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Which one do you prefer?

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Posted by TheBigRossowski on 26.11.2008 at 12:22
One could easily say 'Enslaved is the black metal equivalent to Opeth' or vice-versa. They are both masters of their craft in Extreme Metal. Which one would you say is better though?

Based on new albums?
Live shows?

This is something I myself couldn't say as I'm a huge fan of both bands. However, I'm curious to see the results. Could you imagine these two playing together? That would be money well spent!



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LeKiwi
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  15.08.2013 at 15:50
Enslaved songs don't flow quite as well. I'm pretty fickle though so I might come back and edit this Enslaved pushes the boundaries and I applaud them for that, while Opeth's quality is far more consistent.
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Pennywise
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  15.08.2013 at 19:07
Difficult decision but as I liked Enslaved last realease much more than the weird 70s stuff Opeth released they thake the spot.
LeKiwi
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  16.08.2013 at 00:26
Written by Guest on 15.08.2013 at 19:07

Difficult decision but as I liked Enslaved last realease much more than the weird 70s stuff Opeth released they thake the spot.


Shouldn't your decision be based on your positive experience with each band? If you had to pick a record to play eternally, would it be from Opeth or Enslaved?
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LeKiwi
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  16.08.2013 at 03:29
Written by Guest on 16.08.2013 at 00:41

Truthly said I have never listened an Enslaved album from start to end only some tracks. I would choose Opeth since I have listened Ghost Reveries and Watershed which I found brillant.

But you voted Enslaved no? I stopped listening to records from start to finish. It was far too time consuming and wasn't worth the benefit of getting the feel for the album as a whole. Enslaved is great in they're own right, but they are less...tamed than Opeth.
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Jessie J

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  04.09.2013 at 05:03
As much as I love Opeth and it is one of my favoritess bands of all time. I gotta say I prefer Enslaved even more.
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Dreadrealm

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Age: 27
From: Estonia

  10.01.2016 at 17:34
Enslaved are more consistent, but when Opeth are at their best, Enslaved's best isn't as great in my ears.

While I would have voted for Opeth anyway, something rather weird has happened to me lately, namely, I have gotten kind of bored with Enslaved and not just with their latest albums, but with all of their music. I used to love them, AEO was one of my all time favorite albums, but I don't listen to that album or anything by Enslaved much anymore and when I do, I just can't enjoy it much. I can't quite put my finger on why that has happened. Enslaved used to blow my mind with their chord progressions, I could never guess (on the first listen), just where they'd take their songs, but now that I think about it, I never really cared much for their riffs, solos or growls (clean vocals are pretty cool though). Enslaved aren't bad when it comes to riffs, but they aren't great either, not on Opeth's level, anyway.
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Mik

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Age: 21
From: Poland

  22.07.2016 at 23:10
I enjoy Opeth from time to time, but Enslaved is the much better band,no doubt about that. The thing I love the most about Enslaved is the willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of extreme music. Each album of theirs represents something different and has its own charm. Opeths songwriting just doesnt excite me as much, but of course they are talented and Mikael sure knows what he's doing.
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Age: 32
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  23.07.2016 at 18:21
I'd agree Enslaved are the better band. That being said Opeth rack up more plays from me when taking mp3 listenings into consideration. Watershed and BWP are probably amongst the most played things when walking / travelling for me of all time. It's never off my player / phone.
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Maco

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  23.07.2016 at 20:12
Yeah I think Enslaved may be my favorite BM band, they have the power of consistence in their side. According to my last.fm they are the second most listened band after Primordial.
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Mik

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Age: 21
From: Poland

  23.07.2016 at 21:07
If taking mp3 listenings into consideration Enslaved still beats Opeth for me. Monumension is one of my most listened to albums ever and Isa gets a full listen at least once a month. If I ever listen to an Opeth album nowadays its either Still Life or Morningrise.
Metal Ninja

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Age: 45
From: Japan

  25.07.2016 at 09:02
Songs like Dirge For November, Black Rose Immortal, Demon Of The Fall, Ghost Of Perdition, The Leper Affinity, Bleak, To Bid You Farewell, Master's Apprentices, White Cluster, Moonlapse Vertigo and so many more makes my vote go to Opeth. Its tough because of being a fan of both bands.
They are two solid bands that have created superb music over the years & crafted a unique sound throughout their careers also! The metal scene/genre needed bands like this to keep it interesting and exciting when shitty nu-metal came along & made a lot of things become stagnant during the mid 90s & onwards.
ToMegaTherion

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  08.11.2016 at 01:15
A surprisingly tough decision- both bands have numerous albums that I take to be masterpieces. I would probably vote Enslaved only because I have a preference for the BM style and I'm not the biggest fan of Opeth without the death metal underside on their earlier work... Enslaved have never quite walked away from their BM roots they just expanded on it.
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Ganondox

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Age: 20
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  08.11.2016 at 03:02
Haven't heard much Enslaved, but the little Enslaved I've heard impressed me more than most of the Opeth I've heard. I should really get around to listening to more of their music.
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Atrocious Virgin

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Age: 26
From: India

  08.11.2016 at 08:51
Enslaved - excellent in incorporating sound.

Opeth - Generator of rehashing.

So, I sealed Enslaved.
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3rdWorld
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  08.11.2016 at 21:14
Enslaved all the way eventhough I've heard so little off them (following them since AEO) but heard the complete disco of Opeth. The latter is just too inconsistent recently for me.
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Mik

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Age: 21
From: Poland

  08.11.2016 at 22:26
Monumension > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact
Alex F

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  08.11.2016 at 22:38
Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Monumension > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Monumension > almost everything ever
Mik

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Age: 21
From: Poland

  08.11.2016 at 22:47
Written by Alex F on 08.11.2016 at 22:38

Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Monumension > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Monumension > almost everything ever

Yeah, of course it is. I wonder why people dont find much enjoyment in it as in other Enslaved records.
Alex F

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  08.11.2016 at 22:51
Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:47

Yeah, of course it is. I wonder why people dont find much enjoyment in it as in other Enslaved records.

It seems to be their most experimental in the songwriting department, so it could be that. I personally prefer Isa over it (I think), but then again it's next to impossible to pick a favorite Enslaved album.
Mik

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Age: 21
From: Poland

  08.11.2016 at 23:40
Written by Alex F on 08.11.2016 at 22:51

Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:47

Yeah, of course it is. I wonder why people dont find much enjoyment in it as in other Enslaved records.

It seems to be their most experimental in the songwriting department, so it could be that. I personally prefer Isa over it (I think), but then again it's next to impossible to pick a favorite Enslaved album.

That could be the case. Personally, I always had troubles to decide between Isa and Monumension, as both are as perfect as music can get, but there are quite a few albums in their disco which come very close (axioma, riitr). You can't go wrong with anything of theirs though, just a incredibly consistent band.
Maco

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  09.11.2016 at 00:40
Enslaved because they still have the growlzz.
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3rdWorld
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  09.11.2016 at 04:36
Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Monumension > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Good to know. Will give this a listen then as I've tried the two preceding albums to AEO and found them quite a bit hard to enjoy, Vertebrae was kinda sterile sounding when I listened to it just after AEO and Ruun, well I don't even remember how it was.
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Mik

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Age: 21
From: Poland

  09.11.2016 at 14:08
Written by 3rdWorld on 09.11.2016 at 04:36

Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Monumension > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Good to know. Will give this a listen then as I've tried the two preceding albums to AEO and found them quite a bit hard to enjoy, Vertebrae was kinda sterile sounding when I listened to it just after AEO and Ruun, well I don't even remember how it was.

If you like experimentation and styles from different genres in your black metal, you will probably enjoy it. Its actually nothing like the albums after it except that it shares a similar Pink Floyd atmosphere which is characteristic for Enslaved. Much vore varied and intense too.
Paz
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  09.11.2016 at 21:36
Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Isa > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Corrected.
Mik

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Age: 21
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  09.11.2016 at 22:13
Written by Paz on 09.11.2016 at 21:36

Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Isa > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Corrected.

Shut up bitch, dont correct my right opinion
Arcanewind
Dreadrealm

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Age: 27
From: Estonia

  09.11.2016 at 23:01
Written by Paz on 09.11.2016 at 21:36

Written by Mik on 08.11.2016 at 22:26

Isa > everything Opeth has ever done. Fact

Corrected.



Haha! I love Opeth, but Isa is indeed better than any single album by Opeth.
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Paz
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  10.11.2016 at 08:41
Written by Mik on 09.11.2016 at 22:13

Shut up bitch, dont correct my right opinion

Zaph
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  10.11.2016 at 19:01
Monumension easily beats Isa if you ask me. But all of Enslaved's albums are good to great to amazing while Opeth's are boring to ok to good to great to amazing so it's easy to pick a winner.
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