Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will release their tenth album, “Heritage”, on September 20 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was produced by OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork, which can be seen on right.
“Heritage” will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite 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 Roadrunner and the band’s own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP. There is something for every OPETH fan, thanks to this variety of options.
Commented Åkerfeldt, “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.”
“Heritage” track listing:
02. The Devil’s Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
08. The Lines In My Hand
10. Marrow Of The Earth
The first single and video from “Heritage” will be the song “The Devil’s Orchard”.
OPETH will embark on a seven-week, headline tour of the U.S. Dates will be announced imminently.