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Opeth Posts "Heritage" Cover Artwork

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Opeth recently announced the band's new album "Heritage" will be released on September 20th, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. The group has now posted the new album's artwork online, which can be viewed below.

You can also check out further details on the album, as relayed by front man Mikael Akerfeldt, at this location. The 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

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

Me likey!

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. The_Avant_Garde writes:

That has to be their best album cover ever! My interest is definitely picking up now.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ZMA writes:

This cover alone makes me curious to how ill this album is gonna fvckin' be.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Cynic writes:

Very retro, metal bands stopped putting faces on album covers in the early 80s haha. Maybe a signal for the music itself.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ZMA writes:

Good observation Cynic.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. EsotericSurgery writes:

Saw this posted on their facefvck page earlier today...love it!

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. kallah writes:

Awesome.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Brucezombie writes:

There's so much going on. I love it!

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

Maybe it describes the sh**ty current modern music scene (burning in the background) which people are leaving in droves to find better music, ending up finding Opeth. However, little do the pilgrims know Opeth may look pretty on the surface but they hide the evil seed of death metal buried below... haha, that was just for humor btw.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. TheMidnightCowboy writes:

Awesome...I'm very excited!

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ZMA writes:

I know that was just for kicks Cynic but that's a really interesting way to look at that cover and I wouldn't be surprised if that was the actual message haha.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. xFiruath writes:

Check out the number of skulls on the ground - depending on who you count, it's the number of previous Opeth members, and that looks like Per's head falling off the tree.

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

This album cover is so prog it hurts! The good kind of hurt...

Can't wait!!

# Jun 1, 2011 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. am i the only one writes:

who does not care for this? It seems more cartoon like than the previous..... definitely not a good sign.

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 12:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. TheRaper writes:

the band member faces on the tree are dumb, seems tacky, almost like a novelty. The music will make up for it i'm sure.

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 2:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

Wow really loving this. Can't wait to get that on a shirt!!!

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 3:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellrat writes:

f*** man, the artist blew what shold have been a decent piece, big time! All the themes and elements are fine, but what the fvck is up with the fruity Georgia Peach tree? That hideous centerpiece ruins the whole work (trunk below the foilage is cool)

the christmas ornament 'Queen' heads just add insult to fatal injury

we'll see how the thing sounds, but I ain't holdin my breath....these dudes are all over the ranch

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 3:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Southern Comfort writes:

Reminds me of Sgt. Pepper's. Anyone?

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 7:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. hewhoshallnotbenamed writes:

umm...no...no, it does not

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Weresanctuary writes:

I love this cover. It is bright and cheery but if you look deeper you see the darkness nestled nice and snuggly with the beauty. What a great concept! I love the idea of beauty in darkness but they've reversed it on me and it has blown my mind! Darkness in Beauty!!!!!

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 12:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. btbamfav20 writes:

What the f***? This is kinda retarded... something i would have expected from IWrestledABearOnce, not Opeth...

NP: The Sun's Architect - Textures

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. silvermountains writes:

I'll check this out the day of release, hopefully Opeth delivers.

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 4:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. ZMA writes:

Doesn't Opeth usually always deliver? Or so I've heard.

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 5:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Overlord writes:

in my opinion this is an awesome piece to be featured on any metal album.

the city on fire in the background represents mainstream/pop music, and the steady flow of people leaving are people discovering better music (such as opeth), hence the lineup of people trying to take something off the tree. the underground throws me off though, maybe the roots have something to do with the complications that come along with being outside of the norm (the big city), and the devils are pointing down the two paths people get to make when it comes to music: awesome and misunderstood, or sh**ty but commonly accepted.

that is what i take from it, but thats why this is such boss artwork, to someone else it might mean something completely different.


also @12 that theory seems like it would be reasonable with the per-esque head falling off, but i count 10 skulls and i can only think of per, lindgren and de farfella?

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. xFiruath writes:

If you count the original guys from 1990, there are 10 former members (now 11 with Per): Nick Döring Bass, Anders Nordin Drums, David Isberg Vocals, Johan DeFarfalla Bass, Peter Lindgren Guitars, Andreas Dimeo Guitars, Kim Pettersson Guitars, Mattias Ander Bass, Stefan Guteklint Bass, and Martin Lopez Drums.

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 6:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Overlord writes:

...touche lol, my opeth knowledge is inferior to the mighty firuath!

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. xFiruath writes:

Hahah, nah, I just hit up Metal-Archives and Wikipedia :) I do love me some Opeth though, been into these guys since high school and can't imagine ever disliking anything they'd put out.

# Jun 2, 2011 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Voyager writes:

I think everybody is falling for a VERY good joke by Mikael.. Just my two cents everybody.

# Jun 3, 2011 @ 2:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. very inconsistent writes:

With previous artwork. I do agree with the post above me it looks like a good joke. It does not seem like "Opeth" artwork, maybe a manowar or a gwar artwork, but not Opeth. Opeth is known for their serious and often atmospheric artwork that is graceful, yet dark. This does not fit the pattern. I believe this is like Iwrestledbear's latest shennanigans, and a huge joke

# Jun 3, 2011 @ 10:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Weresanctuary writes:

You may be right. The normally go for atmosphere, not psychodelic colors, trees and all that hippy crap. I think it looks good but I am not fully convinced it is the actual cover. If it is, it is the most colorful cover since Orchid.

# Jun 3, 2011 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. R10 writes:

The only thing that bothers me is the faces in the tree. Concept is great i think. Open too many interpretations,like the new music may possibly be. Could be a joke,given Akerfeldts humor,who knows. The best thing about these guys,besides note for note perfection,is Akerfeldts between song banter! Hilarious! Dudes got the dryest sense of humor ive heard.

# Jun 3, 2011 @ 12:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Cynic writes:

I think you guys need to look at the covers of some 70s prog-rock albums. Akerfeldt has repeatedly said and showed on Watershed that's where they're taking their influenced from.

Seriously, go look at covers by Genesis, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Rush, Queen and you'll see common threads of depictions of people and hand painted artwork.

# Jun 3, 2011 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Agreed with Cynic. Opeth is simply displaying their appreciation for mid 1960s - mid 1970s progressive rock album art. People need to understand that Opeth has many influences (including non-metal). This is part of what makes the band so amazing and unique.

I like the album artwork. I believe Watershed and Ghost Reveries were both works of art and I think this album will be another step forward. Listen to interviews with Åkerfeldt. It's clear he doesn't want to make the same record twice and will continue to push himself to the limits while embracing his influences (I wonder why him and Steven Wilson are best buds...lol). Have faith in Åkerfeldt! He will not let us down.

# Jun 4, 2011 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Akerfeldt actually said a while back that this album might piss alot of people off. He's on one of those moods where he's not really into metal at all right now, or conventional music period, so he's shooting for more prog stuff, in the vein of long song structures and other weird sh**, so to speak.

But then again, who knows what's changed with the man since that interview, it's been a few months. I might still be busy listening to the Devin Townsend double-albums anyway, so I'll be too busy to bother with this for at least a few weeks after release lol.

# Jun 4, 2011 @ 3:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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