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Release date: 26 September 2008
Style: Progressive black metal

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8.5 | 381 votes

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Disc I
01. Clouds
02. To The Coast
03. Ground
04. Vertebrae
05. New Dawn
06. Reflection
07. Center
08. The Watcher

Disc II [Limited edition - Live At The Rock Hard Festival, Germany, 2008]
01. Path To Vanir [live]
02. Fusion Of Sense And Earth [live]
03. Bounded By Allegiance [live]
04. Violet Dawning [live]
05. As Fire Swept Clean The Earth [live]
06. Isa [live]
07. Return To Yggdrasil [live]
08. Ruun [live]

Review
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
Ivar Bjørnson Peersen - guitars
Grutle Kjellson - vocals, bass
Herbrand Larsen - keyboards, organ, vocals
Cato Bekkevold - drums
Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal - guitars

Session musicians
Ronni Le Tekrø - guitar solo
Johnny Skalleberg - effects


Additional info
Mixed by Evil Joe Barresi at Studio Studio - Toten, Norway.
Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Herbrand Larsen and Grutle Kjellson.
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound - New York (NY), US.
Recorded at:
Propeller Music Division - Oslo, Norway. Engineered by Mike Hartung;
Amper Tone Studios - Oslo, Norway. Engineered by Johnny Skalleberg;
Earshot Studios - Bergen, Norway. Engineered by Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale;
Peersonal Sound - Bergen, Norway. Engineered by Ivar Bjørnson.

Artwork by Truls Espedal.

Limited edition bonus CD recorded at Rock Hard Festival in May 10th 2008 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Live production by Holger Stratmann and Hannes Jaeckl.
Mixed and mastered by Børge Finstad at Toproom Studio.

Guest review by
7thSlave

Rating:
9.1
In the not too distant past, if you had asked me about Enslaved, I may well have got them confused with any number of bands starting with "En". Enthroned, Ensiferum, 'N Sync… well not the last one thankfully, but I certainly wouldn't have been able to tell you much about them, least of all what they sounded like. But then I found myself reading an "Albums of The Year" list in that self-proclaimed paragon of "True Cult Heavy Metal", Terrorizer magazine. Vertebrae came top. One figured it couldn't be total crap, right?

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published 06.01.2012 | Comments (12)

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advent - 25.01.2010 at 14:51  
Rating: 9 This is a decent album that deserves decent review.....beside it was MS pick for 2008

i guess that any MS pick must have a review..specially if it is a good album???
tea[m]ster - 12.07.2010 at 22:59  
Rating: 9 I really like this album, great mix of harsh & clean vocals, the music has its heavy moments but enough prog to keep my attention!
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.09.2010 at 18:17  
Rating: 6 Yeah it's odd this never received a review.
SODOM666 - 30.08.2011 at 07:59  
Rating: 7 I had more trouble getting into this record than their previous releases.
Night Sight - 27.10.2011 at 23:00  
  I recently got this album and all i just can say it's great.not as great as ruun but i still enjoy it.
Ace Frawley - 19.07.2013 at 06:07  
Rating: 8 I think there is a subtle brilliance to this album. It took me awhile to get into it, but after about half a dozen listens, it all clicked into place and it was magical. Standout tracks for me are the title track, "New Dawn" and "Reflection". They are just amazing compositions. I keep saying it, but these guys are musical freaks and certainly at the forefront of modern progressive metal. The only negative comment I will make, and it's only minor, is that one track sounds a bit too much like Pink Floyd and another like Tool. I guess those two bands have been big influences for Enslaved.

Addendum: will add "The Watcher" as a standout track as well. Just brilliant and great live when I saw them in Sydney. It also has a cool video clip.
NocturnalStalker - 03.02.2014 at 17:31  
Rating: 8 Good album. Maybe even very good, but still compared to its two predecessors and its follow-ups it doesn't sound as captivating to my ears...
Jaeryd17‍ - 28.04.2014 at 20:16  
Rating: 10 I really love To the Coast and Center--To the Coast makes me feel like I'm riding the ocean waves on a viking longship, and Center puts me right in the middle of an ancient temple of mystics and shamans--but the entire album sounds pretty magical to me. I love it.

Apparently I seem to like different parts of Enslaved than other people, 'cause I found this album more enjoyable than Axioma Ethica Odini.

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