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.