Opeth’s Heritage Cover Revealed

Opeth have revealed the artwork drawn by Travis Smith for their highly anticipated album Heritage.  Have a look.

It reminds me of old school 70’s prog rock album covers from bands such as Yes, Uriah Heep, and Gentle Giant.  I love all the color put into it, who says to be dark and creepy something needs to be covered in black.  It has lots of symbolism in the way of the “family tree”, the skulls of past band members, and Per Wilberg’s head falling out of the tree to join the lot of past band members(keyboardist Per Wilberg left the band after the completion of the album).  I’m guessing that the line of people are Opeth‘s fans.  The roots, the devils, and the burning city I haven’t figured out yet, any ideas?

There are a couple things that do irk me about this cover also.  First being the heads in the tree, they make the cover look kinda goofy, I think that it would look so much cooler if they left them out.  Second, in the center of the tree is Mikael Åkerfeldt’s head surrounded by the rest of the band, the line of people are lining up to take the fruit from his tree.  It comes off as being a shrine to his ego(and it’s pretty well know that his ego is pretty damn big), kind of a dick move in my opinion.

I almost think that the heads are some kind of a joke for the aforementioned reasons; Mikael and Opeth aren’t strangers to having a little fun with their fans.  And the band has got to notice that the heads look a bit photoshopped and out of place.  What do you all think?

Given the proggy aesthetic of the cover and the title Heritage I’m led to believe this will be their most prog filled album to date, and that I will accept with open arms.  We’ll find out in September when it hits store shelves.  While you are waiting check out this clip from the Royal Albert Hall DVD of “Harlequin Forest”.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!



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Posted on June 1, 2011, in News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am not sure what is up with that artwork, but I won’t be holding it against the band. I haven’t heard that Mikael had an ego of sorts, but I am not surprised with him being the frontman and all. I am very much looking forward to this release, but damn September may as well be a year away.

    Good guess on how the new album will sound. Personally, I can’t even guess. I am afraid with their more recent success they might try to commercialize a little bit more. Even if they do they will more than likely still be bad ass, but I hope they keep that Opeth fury intermixed with beautiful melodies that haunt the soul. I guess that isn’t too much to ask for. Maybe we will get to see them in our respective countries by Christmas. Great analysis of the cover, dude!

  2. Looking at the cover again now, the heads kinda do fit in there, who says they can’t have a sense of humor. I’m tempted to buy this on LP as well just for the artwork. Sept. 20th can’t come soon enough

    I just read an interview with Mikael and commercialize is the last thing that I feel that this album will be yet another classic. Here’s a copy/paste of the what Mikael had to say about the album.

    “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.””

  3. Well. that is a bit of a relief. Sometimes I think when bands become more successful they inadvertantly try to please the masses. It doesn’t sound like Opeth has done anything of the sort. Mikael is right though, you do have to appreciate Opeth to appreciate Opeth if you know what I mean. I can’t wait to hear the new stuff. I am sure it will take a listen or four to really hear everything. One thing about Opeth is that you can’t possibly hear all you need to hear on the first listen.

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