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Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini



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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

[Limited Edition Bonus 7" Vinyl]
01. Jotunblod (Doom)
02. Migration

The Best Black Metal Album Of 2010
Top 20 albums of 2010: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 147

Line-up
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
Daniell
Rating:
9.5
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.

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published 30.09.2010 | Comments (70)

Guest review by
ponderer
Rating:
2.9
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.

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published 12.12.2010 | Comments (128)

Guest review by
Metren
Rating:
7.0
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!"

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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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27.03.2012 - 17:44
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:43

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.03.2012 at 17:39

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:28

I just don't see what's so special about it.


And yet you go totally apeshit over a certain Canadian band?

That has nothing to do with this.

I just find this album average, and kinda boring.


Well the band you go apeshit over is totally boring and really has nothing special going for them ripping off bands left and right
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27.03.2012 - 17:46
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.03.2012 at 17:44

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:43

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.03.2012 at 17:39

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:28

I just don't see what's so special about it.


And yet you go totally apeshit over a certain Canadian band?

That has nothing to do with this.

I just find this album average, and kinda boring.


Well the band you go apeshit over is totally boring and really has nothing special going for them ripping off bands left and right

And that's YOUR opinion.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
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27.03.2012 - 17:47
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Marcel's got a point about WoY, Willy.

As for this being less Floyd, sure. But that doesn't make it any more close to the type of black metal I enjoy. Personally I find Enslaved to be one of the least enjoyable extreme metal bands.
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27.03.2012 - 17:47
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.03.2012 at 17:44

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:43

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 27.03.2012 at 17:39

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:28

I just don't see what's so special about it.


And yet you go totally apeshit over a certain Canadian band?

That has nothing to do with this.

I just find this album average, and kinda boring.


Well the band you go apeshit over is totally boring and really has nothing special going for them ripping off bands left and right

And that's YOUR opinion.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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27.03.2012 - 17:48
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 17:46

And that's YOUR opinion.


And that of a lot of oother people as wel

Just like your opinion on Enslaved is YOUR opiion and that of Troy and that's about it
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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27.03.2012 - 17:49
Rating: 10
Daniell
_爱情_
Boring...
You can call Enslaved many names, but "boring" isn't one of them.
You're of course entitled to your own opinion and taste.
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27.03.2012 - 18:02
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
I guess Troy and I are too kvlt for you mortals.

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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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27.03.2012 - 18:25
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Daniell on 27.03.2012 at 17:49
You can call Enslaved many names, but "boring" isn't one of them.

I wouldn't call this album boring, but their last three I would. This time around they were a lot more... I dunno, engaging. Still not my cup of black coffee but it's considerably more "headstrong" than most of their previous works.
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27.03.2012 - 19:23
Rating: 10
BitterCOld
The Ancient One
I don't care that you don't like them or get it... honestly, i'm glad you don't. but this...

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 18:02

I guess Troy and I are too kvlt for you mortals.




demanded a response.

if you are a full blown couple now, you require a full blown couple name, like "Bennifer" or "Brangelina"... how 'bout

Troy Willyjoy?
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27.03.2012 - 19:32
Rating: 10
Daniell
_爱情_
Any snowballing planned in this new liaison?
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27.03.2012 - 19:38
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by BitterCOld on 27.03.2012 at 19:23

I don't care that you don't like them or get it... honestly, i'm glad you don't. but this...

Written by Boxcar Willy on 27.03.2012 at 18:02

I guess Troy and I are too kvlt for you mortals.




demanded a response.

if you are a full blown couple now, you require a full blown couple name, like "Bennifer" or "Brangelina"... how 'bout

Troy Willyjoy?

It was just a joke,

I made the statement just because it seems like were the only ones who don't like this album...
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
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27.03.2012 - 20:38
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by BitterCOld on 27.03.2012 at 19:23
Troy Willyjoy?


urgh, I don't think Troy deserves that
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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27.03.2012 - 20:44
Slayer666

Hey, if ponderer said this album is crap, then my dear people, crap it is.
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27.03.2012 - 23:29
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 20:38
urgh, I don't think Troy deserves that

Meh. Apparently when two or more people dislike something popular it means they're somehow involved in a deep relationship.

I don't care what other people think about Enslaved, I personally haven't really been into them since... Frost? One of those bands that I never really felt the need to waste my time with.
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27.03.2012 - 23:31
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.03.2012 at 23:29

Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 20:38
urgh, I don't think Troy deserves that

Meh. Apparently when two or more people dislike something popular it means they're somehow involved in a deep relationship.

I don't care what other people think about Enslaved, I personally haven't really been into them since... Frost? One of those bands that I never really felt the need to waste my time with.


I never heard a full Enslaved album ever, just a couple of songs and I don't even remember them now.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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27.03.2012 - 23:51
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 23:31

I never heard a full Enslaved album ever, just a couple of songs and I don't even remember them now.


I suggest you get on it then
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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27.03.2012 - 23:52
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by InnerSelf on 27.03.2012 at 23:51

Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 23:31

I never heard a full Enslaved album ever, just a couple of songs and I don't even remember them now.


I suggest you get on it then


Fat chances are that I won't enjoy this one that much. Have it in my computer, gave it at least 2 spins when it came out. Meh. 7-ish or at the very most a light (very light) 8.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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27.03.2012 - 23:54
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 23:52


Fat chances are that I won't enjoy this one that much. Have it in my computer, gave it at least 2 spins when it came out. Meh. 7-ish or at the very most a light (very light) 8.

For some reason I thought you'd appreciate Isa. The most subtlety perfect album ever.
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27.03.2012 - 23:56
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 23:52

Fat chances are that I won't enjoy this one that much. Have it in my computer, gave it at least 2 spins when it came out. Meh. 7-ish or at the very most a light (very light) 8.


I'm not gonna say the usual "it needs more time ..... etc" but this at least deserves devoting some time for it
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27.03.2012 - 23:59
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Guest on 27.03.2012 at 23:54

For some reason I thought you'd appreciate Isa. The most subtlety perfect album ever.


The only ones I've heard in it's entirety (seems like I got it wrong with my first comment since now I remember abit more)... were vertebrae and this one, also the Ep that came after this album.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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28.03.2012 - 00:00
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by X-Ray Rod on 27.03.2012 at 23:59


The only ones I've heard in it's entirety (seems like I got it wrong with my first comment since now I remember abit more)... were vertebrae and this one, also the Ep that came after this album.

Meh, Vertebrae. Now there's a sterile album if you ask me.
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28.03.2012 - 00:34
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by InnerSelf on 27.03.2012 at 23:56
I'm not gonna say the usual "it needs more time ..... etc" but this at least deserves devoting some time for it

I disagree. I think this is actually one of Enslaved's more simple albums. You pretty much know what you get after the first listen - it doesn't require a lot of effort because it's more or less straightforward in its somewhat progressive approach to black metal. Some of their previous releases maybe warrant more of a thorough investigation, but even then I wouldn't recommend anyone do it if they didn't feel "the magic" the first time around.
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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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28.03.2012 - 00:41
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Guest on 28.03.2012 at 00:00

Meh, Vertebrae. Now there's a sterile album if you ask me.


I like Vertebrae ALOT! However, I have only dabbled in the prior releases up to Vertabrae. Maybe I will take a closer look at those. Oh, and I also enjoyed AEO. Amazing cause I am not a black metal fan!
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28.03.2012 - 00:43
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by tea[m]ster on 28.03.2012 at 00:41
Amazing cause I am not a black metal fan!

Not to be like, elitist or whatever, but it really isn't amazing. I've come across loads of people in forums commenting on Enslaved threads in the same manner. "I don't like black metal, but I really like this band." And it's pretty much because Enslaved aren't solely a black metal band.

Again, at the end of the day it's one of those little arguments/technicalities that don't really matter, but I just wanted to point out that you're not alone in that kind of thinking. And to be honest, I'm probably the opposite in that I don't really like them because I do like black metal.
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28.03.2012 - 00:43
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Written by tea[m]ster on 28.03.2012 at 00:41


I like Vertebrae ALOT! However, I have only dabbled in the prior releases up to Vertabrae. Maybe I will take a closer look at those. Oh, and I also enjoyed AEO. Amazing cause I am not a black metal fan!

Sorry, because you capitalised "alot" the grammar nazi in me means I'm going to have to do this:

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28.03.2012 - 00:50
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.03.2012 at 00:43

Enslaved aren't solely a black metal band.


Yes, and that's what makes them good no? Would I enjoy their earlier stuff? I have some of it just haven't spun it.
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28.03.2012 - 00:50
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Guest on 28.03.2012 at 00:43

Sorry, because you capitalised "alot" the grammar nazi in me means I'm going to have to do this:


Grrrr, I had getting posterized!!
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28.03.2012 - 00:54
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by tea[m]ster on 28.03.2012 at 00:50
Yes, and that's what makes them good no? Would I enjoy their earlier stuff? I have some of it just haven't spun it.

That's their main appeal for sure. When they were strictly black metal (everything up to and including Eld) they were at their best in my opinion. As soon as they started mixing in progressive elements I started losing interest. But you probably wouldn't enjoy their black metal era since you aren't a fan. At least, it's not a place I'd recommend someone like you - who mostly goes for atmo-sludge/post-metal - to start if you're looking to get into black metal.
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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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28.03.2012 - 00:59
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.03.2012 at 00:54

to start if you're looking to get into black metal.


Honesty is your best quality Troy. I need a place to start, I will take this up with you soon via PM...
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28.03.2012 - 10:42
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.03.2012 at 00:34

I disagree. I think this is actually one of Enslaved's more simple albums. You pretty much know what you get after the first listen - it doesn't require a lot of effort because it's more or less straightforward in its somewhat progressive approach to black metal. Some of their previous releases maybe warrant more of a thorough investigation, but even then I wouldn't recommend anyone do it if they didn't feel "the magic" the first time around.


This is what I actually meant, the thing is that I thought this is the kind of stuff the Mr.Doc would like
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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