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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

8.8 | 954 votes |
Release date: 27 September 2010
Style: Progressive black metal


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01. Ethica Odini
02. Raidho
03. Waruun
04. The Beacon
05. Axioma
06. Giants
07. Singular
08. Night Sight
09. Lightening

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01. Jotunblod (Doom)
02. Migration

The Best Black Metal Album Of 2010
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Grutle Kjellson - vocals, bass. synthesizers
Herbrand Larsen - vocals, keyboards, organ
Ivar Bjørnson Peersen - guitars, synthesizers
Arve Isdal - guitars
Cato Bekkevold - drums

Additional info
Produced by Ivar Bjørnson Peersen, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen.

Staff review by
Let me tell you how I know that an album is hard to digest but great. When I put it on for the first time, most of the songs blur together, it's impossible to tell them apart. The first impression about the album is accentuated by those cool fragments of songs that remain in my memory. During the second listen I manage to hear most of those fragments. Just when I'm about to play the album for the third time to get those last cool bits, I realise that there are some more cool bits that I picked up during my second listen. With every consecutive listen, the number of cool bits increases, and my mind connects them to respective songs. After 10 listens all bits are in place, the picture is complete and my smile is wider than a six-lane freeway, because the album is brilliant.

published 30.09.2010 | Comments (70)

Guest review by
Here we are again. I say that because Enslaved are beating the proverbial "Nordic Black Metal" horse to death. It seems like this is becoming a standard out of the Northern European Black Metal scene these days. Scary makeup, growling vocals, droning guitars, and a complete lack of direction other than to throw in some "evil" lyrics. Like anyone will ever go as far as Mercyful Fate did in the 80's lyrically? Doubtful, and I haven't seen anyone do it yet.

published 12.12.2010 | Comments (128)

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It is almost certainly true that in each professional musician's life - if they are passionate and serious about their art - comes a point, when they become almost too good at what they do and the result is an album that doesn't take very many risks or doesn't include any truly mind-blowing melodies, riffs, solos, etc. For Enslaved, that point of becoming too good to take risks came with 2010's Axioma Ethica Odini.

Few albums will impress as highly on the first listen as this one, but that's not necessarily a good thing when it comes to (extreme) metal. An initial reaction of "I don't quite get it yet, but it's interesting" holds much more promise of an album becoming a true classic than does "OMG! This is awesome!"

published 20.08.2016 | Comments (24)

Over the last couple records, Enslaved seemed to be moving towards metal middle age... from Black Metal to Black Floyd. AEO sees them continuing the prog path, but at the same time drawing from the best elements of their past work. The tone of this is harsher. At times they show the familiar gallop of their old BM works, at others the weirdness of Monumension and the confidence of Below The Lights. i love this album so much i want to fuck it.

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05.08.2015 - 01:29
Pvt Funderground
True. It's not Frost, it's something better.
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21.03.2016 - 14:02
Rating: 9
This album gets better every time I hear it. I'm still not 100% familiar with it (but almost), but every time I go through it, the first few seconds of Singular start and I start feeling like that black metal sound might finally be slightly beginning to tire a little and this particular song will lose me compared to previous ones, and then the clean vocal line comes in and I remember the entire album is brilliant front to back.
10.08.2017 - 05:03
Nihil's Maw
I really enjoy this album, and in fact some of my favorite Enslaved moments are on this, but after hearing it a million times I still don't really get why people like it so much more than so many of their other albums.

Lightening is definitely a great finisher and the best track on this album, though. Which is strange, 'cause I didn't like it that much at first.
10.08.2017 - 23:49
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Stuck between this and Isa for favorite Enslaved album
21.08.2017 - 19:31
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Tage Westerlund
Maybe les prog and more BM, but if you listen and listen deeper and more you hare there are prog elements. grunts, BM vocals somehow fits into this album.
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21.12.2017 - 09:02
Rating: 8
I used to enjoy this quite a bit but then I started appreciating RITIIR more when it came out for its intricacies. After than, i checked out their stuff before this album like Isa and Vertebrae which i enjoy way more now. This album has very catchy choruses but that's all it has to offer. Now i find it quite bland and uninspired as well as extremely overrated compared to other Enslaved albums. I completely agree with Metren's review. This album got me into Enslaved but it's not even close to what they're capable of.
13.10.2018 - 21:30
Rating: 9
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What an epic, right up my alley. The first thing that came to my mind during the first few minutes of listening was "Is this the Opeth of black metal?". Well, sort of, but nevertheless, I love it. Only thing I'd would want to change is to improve the screeching black vocals or dial a little back on them and introduce a higher dynamic range, but these are just minor details for me.
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19.02.2021 - 16:09
Rating: 9
Fantastic album, fantastic band. The only gripe I have with both is just how repetitive their songs are. They typically only have a couple of riffs per song that repeat over and over again (the first 2 tracks on this are especially guilty).

Still, they are a great band, but they could be so much better with some more variation in their songwriting.
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