONGS "SLITHER". There are like a thousand songs with this title. It's getting confusing and stupid.

# May 26, 2011 @ 9:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. cynic22 writes:

awesome! But yeah slither is a not a great name for a song

# May 26, 2011 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Greyback writes:

I didn't dig Watershed all that much although it was OK, but this could either be super epic stuff or just really, really terrible. Usually when bands talk up their new album, it's just for the label's sake, although I really hope this is as awesome as I think it will be.

# May 26, 2011 @ 11:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

B_O_B: You're right on.

Greyback: What didn't you like about Watershed? Also, if you are a fan of Opeth you should understand that they won't make something really really terrible.

Åkerfeldt has been around long enough to know what he does and doesn't like. Fans of Opeth should know this and embrace his progressive nature. He likes to experiment (epically the last two albums) and I'm certain this album will be new and amazing. After all, as much as I like every Opeth album I don't want to hear the same album twice.

# May 26, 2011 @ 11:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Arnian writes:

Aww, come on guys! Giving the exact release date almost four months in advance? That's just cruel.

# May 27, 2011 @ 2:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RememberMetal? writes:

!!!!!!!

Late September is a perfect time for a new Opeth album! "Intense in an old murky way" has me curious, "aqcuired taste" leaves me cautious but optimistic. The fact that this thing is produced by none other than Steven Wilson has me especially wound up. His impact upon "Deliverance", "Damnation" and especially "Blackwater Park" is unmistakable and brilliant.

# May 27, 2011 @ 7:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. while there is writes:

nothing wrong with watershed, it is definitely their weakest to date. Nothing wrong with it when you compare it to a lot of crap today, just nothing really special about it compared to their other works. MU gave it a 4/5, i think that was generous. It is definitely a solid 3/5 though

# May 27, 2011 @ 10:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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