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Vertebrae [VINYL]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2008
This is without a doubt one of Enslaved's finest achievements to date. A shining example of modern extreme metal, progressive wizardry and psychedelia of new found depth. The band have gone through many different incarnations with each album they have ever released and that is a fundemental carachteristic of this band. "Vertebrae" is again very new sounding. Vast in its thickness, texture and scope. Every Enslaved fan should own this record.

It is also certainly one that requires more than one listen to fully appreciate. On repeated listenes you find the extra layers not present to you as a first time listener. Little inflections of chords that augment other chords, huge deep groovy passages and drumwork again of a class of its own. I would advise anyone even remotely interested to pick yourselves up a copy as soon as humanly possible...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 November 2008
Enslaved are a band I'm relatively new to. After hearing their name a while back, and certainly more so on the release of the album Ruun, I decided to take a delve into their back catalogue. I picked up a copy of "Frost", an album released at a time when Enslaved were much closer to the recognisable Black Metal mould than they are today. But even with Frost you can hear a young band with grand ideas and the result was powerfully fierce sweeping Black Metal infusing Norse Folk influences to produce what they called "Viking Metal". Certainly not a joke title but a music with heavy links to Enslaved's roots.

So buying a copy of Vertebrae (and knowing how much they'd developed) I had fears I was going to hear a very commercial sounding band. What I was met with was the same fierce sweeping grand sound, but updated, progressive and the original influences now stretched to psychedelia, prog rock and death metal but still harnessing the sound and atmosphere of Black Metal. However instead of sounding like the recording of some vampyric graveyard dweller this is more like the soundtrack to some mythical Norse battle in Valhalla. If you like you could say Enslaved give to Black Metal what Opeth give to Death Metal, a new sound and a new "no limits" direction. However the importance of both bands being, they havn't forgotten their original uniqueness and excitement and none of that is lost with Vertebrae (or indeed Opeth's Watershed).

Vertebrae's songs all have a majesty of their own but it's in their bleakness or cold chords (a phrase I've just made up) that you recognise the more familiar Black Metal sounding Enslaved. The best part is that this isn't just another "how shrill can we be, or how bad can we make the production" copy-cat Black Metal album, it's a statement of how deep the grave of Black Metal can be dug, and boy are their some treasures at the bottom.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2008
This is without a doubt one of Enslaved's finest achievements to date. A shining example of modern extreme metal, progressive wizardry and psychedelia of new found depth. The band have gone through many different incarnations with each album they have ever released and that is a fundemental carachteristic of this band. "Vertebrae" is again very new sounding. Vast in its thickness, texture and scope. Every Enslaved fan should own this record.

It is also certainly one that requires more than one listen to fully appreciate. On repeated listenes you find the extra layers not present to you as a first time listener. Little inflections of chords that augment other chords, huge deep groovy passages and drumwork again of a class of its own. I would advise anyone even remotely interested to pick yourselves up a copy as soon as humanly possible...
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on 3 March 2013
fantastic record and great service, item in mint concition and was received in time, great purchase I'll repeat in the future
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on 19 July 2015
Another great record of Enslaved.
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