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Release date: 8 November 2004
Style: Progressive black metal


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01. Intro: Green Reflection
02. Lunar Force
03. Isa
04. Ascension
05. Bounded By Allegiance
06. Violet Dawning
07. Return To Yggdrasil
08. Secrets Of The Flesh
09. Neogenesis
10. Outro: Communion

The best Black Metal album of 2004

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Enslaved is one of those few bands out there that is getting better and better after every release. Their music, while it keeps its roots, is developing towards complete perfection.

The new album pretty much follows the footsteps of their previous album Below the Lights, but even better and more complete. For all of you who have not heard Below the Lights and Enslaved´s earlier work (is that even possible for a black metal fan?) I must warn you that this is not one of your typical "grim" or "necro" black metal albums. So if that is what you are searching for, just something that is trOO and all that stuff, then please, don't waste your time here because trust me, this is not what you are looking for. This album is for a bit more, well let's say; "mature" fans of black metal.

published 14.01.2005 | Comments (10)

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Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 00:03  
Rating: 10 A revelation
musicalkaratekid - 25.08.2012 at 21:37  
Rating: 9 A very interesting album given that it is supposedly the band's 'breakthrough' album in a lot of people's eyes. 'Lunar Force', 'Return to Yggdrasil' and the sprawling 'Neogenesis' are all staples of the band's creative talents, but it's really the atmosphere that was previously provided on albums like 'Mardraum' and 'Monumension' that truly makes 'Isa' the stunning work it is.
Soulhole - 27.10.2012 at 02:56  
  The old stuff is better then the new stuff
Poutine_BBQ - 18.01.2013 at 01:49  
  One of the greatest band i ever heard. They are coming in Montréal 22 Febuary! Lucky me!
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.01.2013 at 04:10  
  Oh yeah, 10 / 10 album, no mistake.
Ace Frawley - 24.03.2013 at 21:38  
Rating: 9 I know I'm a bit of a latecomer on this album (considering it was released in 2004) but having just digested it I have to comment that I feel it to be an outstanding achievement by an amazing group of musicians.
Soheil KD - 07.02.2014 at 23:10  
Rating: 10 Ascension
Paw!! - 06.06.2014 at 13:06  
Rating: 8 After release in 2004 I was forget to commend this Great Masterpice. I think this album 'ISA' will be shit progressive album with black metal elements.The fact this album is awesome. Into: Intro, Lunar Force, Isa, Ascension, Bounded By Allegiance, Violet Dawning, Return To Yggdrasil, Secrets Of The Flesh, Neogenesis, Outro: Communion. Enslaved. They are owning and make great atmosphere in this album.
All songs are awesome. 9/10.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.06.2014 at 13:10  
  Yes, it's a masterpiece. I remember wandering Metal Storm's hallways near the time I first joined and wanted to try out black metal. After a bunch of research I think I ended up trying Transylvanian Hunger and this album. Probably a wise decision as I've never gotten bored of this.
Andro Maximus - 20.06.2014 at 17:40  
  The band/album that got me into black metal. A rare, perfect album.
Jaeryd - 09.12.2014 at 23:44  
Rating: 10 I've listened to this album hundreds of times since I first got it, and each time I listen to it, I still have to say "wow" at the end. Fucking great.
musclassia - 20.09.2015 at 17:50  
Rating: 9 "Return to Yggdrasil" and "Neogenesis" are both incredible. Makes up my top 3 Enslaved albums with AEO and Below The Lights, although still need to check out Ruun and everything from Monumension and earlier

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