You’ve already heard their track “The Devil’s Orchard,” and now’s your chance to hear all of Heritage, the new album from Swedish prog-metal titans Opeth. On first listen, the new LP, Opeth’s 10th, is the band’s most prog and least metal. Extended pieces of it could’ve come from the Mars Volta, at least if we didn’t hear the pastoral voice of frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt floating through. Other bits actually sound funky, which is not a word that could’ve ever been associated with this band. The whole album finishes up in a brisk-for-Opeth 57 minutes, but it covers a whole lot of aesthetic ground in that time. The album is streaming at NPR; what do you guys think of it?
Heritage is out tomorrow on Roadrunner.