I'm not sure if I like Heritage yet. I guess it was the second song as it just seemed a little contrived and started the album off to a bad start for me. I quickly switched over to playing Damnation while in the middle of playing Heritage and found it to be way better. I would have to say that for now Heritage is at the bottom of my Opeth list, maybe forever. I have a deep love for the past releases. I have every Opeth album and some on vinyl which I play often. I guess this time Opeth has a very tall order to be as good as or better than their previous releases. Watershed is a better album in my eyes. They seem very comfy making a record like this as it sounds so natural but it is missing memorable feelings which seem to be the best part of their past releases. Maybe I should play it more and see if it grows on me. As far as I'm guessing Opeth have put out way more great releases than an average band. They are not a machine and have to grow along their natural progression of things. If they find a group really into stuff like this new album then they will still sell records and have a happy fan base. It is hard for me to listen to considering the quality and epic world class profound dynamics of the past releases. This album to me is like a watered down Opeth. The old stuff was 80 proof and this stuff is watered down. IMO.
It may take me a couple of months to get into Heritage. Lucky I found another band which sounds a lot like Opeth. There release was a pretty big deal last month.
Leprous is the band
Bilateral is the album
They are filling my need for new Opeth now instead of the Heritage album. They are like a young fresh hungry Opeth. Not like the Heritage Opeth who sound like they are on vacation.