“Heritage”, the new album from Swedish progressive metallers OPETH, entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 22 and the U.K. Rock Albums chart at No. 1.
“Heritage” is likely to sell between 15,000 and 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 20 via Roadrunner Records.
OPETH‘s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Watershed” was the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed “Ghost Reveries” CD, which debuted at No. 64 on the Billboard chart back in September 2005 with first-week sales of just under 15,000. OPETH‘s 2003 album, “Damnation”, opened with a little over 5,000 copies.
“Heritage” was produced by OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis studios (formerly Metronome studios) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album’s artwork, which can be seen below.
“Heritage” was released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH‘s legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album was made available as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the band’s own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP.
OPETH‘s new video, “The Devil’s Orchard”, can be seen below. The clip was directed by the award-winning New York City-based photographer Phil Mucci, who previously helmed KORN‘s video for the song “Oildale”.