It's not as if Opeth needed to reaffirm their place among prog metal's elite, but the Swedish quintet's 10th studio full-length gets it done effortlessly. Heritage, free of growling vocals, isn't "heavy" by Opeth standards. Instead, it luxuriates in psychedelic jazziness, '70s rock organ aplenty, and exquisite acoustic passages that recall 2003's Damnation. Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt's material is sunnier than usual, but still has room for synapse-stimulating musicianship, like Martin Mendez’s exotic bass groove on "'The Lines in My Hand,” and, adding an unmistakable Swedish touch, the outro of "Folklore," which echoes Yngwie Malmsteen's "Trilogy Suite Op. 5." LUCAS AYKROYD
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