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  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I've been a fan of Enslaved since their first EP vinyl release "Hordane's Land" back in the early 90s. Whilst they may have started out as a black metal band, their style has moved along over the years, so that (I think) they term themselves a Viking Metal band now (but maybe they've changed again since...). Whilst other black metal bands, such as Darkthrone (whose "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" still ranks as a classic), Burzum, and Emperor sought to get ever harsher, this resulted in considerably less musical releases - mainly as the production changed - the bass was turned down, the guitars just buzzed, and the overall outcome was a headache even for a seasoned metalhead like myself. I also tired of their increasingly childish actions and comments - I turned off them all except Enslaved, who continued to push themselves musically, and I continued to buy each release. The first review here is a great review and there's no need to go through each track again, but just to say that I had been looking forward to this release, and it hasn't disappointed. It has moved on again since their last album with a slightly more progressive sound, and with tracks clocking in at 7-10 minutes, there is a of of variation within and between tracks, but with plenty of heavy passages to keep you on your toes. Well worth a listen. If you want to hear something of a similar nature ie a black metal progressive album check out Ved Buens Ende's "Written In Waters". Another old album but stands the test of time.
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Released on the 1st October 2012, the album 'Riitiir' formed the twelfth full-length studio album from Norwegian progressive metal goliaths, Enslaved.

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.
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The new album, what can I say, utterly, utterly beautiful. I got lost in the soundscape and felt the world drift away. It has been a long time since a work of music has had this kind of impact on me. I will admit that as a Band, the output by Enslaved is always well received, but this album is something spectacular. From track one, Thoughts like Hammers, to the final track Forsaken, I was totally immersed in this album. This was one to sit back and listen to. For me this was a head phone experience and I let it wash over me like an unrelenting tide. Grutle's vocals are as always perfect, whether they are sung or growled, but for me the clean vocals during the final track were so gentle as to be a lullaby. The track Roots of the Mountain held me in an embrace, following the song lyrically was almost hypnotic and once again Enslaved have hit a high standard with their current work.

I don't know if Enslaved are Black Metal anymore, but what they are most definitively is extraordinary.
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I've been a fan of Enslaved for a while, not as long as others having only followed them since Isa was released, but I always buy their records as their output can always be relied on to be creative, have songs that I can take time to listen to and explore and that they have moved on a bit from the genre that they were first lumped in with but still retain those roots. In a word to describe this like all of their albums is enthralled, enslaved would maybe be more apt though if you'll excuse the pun!

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!
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