Opeth‘s tenth studio album entitled Heritage will be released this September. Little information can be gleaned from the official Opeth announcement:
“We can exclusively reveal that the new Opeth album will be titled ‘HERITAGE’. The record is due for release through Roadrunner Records in September. More details to follow soon.”
However Roadrunner Records have issued the following statement:
OPETH, one of the most revered and respected bands in metal, release ‘Heritage’, their third album for Roadrunner on September 19th. The first video and single will be for the track ‘The Devil’s Orchard’. ‘Heritage’ follows up 2008’s ‘Watershed’ and 2005’s ‘Ghost Reveries’, each of which brought the forward-thinking, genre-bending band some of the best reviews of their career.
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 labelmate and friend, Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork.
Track listing for ‘Heritage’ is as follows:
The Devil’s Orchard”
I Feel the Dark”
The Lines in My Hand
Marrow of the Earth
‘Heritage’ will be released in several configurations that will certainly ignite the interest of Opeth’s legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version, as a special edition loaded with extras, as a box set exclusive to the bands own official Omerch webstore and as a double vinyl LP. Something for every Opeth fan!
Meanwhile, Opeth will be appearing at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park on Sunday 10th July.