God bless Opeth. It seems like everything they touch turn to gold. If you had told me that they would release a new album with all clean vocals again, I would have been a little soured on listening to it. Why? Well, I have been in such a good place lately with death metal and black metal releases. Why would I want to mellow out? Well, Opeth has made me mellow out and I cannot get enough of it. Heritage is nothing short of another brilliant release from Opeth. Plain and simple. Will it be put up there with Blackwater Park and other classics of theirs? Probably not, but only because Heritage is not as diverse as the others.
While I say that the album is mellow, please note that it is still heavy. Opeth can switch gears with the best of them, so the songs are still pretty diverse, but gone are the death metal vocals. I am sure that they will reappear in a future release and I am fine with that. I just appreciate what this band does over and over, which is release solid album after solid album.
I am hard pressed to pick a must-listen-to song from this release because they all are pretty sweet, but put up against a wall, I would go with I Feel the Dark. It is easily one of the best songs of the year.
Go into Heritage with an open mind and you will come out satisfied. It may take a few listens, but the best albums always take a few listens.
Heritage Track Listing:
02. The Devil’s Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
08. The Lines In My Hand
10. Marrow Of The Earth