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2012 release, the 12th studio album from the Norwegian Progressive Black Metal band. The album is the follow-up to their 2010 album Axioma Ethica Odini.
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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B008RJPPF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nallick TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm new to Enslaved...well not entirely new.
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hot Sauce on October 15, 2012
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I became a fan of Enslaved when Vertebrae was released and have been following them ever since. They are, without a doubt one of my favorite bands out there today. I still listen to Vertebrae, Axioma Ethica Oudini, ISA, and Ruun constantly and Riitiir is no exception. Like all Enslaved records, repeated listens rewards the listener as, IMO, all Enslaved records take time to appreciate and to understand. It took me about 4-5 days of listening to the record non-stop to finally reach that a-ha! moment where every note, every progression, every part of the album makes sense. I didn't understand the record at once, but I knew there was something special hidden in there that was just waiting for me to find. Now that I 'understand' the album as a whole, I still can't stop listening to it and I still have 3 other records that I downloaded and have yet to listen to (Between the Buried and Me, Sylosis, and The Accacia Strain)! In summary, Enslaved has managed to remain on top with their latest effort and this album should make it on to many year end lists!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Chris Dalton on January 19, 2013
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I am absolutely, utterly, and completely obsessed with this album. It made the #7 spot on my Best of 2012 list. It has definitely moved up a number of slots from that position since I compiled it in mid-December.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on May 1, 2013
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Progressive black metal champs Enslaved have been on a roll, consistently releasing album after killer album for the better part of a decade now. It all began with 2004's "Isa," and continues here, on their twelfth studio long-player, 2012's "RIITIIR." This album furthers the group's Opeth-inspired heavy/soft dynamic, but differs from previous efforts in that it puts more emphasis on the former (the heavy parts). In fact, "RIITIIR" just might be their heaviest album to date. After all, it does feature some speedy, thrashy tempos and skin-crawling vocals. And plus, for the first time ever, Enslaved enlist the use of honest-to-god blast beats. And the band do it all without losing their precious, perfectly-well-rounded equilibrium. Put simply, few black metal bands can swerve through two polar-opposite styles as deftly and dangerously as Enslaved. (England's Akercocke and the aforementioned Opeth being two exceptions to this rule.) And the Norwegian quintet demonstrates this fact all throughout these eight songs.

"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.
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