During the run up to the release of a new album by Enslaved, I become a little nervous. Will this be the one where they drop the ball? Will my level of expectation not be met this time? Well, time to breathe that sigh of relief. Luckily, Axioma Ethica Odini not only meets my expectations, it's left them smashed and broken. Thank the Norse Gods. It's simply stunning. Multi-layered, which like all Enslaved releases becomes ever more intriguing with each listen, it's a beast of a record. The introduction of more clean vocals from Herbrand Larsen is, for me, the icing on the cake. I love Isa, Ruun and Vertebrae with all my heart and are all classics, but this just feels like the album Enslaved were born to make. Picking out individual tracks is tempting but ultimately will do this a diservice, as like all great works of art it deserves your undivided attention from start to finish, and only really reveals its charms after living in it's company for a week or two. Now this is all well and good, but I now start the painful path to the next Enslaved album, and the possibility of disappointment, but on the strength of Axioma Ethica Odini, the Norwegian's are far from running out of ideas.