- Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Nuclear Blast
- ASIN: B008OW2KL8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Riitiir Limited Edition
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|Length: 2:11 Mins|
The album commences with a triumphant tsunami of cacophonous noise that announces the introduction of the first track 'Thoughts Like Hammers'. Less than a minute in and Grutle Kjellson's growling vocals, over a progressive metal backdrop, declare that Enslaved are still in business and the doors are wide open for another (inspirational) progressive-metal extravaganza. As with the more recent Enslaved album's, Herbrand Larsen joins Kjellson's vocal output, with his own cleaner and far more melodic approach. Indeed, Larsen's calming tones take an even more predominant role in 'Riitiir' than they have with any of the band's previous releases.
The tone remains experimental and progressive through the lengthy opener that is 'Thoughts Like Hammers'. Indeed, at 9 minutes and 30 seconds, the track is the second longest on the album. However, the album as a whole is made up of tracks that are all edging further into the 'progressive rock' arena of length, of which each track atones to this with complex and diverse structures. With every single one of the songs passing the 5 minute mark, with most sitting at around 8 - 9 minute, 'Riitiir' is certainly an album that needs some thoughtful digestion upon its first listening.
That's not to say that there aren't some startlingly catchy guitar riffs snuggled (or should that be smuggled?) in amongst the dramatic weaving pathways carved out with the forging metal undertones that remain nestled within the very roots of Enslaved's song construction.Read more ›
I don't know if Enslaved are Black Metal anymore, but what they are most definitively is extraordinary.
As ever this album shows much of their progressive influence and the songs are a good bit over 5 minutes but you don't notice or find yourself hanging on wondering when the song will end because of all the pointless noodling just for the sake of showing off or to pad the track out. I love Roots of the Mountain in particular as for me that track in particular is very satisfying in bringing it from the start and then full circle again towards the end to the conclusion and has many points of the harsher side to the music contrasting with the cleaner parts and to blend them together in other sections and bring about a conclusion. It's this that makes me say that the record is truly beautiful whatever extreme being displayed throughout, perhaps made a lot more apparent when I watched the video to Thoughts Like Hammers which seems quite tranquil but if you consider what you are seeing has a certain strength and harshness of its own, something some metal fans missed when they were disappointed to find that the video didn't show the band at all or wasn't very "metal". Another sign that Enslaved have transcended beyond typical black metal and have managed to branch out and appeal to music fans who would not normally be into metal especially that with black metal roots!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favourite album by my favourite symphonic extreme metal band.Published 7 months ago by Dr H van Griensven
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This is probably my favorite Enslaved release, I feel it takes off were Axioma left off and makes a way better beast. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2013 by hpsmusic08
This album progresses from Axioma Ethica Odini and further develops the progressive, complex and melodic aspects of their sound. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by A. Conway
Still listening to it, but initial impressions is it's not as good as their last 5 or 6 albums, but then again, their output is of such a high
quality then I'm only judging... Read more