"some music was meant to stay underground..."

Opeth Posts New Album, "Heritage" Online For Streaming

Photo of Opeth

Band Photo: Opeth (?)

Swedish progressive metal legends Opeth have posted their entire new album, "Heritage" (reviewed here) online for streaming. You can listen to the album by heading to NPR.org. "Heritage" is the tenth studio album from the band and is scheduled to be released in North America through Roadrunner Records on September 20th, 2011.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Heritage
2. The Devil's Orchard
3. I Feel the Dark
4. Slither
5. Nepenthe
6. Haxprocess
7. Famine
8. The Lines in My Hand
9. Folklore
10. Marrow of the Earth

What's Next?

Please share this article if you found it interesting.

You can get related band news and info in the sidebar and on the respective band pages.


55 Comments on "Opeth Posts New Album Online For Streaming"

Post your comments and discuss the article below! (no login required)

Deathblooms's avatar

Member

1. Deathblooms writes:

Absolutely love this album

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 5:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Diamond Oz's avatar

Senior News Correspondent

2. Diamond Oz writes:

I really really liked that. Just ordered it online.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 6:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

3. psythe writes:

Love the tones these guys pull out of their instruments, and Mikael's voice perfectly suits the proggy 70's rock sound they're going for. Sometimes I feel like it's just a little too much emphasis on atmosphere and not enough actual song substance tho :(

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 7:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
4. Shades writes:

I liked it. Don't get me wrong. There was just no "WOW" factor. Watershed was so memorable. Heritage, not so much. I could get in to the absence of death screaming, but yeah, yeah. I guess I'll have to listen to it a couple more times, in a completely quiet room.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 7:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
5. Fuzzypiggy writes:

What is so great is that an amazing band like Opeth are able to more less do as they please, which means they don't have some record company plank breathing down their collective necks ordering them to make such and such type album, they can make something that true music lovers will enjoy.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 8:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
R10's avatar

Member

6. R10 writes:

I think i'll hold off listening to it. Seeing them a week from now,hope to buy the new one at the show. Like any Opeth album,im sure its difficult to judge on one listen. And the best way to experiance them,is seeing them live.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
bananaterracottapie1's avatar

Member

Listen, I really dig it but it has that fundamental problem of a band losing it's identity. Is this the same band that wrote "The Grand Conjuration"? Not even close. Why couldn't they choose a different band name for this album? I don't even care if it has the same band members as that would be the first time in history a band has done something like that.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 11:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
cynic22's avatar

Member

8. cynic22 writes:

Roadrunner are being d-bags. Why didn't they just wait for the album release date? Mikael has said in just about every interview how he doesn't want this album to be heard until the release date.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
9. All The Noyes writes:

Holy Moly. 4/5

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 1:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Progressivity_In_All's avatar

Senior Reviewer

10. Progressivity_In_All writes:

Mikael's just expressing concern because the album is so different than their previous efforts. It will really weed out the casual Opeth listeners from the actual Opeth fans. He knows that having it available before the album is released will change the situation from "I bought the record and wasn't impressed" to "I will not buy the record because I wasn't impressed" for those casual listeners that don't appreciate it.

Time will tell if his concerns were justified. I think what they've done is phenomenal, and that Heritage is a landmark album.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
TheRaper's avatar

Member

11. TheRaper writes:

It's good, different, but nothing in the Amazing department. Swing and a miss fellas.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

12. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I think most of you are getting a little ahead of yourselves with the criticism. Every Opeth album I've heard took a few listens through to fully grasp and appreciate (that's a positive). I'm guessing many of you gave it one listen and made a quick decision.

I'm surprised people are not talking about the guitar work on this album. The guitars on this record are top notch.

Post 7: How are they losing their identity? This album sounds very much like Opeth. You knew it would be devoid of any death metal sound.

Opeth delivered an album unlike their others and it was filled with talent, creativity and darkness. I encourage people to be more open-minded and give the album 4-5 spins (from start to finish!!!) before you pass judgement.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Netromancer's avatar

Member

13. Netromancer writes:

For me, "The Grand Conjuration" was the only song that felt out of place on Ghost Reveries. The other songs seemed more intricate, less repeptititive, and less of a casual listen. As for identity, this seems a logical progression of their sound. I'm not surprised at all by this direction. I will still have to give a few listens before I can really pass judgement, but I like alot of what I hear so far.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

14. RememberMetal? writes:

Somehow "The Grand Conjuration" ran away with this thread... I love the hypnotic nature of that one. Repetitive works, especially when the song resolves itself at the end and a massive Godzilla-sized Satan roars and tears across the wilderness... Well, that's what I get out of it :)

Screw -all- of you....... ;-) I'm waiting until I have the disk. But I'm glad to hear mostly positive things. It will fit nicely into the forthcoming Mastodon, and Steven Wilson albums.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 4:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
15. Anonymous (Not the hacking group) writes:

First time giving a good listen to this band. Opeth kicks ass! Perfect timing to, just heard some new primus, Dream Theater, and this one

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 4:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

16. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

RM?: You will love this album from start till finish. No question.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Cynic's avatar

Senior Reviewer

17. Cynic writes:

I agree with the sentiment here - streaming the whole album a week before it's release? Maybe it's just me but I hate the idea, takes all the magic away from waiting for the album.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
18. Mrs. Kensington writes:

Almost as bad as the new Queensryche. Dare I say moreso? Quite a let down even though if you know going in it will sound different. So very different Opeth is now singing love songs and 70's shag anthems...AUSTIN!

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 5:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
19. Doyle writes:

kinda reminds me of king crimson.

# Sep 12, 2011 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
deathbringer's avatar

Founder, owner & programmer

20. deathbringer writes:

I know what you mean Cynic, if it's an album you are sure to get anyway. But if you're on the fence, then it's a no-brainer. I have never been an Opeth fan and feel like this one has less to offer me than the others. I've been digging quite a few retro 70's sounding bands too, but this just doesn't do it for me. No disrespect to the band or fans - they're just not my thing. I like thashing speed and doom alike, but have never been much into any of the various forms of prog.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 11:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
TheIronMan's avatar

Member

21. TheIronMan writes:

Do people still consider Opeth death metal?

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 11:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
deathbringer's avatar

Founder, owner & programmer

22. deathbringer writes:

Do people still consider Metallica thrash?

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 1:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

23. RememberMetal? writes:

Metallica haven't been thrash since "Black" or "Load" ... Both are justifiable, take your pick. They co-created it but they aren't IT anymore. Both are justifiable.

I almost lunged for TheIronMan's throat but then again I suppose he is right... The same now applies to Opeth.

Progressive, quasi-folk, melodic-death metal was more than a fair label. Now perhaps more of a heavy, modern, experimental or even throw-back prog (?) I won't know till release I guess...

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
EsotericSurgery's avatar

Member

24. EsotericSurgery writes:

Agreed with #1 and #2. I thought the album was great myself. I'm very pleased with it. Can't wait to finally see 'em this October.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
sonictherapy's avatar

Senior News Correspondent

25. sonictherapy writes:

I love older Opeth, but this is also very good music. Then again, I grew up listening to a lot of Yes and the Mahavishnu Orchestra - so I like progressive rock.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

26. psythe writes:

Am I the only one who laughed at the guy who posted as 'Anonymous (Not the hacking group)'? hahah we're on to you now, anonymous! :P


I would barely call this latest release metal, let alone death metal. The band has changed a lot, but every release so far has been sheer quality despite this, so it's up to the fans to decide whether or not they're ok with the departure I suppose.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
27. who cares about labels writes:

I'm beyond labels and placing bands into what type of subgenre paradigm they fit. It boils down to whether it is good or bad; labels and what bands are/ are not are completely arbitrary. Who cares if Opeth is no longer "death metal," does that make the album bad simply because they are no longer part of a subset of a set of heavy-metal? Can't you guys look beyond this? Btw, the album is good, nothing groundbreaking though. I still say Still life and Blackwater Park are their crowning opuses. Still Life is a five skull album (possibly Blackwater as well).

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 6:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
deathbringer's avatar

Founder, owner & programmer

28. deathbringer writes:

Yes, people still care about labels and subgenres - they are useful (and only completely arbitrary to the uninformed). No, no one here said it was bad because it wasn't death metal. On the contrary, it seems to be an open minded discussion of the album, which was expected to be well outside the normal ranges for both metal and the band.

# Sep 13, 2011 @ 8:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

29. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

In sum, the album is mostly a prog album with a heavy influence of King Crimson (think "the devil's triangle" from In the Wake of Poseidon) and a slighter influence of Jethro Tull (adds some prog-folk flavor) and Alice Cooper (listen to the track "Slither"). There is also strong blues/jazz/experimental elements. However, in light of all that it still sounds very much like Opeth!

Don't mistake the album for a Damnation II. It isn't. The album may sound stripped down to some, but it oozes of complexity. I've already listened to it from start to finish 8-10 times and I'm impressed. And as I mentioned before the guitars on the album are outstanding.

As someone who listens to a great deal of prog, this album will definitely be considered a highlight of the year and well received by the prog community. I suspect the metal community will appreciate and respect it, but others may not care for the new direction. If you rank Damnation and Watershed at the bottom of your Opeth albums, this album isn't for you.

For me, my main musical interests are prog and metal. Naturally, I love this album.

NP: "All I Need" by Radiohead

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Netromancer's avatar

Member

30. Netromancer writes:

After a few listens I've definately found the cohesion in each song. The changes are more fluid and all in all the album seems to feel almost like a continuing piece of music rather than a collection of songs. This is not a casual listen. I love Opeth's heavy stuff, I love their lighter stuff, but overall I love how they aren't afraid to play what they are feeling at the time. Albums like this make me feel that bands still have a chance to play from the heart and not be completely under the direction of their record label. Love it or hate it, they did what they wanted to do. I say "Great job, fellas."

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 2:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Fuck_A_Name's avatar

Member

31. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Listened to it three times today, once for the general idea, then once for familiarity, and now i'm listening to the individual songs and finding their individual strengths, and I like this album easily.

It's everything I wished Damnation would have been. The soft end of Opeth has always been by favorite, except in brief moments of transcendent heaviness(Ghost of Perdition), but Damnation, as beautiful as it was, just simply didnt have the depth i found on the rest of the bands discography. This album does, and hence, I love it.

There are moments I wish that the death metal vocals would make an entrance, but overall it doesnt bother much. In truth, I only long for them because I know they were possible. If this were my first exposure to Opeth, I suspect that I wouldnt have noticed their abscence in the least. Seeing as I'm a bullheaded metalfan first and foremost, that is the only thing I would have said to be overwhelmingly flawed with this album; the abscence of a strong metal presence. But described simply by it's merits of attempting to be just good music, Heritage is fantastic. So far.

# Sep 14, 2011 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
knuklhed's avatar

Member

32. knuklhed writes:

Wow !1 Have they spawned a new vein Of Metal..
Pyskedelik metal..I really dig it. Those who Doubt listen On a really great pair of hed phoze.. It reminds me of the original master of Metal Music. Every song is different. No 2 songs have the same sonic landscape. I really dig it Mike. I think youve out done yourselfs here \m/

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Drum_Junkie's avatar

Member

33. Drum_Junkie writes:

Been listening to the npr stream a couple times through and I can think of it as a Damnation II in a sense.
If you think of the personnel changes between 2002 and now, it may help to understand the product of the influences.
-Keyboards:
Damnation - Steve Wilson
Heritage - Per Wiberg
Wiberg was more of a rock Keyboardist, and his playing on his last album with them. Check out some of his work with Spiritual Beggars to hear some similarities.

-Guitars:
Damnation - Peter Lindgren
Heritage - Fredrik Akesson
While Mikael undeniably has the strongest influence on the guitars, Fredriks' distinct style still shifts the blend in a different feel than Peters'.

-Drums:
Damnation - Martin Lopez
Damnation - Martin Axenrot
Lopez had a much different and more dynamic style than Axenrots'. Axenrot really shines on this album, similar to the way Lopez brought out the best in the Damnation Album.

Mikael has said that he was going for a different feel than any other album, so no one should be surprised that the surprising shift.

With the new influences, I still see similarities to Damnation and the softer parts of Deliverance.
Think of "For Absent Friends", "A Fair Judgement" (especially the piano intro and the solos near the end), "Closure", or "Ending Credits".

I believe the differences I hear are a result of the different members and Mikaels desire to pay tribute to his 70's prog rock influences. With that in mind, this seems like a re-visitation of Damnation with a prog rock twist.

My only criticism after listening to it three times, is that Martin Mendez bass lines don't seem very prominent.

If this album isn't your flavor, wait a few more years and the harder edge of Opeth will likely be back when Akerfeldt his ready to evolve to the next step in the journey.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
34. fohf writes:

I am a prog rock fan first and a metal fan second. This album is fantastic! But then again I didn't discover Opeth until Damnation so I didn't know them when they were mainly death/black metal.

I also find it funny that the three tracks I liked the most were the ones that the CD reviewer said were the worst. Oops... Guess I'm on the same vibe as Mikael cause this album speaks to me.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

35. psythe writes:

From the review (here: http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=5143) - The problem with Heritage is "it sounds like the most boring aspects of Opeth tracks strung together by long sections of overly quiet music where next to nothing is happening."


My first comment on this thread: "I feel like it's just a little too much emphasis on atmosphere and not enough actual song substance" - That was my first impression after listening to the album once. I'm hoping after repeated listenings I will grow to disagree with the reviewer, though it seems unlikely.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 7:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

36. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Does song atmosphere and substance have to be mutually exclusive? Yes there a quiet moments, but it is a part of the experience. I think a lot of metal fans are turned off by the idea of quiet/slow atmospheric moments because it is so contrary to traditional metal.

The album is meant to be heard from start to finish (as many have mentioned). The quiet moments and everything else should be wrapped into a nice package. If you want a great example listen to King Crimson's most famous album In the Court of the Crimson King. Aside from the opening and popular song "21st Century Schizoid Man" that album is very quiet and laid back.

# Sep 16, 2011 @ 9:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
EsotericSurgery's avatar

Member

37. EsotericSurgery writes:

PTF: Have you heard the Maynard cover of 21st SM? If not...youtube that sh!t.

# Sep 17, 2011 @ 2:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

38. psythe writes:

PTF - They don't need to be mutually exclusive, given the right balance. But let's be honest, when the quiet, spacey interludes take the forefront for too long, and too often, the song just seems broken up. Now don't get me wrong, I liked what I heard. The musicianship and instrumentalisation is as stellar as ever, and I enjoy 70's prog rock style music. My problem is knowing that Opeth could have done so much better if the atmosphere had been the compliment to the song, rather than the concentration of it. Especially when that spreads across an entire album. I've never honestly cared much for King Crimson, and if their music is consistent with Heritage's feel, I probably won't change that any time soon.

# Sep 17, 2011 @ 7:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
39. eleaf writes:

I'm VERY disappointed with the album.

It seems to me that Mikael in some fashion pulled a bait and switch; he used the brand name of Opeth, but wasn't interested in producing anything that even resembled Opeth. Listening to this album is like buying a can of coke, then opening it and finding that it's really just water with the tagline "Don't Worry: It's Still Coke!"

He was either too lazy to find another band to make this album, or wanted to tap the considerable fan base that Opeth has built up for the last 20 years, without taking in to consideration that with using a particular brand comes expectations. He simply didn't feel like starting from scratch, so he went ahead and used Opeth and duped a lot of fans in the process.

In short, he's f***ed the fans of the music that Opeth has created over the previous 9 albums. I couldn't care less about Opeth; I care about their music, and Heritage is not an album by Opeth, but some side project or alternate band that's fraudulently using Opeth's name.

# Sep 21, 2011 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

40. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

eleaf: Are you joking? This is an Opeth album. Just because there is no metal elements does not mean Mikael Åkerfeldt pulled a bait and switch. Are bands not allowed to experiment? Are bands not allowed to go in a different direction? Ultimately Mikael Åkerfeldt is the leader of Opeth. If he wants to take the band in a different direction then he can. And he did.

I understand you don't like the album. But don't say it isn't an Opeth album. Besides, if you listened closely to "Heritage" then you would hear plenty of trademark Opeth sounds.

Now Playing: "Remember the Future (part 1)" by Nektar

# Sep 21, 2011 @ 8:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

41. RememberMetal? writes:

My take, in review fashion :)

I think that “Heritage” is a beautiful but purposefully disjointed and difficult record

Ackerfeldt's struggle to divine/create stark beauty from horror, violence, rage, sickness, despair, isolation and destruction is over. Conflict has defined every Opeth album until "Heritage". This album seems to be in a way, the resolution.

“Heritage” finds Ackerfeldt communicating the same concepts as before but in a new voice … or rather just one voice. Absent death vocal puns aside, The one thing that hurts this album (and “Watershed” to a lesser extent) isn’t the abandonment of growled vocals or metal instrumentation (“Damnation” is track for track perfection) it’s that many musical ideas (both genius and garbage) seem to be thrown together haphazardly. One of the many things Opeth has excelled at previously is transitioning from one mood/style/concept to another within the same song. Whether graceful and subtle or positively jarring, Opeth have been masters of the segue. Not so with this album.

Some fans and critics claim that Ackerfeldt was trying too hard to challenge himself or his fans. Opeth are no strangers to alienating sects of their fans but this record seems to make a conscious effort at mass eradication. Anything “metal” about this band is relegated to history from this album forward.

# Sep 22, 2011 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

42. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

I think one interesting note to point out here is the relationship between Steven Wilson and Mike Ackerfeldt. I have been a hardcore fan of Porcupine Tree and Opeth for around 10 years now and if you listen to both of these guys they are almost the same person. They seem to have the same or very similar tastes in music. But their music in the past has been vastly different. Why? However, now it seems like the two bands are taking more from each other almost to the point like they are merging....for better or worse.

I for one except these changes because Opeth and Porcupine Tree are my favorite bands (still around). As I have made well known prog and metal are very important to me. However, like RM? and others have alluded to this may hurt Opeth's fan base in the long run.

I could argue Steven Wilson has been given more freedom because in the prog community change is more accepted and encouraged then the metal community. Wilson also has a bunch of bands (none of which I consider "side projects") where he can express different styles and ideas. However, Ackerfeldt has Opeth and Bloodbath. Bloodbath is essentially the most evil and brutal sounds of Opeth bottled into shorter songs and albums.

Ackerfeldt has made clear he wants to do something other then metal for a while. Unfortunately, fans will be left hurt because what made Ackerfeldt and company so popular and respected over the years was a class of metal Opeth made that blew away all competition. Now Opeth has changed. Again I will not go so far to say this is a "bait and switch" album because it still sounds like Opeth to me. However, Opeth may have to face the fact that many passionate metal heads will turn away. Those metal heads may be replaced by more prog fans, but ultimately their base of fans that have been so loyal and passionate about Opeth will be rocked to the core with this album. I'm one fan that will stand by Opeth.

Finally, it isn't set in stone that the metal is gone forever in Opeth. Ackerfelft may make a few prog records and then have the urge to jump into the studio make a record so heavy and evil it makes "My Arms, Your Hearse" seem like a Jewel (singer) album. We don't know.

# Sep 22, 2011 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

43. RememberMetal? writes:

Metal fans are among, if not -the- most loyal across the spectrum of genres. That said, we can be a bit testy if a band/artist tries to "fix" what is not broken.

The flipside of that is that prog fans DEMAND evolution from their bands. Ask Steven Wilson. Porcupine Tree fans whine if one album is too similar to the last… Though to date (as far as I can tell) PT have done no wrong.

Thus Ackerfeldts dilema. He is equally beholden to prog and metal. He chose oldschool and modern prog over metal this time. He is not likely to look back I suspect.

# Sep 22, 2011 @ 2:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
44. NOBBAMAftw writes:

brilliant work i will buy this instead of megadeth's new album, love the guitar tones and Mikael's voice is worth the money anyway

# Sep 22, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

45. psythe writes:

...and from this day on, the phenomena shall be known as "Ackerfeldt's Dilemma." Got a kind of ring to it hahah

PTfan/RM? - what am I missing with Porcupine Tree's "The Incident"? I love love LOVE this band, but cannot seem to make the album click for me, I just... so far, I just plain don't like it. It bores me. Sounds like all the sh** ideas left over after FoaBP, hastily thrown together in a "f***, that'll do, just get it the f*** out of here!" kind of way :( please tell me I'm wrong and I havn't picked up on something yet???

# Sep 23, 2011 @ 7:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
46. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

Track 7 and 8 i find my self relistening to the most. the album is good, i would say im still new to this band but its a good album maybe not there best but cool moments and i like the prog kinda jazzy feel thats in there

# Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
47. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

Anyone else kinda angerd by the hitler reaction? all he was yelling about was no death growls and the floot noises. calm down hitler!!

# Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
PorcupineTreeFan's avatar

Member

48. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

psythe: I can see why you are disappointed in "The Incident." The album in a way represents a merging of PT's different sounds. The album seems to be very heavy on showcasing lots of different influences (e.g., Meshuggah, Opeth). Perhaps that's why it seems thrown together. I still like the album.

I wouldn't put it in my top 5 PT albums, but I think it's really good. Also, the songs come across amazing live ("Time Flies" is especially epic live). Interestingly enough, after this album Wilson has mentioned he was getting bored/tired of playing with metal influences. I think FOABP represented the height of that experimentation and would not count on an album like that again.

# Sep 23, 2011 @ 12:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Cozen's avatar

Member

49. Cozen writes:

Good discussion.

PTF: I agree...Heritage is cohesive and Porcupine laden. With Opeth in my "Big 4" (Tool, Opeth, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree-in no apparent order), I have no problem with any direction they choose to take.

Same goes for PT...I actually love "I drive the hearse"; but, I can see how that song might make Psythe cringe.

# Sep 23, 2011 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

50. psythe writes:

Oh, I don't hate it or anything, I was just expecting something new and amazing, and what I heard sounded like b-sides from the last album with little inspiration. I'm sure I just havn't clicked with it yet and the fault lies more with myself than the album, but I was disappointed when I wasn't blown away immediately like I thought I would be. "I Drive The Hearse" was one of the few moments where I actually thought they'd almost recaptured what made FoaBP so good. That said, I wasn't really looking for Blank Planet II, that probably would have disappointed me as well - Ackerfeldt's Dilemma, as it were.

Heritage- I mean, you can definitely hear Wilson in it, but I don't know if I would say that Porcupine Tree were a major influence for the album. PT already play with so many different nuances to find their sound for each record. I think Opeth have taken their influences a bit deeper and looked to the bands that actually play certain styles more purely. I think rather than Opeth having folk influences from bands that have folk influences from folk bands, they've looked to the root folk bands themselves, if you see what I mean. Then again, I'm pretty good at being wrong haha :P

# Sep 24, 2011 @ 3:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Cozen's avatar

Member

51. Cozen writes:

Psythe - regarding PT...I can see your point (b-sides) and sorry to assume about "I drive the hearse." Still, 'The Incident' had it's moments for me.

Heritage - there were definitely a few points in the album that were Wilson-esque. I've only listened on NPR to the entire album so I can't pinpoint the tracks yet.

# Sep 24, 2011 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
coldiem's avatar

Member

52. coldiem writes:

I was going to comment earlier but I decided to give the album a few more listens before I chimed in. I thought I might change my mind, but I haven't. Honestly, I'm really not as impressed as I hoped I would be. I am a big fan of progressive music as well as Opeth, so I figured this would be a shoe-in for me.

Unfortunately it sits in my gut the same way Mastodon's "Crack the Skye" did. It was a good album but I was bored after a couple listens. "The Hunter" has already garnered more interest from me.

Anyway, back to "Heritage." Sure, it's "Opeth-y", but there's just something about it that doesn't feel right to me. Almost like the album is constantly trying to break out of its shell. A lot of the time I found myself getting the impression that the album was originally written to be far more aggressive, and then dialed back at some point during production. I'm probably wrong about that, but that's just the way I feel when I'm listening to it.

It is a good album and a pleasureable listen in the right mood, but I doubt I'm going to be coming back to this one very often. To each their own, but personally, I'll be looking forward to Opeth's next release and (hopefully) their return to more aggressive music.

# Sep 24, 2011 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Netromancer's avatar

Member

53. Netromancer writes:

#39 how is this in any way a bait and switch? The album was available for listen IN FULL before the release date. As far as I can see they allowed fans to judge for themselves whether they would spend money on the album or not. There was never any kind of dishonesty about the album in video or magazine interviews. As for your opinion of what the name "Opeth" entails musically, apparently it's not the same as the opinions of the band members themselves. They owe us nothing. No one let you down but you, when you assumed you knew the musical inclination of a bunch of strangers.

# Sep 25, 2011 @ 4:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

54. psythe writes:

If you really gave it your all, you probably could have guessed (ballpark) what Heritage was gonna sound like before you heard it. It does actually follow on in some ways from the last album, couple that with press statements and interviews, and you might have had an idea it was gonna be headed in this direction.

I am at a complete loss, however, for where in hell Opeth's next record is going to go after this one. Can they take this direction any further than they have with Heritage, or will they have to change direction completely? The former seems unlikely, but what would the latter hold?

# Sep 25, 2011 @ 4:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

55. RememberMetal? writes:

@Psythe

Regarding PT and "The Incident".
I concur (to some extent) with your reaction to "The Incident", specifically the second disk. Not a single track on that one did anything for me.

However, I really enjoyed "Time Flies", the title track and the "Octane Twisted/The Seance/Circle of Manias" part of the cycle... amazing section there. Concluding with "I drive the Hearse" was nice as well but as I said with "Heritage" a lot of ideas thrown together haphazardly.

Regarding "Heritage" and the future output of Opeth. Ackerfeldt is famously reactive to his fans. By that I mean he shares his emotional response to fans and critical reaction to his albums in interviews regularly. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say the next album too will be devoid of death vocals but will be more technical and sound scapey and lead-laden. Heavy but not metal.

# Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

To minimize comment spam/abuse, you cannot post comments on articles over a month old. Please check the sidebar to the right or the related band pages for recent related news articles.