Opeth's tenth album 'Heritage', the follow up to 2008's 'Watershed' and 2005's 'Ghost Reveries', is their strangest, most genre-melding to date.
For starters it includes guest spots from Swedish flautist/composer Björn J:son Lindh and Weather Report percussionist Alex Acuña.
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As you may have guessed, it also includes 100% clean singing. Main man Mikael Åkerfeldt refers to Opeth records as "observations." Of this one he notes, "It feels like I've been building up to write for and participate on an album like this since I was 19."
Fittingly, he says he listened to a bunch of Alice Cooper over the past year. There's also something youthful about the exuberant blend of jazz upswings, "God is dead" lyrics, and stop-on-a-dime tempo shifts in lead single 'The Devil's Orchard.'
On the album it follows the two-minute scene-setting opening piano piece 'Heritage', a song Åkerfelt says was inspired by Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson and Swedish folk music. That in mind, take a listen to Heritage's first explosive moment.
02 The Devil's Orchard
03 I Feel The Dark
08 The Lines In My Hand
10 Marrow Of The Earth
Heritage is out September 20th via Roadrunner. Åkerfeldt produced the record and mixed it with Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson. Travis Smith worked with Åkerfeldt to create the album artwork.
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