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EnslavedAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B000F1HGW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Entroper
2. Path to Vanir
3. Fusion of Sense and Earth
4. Ruun
5. Tides of Chaos
6. Essence
7. Api-Vat
8. Heir to the Cosmic Seed

Editorial Reviews

RUUN, the stunning new album from Norwegian Grammy/Alarm Award winning Enslaved, is as every bit epic and monumental as fans of this highly decorated band have come to expect. Recorded at Amper Studios in Olso and mastered at The Cutting Room in Sweden, RUUN is without doubt the band's breakout release. Following the critically-acclaimed Isa (receiving in 2005 Album of the Year honors from Metal Maniacs, Decibel, Revolver, Terrorizer and more!), the album represents the culmination of the band's 15 years together - a recording legacy that is musically unmatched by any modern day peer.

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackened, Progressive, Viking-Metal.* May 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For those unaware, Norway's Enslaved are on their 10th album in 16 years, they have shifted a few members here and there, and have constantly progressed and pushed the limits of Black/Viking Metal.
Though I am not thoroughly familiar with their older works I have been more than impressed with their last two albums Below the Lights (2003) and Isa (2004) and now their latest RUUN (2006) has toppled all expectations I had for them.
Enslaved, are more than loyal to progression, each one of their albums holds true their Black/Viking Metal roots, yet they further explore the prog-territory in vein of 70's era King Crimson. Anyway on to the Album:

RUUN, begins with the powerful Entroper, a very subtle build drives this 6 minute opener along... near the end unleashing some stunning vocal work (actual singing) from the new keyboardist, Herbrand Larsen. They experimented with various guest vocalists on Isa but, Larsen's voice seems more than suited and is a perfect contrast with Grutle Kjellson venomous rasp. Also Gruntle's, Rickenbacker(?)Bass work is noteworthy as it is nicely turned up in the mix. The second track, Path to Vanir is another stunning song with a midsection that would make the mighty King Crimson proud followed by pure black-metal fury. Fusion of Sense and Earth, goes back to their roots, with some incredible guitar playing by Ivar Bjornson and Arve Isda. Isda's soloing is especially impressive. The title track RUUN is a nice combination of black metal and prog-rock. Holding a delicate balance of beauty and brutality, for the entire song. Tides of Chaos, begins with probably my favorite intro on the album, the guitar play is simply fantastic, especially when complimented by the groove heavy drumming of Cato Bekkevold.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rune of Ruin May 17, 2006
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I'm only familiar with a few of the Norwegian black metal bands, and decided to try out Enslaved after reading some good reviews. I'm quite surprised and intrigued by the creativity in this band's sound, and they've gotta be one of the most progressive and interesting bands in their dark circle. I bet if the most adventurous and big-thinking Vikings had access to modern instruments, as well as a yen for both classic extreme metal and prog rock, they'd make music like this. As opposed to the relentless violence of their compatriots, Enslaved enslave the listener with an ominous creeping dread and slow-burning menace. The most powerful tracks on this album, such as "Entroper" and "Tides of Chaos," build that power with shifting dynamics and unexpected stylistic changes, while the haunting acoustic breaks in "Path to Vanir" and "RUUN" find the perfect balance between beauty and power. Now that's how to build true heaviness, rather than just bashing away at full blast all the time. Prominent keyboards and some snippets of exotic instrumentation, as well as the interesting juxtaposition between the Alice Cooper-like sneer of Grutle Kjellson and the forlorn wizened singing of Herbrand Larsen, are all signs of a band that is fully committed to breaking out of its category, and moving that category into new musical realms. This extreme metal is extremely fascinating. [~doomsdayer520~]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amalgamation not Opethization... May 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
...or maybe a bit of both...have you ever watched a cat chase a flashlight on a wall...entertaining indeed...however, this album makes me feel like the cat. Can't really put my finger on what it is about this album...suffice it to has slayer (early), opeth, stoner rock, classic progressive and whatever else you will bear witness round about listen 20, but a fine effort indeed. Everything just seems to find its place in the mix on this album and that is a testament to the band and the production quality. Some may spew venom about the sound quality being too proggy, but if that were the case the drums would be much higher in the mix! To me the drums are great, but the guitar and keyboard interaction make this record what it is. 8 tracks with no repeatition what-so-ever...and for a band of this would believe them to be less prolific...but you would be wrong...

I have listened to this as much as 10,000 days and think this album is much better...and that album has its moments.

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5.0 out of 5 stars better than people seem to realize! July 11, 2006
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Should you hear the words "best metal band out there," Enslaved probably isn't the first band that comes to mind. But pause and reflect. Enslaved has a reputation for always pushing for something new and interesting. The amount of output alone is impressive--since their famous split EP with Emperor (on which they blew Emperor away, I might add), they've done ten full-lengths in total, releasing pathbreaking albums almost yearly since 1999. The quality, even more remarkable--from the epic, deft, assaultive Viking metal of the early years to the ever more progressive, strange, and psychedelic albums of recent times, there is probably no metal band whose discography matches that of Enslaved. Just when you think they finally _have_ to release a `bleh' album, they blow you away again.

Where _Ruun_ ultimately stands in relation to the rest of the catalogue is uncertain, but it any case it is an exhilarating, progressive, and powerful. There are only peripheral features that tie the band to its former days or black metal in general. It otherwise an extension of _Isa_ the way _Isa_ was an extension of _Below the Lights_ and so on -- each album is a step that feels natural and reaches tremendous heights (_Maudraum_ and _Blodhemn_ was the most profound change of style, probably). On _Isa_, it seemed the band have reached its immanent end and perfected itself. _Ruun_ just keeps running with the concept. The paradox of the reviewer is that one can describe _Ruun_ mostly with reference to _Isa_, and yet it is difficult to articulate the abstract changes that have taken place, so one might lose sight of the progression at play.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 14 months ago by Edison Osses Lepin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I've never heard an Enslaved album I didn't dig. Ruun is no exception. I own everything from Monumension to Riitiir. They are all fantastic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Burns
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music, bad vinyl pressing
This vinyl, released on Back on Black, is a great addition to anyones collection, but only music wise. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by overture
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed.
Hm.. so yeah. All the reviews said that this album is a spectacular masterpeice of black metal, oh ho, I beg to differ. Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Brian K. Ramsdell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Progressive black metal
This is Enslaved best release in my opinion. It has a good blend of Progressive metal along with a good ambient feel to it. Good black metal over all
Published on January 7, 2009 by Edward Tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Satyricon Jr.
Is it just me or have they become something of a Satyricon clone? Not that it's is a bad thing. This album is something of a rekindling of excitement I used to have for the band. Read more
Published on April 19, 2008 by Roger Ohman III
5.0 out of 5 stars 5th on my best of 2006 list
Black metal - check.

Viking metal - check.

Progressive metal - check.

Enslaved falls neatly into all three categories, thank you very much. Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by Miss N. Thrope
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect black metal release.
I was introduced to this band by this album, and I can say with one hundread percent ceartainty that this is one of the best metal albums of 2006, and one of the best black metal... Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Avernus
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Viking Metal
"Progressive and mature Viking Metal with Black Metal undertones." I believe that is the best way to describe this album, Ruun, by Norwegian veterans Enslaved. Read more
Published on January 17, 2007 by G. Owen Wears
5.0 out of 5 stars Frakking great album!
There are some really dense chords in this album, along with some compound time signatures. The subject matter of this album would make Ronald D. Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by Bigfoot
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