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Enslaved - Heimdal

8 | 398 votes |
Release date: 3 March 2023
Style: Progressive black metal


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Disc I
01. Behind The Mirror
02. Congelia
03. Forest Dweller
04. Kingdom
05. The Eternal Sea
06. Caravans To The Outer Worlds
07. Gangandi [bonus]
08. Heimdal

Disc II [The Otherworldly Big Band Experience Blu-Ray] [digipak bonus]
01. Ruun II - The Epitaph
02. Bounded By Allegiance
03. Sequence
04. Caravans To The Outer Worlds
05. Havenless
06. Slaget I Skogen Bortenfor
07. What Else Is There? [Röyksopp cover]
08. Hiindsiight

Kjetil Tvedte Grutle - vocals, bass, additional synthesizers, additional FX, sequencer
Håkon Vinje - keyboards, clean vocals
Ivar Bjørnson Peersen - guitars, additional synthesizers, additional FX, sequencer
Arve Isdal - guitars
Iver Sandøy - drums, percussion, additional synthesizers, additional FX, sequencer

Guest musicians
Eilif Gundersen - horn
Jens Bogren - additional vocals

Holy words on Kingdom by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson.

Voices on Heimdal: Sunneva Ø Peersen, Andrew Liles, Emi Horikawa, Tonje Elisabeth Storm Peerson, KiraKira Diaz Peralta, Maria Diaz Peralta, Katrine Stenbekk, Lukasz Worny, Magdalena Szymaniak, Claire Harris, Lisa Cope, Serena Cherry, Silje Wergeland, Michelle van Oorschot, Seb Bailly, Mélanie Duperrex, Alexander Milas, Simon Füllemann, Einar Selvik, Arild Gertz, Inger Sunneva Storm Peerson, Sonja Elisabeth Storm Peerson.

Additional info
Produced by Ivar Bjørnson Peersen, Iver Sandøy and Kjetil Tvedte Grutle

Staff review by
On their first album of the 2020s, Utgard, Enslaved made a break from the elaborate long-song prog that had dominated their 2010s output in favour of shorter, more compact, and arguably more accessible songs. If it were another band, perhaps one might have braced for subsequent simplification on future albums, but this is Enslaved we’re talking about, and Heimdal is absolutely not an extension of the trajectory Enslaved went in from E to Utgard.

published 19.03.2023 | Comments (13)

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29.04.2023 - 11:48
Theory Snob
Written by nonZero on 03.03.2023 at 17:00

Based on the quality of this album compared to others in Enslaved's discography, I think this will come down to around 8.2/10 once ~300 people have voted (which I agree with).

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10.05.2023 - 07:12
Rating: 8
I loved the second, third and fourth songs but overall the album kept me wanting. From a stellar band like Enslaved your expectations remain high and somehow this was slightly underwhelming.
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13.06.2023 - 15:47
Rating: 6
Never would’ve imagined that the day would come when giving a new Enslaved album a 6/10 would feel like generosity. Holy fuck, did they phone it in with the songwriting on this one. It is a monumentally uninspired album, especially by their own rather high standards. Well-produced and well-performed boredom is all this is to me.
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