Saturday, November 26, 2011
CD Review: Opeth Return To Their "Heritage" On New Release
The album begins with a tribute to Swedish pianist Jan Johansson as Joakim Svalberg pours his heart into the 2-minute instrumental. Then the album dives into familiar territory with “The Devil’s Orchard” which discusses the road to evil while using a jazz-break interlude. The song “Slither” is a heavy rocker that pays tribute to the late-great Ronnie James Dio. The band pulls in their influence from King Crimson on the very prog-rock sounding “Nepenthe,” as they build-up to the eight-and-a-half minute epic “Famine.” Opeth find the perfect combination of their hard rock drumming and medieval-style guitar strumming on the experimental sounding “The Lines In My Hand.” The album closes with a gentle, dream-like acoustic guitar solo by Akerfeldt that just bookends the album perfectly.
Opeth are currently on their 2011 Heritage Tour in Europe, before hitting Japan, Greece and South America in 2012. For a complete list of tour dates and more information on their new album, please visit opeth.com.
Posted by JP's Music Blog