Release date: September 2011
Heritage is the tenth studio album by Swedish band Opeth, released on September 14, 2011 by Roadrunner Records. It is the band's first album since Watershed in 2008, marking the longest gap between studio albums in their history.
Heritage is a departure for Opeth from the musical style of their past albums. Originally, the first two songs Mikael Åkerfeldt wrote for the album were in the style of Watershed, but he scrapped them soon after. After writing "The Lines in My Hand" and speaking with Martin Mendez, Åkerfeldt decided to write the rest of the album in that style. Heritage features no death growls, which have been present on every Opeth album except Damnation.
Åkerfeldt said in the album's press release: "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. 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."