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My first exposure to Enslaved was back in 1994 when I heard Svarte Vidder from the Frost album.
I wasn't a huge black metal fan back then as it was relatively new and death metal still had the planet in its grasp.
I finally caught the black metal bug with Emperor and Cradle of Filth a few years later.
Fast forward almost twenty years and ten albums later and I read a great review of this new album which I sadly cannot pronounce lol.
I had no idea Enslaved has turned into a black metal/prog hybrid.
So out of curiosity I decided to give Riitiir a whirl and.....
Interesting to say the least.
It's a daunting album that blends many different things.
The songs are LONG and that in and of itself can turn away a lot of people...sadly.
The opener is what really hooked me.
Thoughts Like Hammers starts out with one of the coolest Black Sabbath type riffs I've heard in ages.
Harsh vocals give way to stunning Alice in Chains type dual vocals which work wonders for music no matter how extreme.
Death in the Eyes of Dawn....another really long song with a beautiful chorus. I'm feeling a lot of 70's vibe to this.
Veilburner...yes...some trem picking.
More of a classic mid paced black metal feel even with the clean vox. Another simply incredible track.
Roots of the Mountain...blast beats give way to clean vocals....awesome song, just listen, too much awesome here to describe.
I'm not going to bother with the rest of the tracks all of them are incredible.
If you enjoy genre defying metal than this is a feast for the ears.
From the little I've heard Enslaved started out as full blast Viking black metal to what we have now.
...and now I have the daunting task of going back through the entire back catalog.
Riitiir....stunning, unique, haunting, memorable.
What has generally been regarded as another fine Enslaved record, albeit one with far more progressive rock tendencies, a solid entry square into the middle of many published Best Of lists, really seems to be a "grower" if ever there was one. Now, many of the original reviews of this record stated as much, that it was a grower that needed multiple listens to sink in, but I think that's actually an understatement. I've been listening to this record, in fairly heavy rotation, fairly consistently non-stop since it was released on October 9 and, yes, every time I listen to it, I really DO hear multiple tiers of new sounds, textures, parts, lyrics, etc., et al., blah, blah, blah.
The record has also gotten tons of negative or dismissive criticism as well, much of it based on the fact that the songs are much lengthier and, to a degree, markedly more subdued. This odd laid-back quality is, for me, actually one of the coolest things about the record. This strikes me as the most Rush-like Enslaved album yet. I can't even put my finger on what particularly makes me feel this way, but I do. A distinctly "Hemispheres"/"Permanent Waves" vibe is what strikes me.
I know that by this point in their career, with the band being as top-shelf and "professional" as they are, there are many people who would like to hear the harsh vocals disappear completely. Yet there are many people who would like to hear the melancholy clean vocals of Herbrand Larsen disappear instead. It doesn't matter.Read more ›
"Thoughts Like Hammers" has a brutal intro before settling down into more restrained and melodic territory. And all the while, Grutle Kjellson is heard working up massive amounts of phlegm in his throat, trading off brutal, throat-tearing black metal rasps with Herbrand Larsen's accomplished clean singing that sounds reminiscent of Mikael Akerfeldt and latter day Celtic Frost. Needless to say, this ten-minute long epic album opener boasts incredibly memorable vocal patterns. And they are furthered by doomy, cascading power chords, occasional acoustic breakdowns, ringing cymbal crashes, and intermittent use of sputtering double kick drumming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good album. A definite buy anyone who listens to ENSLAVED!!! \m/Published 14 months ago by Random guy
Black metal as a genre has always come under fire as being a genre locked into itself that never advances or goes beyond it's tropes, and while I can agree to a point that many... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Vincent Ross
This album sounds great on cd, but even better on vinyl, and the artwork and the vinyl disk color design is just awesome. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Zachary Scott
Hype machine went crazy for this one, but realistically, this falls about in the middle of the pack of their catalog and perhaps of the genre itself. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Daryl Wayne
Record sounds great.
Gatefold is very good.
This album is nice.
I recommend this LP to all fans of Enslaved.
Doesn't feel quite as good as Axioma Ethica Odini, but still a very good album. Good buy, hopefully Opeth can put out something great soon.Published on March 17, 2013 by Justin Ferguson
If it wasn't from Enslaved, I'd probably give it a 5. But I don't enjoy this one as much as Vertebrae or Axioma. Still a solid outing of progressive black metal.Published on March 3, 2013 by Matt Hallingstad
Great and unique. Love the drums and the vocals. The guitar is great and the sound is different but still the same Enslaved.Published on December 21, 2012 by tabby
Let me start by saying that I have been a fan of this band for a while, and like most of the albums they have put out. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Jigsore