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Riitiir

EnslavedAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B008RJPPF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patient listeners will be rewarded. 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.
Recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expansive October 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riitiir 5 Stars October 21, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This album sounds great on cd, but even better on vinyl, and the artwork and the vinyl disk color design is just awesome. The music itself is really good and even though there aren't many solos, when they come in, it just makes that song even better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jigsore
Format:Audio CD
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. I'll try to be brief in this review, although I feel like I could go on, and on about this record. The first thing I want to address is that a lot of people are saying that this album is "challenging", or that you have to give it a few listens before it clicks. My experience has been the opposite. I first heard one track on a sampler disc, and immediately loved it, and then a month or so later, heard a different track on another sampler, and loved that. It was at this point that I decided I would be picking up this release. Before, I said that I have been a fan of theirs for a while, so you might be wondering why I didn't just run out and buy this when it hit store shelves? Well, the reason is that on their last release, I only really loved a couple of songs, and wanted to see what was in store for RIITIIR before jumping in. I find this album to be very accessible to most listeners. Although I am not "most" listeners, this album has a very "musical" feel to it. Not a lot to absorb, but certainly a lot to enjoy. Layers of rhythm, and song progression to keep you interested in this release listen, after listen. I actually find myself whistling these tunes throughout the day, and realize that I'm whistling an Enslaved song... This is the kind of Black Metal that your parents can get in to. That may be a bad thing, depending on how you look at it, but I listen to all kinds of music, mostly very extreme, underground stuff, and this is almost like pop music to me, but in a good way. Enslaved have made an extremely memorable, catchy, and impressive album with RIITIIR. I don't know what the title means, but I like the way the record sounds. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seek And Find but Do Not Try to Understand... 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinacle of Norwegian Metal
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Vincent Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars In the middle
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Daryl Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
Record sounds great.
Gatefold is very good.
This album is nice.
I recommend this LP to all fans of Enslaved.
Published 17 months ago by Edison Osses Lepin
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5 stars) Enslaved continue their hot streak
Progressive black metal champs Enslaved have been on a roll, consistently releasing album after killer album for the better part of a decade now. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Stutheit
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album
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 19 months ago by Justin Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
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 19 months ago by Matt Hallingstad
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great and unique. Love the drums and the vocals. The guitar is great and the sound is different but still the same Enslaved.
Published 22 months ago by tabby
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't remember being so amazed by music
For some reason I never really listened to Enslaved. After hearing this album, I have learned that I have truly been punishing myself for not listening to them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by B.S.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Progressive ...
I echo the sentiments of the previous fine reviews. I have been into Enslaved since Axioma and have acquired all previous works which each in their own way are excellent. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JMC
5.0 out of 5 stars May be the best enslaved album yet
The title says it all. This is probably my favorite enslaved album of all time! If you are new to enslaved I would also recommend checking out Ruun.
Published 24 months ago by Patrick N Quest
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