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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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Ravencorpse

Posts: 33

Age: 23
From: Lithuania

  16.05.2009 at 21:32
Enslaved. For me RUUN was the best progressive album ever. Damnation and Watershed lowered Opeth in my eyes...
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TheBigRossowski
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Age: 27
From: Germany

  17.05.2009 at 21:45
These two are tied right now...kinda weird. Cool that I made this and after that, this tour took place! Gives some Americans the chance to literally compare them back to back.
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BitterCOld
OldBitterGringo

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Age: 41
From: Paraguay

  18.05.2009 at 00:29
I am catching said tour tonight...
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Doc Godin
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Age: 25
From: Canada

  18.05.2009 at 00:33
Written by BitterCOld on 18.05.2009 at 00:29

I am catching said tour tonight...

Damn you old man! Enslaved were supposed to come here with Keep Of Kalessin, in which they'd put on a sweet show, they'd become one of my favourite bands, I'd become all-knowing about Enslaved and we'd all live happily ever after. But no, they cancelled, then like a week later they announced the tour with Opeth, and guess whose town they're not stopping in?
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BitterCOld
OldBitterGringo

Posts: 12444

Age: 41
From: Paraguay

  18.05.2009 at 00:39
Written by Doc Godin on 18.05.2009 at 00:33

Written by BitterCOld on 18.05.2009 at 00:29

I am catching said tour tonight...

Damn you old man! Enslaved were supposed to come here with Keep Of Kalessin, in which they'd put on a sweet show, they'd become one of my favourite bands, I'd become all-knowing about Enslaved and we'd all live happily ever after. But no, they cancelled, then like a week later they announced the tour with Opeth, and guess whose town they're not stopping in?


that sucks, but i will not shed any tears. the initial tour had them missing my entire state... now they're performing a scant 20 minute drive from my house.
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BitterCOld
OldBitterGringo

Posts: 12444

Age: 41
From: Paraguay

  18.05.2009 at 09:18
Some follow up. i'm more of an Enslaved fan than an Opeth fan (i did discover both at roughly the same time, had no allegiance to either early on)... so that's out in advance.

just got back form seeing them play. both bands were good on stage. Opeth gets points for delving a bit further into their back catalog, playing tracks of "My Arms, Your Hearse" and "Still Life", and Mikael was funnier doing in-between song banter "when you say our band name, Opeth, you must say it in a deep voice... OPETH, but when you say my name, you can say it in a high voice, like a girl... Mikael."

Enslaved were amusing as well, in between songs, with Grutle mocking American beer - namely Bud LIght (which deserves mocking)... later during another break, Ivar (the big bear looking guitarist) mentioning we had some good beer after his tour of the Sierra Nevada brewery. (SN does rock.)

Enslaved, however, were the better live band. Again, both sounded good. really good. Opeth were fairly statuesque on stage, as was Ivar from Enslaved. Enslaved are a bit more active while playing - Grutle's fucking glare is amazing - it's like he's like at/through you. He makes gestures with his fretting hand during segments of songs which just involve "low E chugging."

Ice Dale, though, is the man. He and Grutle both interacted with the audience during songs, leaning out over the audience... but Ice even performed his solos with with guitar upright, outstretched, and sideways to him and the audience... really good stage presence. he's a fucking rock star.

They also took a collective bow after their 45 minutes (sad they didn't get more time to dip into their back catalog), shaking hands with those in the front row. additionally a signing session was held during the intermission where fans got to meet each of the band members.

between a more active stage presence, and the step of actually interacting directly with the fans after the fact, they get a definitive edge.
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Andresopeth

Posts: 175

Age: 31
From: Venezuela

  29.07.2009 at 19:07
Opeth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even when enslaved Has creaated great albums and his music is as deep as Opeth's i still prefer the Swedish masters, bacause of their perfection in their songwriting
BitterCOld
OldBitterGringo

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  29.07.2009 at 19:16
Written by Andresopeth on 29.07.2009 at 19:07

Opeth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Kimiwind
Speed Metal God

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Age: 26
From: Japan

  07.09.2009 at 08:58
Enslaved !! never liked opeth !! and for sure enslaved combine with a good mix of viking progressive black and agressive metal !! what could be better than that
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Vitriolic Hate
Chaos Reaper

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Age: 25
From: Greece

  10.09.2009 at 02:10
Opeth for me! Opeth is prog/death & Enslaved is prog/black
Munish
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  13.09.2009 at 17:08
Opeth is far better than Enslaved in their song-writing.
Galar
Wicked Mung

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From: USA

  13.09.2009 at 19:12
That was seriously one of the best tours ever
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TheBigRossowski
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Age: 27
From: Germany

  13.09.2009 at 21:18
Written by Vitriolic Hate on 10.09.2009 at 02:10

Opeth for me! Opeth is prog/death & Enslaved is prog/black


Well, thanks for that, man...but uh, I'm pretty sure everyone realized that already. We know what genres they play, but that doesn't help us understand why you personally choose Opeth. Opeth for me.... is no real answer.

Purple for me.
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Vitriolic Hate
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Age: 25
From: Greece

  13.09.2009 at 21:23
Written by TheBigRossowski on 13.09.2009 at 21:18

Written by Vitriolic Hate on 10.09.2009 at 02:10

Opeth for me! Opeth is prog/death & Enslaved is prog/black


Well, thanks for that, man...but uh, I'm pretty sure everyone realized that already. We know what genres they play, but that doesn't help us understand why you personally choose Opeth. Opeth for me.... is no real answer.

Purple for me.

well just like them more I prefer their sound but yeah of course Enslaved is a cool band too
TheBigRossowski
Dudeist Priest'

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Age: 27
From: Germany

  14.09.2009 at 19:28
Written by Vitriolic Hate on 13.09.2009 at 21:23

Written by TheBigRossowski on 13.09.2009 at 21:18

Written by Vitriolic Hate on 10.09.2009 at 02:10

Opeth for me! Opeth is prog/death & Enslaved is prog/black


Well, thanks for that, man...but uh, I'm pretty sure everyone realized that already. We know what genres they play, but that doesn't help us understand why you personally choose Opeth. Opeth for me.... is no real answer.

Purple for me.

well just like them more I prefer their sound but yeah of course Enslaved is a cool band too


My message seems kinda mean when I read it myself, lol. When I wrote it, I actually meant it in a more fun way... and I would take Opeth over Enslaved any day, but they're both extraordinary bands.

Does the Pope shit in the woods?
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Vitriolic Hate
Chaos Reaper

Posts: 1834

Age: 25
From: Greece

  14.09.2009 at 19:33
Written by TheBigRossowski on 14.09.2009 at 19:28

Written by Vitriolic Hate on 13.09.2009 at 21:23

Written by TheBigRossowski on 13.09.2009 at 21:18

Written by Vitriolic Hate on 10.09.2009 at 02:10

Opeth for me! Opeth is prog/death & Enslaved is prog/black


Well, thanks for that, man...but uh, I'm pretty sure everyone realized that already. We know what genres they play, but that doesn't help us understand why you personally choose Opeth. Opeth for me.... is no real answer.

Purple for me.

well just like them more I prefer their sound but yeah of course Enslaved is a cool band too


My message seems kinda mean when I read it myself, lol. When I wrote it, I actually meant it in a more fun way... and I would take Opeth over Enslaved any day, but they're both extraordinary bands.

Does the Pope shit in the woods?

lol no prob yeah of course both are extraordinary bands but i haven't listened so much Enslaved,that's why & about the Pope lol i don't know if he does it!!haha
dEAthB3D

Posts: 73

Age: 24
From: Indonesia

  15.09.2009 at 10:50
I don't think any person in the world can be compared to the amazing vocal range of mikael akerfeldt.. and i don't think that damnation or watershed lowered opeth.. Those were just the proofs of their boundless talent. Enslaved is a great band but i would vote for Opeth
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Gordon Freeman

Posts: 391

Age: 29
From: USA

  03.06.2010 at 22:48
I've never really gotten into Opeth. I can't really say why. It isn't like their music is really bad or anything. Maybe I just expect them to live up to all the praise they get. They don't.

Enslaved on the other hand is one of my favorite bands in any genre. I love their early black metal releases and their last three or four albums have some of the greatest rock/metal tunes I've ever heard.

So, yeah. Enslaved gets my vote, easy.
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ramin

Posts: 15

Age: 24
From: Iran

  06.06.2010 at 13:29
FUCK Enslaved !!! just opeth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Opeth is god of metal !!!!!!!
worship_non
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  13.06.2010 at 04:48
Enslaved definitely, even though the last albums are pointless. Most of the time I try to listen to any Opeth album I eventually fall asleep. Literally.
Fëanor

Posts: 2072

Age: 30
From: Canada

  15.06.2010 at 13:36
Opeth, no contest...
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Vitriolic Hate
Chaos Reaper

Posts: 1834

Age: 25
From: Greece

  15.06.2010 at 16:18
Written by ramin on 06.06.2010 at 13:29

FUCK Enslaved !!! just opeth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Opeth is god of metal !!!!!!!

how a band can become a god? I really wonder.
!J.O.O.E.!
Thought Police

Posts: 15002

Age: 30
From: UK

  15.06.2010 at 16:33
Overall Enslaved but I still don't like the path they're going down so probably Opeth at this point.
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Got Mayhem?

Posts: 767

Age: 21
From: USA

  15.06.2010 at 22:46
Enslaved...
They've got a more interesting back catalog and their 'new' style is great. Meanwhile, Opeth continue to impress me about as much as the newest breakthrough in toaster technology. Not to mention that their 'genius' songwriting style is beyond predictable.
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harshskater

Posts: 5
From: USA
  10.11.2010 at 17:34
I dont think it's a rightful comparison, opeth and enslaved are both progressive of their separate genres but enslaved keeps it more black metal than opeth keeps it death if forced to choose i'd say opeth for being more progressive
MetalFist
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  13.11.2010 at 08:12
I think that Opeth are a better band, based on Albums
avigruss

Posts: 22
From: Italy
  11.05.2011 at 18:49
Enslaved absolutely, but the viking period
SODOM666

Posts: 62

Age: 20
From: Canada

  24.05.2011 at 02:48
I've seen Enslaved live and love them dearly but they don't draw me into the music as well as Opeth does so my vote goes to Opeth.
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Sammol

Posts: 108
  27.05.2011 at 23:00
Opeth. I haven't listened to enslaved yet.
Gonzo666

Posts: 1273

Age: 27
From: USA

  28.05.2011 at 21:09
Enslaved

They have a lot more song structure to their music. Opeth usually has one tone that leads up to one riff. Opeths music is complicated by yet in the end its pretty simple. Great band though, love the but enslaved takes the cake.

You really can't compare them though.
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