Rating:
9.0
Enslaved - Monumension
2001


01. Convoys To Nothingness
02. The Voices
03. Vision: Sphere Of The Elements - A Monument Part II
04. Hollow Inside
05. The Cromlech Gate
06. Enemy I
07. Smirr
08. The Sleep: Floating Diversity - A Monument Part III
09. Outro: Self - Zero
10. Sigmundskvadet [bonus]


Wicked. Get it. Now! Those 4 words alone would be sufficient to describe my thoughts on 'Monumension'. Enslaved have always blown me out of the water, and after their excellent previous effort ' Mardraum', I thought they had reached their peak and maturity and would either repeat themselves or just fade away after that. How wrong I was. Enslaved have definitely progressed with their work, and seem more confident than ever. Also, most of the lyrics on the album are in English, which is something new for Enslaved, not that it ever took away from them at all. They are also a band that is damn near impossible to categorize as well. Black, extreme, doom, viking, death and thrash, it's all there and it's all good. Some people (even the guys from official website) have hinted that some of this CD is psychedelic at times, which is understandable but doesn't let it sway you. This is as heavy as hell. The vibe this album creates is also worth a mention. Many bands attempt to create an atmosphere that lasts throughout the album's duration and quiet often fall short, only managing to make a feeling for some parts. Enslaved not only achieve a full length feeling, but extend it to the point were you walk away from this album with its sounds still bouncing around inside your head, telling you to go back for more. Dark guitar passages, intriguing bass-lines, ethereal keys! All help to create a truly magnificent atmosphere. An enjoyable album worthy of being added to anyone's collection. For those not familiar with Enslaved, check them out, then put this one on the top of your list of CDs to buy!


Band profile: Enslaved
Album: Monumension


 


written by Dale | 17.09.2003


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Galar - 23.04.2009 at 18:26  
100% agree with this review, i know Ivar and Arve personally
Uirapuru - 05.12.2009 at 22:52  
Not to me.

Worse Enslaved album, it kinda represents their transition into a more progressive sound, but I just didnt get into. Its like there were only a few seconds of good moments per song. Worst attempt, althou with some quality that the group never loose.

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