In Vain - Ænigma



8.4 | 255 votes |
Release date: 8 March 2013
Style: Progressive death metal

Owners:

212 have it
18 want it


01. Against The Grain
02. Image Of Time
03. Southern Shores
04. Hymne Til Havet (A Hymn To The Sea)
05. Culmination Of The Enigma
06. Times Of Yore
07. Rise Against
08. To The Core
09. Floating On The Murmuring Tide

Line-up
Johnar Haaland - guitar, vocals
Kristian Wikstøl - bass, vocals
Andreas Frigstad - vocals
Stig Reinhardtsen - drums
Sindre Nedland - vocals
Kjetil D. Pedersen - guitar

Guest musicians
Cornelius Jakhelln - poetry recital
Lars Are "Lazare" Nedland - vocals
Simen Høgdal Pedersen - vocals

Session musicians
Audun Barsten Johnsen - hammond
Charlotte Winsvold - trumpet
Ingvild Anette Strønen Kaare - violin
Jan Ragnar Storheim - cello
Åge Jan Barlund - trombone
Line Falkenberg - saxophone

Additional info
Mixed by Jens Bogren and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden.
Recorded at Strand Studio in September-December 2012.
Engineered by Marius Strand.
Produced by In Vain and Marius Strand.
Vocals by Kristian Wikstøl recorded by Simen H. Pedersen at Bombroom Studios.
Cover illustrations and design by Robert Høyem.

Release dates:
March 8th: Norway
March 11th: Europe
March 15th: Germany and Austria

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
8.5
True to its name the latest release from Norway's In Vain has puzzling layers for you to consider. At its surface it might give the impression that it is simplistic in its richly melodic approach, as it carries the listener along with ease. Yet there is something which lies beneath which speaks of ambitious scope. A strong progressive undercurrent is at work which keeps Ænigma's accessibility afloat.

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published 13.03.2013 | Comments (20)

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24.01.2013 - 13:09
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Amazing, can't wait
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05.03.2013 - 23:17
Astarot

Posts: 5
From: Russia

охуенно, заебись.
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07.03.2013 - 23:59
Rating: 9
Fallen Ghost
Metal & Beer

Posts: 573
From: Norway

This album is a BEAST! Man, I love it!
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Haters gonna hate, and ainters gonna aint
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11.03.2013 - 23:05
Rating: 9
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog

Posts: 3295
From: UK

Some of the vocals on tracks such as Image of Time resemble that of one of Bokrnagar's vocalists, great album so far \m/
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15.03.2013 - 16:58
Rating: 9
Kjtil

Posts: 15
From: Norway

I'm liking it way more than Mantra.
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16.03.2013 - 00:11
Skøllgrim
Northern

Posts: 369


Written by LeKiwi on 11.03.2013 at 23:05

Some of the vocals on tracks such as Image of Time resemble that of one of Bokrnagar's vocalists, great album so far \m/

Actually Lazare who'se the keyboardist in Borknagar (and usually have some vocal lines / songs he sings) is doing guest vocals on this record too, in Image of Time for instance.
Also Lazare's Solefald bandmate Cornelius Jakhelln is also doing some guest vocals... and I'm a pretty big Solefald fan, so that's great for me at least
I'm liking this record, even though it's not really my style, let's see how well it stands the test of time, I've been digging it three days straight at least.
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"Popbutikk med platt lyrikk
Skit vil ingen hava"
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18.03.2013 - 03:19
Rating: 8
Kass
St. Anger

Posts: 4108
From: Germany

Good stuff, me like.
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"The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull"
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18.03.2013 - 22:56
Rating: 8
SceneryOfLoss

Posts: 196
From: Portugal

Good stuff, yet far from the awesomeness from "The Latter Rain" and "Mantra". Maybe with more listens it'll get better.
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19.03.2013 - 10:14
Rating: 9
Fallen Ghost
Metal & Beer

Posts: 573
From: Norway

I don't even like the two other albums, so this really surprised me
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Haters gonna hate, and ainters gonna aint
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21.03.2013 - 17:17
quisableed
Account deleted
I didn't know this band, i listen the album once and now i'm getting the discography
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24.03.2013 - 18:33
Rating: 7
doom777

Posts: 25
From: Armenia

Mantra is way better than this!
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27.03.2013 - 20:35
Saeed_P

Posts: 110
From: Iran

Wow. such an amazing vocals , progression, melodies and riffs i love it
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03.04.2013 - 08:17
Rating: 9
beyondtehdarksun

Posts: 157
From: Germany

Highly impressive. Album of the year to me so far.
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"We are blind to the world within us, waiting to be born"
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04.04.2013 - 23:39
Rating: 9
ArianUndead

Posts: 3
From: Iran
I can't believe people saying that Mantra is better than this! Ænigma is better than The Latter Rain and much better than Mantra.
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09.04.2013 - 20:48
Daecadance

Posts: 1
From: Russia
Somebody got the album's lyrics?
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06.05.2013 - 01:22
MechanisT
Account deleted
Slightly overrated, judging from what I heard.
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05.06.2013 - 07:32
Rating: 9
TheBloodyNine

Posts: 8
From: USA

I love this album. My favorite release of the year so far. We'll see if Summoning can knock it off the top of the heap. I give it a 9.
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29.06.2013 - 04:47
Rating: 9
ProgVet

Posts: 29
From: USA

This album kills. Reminds me a lot of In Mourning and a little bit of Be'lakor. Subtly complex.
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28.12.2013 - 04:40
Thornae

Posts: 1
From: Poland
Awesome sounds! I can't stop listening to this release. Their musical evolution from "The Latter Rain" is noticeable very well!
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03.02.2014 - 20:46
Rating: 8
errorcode99

Posts: 259
From: USA

This album confuses me so much!!! the first 5 tracks are glorious, times of yore is completely out of place, and the three last tracks are ok. i'd give it a 9 but the second half of the album just sounds like filler to me :/ so much potential
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15.02.2014 - 11:22
Rating: 10
_deepblack

Posts: 210
From: Iran

The real progressive death its fucking great
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10.03.2014 - 17:19
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict

Posts: 882
From: Russia

Another great album from one of the bands I love.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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05.08.2014 - 14:03
Rating: 10
skydancer

Posts: 23
From: Hungary

Amazing! Does anyone happen to have a translation of Hymne til Havet? Would be much appreciated.
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20.08.2014 - 19:25
Rating: 9
Dr. Strawberry

Posts: 667


Perfect !
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21.11.2016 - 11:48
Rating: 9
NoxStorM

Posts: 8


Perfect ... perfect .. perfect
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