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Release date: 28 September 2012
Style: Progressive black metal

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Disc I
01. Thoughts Like Hammers
02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
03. Veilburner
04. Roots Of The Mountain
05. Riitiir
06. Materal
07. Storm Of Memories
08. Forsaken

Disc II [limited edition]
+ Behind The Veil

The best Progressive Metal album of 2012
Top 20 albums of 2012: 3

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Line-up
Grutle Kjellson - vocals, bass, bass pedals & effects
Herbrand Larsen - clean vocals, organ and keyboards
Ivar Bjørnson Peersen - guitars, effects, chants and synthesis
Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal - guitars
Cato Bekkevold - drums

Session musicians
Iver Sandøy - additional bass pedals, effects and percussion


Additional info
Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Herbrand Larsen & Iver Sandøy.
Mixed by Jens Bogren, mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios, Earshot & Conclave Studios, Peersonal Sound at Bergen, Norway 2011-2012. Engineered by Iver Sandøy, Herbrand Larsen, Ice Dale & Ivar Bjørnson.

Artwork by Truls Espedal.

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
9.0
From Viking-tinged black metal band to progressive super-heavyweights, Enslaved have constantly evolved with each release. RIITIIR continues the path of progression as it tackles the near-impossible task of following on from their 2010 masterpiece.

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Ace Frawley - 16.10.2012 at 13:32  
Rating: 9 Is anyone else noticing the similarities to Mastodon here? Not just in the proggy nature of the songs that remind one of Crack the Skye and The Hunter but also similar guitar tones in places.
BlueMobius - 17.10.2012 at 04:17  
Rating: 7 This album hasn't really impressed me the way "Axioma Ethica Odini" did. It's a decent album but it is just a little too proggy for my taste and the black metal elements are a little too soft for my taste.



Written by Ace Frawley on 16.10.2012 at 13:32

Is anyone else noticing the similarities to Mastodon here? Not just in the proggy nature of the songs that remind one of Crack the Skye and The Hunter but also similar guitar tones in places.


I think this album has a lot more similarities with Opeth more than anything.
Mattybu - 17.10.2012 at 06:00  
  Heritage was a piece of shit album. If Enslaved pulled an Opeth which they likely have, not good. I'll have to listen before knowing that though xD
Ace Frawley - 17.10.2012 at 08:44  
Rating: 9
Written by BlueMobius on 17.10.2012 at 04:17

This album hasn't really impressed me the way "Axioma Ethica Odini" did. It's a decent album but it is just a little too proggy for my taste and the black metal elements are a little too soft for my taste.

I think this album has a lot more similarities with Opeth more than anything.


I'm with you on your first point for sure. Axioma Ethica Odini also impressed me much more than this. Also agree with you on the similarities to Opeth - I noticed that too, but also Mastodon.
Ace Frawley - 17.10.2012 at 08:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Mattybu on 17.10.2012 at 06:00

Heritage was a piece of shit album. If Enslaved pulled an Opeth which they likely have, not good. I'll have to listen before knowing that though xD


My view is that no way have Enslaved pulled an Opeth (Heritage) here. This is still a very good Enslaved album. Give it a listen and make up your own mind, though.
Zaphod - 14.11.2012 at 01:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 16.10.2012 at 13:32

Is anyone else noticing the similarities to Mastodon here? Not just in the proggy nature of the songs that remind one of Crack the Skye and The Hunter but also similar guitar tones in places.

"Roots Of The Mountain" sounds like a Mastodon title.
Ace Frawley - 14.11.2012 at 03:37  
Rating: 9
Written by Zaphod on 14.11.2012 at 01:26

"Roots Of The Mountain" sounds like a Mastodon title.


Even more so if it were called "Roots of the Blood Mountain", hehe!
LeKiwi - 15.11.2012 at 18:55  
Rating: 9 If only the black metal components of this band were death in it's place, their albums would probably number among my favourites...such a shame that I cannot value the genre, it poses such a limitation.
Zaphod - 15.11.2012 at 21:51  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 14.11.2012 at 03:37

Written by Zaphod on 14.11.2012 at 01:26

"Roots Of The Mountain" sounds like a Mastodon title.


Even more so if it were called "Roots of the Blood Mountain", hehe!

That would make it an awesome reference
John Shock - 28.11.2012 at 01:54  
  This is the first album i listen to the band...
This is the open door to the other albuns! This one is amazing! Is really my kind of music...some of the songs are really intense...and that voice is creepy, i love the singing parts and the instruments are well coordinated, very catchy and....deep! This is an deep album... \m/
Korah - 06.12.2012 at 02:02  
Rating: 10 This album is awesome, the best of Enslaved and simply from this year, 8.55 is so far too weak. The same thing for many albums of 2012, this is unbelievable. The FIRST of this year is less rated than the LAST of 2005!!!! What's happening to you all ?!
BitterCOld - 06.12.2012 at 05:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Korah on 06.12.2012 at 02:02

This album is awesome, the best of Enslaved and simply from this year, 8.55 is so far too weak. The same thing for many albums of 2012, this is unbelievable. The FIRST of this year is less rated than the LAST of 2005!!!! What's happening to you all ?!


it's a really good album, but i prefer Axioma Ethica Odini. As for the scores:

1 dArK.DaRk
1 Azael
1 ablis89
1 tjsurf246
1 jester_race

That's how.

Vote tanking is all over from lame dbags who like one album so much they sandbag other releases just to jockey for position int he top 10. if i weren't so busy, i'd probably resume nuking all the votes of people like this.
NocturnalStalker - 07.12.2012 at 16:19  
Rating: 9 Enslaved is really one convenient band for me 'cause I don't need to hesitate before buying their new record. The quality of their releases says for itself and this album is no exception. At times it sounds more progressive than their previous works, at times it sounds harsher, more in the vein of the classic Norwegian black metal but essentially it's the same kind of music you probably liked listening to before. If not... Well, it's still not too late to give this wonderful band a chance.
John Shock - 08.12.2012 at 14:03  
 
Written by BenWasHere on 02.10.2012 at 00:28

My god Roots of the Mountain is the best thing to have penetrated my ears for a long time. Great album

is the only reaction i have to show to that amazing song! The chorus is just amazing and very, very catchy! I love that son, i love the entire album!! Money well spent!!!
Fat & Sassy! - 16.12.2012 at 10:03  
Rating: 8
Written by LeKiwi on 15.11.2012 at 18:55

If only the black metal components of this band were death in it's place, their albums would probably number among my favourites...such a shame that I cannot value the genre, it poses such a limitation.


Funny, because the core of this band's music since Below the Lights seems to nod more to its hard rock and heavy metal roots more than anything else. And I wouldn't consider myself a black metal buff, but it would seems that a lot of more "extreme" experimental and progressive metal music tends to incorporate black metal more so than not. I wouldn't say that death metal is any less "limited" than black metal, but I think black metal tends to be more atmospheric and, well, poetic. ;3

As for what I think about this release... I have been putting off posting my thoughts on it, because this album is really something that takes a while to sink in. At first, I thought I just didn't like this album. I found it meandering at times and just overall very uninteresting. But then I realized that it's the first few songs that were putting me off, a terrible introduction to an otherwise solid release. The first two tracks have there moments, I guess, but eh... and my god, Veilburner is the most boring song they have ever released, mostly due to the incredibly boring and dry clean vocals.

What I've always appreciated about Enslaved is how every element of their music is complementary to other each other. Everything is presented up front and centered. I kinda feel that the (overly) sharp production and mixing of the clean vocals ruin this a bit in some of the songs. It's nice that they are experimenting by having clean vocals really carry a chorus, but I don't think it really works. Also, structurally speaking, I suppose this album is less straight-forward than their previous album, but it sounds a lot less dense. Less layers, less psychedelic elements, an over-all less intensely engulfing atmosphere.

Now I know I'm a critical dude, but Enslaved really brings out the worst in me it seems. D: This is what happens when a band has such a brilliantly impressive discography! You can hardly blame me for nitpicking a band that usually releases nothing but gold. x3 If this album was released by any other band, I would probably praise it beyond belief, cus at the end of the day, I still like it. I mean, it really picks up around the time of Roots of the Mountain! This track and the rest of the album after it( ESPECIALLY Forsaken) are great. I'm really excited to see what these guys are gonna do next, cus they clearly haven't lost any creative steam. ^~^

Also, although RIITIIR does remind me of Below the Lights (what I think is a great start to getting into the band), I certainly wouldn't recommend it as a gateway album like some folks are implying. In terms of accessibility, it has more in common with Monumension.
Mr. Doctor - 16.12.2012 at 12:56  
  Lol at BM being so limited.
!J.O.O.E.! - 16.12.2012 at 15:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.12.2012 at 12:56

Lol at BM being so limited.

Actually I think he's saying that because he doesn't like black metal that it places a limitation on what he can listen to.
IronAngel - 16.12.2012 at 15:42  
  For whatever reason, I haven't been very interested in listening to this album. AEO hit me like a truck, and is largely responsible for me returning here and actively looking for new metal outside doom and some obscure black. Maybe that album was just in the right place at the right time, but right now I'm enjoying several other 2012 releases a lot more. This lacks the punch of the predecessor's opener, which was one of the best songs of its year. This album feels more open and spacey (not in the outer-space sense) and I can't really fault its songwriting, so it's probably just me and the fact that there's so good competition out there.
LeKiwi - 16.12.2012 at 18:32  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 16.12.2012 at 15:00

Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.12.2012 at 12:56

Lol at BM being so limited.

Actually I think he's saying that because he doesn't like black metal that it places a limitation on what he can listen to.


Precisely, thanks for the clarification
Mr. Doctor - 16.12.2012 at 20:15  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 16.12.2012 at 18:32
Precisely, thanks for the clarification


Sorry for the misunderstanding.
BlueMobius - 16.12.2012 at 22:46  
Rating: 7 Since I bought this a few months ago when it came I, I think I've listened to it fully three or four times. It hasn't been back in my stereo since mid-October. It was OK and all, but didn't really hit me like AEO. Plus, there are a lot of really good albums this year, an especially good year for doom it seems, so albums like this just aren't getting my attention.

I will probably revisit this sometime in the coming months, probably in January when it always feels (whether they are or not) like new releases are fewer.
R'Vannith - 17.12.2012 at 03:07  
Rating: 10 AEO was much harder hitting indeed, no doubts about that in my mind. It was also more structurally compound which adds a bit of emphasis to that, songs kind of lend themselves to each other with the final two being the most distinctive from the album as a whole. Strongest album from them in terms of energy within the songwriting, but creativity is where RIITIIR comes into a league of its own I think. Each song is something very different from the last, an observation which I would compare to albums like Isa save with better production and prbably less of a black metal influence in the mix
What really wins me over is the clean vocals, in the first few tracks especially... outstanding really. Loved them on "Lightening" from AEO but here they just floor me. But the final two tracks are really where they redefine their sound I think, absolute powerhouses of progressive black
Ace Frawley - 18.12.2012 at 11:52  
Rating: 9
Written by R'Vannith on 17.12.2012 at 03:07

AEO was much harder hitting indeed, no doubts about that in my mind. It was also more structurally compound which adds a bit of emphasis to that, songs kind of lend themselves to each other with the final two being the most distinctive from the album as a whole. Strongest album from them in terms of energy within the songwriting, but creativity is where RIITIIR comes into a league of its own I think. Each song is something very different from the last, an observation which I would compare to albums like Isa save with better production and prbably less of a black metal influence in the mix
What really wins me over is the clean vocals, in the first few tracks especially... outstanding really. Loved them on "Lightening" from AEO but here they just floor me. But the final two tracks are really where they redefine their sound I think, absolute powerhouses of progressive black


Agree entirely with your remarks here. Had another listen last night and have new respect for those final two tracks. These guys are freakishly talented musicians.
Maco - 28.12.2012 at 17:02  
  Axioma and this are both awesome
Mc_Twist - 03.01.2013 at 07:30  
Rating: 8 Good stuff, sometimes the clean vocals sounds really annoying and inappropriate to me i think, but this is a cool record anyway, in the vein of AEO
Alex Fenger - 05.02.2013 at 03:39  
Rating: 8 Really felt this was a step down from their last releases. Actually I'd say it's their worst in 16 years (since Blodhemn). Yet it's still far above so many bands these days.
innn - 09.03.2013 at 09:42  
  I also think this album is bad , boring, and at times, too many trying to sound like Porcupine Tree and I like the latter by the way. Is so long and nothing there to make me wanna rehear it.
Introspekrieg - 09.03.2013 at 15:28  
 
Written by innn on 09.03.2013 at 09:42

I also think this album is bad , boring, and at times, too many trying to sound like Porcupine Tree and I like the latter by the way. Is so long and nothing there to make me wanna rehear it.


Please point out any specific moment (Track/Time) in the album where it sounds like Porcupine Tree... for science.
Ace Frawley - 10.03.2013 at 01:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Introspekrieg on 09.03.2013 at 15:28

Written by innn on 09.03.2013 at 09:42

I also think this album is bad , boring, and at times, too many trying to sound like Porcupine Tree and I like the latter by the way. Is so long and nothing there to make me wanna rehear it.


Please point out any specific moment (Track/Time) in the album where it sounds like Porcupine Tree... for science.


Yeah, the Porcupine Tree comparison has me puzzled as well.
Metalex - 05.08.2013 at 06:09  
Rating: 8 Fucking good album \m/
Neiluria - 08.11.2013 at 17:15  
Rating: 10 The best album of 2012 for me, All is Perfect. what progression in this group since their beginning. it's impressive...
http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=3242
Karlabos - 09.04.2014 at 21:26  
Rating: 9 This is pretty good.
Strange.. Why did I always think that this was another of those senseless brutal generic bm bands?
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.04.2014 at 21:30  
Rating: 8
Written by Karlabos on 09.04.2014 at 21:26

This is pretty good.
Strange.. Why did I always think that this was another of those senseless brutal generic bm bands?

Probably because they're called "Enslaved" which sounds pretty generic when you think about it.
Karlabos - 09.04.2014 at 21:31  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.04.2014 at 21:30

Probably because they're called "Enslaved" which sounds pretty generic when you think about it.

Yeah, probably. That name makes them sound generic as fuck.
Troy Killjoy - 09.04.2014 at 21:32  
 
Written by Karlabos on 09.04.2014 at 21:26
Why did I always think that this was another of those senseless brutal generic bm bands?

No idea - even in their early stages they were never like that. :/
mz - 09.04.2014 at 21:44  
 
Written by Karlabos on 09.04.2014 at 21:26

... brutal generic bm ...

What? Thanks God such thing does not exists
Troy Killjoy - 09.04.2014 at 21:57  
 
Written by mz on 09.04.2014 at 21:44
What? Thanks God such thing does not exists

Such a thing definitely exists. "War metal" is probably the definition of brutal/generic black metal (bands like Bestial Warlust).
mz - 09.04.2014 at 22:02  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.04.2014 at 21:57

Such a thing definitely exists. "War metal" is probably the definition of brutal/generic black metal (bands like Bestial Warlust).

Really? I though that we don't have such thing as brutal black metal. Also, is war metal a subgenre? I think it's similar to viking metal: it's umbrella term , but not a sungenre.
Anyway, you should neglect this reply since I know almost nothing about war metal and brutal black metal might exist.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.04.2014 at 22:05  
Rating: 8
Written by mz on 09.04.2014 at 22:02

Really? I though that we don't have such thing as brutal black metal. Also, is war metal a subgenre? I think it's similar to viking metal: it's umbrella term , but not a sungenre.
Anyway, you should neglect this reply since know almost nothing about war metal and brutal black metal might exist.



(not sure this is technically even war metal, but kinda sounds like it.)
Karlabos - 09.04.2014 at 22:14  
Rating: 9
Written by mz on 09.04.2014 at 21:44

Written by Karlabos on 09.04.2014 at 21:26

... brutal generic bm ...

What? Thanks God such thing does not exists

Well, by brutal generic bands I meant Marduk, Dark Funeral, Setherial, Tsjuder, Enthroned (Which kinda resembles the name enslaved btw),
Urgehal, Infernal War, and so on...

Looking more on the internet it seems some of them are classified as "norsecore" o.O Never heard of that.
Troy Killjoy - 09.04.2014 at 22:17  
  Let's take this convo to one of the black metal threads.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.04.2014 at 23:46  
Rating: 8
Written by Karlabos on 09.04.2014 at 22:14


Looking more on the internet it seems some of them are classified as "norsecore" o.O Never heard of that.

Norsecore is a derogatory term for blasty Marduk-esque black metal I think. But yeah, enough off topicness.
Jaeryd17‍ - 22.04.2014 at 21:15  
Rating: 9 Am I the only one that wasn't totally blown away by Axioma Ethica Odini and thinks that this album is a bit better? Maybe the songwriting isn't as complex, but it certainly sounds more epic--which, the epic, almost mystical bits of Enslaved is what makes me like them so much.
Ace Frawley - 23.04.2014 at 03:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 22.04.2014 at 21:15

Am I the only one that wasn't totally blown away by Axioma Ethica Odini and thinks that this album is a bit better? Maybe the songwriting isn't as complex, but it certainly sounds more epic--which, the epic, almost mystical bits of Enslaved is what makes me like them so much.


You're probably not the only one but I'm not in the same camp. I prever AEO to this. I get long-song fatigue listening to this album, especially in the second half of the album. First few songs are epic, though, as is "Roots of the Mountain".
Jaeryd17‍ - 23.04.2014 at 19:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.04.2014 at 03:38


You're probably not the only one but I'm not in the same camp. I prever AEO to this. I get long-song fatigue listening to this album, especially in the second half of the album. First few songs are epic, though, as is "Roots of the Mountain".


Oh. Well, I adore long songs, as long as they entertain me all the way through. And "Death in the Eyes of Dawn" is fantastic. I heard it live before I heard the album version, and it was nothing short of being absolutely captivating and enthralling. For a minute or two I could've sworn I was in another world. It was quite awesome.
Ace Frawley - 24.04.2014 at 08:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 23.04.2014 at 19:47

And "Death in the Eyes of Dawn" is fantastic. I heard it live before I heard the album version, and it was nothing short of being absolutely captivating and enthralling. For a minute or two I could've sworn I was in another world. It was quite awesome.


They didn't play that song when I saw them in Sydney in November - it was one I really wanted to hear live. Still, their set was amazing and stands as the best live experience I've had.
Jaeryd17‍ - 24.04.2014 at 21:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Ace Frawley on 24.04.2014 at 08:56

They didn't play that song when I saw them in Sydney in November - it was one I really wanted to hear live. Still, their set was amazing and stands as the best live experience I've had.


Yeah, Skeleton Witch and Amon Amarth was there, too. Amon Amarth got the better reaction from the crowd, but Enslaved was, BY FAR, the best band there. Their whole set was goddamn spectacular.

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