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TheBigRossowski
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  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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  26.11.2008 at 13:23
Based on new albums hmmm lil bit Opeth more, live shows, cant say havnt seen bands live
But I like Opeth more,s pecely old albums and generaly I listen Opeth more how Enslaved , I also like Enslaved but Opeth are more band for me
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Luciferion

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  26.11.2008 at 19:01
Enslaved Hands Down. Do not like opeth live (seen twice) do not like opeth recorded (unless i want to have some easy listening in a state of coma or somtin). So Encsalved is teh clear and easy winner
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  26.11.2008 at 19:21
Hmm, tough one. I've heard most material of both bands, and I've seen Enslaved live. I was going to see Opeth too on a festival but I couldn't be bothered and hung out elsewhere. Heard them play though. I don't really like Enslaved's studio material but they kicked my ass live, and while I like Opeth's studio material I haven't bothered listening to them in ages. So, based on recent experiences, the winner is Enslaved.
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Darkside Momo
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  26.11.2008 at 19:27
Yes, tough one. I choosed Enslaved because I think they're a bit better in the live department.
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Totemic Lust

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Age: 27
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  26.11.2008 at 21:57
I vote Enslaved, it is tough for my opinion not to be swayed by their recent releases, where I feel Vertebrae exceeded Watershed by some yardage.
BitterCOld
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  27.11.2008 at 01:56
I imagine it's no surprise to anyone who knows me even slightly from these boards that my vote is with ENSLAVED.

i have four Opeth albums (Morningrise, Still Life, BWP, Damnation) and have all Enslaved's releases...

i like both bands but all in all, i just really prefer Enslaved.

i prefer the wider variety in styles that span their albums, and i also prefer the way that in their newer, more "prog" era the songs just seem better constructed... it flows and make sense, whereas with Opeth at times it just seems like putting in changes for changes sake.

the big difference between the two is that i picked up their "classic" albums early on in both cases, Enslaved left me wanting to continue on and check their subsequent releases as i was excited by what might lay ahead. with Opeth, i kinda got the feeling that i dove in at their high water mark, with nowhere to go but less creative waters.

i have seen Enslaved live once (wrote a review for the site) and they score immense bonus points with me for coming from Europe where they are probably accustomed to good sized crowds, and playing a dive bar outside Phoenix for 50 people and playing with the same level of intensity that i am sure they played with at any of their festival gigs. whereas many bands might be disappointed and play a half-hearted set, they gave us their all.

even having Opeth's best material wasn't enough to inspire me to cough up the same amount of scratch to take a 200mi/300km road trip to catch them...
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  27.11.2008 at 03:12
I really can't say based on sound because aside from the progressive elements their sounds aren't very alike too me at all. Based on Favorites I'd say Opeth. I've known them longer and I've heard all their studio recordings. I've only heard two albums from Enslaved (Ruun, and Vertebrae). Though they are very strong albums, I just need to hear more of them for now.
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TheBigRossowski
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  27.11.2008 at 09:21
Seeing as how Opeth was a band that brought me deeper into metal and that I've had a long time appreciation for all things Opeth, I voted them. However, I have yet to see Enslaved live...that could be a key factor here. I'm going to see them live next Wednesday though. Ghost Reveries was a let down from Opeth and I see Watershed as a rise from that, taking it in a better direction. Enslaved keeps slamming great albums back to back, Isa, Ruun.. and now Vertebrae. Sometimes for me the Progressive parts are too strong, but they tie the songs together really well! And Enslaved is more on the black metal page, whereas Opeth leans towards death metal. And yet, they both still have incredible extreme vocals. Mike has better clear vocals though, that's for sure.

But... Opeth, number 1..for now.
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  27.11.2008 at 10:02
Good topic, big 2 of extreme progressive.I prefer Enslaved 'cause Im lean toward more on their black metal style. And IMO Enslaved is calmer and colder than Opeth.
Doc Godin
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  30.11.2008 at 09:42
Written by BitterCOld on 27.11.2008 at 01:56

the big difference between the two is that i picked up their "classic" albums early on in both cases, Enslaved left me wanting to continue on and check their subsequent releases as i was excited by what might lay ahead. with Opeth, i kinda got the feeling that i dove in at their high water mark, with nowhere to go but less creative waters.

Yeah I kind of felt that way as well. I loved "Still Life" so much (still ranks as one of my favorite albums of all time), but each album of theres I purchased I got a little more disappointed, Watershed kind of got my hopes up a little but that album got kind of old for me pretty fast, it started sounding like the thing was just loosely pieced together, save for a few tracks. Don't listen to enough Enslaved to comment on them.

Its strange though, just the other day I was listening to "Below The Lights", (enjoying it quite a bit) and started thinking its about time I should pick up some more Enslaved albums. Probably end up doing that in a few days here...until then I'll remain out of this poll.
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BitterCOld
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  30.11.2008 at 17:10
Written by Doc Godin on 30.11.2008 at 09:42

Written by BitterCOld on 27.11.2008 at 01:56

the big difference between the two is that i picked up their "classic" albums early on in both cases, Enslaved left me wanting to continue on and check their subsequent releases as i was excited by what might lay ahead. with Opeth, i kinda got the feeling that i dove in at their high water mark, with nowhere to go but less creative waters.

Yeah I kind of felt that way as well. I loved "Still Life" so much (still ranks as one of my favorite albums of all time), but each album of theres I purchased I got a little more disappointed, Watershed kind of got my hopes up a little but that album got kind of old for me pretty fast, it started sounding like the thing was just loosely pieced together, save for a few tracks. Don't listen to enough Enslaved to comment on them.

Its strange though, just the other day I was listening to "Below The Lights", (enjoying it quite a bit) and started thinking its about time I should pick up some more Enslaved albums. Probably end up doing that in a few days here...until then I'll remain out of this poll.


That album, at the moment, is probably my favorite of their's. if/when you do get 'serious' about wanting to pick up another album or two of their's, i'd suggest one of the follow-ups, and maybe one of their first couple, just to give you a full idea of the evolution.
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TheBigRossowski
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  30.11.2008 at 17:36
Written by BitterCOld on 30.11.2008 at 17:10

Written by Doc Godin on 30.11.2008 at 09:42

Written by BitterCOld on 27.11.2008 at 01:56

the big difference between the two is that i picked up their "classic" albums early on in both cases, Enslaved left me wanting to continue on and check their subsequent releases as i was excited by what might lay ahead. with Opeth, i kinda got the feeling that i dove in at their high water mark, with nowhere to go but less creative waters.

Yeah I kind of felt that way as well. I loved "Still Life" so much (still ranks as one of my favorite albums of all time), but each album of theres I purchased I got a little more disappointed, Watershed kind of got my hopes up a little but that album got kind of old for me pretty fast, it started sounding like the thing was just loosely pieced together, save for a few tracks. Don't listen to enough Enslaved to comment on them.

Its strange though, just the other day I was listening to "Below The Lights", (enjoying it quite a bit) and started thinking its about time I should pick up some more Enslaved albums. Probably end up doing that in a few days here...until then I'll remain out of this poll.


That album, at the moment, is probably my favorite of their's. if/when you do get 'serious' about wanting to pick up another album or two of their's, i'd suggest one of the follow-ups, and maybe one of their first couple, just to give you a full idea of the evolution.




That album is ridiculously good! "As Fire Swept Clean the Earth" is incredible and the album is one of the best Enslaved albums ever!
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Doc Godin
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  01.12.2008 at 01:17
Written by BitterCOld on 30.11.2008 at 17:10

That album, at the moment, is probably my favorite of their's. if/when you do get 'serious' about wanting to pick up another album or two of their's, i'd suggest one of the follow-ups, and maybe one of their first couple, just to give you a full idea of the evolution.

Yeah, my local CD store went from not even knowing Enslaved to carrying Isa, Ruun, and Vertebrae regularly. Still haven't seen Below The Lights again or any others though. So I might just go gung-ho and have an Enslaved day - buy all 3, then listen to them back to back. 24 Hours 'till the paycheck....
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Lehctim

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  02.12.2008 at 07:42
Hard to compare, since their so different, but I definitely like Enslaved better, live or recorded.
TheBigRossowski
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From: Germany

  04.12.2008 at 03:15
Still hard to compare even after seeing them live! That show was just as brilliant as when I saw Opeth in Hanau way back when.

Enslaved....against Opeth...

My mind doesn't even process it any more.
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Sandarameth
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  04.12.2008 at 20:53
Ah fuck! this is hard question..mmm...i think i'll vote for Opeth..yes..Opeth
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  04.01.2009 at 00:42
I think Enslaved are a bit more for the more seasoned or Veteran Metalheads. Opeth are great but they seem to have an easier sound to get into. I'm enjoying Enslaved a lot more these days. Their a bit more no nonesense
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Doc Godin
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  04.01.2009 at 03:50
@-DC-
More seasoned? They did come out around the same time....
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  04.01.2009 at 05:39
Written by Doc Godin on 04.01.2009 at 03:50

@-DC-
More seasoned? They did come out around the same time....


ya I know It seamed the best way to word it at the time though. They just seem to have their "shit" together a bit better then Opeth as far as knowing where they want to be with their sound. they kind of keep it in the same musical bubble and slowly branch out.
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Galar
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  23.02.2009 at 00:26
ENSLAVED!!! I was so thrilled to see this thread because I am seeing Opeth/Enslaved May 2nd and my friend thinks Opeth is better while I feel Enslaved is muchhhh better. Enslaved is just so much more appealing to me, maybe it's because I like "black metal" more, but Enslaved is clearly the better band .
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metalhead3

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  13.03.2009 at 18:08
I think that between enslaved and opeth don't have affinity and i vote for enslaved
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  14.03.2009 at 15:01
I've only based my vote on the band's latest release since that's all I've heard from Enslaved. But out of those two: Enslaved all the way! Brilliant album, whereas I found Watershed a bit boring
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  14.03.2009 at 16:47
I voted for Opeth although both bands are great.
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Beers & Kilts

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  14.03.2009 at 18:59
I don't care much for Death or Black Metal, so I look at both bands from a Prog Rock stand point. With that in mind I find Enslaved very dull, but the Opeths are really crafty and write some interesting music.
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ForeverDarkWoods

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  14.03.2009 at 23:11
I like Enslaved much better than Opeth. I like the way they create hypnotic soundscapes and really strange atmospheric music. Opeth on the other hand is a band that I don't like anyhow and find very boring. Especially new albums (Orchid has it's moments, but it's still not something I like to listen to often).
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Metal_Militia

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  15.03.2009 at 00:25
Guys these polls between two bands like this always amuse me. Opeth is one of the most top liked bands on this site, yet there are more people voting for Enslaved. I just find this a little hard to believe that Enslaved is getting more votes because you like them more overall than Opeth. Stop trying to be different and deviate from normality and just vote for who you think is better. Doubt all of you who voted for Enslaved like them more than Opeth. Dont try and be spontaneous and different. Anyways, i dont really enjoy but one Enslaved album from their entire catalog. So, i chose Opeth for overall consistansy and really superiority. They are better musicians and have put out better material.
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  15.03.2009 at 08:12
Written by Metal_Militia on 15.03.2009 at 00:25

Guys these polls between two bands like this always amuse me. Opeth is one of the most top liked bands on this site, yet there are more people voting for Enslaved. I just find this a little hard to believe that Enslaved is getting more votes because you like them more overall than Opeth. Stop trying to be different and deviate from normality and just vote for who you think is better. Doubt all of you who voted for Enslaved like them more than Opeth. Dont try and be spontaneous and different. Anyways, i dont really enjoy but one Enslaved album from their entire catalog. So, i chose Opeth for overall consistansy and really superiority. They are better musicians and have put out better material.

While I'm sure there are 1 or 2 people voting like that, you have to take into account that some folks on this site don't use the forum (or never sign on), but have Opeth on their favourite bands list. Or some people that don't care for either but feel the need to vote anyways. Or people like me (I haven't voted yet, and doubt I will until I get some more Enslaved albums), I prefer Still Life over any of the bands other releases, but Opeth has also released a large number of mediocre releases IMO, where as with Enslaved (from what I've listened to), they have never released anything bad, so they may receive my vote, despite the fact that Opeth was on my favourite band list for the longest time (haven't really listened to them in a while so I took them off).

There are far too many variables to blame Enslaved winning on just people trying to act cool.
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Ellrohir
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  15.03.2009 at 10:35
For me it is Opeth, but more likely older stuff like Morningrise...i was quite disappointed with Watershed
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BitterCOld
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  16.03.2009 at 22:30
Written by Metal_Militia on 15.03.2009 at 00:25

Guys these polls between two bands like this always amuse me. Opeth is one of the most top liked bands on this site, yet there are more people voting for Enslaved. I just find this a little hard to believe that Enslaved is getting more votes because you like them more overall than Opeth. Stop trying to be different and deviate from normality and just vote for who you think is better. Doubt all of you who voted for Enslaved like them more than Opeth. Dont try and be spontaneous and different. Anyways, i dont really enjoy but one Enslaved album from their entire catalog. So, i chose Opeth for overall consistansy and really superiority. They are better musicians and have put out better material.


"dont try and be spontaneous and different" = be a sheep. bah. of course, then maybe Grutle and Ivar might 'download' you...

while i am surprised to see this tied, i am certainly not shocked.

while YOU might not like Enslaved, and Opeth might have as many fanbois in the metal community as the Jonas Brothers do amongst pre-teen girls, the fact is Enslaved is hard working band that has consistently put out quality material and tour incessantly. They have worked hard and the metal world has taken notice.

their latest release, "Vertebrae" was voted by the Terrorizer mag staff as the best release of 2008, finally putting the hump after both "Isa" and "Ruun" had finished second in their respective years (losing to Mastodon and Celtic Frost, respectively).

so while Opeth might have more "fans" on this site, perhaps when you whittle away the fanbois that show up, rank every Opeth release a "10" and never log in again and look at only those users who actively participate in the forum, it gets closer to even.
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