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Axioma Ethica Odini
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As odd as it may sound, there is not that much new here. Enslaved have been far beyond the leading edge of prog/black metal now for almost a decade. Each album has offered a mix of '70s progressive rock, bizarre Voivod riffing, black metal obliteration, etc. The same holds true on this release, just everything has been tightened up immeasurably.
Jens Bogren was brought in to mix the record. He is responsible for the skull-crushing sound that can be found on the latest albums by Opeth and Amon Amarth. Possibly the only current metal producer who gets a massive, professional sound, particularly crafted to each band, that doesn't sound compressed and brickwalled into the absurd noise found on so many major heavy releases.
The vocals have had particular attention paid to them this time. The ever-improving clean vocals have advanced markedly and Bogren gets an absolutely phenomenal sound from Grutle Kjellson's harsh vox, guttural bellows and shrieks; swirling around one another approaching the heights of Mikael Akerfeldt's genre-defining performance at the end of "Blackwater Park."
Enslaved have been guilty in the past of throwing whacked-out riffs together in a seemingly random fashion, having songs go on too long or randomly switching between clever parts at the most inappropriate moment. "AEO" finds the songwriting tighter and more succinct than it has been in ages, even though many of the tracks are around the seven minute mark.
And of last note, I feel as though the band have not performed with this much ease and confidence since "Mardraum" roughly a decade ago.Read more ›
None of this should surprise Enslaved fans, but I have to say that the band has exceeded my expectations with this album. I never doubted this mighty horde, but didn't know if this record would be a masterpiece. Based upon this aural argument, one would do well to take ethical cues from the great Mr. Odin. This is a serious contender for my favorite album of 2010.
Edit, update: After listening to this album for a number of years and loving their next two albums (RIITIIR and In Times) I have to say that Axioma is the most majestic and intense album of Enslaved's discography and my favorite. For me it's most fully appreciated when listening with head phones while reading the lyrics, wow. I can only describe it as beautiful. This music helped me through some very dark times of loss and disillusion.
Some lyrics from Singular:
There is no lasting joy
In numbness and dogma
Too much is too little in knowledge
Driven by mystery
We have lost sight
Of the night-side of the self
Hunted by the fear
Night-sight is bliss
For he who dares look into
A world where you embrace the opposite
Where you are whole
all n all Great Album
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been an Enslaved fan for a while and AEO has to be one of my all time favorites from the band. Absolutely haunting passages give way to insane black metal brutality. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brian Nallick
With AXIOMA ETHICA ODINI, Enslaved moved back to a heavier, riffing sound after moving the furthest in a progressive direction with VERTEBRAE (2008), reinvigorating the thread from... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Autonomeus
The first two songs are Norwegian metal classics, as is the seventh song. AEO proves that Enslaved are only getting better over time and it strengthens their already impressive... Read morePublished 22 months ago by whr27
I really can't even begin to do this album justice with whatever description I might give it. This is something that needs to be experienced in order to call your meager human... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Matt
There is not a single song that I could nominate to be removed from this album. Even their instrumental songs are awesome. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Jose R. Roman
This is my first album from the band Enslaved. I saw them open for Opeth over a year ago and was impressed. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by DW
I'm extraordinarily picky about my music. Not in an idiotic, doesn't-know-crap-about-time-signatures hipster sort of way, but seriously. This album is great.Published on August 7, 2011 by Dustin
This is one of the few albums in years that i could listen without changing a song (thats an hour long). Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by I. Cortazzo
this is their masterpiece. i will always love FROST the most, but this is their masterpiece. their is so much going on with this album it demands at least 3 listens before you can... Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Andrew M. Winrich