Wow, to me Heir Apparent is one of the best songs Opeth has ever recorded IMHO. Its fierce and brutal and never lets up and the perfect intro the new drummer could possibly have. The way the song starts sets up the album so well, and is heavy as hell and is just waiting to explode. The drumming is exceptional on this song.
The rest of the album is kinda meh, except Hessian Peel which as another strong song. I never did like Lotus eater all that much although my wife seems to love it for some reason. Burden is a complete fail of a song for me, its ok en all , but almost all the songs from Damnation are better than this one.
Coil was good the first couple of times and got boring fast, I just skip it nowadays, Porcelain Heart is easily the weakest song for me, its too sappy in parts and there are parts that sound too much like previous Opeth songs.
Hex Omega is a beautiful closer, but I was very dissapointed with the ending, it couldve ended stronger, the final riff is boring, simple, repetitive and gets old real fast.
Oh god Lacuna Coils new album was horrible. I wanted to start crying, I was so pissed with how they completely went off track and just lost everything that made LC atleast stand out from the rest of the popular rock/metal acts.