on 9 June 2006
Enslaved only gets better and better each time. In fact i would say that their four last albums ( monumension, below the lights, isa and this one ) are some of the most exciting records within the metal genre. Being a bit disappointed with the sound of Isa, I was glad to hear that this album sounds warmer and more organic. There is a pop-sensibility to the record (although that shouldn't scare anyone away). As usual the echoes of 70's progrock can be heard loud and clear. Forward-thinking...and yet not afraid to show their
influences. That is how we like it:)
Buy this record!
on 24 March 2007
After hearing a fair wadge of Enslaved's material I bit the bullet and went for this one. Those accustomed to the Scandinavian scene will know that Enslaved began moving from the Black Metal staple way back, and the progression they've made is most evdient on RUUN. Seems like they hit the target dead on with this one and you can almost hear where parts of ISA were meant to be. Long progressive songs with wholly satisfying melody and intentions. Superb Norse and North European folk influences are central to the theme, without blurring the headbanger's need for power, aggression and noise. Beautiful, emotional music from a truly talented outfit. Pioneering.