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Release date: 27 September 2010
Style: Progressive black metal

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01. Ethica Odini
02. Raidho
03. Waruun
04. The Beacon
05. Axioma
06. Giants
07. Singular
08. Night Sight
09. Lightening

[Limited Edition Bonus 7" Vinyl]
01. Jotunblod (Doom)
02. Migration

The Best Black Metal Album Of 2010
Top 20 albums of 2010: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 115

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Staff review by
Daniell

Rating:
9.5
Let me tell you how I know that an album is hard to digest but great. When I put it on for the first time, most of the songs blur together, it's impossible to tell them apart. The first impression about the album is accentuated by those cool fragments of songs that remain in my memory. During the second listen I manage to hear most of those fragments. Just when I'm about to play the album for the third time to get those last cool bits, I realise that there are some more cool bits that I picked up during my second listen. With every consecutive listen, the number of cool bits increases, and my mind connects them to respective songs. After 10 listens all bits are in place, the picture is complete and my smile is wider than a six-lane freeway, because the album is brilliant.

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published 30.09.2010 | Comments (70)

Guest review by
ponderer

Rating:
2.9
Here we are again. I say that because Enslaved are beating the proverbial "Nordic Black Metal" horse to death. It seems like this is becoming a standard out of the Northern European Black Metal scene these days. Scary makeup, growling vocals, droning guitars, and a complete lack of direction other than to throw in some "evil" lyrics. Like anyone will ever go as far as Mercyful Fate did in the 80's lyrically? Doubtful, and I haven't seen anyone do it yet.

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published 12.12.2010 | Comments (122)

Staff pick by
BitterCOld

30.09.2010 Over the last couple records, Enslaved seemed to be moving towards metal middle age... from Black Metal to Black Floyd. AEO sees them continuing the prog path, but at the same time drawing from the best elements of their past work. The tone of this is harsher. At times they show the familiar gallop of their old BM works, at others the weirdness of Monumension and the confidence of Below The Lights. i love this album so much i want to fuck it.

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bard - 06.10.2010 at 23:45  
Rating: 10 While I did enjoy the sterilized, generally more bleak feeling of Vertebrae, this album feels so damn refreshing! I've never heard Enslaved sound so optimistic, with such joyous clean vocals! I just love how classic bands like Enslaved can still manage to make music that sounds so alive.
ponderer - 12.10.2010 at 20:41  
  Saving comments for a proper review as requested by Enslaved fanboys.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2010 at 22:00  
Rating: 8
Written by ponderer on 12.10.2010 at 20:41

bullshit being forced down our throats

Why don't you expand on it a bit and submit it as an actual proper review?
ponderer - 12.10.2010 at 22:41  
  You haven't seen shit yet.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2010 at 22:52  
Rating: 8 That's just too easy.
Reza - 13.10.2010 at 23:42  
  At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.10.2010 at 00:06  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 13.10.2010 at 23:42

At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!

It was something like 60 a few days ago, and the score was at 9. Seems to have peaked.
Reza - 14.10.2010 at 01:23  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.10.2010 at 00:06

Written by Guest on 13.10.2010 at 23:42

At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!

It was something like 60 a few days ago, and the score was at 9. Seems to have peaked.

Ohhh, IYO it's something special? (as compared to "Isa" and "Ruun")
advent - 14.10.2010 at 05:56  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 13.10.2010 at 23:42

At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!

That exactly what i thought, and it's the 1st in top albums 2010, which i think a bit overrated also !!!!
Zuzuz0r - 14.10.2010 at 07:10  
  All these comments just show how subjective can tastes and opinion be. Personally I really enjoyed this album a lot, and tbh I wasn't expecting too much, I mean, I like Enslaved a lot, but my thoughts about them releasing a new album were like "oh, new album, cool", so then I listened to it and I was blown. I wasn't expecting a mediocre/bad album or a godlike album, but I'm really satisfied with it.
Aetherius - 14.10.2010 at 10:03  
Rating: 9 AWESOME album.!!!
BellTower - 21.10.2010 at 11:56  
  I like the album, but I found the clean vocals distracting at first; took a while to get used to them.
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 21.10.2010 at 17:44  
Rating: 9 Although I HAVE NOT heard this yet right now. I just realized that the only album I can think of left that can AT LEAST have a chance to probably top this and/ or even just rival this for this years "top 20 albums of the year", is the upcoming Agalloch album, "Marrow Of The Spirit".
PrimalAntagonist - 09.11.2010 at 17:50  
  Album of the decade......
JD - 15.12.2010 at 02:34  
Rating: 7 Average album some good songs and some bad ones.
Doc Godin - 16.12.2010 at 17:18  
Rating: 8
Written by ponderer on 12.10.2010 at 20:41

Saving comments for a proper review as requested by Enslaved fanboys.

How'd that work out for you?
ponderer - 16.12.2010 at 19:21  
 
Written by Doc Godin on 16.12.2010 at 17:18

Written by ponderer on 12.10.2010 at 20:41

Saving comments for a proper review as requested by Enslaved fanboys.

How'd that work out for you?


Couldn't have gone better. The album finally got an honest review and the trolls are up in arms. You can't script that kind of lolz.
vezzy - 16.12.2010 at 19:23  
Rating: 9
Written by ponderer on 16.12.2010 at 19:21
Couldn't have gone better. The album finally got an honest review and the trolls are up in arms. You can't script that kind of lolz.


People who disagree with you or point out that it seems you haven't actually listened to the album are trolls?

wat
Doc Godin - 16.12.2010 at 22:12  
Rating: 8
Written by ponderer on 16.12.2010 at 19:21

Couldn't have gone better. The album finally got an honest review and the trolls are up in arms. You can't script that kind of lolz.

You do realize YOU are the troll right? If you fail to see that I'm afraid you might be suffering from some delusions. The word "honest" in your comment here is pretty much the exact opposite of what your review was, as there are actual lies in your review, things that don't even come down to opinion but facts which you seemed to not only skew but fabricate entirely. Here, lets count:
- They don't actually wear make-up.
- Nowhere in the lyrics does it mention anything about being evil. Seems to me it's some sort of pagan type thing.
- Immortal and Gorgoroth sound barely sound like eachother, both of them sound even further from Enslaved. I could start off with guitar tones, drumming styles, song structures, progression from album to album, and production values.
- You complain about the monotony of the drums on the album - are you sure you actually listened to the album? As I heard multiple time & pattern changes right from the first track.
- Blistering solos: a great one starts at 6:48 in Ethica Odini, one at around 2:45 in Raidho, it goes on, basically there can be at least one melodic lead or solo found in every song.
- Screaming and growling all the time? You do realize almost half the album is clean singing, right? Continuing on this note, the fact that you require an album to contain clean vocals in order to be decent is a tell tale sign you are really out of your element.

Actual facts. Thats why people went up in arms - because you took a big shit all over an album you obviously didn't listen to or have any background knowledge on. Also - big lulz at the end when you measure them up against a bunch of bands that don't sound anything like Enslaved

I don't even like the album all that much. I got minor amusement from it, but it's nothing spectacular for me. A bombing of an Enslaved album doesn't really bother me, but the fact you did it while clearly being as ignorant as one can get is a bit remarkable.
patrickmetal12 - 20.12.2010 at 09:36  
  I saw them in New Delhi last friday
they were 10 feet from me
it was sick!!
BitterCOld - 21.12.2010 at 06:34  
Rating: 10
Written by patrickmetal12 on 20.12.2010 at 09:36

I saw them in New Delhi last friday
they were 10 feet from me
it was sick!!


close enough to see Grutle's Motorhead tat?

glad you were able to catch them. when they played here a couple weeks ago, i was talking to their merch manager and she was saying how fired up the band was to play India.
patrickmetal12 - 21.12.2010 at 14:10  
 
Written by BitterCOld on 21.12.2010 at 06:34

Written by patrickmetal12 on 20.12.2010 at 09:36

I saw them in New Delhi last friday
they were 10 feet from me
it was sick!!


close enough to see Grutle's Motorhead tat?

glad you were able to catch them. when they played here a couple weeks ago, i was talking to their merch manager and she was saying how fired up the band was to play India.

interesting
the ppl here wernt so... excited to see them. maybe it was me. but no1 had their horns up or were shouting enough. I really wasnt expecting enslaved to come to this side of the world. it was so much fun tho.
oh, i think i saw her. she was setting up all the equipment for the band . could that been her? haha
CrippledReverend - 30.12.2010 at 02:28  
Rating: 8 Musicianship: 9
Vocal: 8
Atmosphere: 8
Melody: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 10
CD Covers: 8

Best Songs:
01. Ethica Odini
06. Giants
08. Night Sight

Interesting Comments:
Doc Godin
Inshushinak - 30.12.2010 at 13:48  
Rating: 4 I dont know but to me sounds like shitttttt
Antegujanu - 03.02.2011 at 22:13  
Rating: 8 Nominee for Black Metal?
Night Sight - 04.02.2011 at 15:52  
  Music and vocal...everything just great!
Yugosaki - 11.02.2011 at 00:41  
Rating: 7 Excellent
Souliens - 14.02.2011 at 16:58  
Rating: 8 Excellent
Daydream Nation - 26.02.2011 at 00:51  
  Decent album...but nowhere near the top of 2010, where avant-garde RULED this year.
Saeed_P - 26.02.2011 at 23:58  
 
Trojanman190 - 02.03.2011 at 06:55  
Rating: 10 Holy shit this is good.

Not the blackest stuff ever, but it's fantastic.
evoola - 01.04.2011 at 18:15  
  Overrated averageness in the mediocre to boring realm. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.04.2011 at 18:24  
Rating: 8
Written by evoola on 01.04.2011 at 18:15

Overrated averageness in the mediocre to boring realm. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, hi ponderer.
Array - 01.04.2011 at 18:26  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 01.04.2011 at 18:24

Written by evoola on 01.04.2011 at 18:15

Overrated averageness in the mediocre to boring realm. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, hi ponderer.

No, she's a girl from vatican who just happens to share ponderer's great taste & opinions.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.04.2011 at 18:30  
Rating: 8
Written by Array on 01.04.2011 at 18:26


No, she's a girl from vatican who just happens to share ponderer's great taste & opinions.

Oh of course, silly me ;]
evoola - 01.04.2011 at 18:43  
  I'm the female pope you fools. I gave it a 4.
zero - 02.04.2011 at 14:38  
Rating: 8 If you don't like prog metal you won't like Enslaved. I'm into black and prog metal. So this album is almost perfect for me. Great athmosphere and agressive parts
Baz Anderson - 02.04.2011 at 21:23  
  That's not to say that someone needs to be a "prog" fan to like this album though...
Malaghost - 26.05.2011 at 19:27  
Rating: 9 Ethica odini blows me every time, awesome song.
fjord-dweller - 30.06.2011 at 07:43  
Rating: 9 Great album, it seems as tho the farther enslaved get from traditional black metal, the more thoughtful the music, not only the lyrics, but the music becomes. while there older stuff was pretty entrancing and thought provoking, they remain one of the few bm bands that gets mutch better with age.:bow:
BeastOfMetal456 - 22.08.2011 at 18:43  
  Great album. I'm in my first spin, and I'm lovin' it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.08.2011 at 18:51  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 22.08.2011 at 18:43

Great album. I'm in my first spin, and I'm lovin' it.

"Spin" surely denotes a CD or a vinyl. You can't really "spin" an mp3 now can you?
BeastOfMetal456 - 22.08.2011 at 18:53  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.08.2011 at 18:51

Written by Guest on 22.08.2011 at 18:43

Great album. I'm in my first spin, and I'm lovin' it.

"Spin" surely denotes a CD or a vinyl. You can't really "spin" an mp3 now can you?

Alright. First LISTEN.
InnerSelf - 23.08.2011 at 02:08  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.08.2011 at 18:51

Written by Guest on 22.08.2011 at 18:43

Great album. I'm in my first spin, and I'm lovin' it.

"Spin" surely denotes a CD or a vinyl. You can't really "spin" an mp3 now can you?


Trolling I see
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.08.2011 at 02:09  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 23.08.2011 at 02:08


Trolling I see

45% trolling, 46% self righteous pedantry, 9% something else.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.08.2011 at 02:09  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 23.08.2011 at 02:08


Trolling I see

45% trolling, 46% self righteous pedantry, 9% something else.
InnerSelf - 23.08.2011 at 02:16  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.08.2011 at 02:09

Written by InnerSelf on 23.08.2011 at 02:08


Trolling I see

45% trolling, 46% self righteous pedantry, 9% something else.


I bet the 9% left is double posting
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.08.2011 at 02:17  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 23.08.2011 at 02:16

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.08.2011 at 02:09

Written by InnerSelf on 23.08.2011 at 02:08


Trolling I see

45% trolling, 46% self righteous pedantry, 9% something else.


I bet the 9% left is double posting

Crap... that would surely make is like 200% overall which is impossible.
InnerSelf - 23.08.2011 at 02:26  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.08.2011 at 02:17

Crap... that would surely make is like 200% overall which is impossible.


I was about to quote this without trimming the former posts, but I guess it I have trolled enough today
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.08.2011 at 02:29  
Rating: 8
Written by InnerSelf on 23.08.2011 at 02:26


I was about to quote this without trimming the former posts, but I guess it I have trolled enough today

Oh I dunno, the day isn't over yet. Me, Troy and Mr. D just trolled the crap out of the name your band thread.

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