Wednesday, December 14, 2011
12 Days of Christmetal: Heritage - Opeth - 2011
Heritage was, of course, a big deal out of the gate according to anyone in the know (i.e., anyone but me) as the band were apparently taking another big leap in departure from an established metal sound. I know Opeth are revered but also admit I only gave them a single try years ago with Damnation, was way, way underwhelmed and never gave the band another thought. I heard some Heritage tracks over LiquidMetal on XM Radio over the last few months and those combined with the unending press I keep reading led me to grab the record.
I really have nothing with which to compare Heritage in that I remain ignorant of Opeth's other works and have entirely forgotten Damnation. So, taking it as a standalone album, I am pleased to pronounce it absolutely solid. And, funny, because from what I read, Heritage appears to be as much a departure from the "Opeth" sound as was Damnation. Certainly time has tempered what I expect from "metal" (and perhaps, then, Damnation, too, deserves a second chance) and expecting a proggy record, I was not at all dissatisfied to hear exactly that.