Not impressed with the new one. There are some good moments but falls flat because of the over repetition of some sections, not many ideas and badly implemented. Production wise is trash, thin guitars, flat drums and totally lacks the necessary depth(but this is a problem that, more or less, plagues all Enslaved's albums post 2000)
Every album since Blodhemn clips audibly, especially on headphones. This kind of horrible mastering is so widespread in metal these days that a lot of people probably don't notice, but I can't listen to the original versions for more than about half an hour without getting a headache. If you don't notice it, good for you, but with scores like DR6, I honestly wonder how that's possible. On the plus side, Riitiir and In Times seem to have gotten far more dynamic masters for their vinyl editions. Unfortunately, the latest album is just as clipped on vinyl as it was on CD. I don't know what the fuck they were thinking.
I think "E" is a decent release. Even though the band added some new stuff to their sound (for example sax, Mastodon-ish clean vocals), the album does not sound revolutionary... maybe a bit "safe", considering the songs are composed by the default Enslaved formula. Won't say that it's a better album than the previous 2-3, nor that is a bad or boring one.
Since I see a lot of people are trying to figure out the influence of the album, I would say that Skuggsja is the way to go, instead of BTBAM or similar assumptions.
Only listened to the new album 1.5 times, but I remain hopeful. It's growing on me, just like all of their material has. Started listening in 2012 so I'm not a super long-term Enslaved fan, but when In Times came out, it took me a long time to fall in love with the album. Hoping the same will happen to E.
Sounds absolutely NOWHERE NEAR BtBaM. I believe what my fellow European so eloquently was trying to say, is that BtBaM fans (just like Opeth fans for that matter) always seem to act as if there're only one or two (good) prog bands in existence... any other prog bands either suck, or simply don't exist to them. Apart from that, Americans seem to have the incessant urge to "improve upon" already existing works/concepts... after which they tend to act like they've never heard or cared for the original. I guess the movie industry is a perfect example.
Listened to every single major Enslaved release in order the other day, and it's interesting how their discography is a reverse bell curve of sorts, with both the beginning and end of the catalogue being incredibly tight (in very different ways), and the 2000's transitional era was just kinda lacking. It's understandable as to why that would be the case, i'm just happy they got everything back in high gear after a while. I still prefer the early black era much more i think, but albums like RIITIIR and Axioma will never not resonate well with me.
*** Update from the studio: Mix and mastering of our 14th studio album is now finished! ***
It is accomplished! We have finished the recording process of our 14th full-length and in the renowned Fascination Street Studios, Jens Bogren polished this new raw diamond with his mixing and mastering skills.
Just like for their predecessor 'In Times', we didn't look back and kept expanding our horizons. And this spring we came up with a sound chimera of experimental prog filled with elevated melodies, epic sound landscapes and harsh black metal moments - all united in a massive storm that will reach the coast this autumn. Keep your eyes open, more info will be revealed about the new record on August 1st! " From their official fb
I am continuously confused why this band is so largely overrated. Ruun and Isa are great but previous albums were unbearably chaotic and new ones sucks as hell yet still big bunch of fanboys boosting up the ratings so fiercely like reproducing bunnies.
you will always be continuously confused. Enslaved is music made by geniuses for purists. you obviously like industrial rock. this is far above your intellectual ability. but that's cool. not everyone can be an intellectual.
Chaotic is the last word I'd use to describe Riitiir. If anything, it's a bit overly repetitive, but the ideas make that work amazingly. Definitely recommend giving them ore listens, it's not as crazily layered as it first appears, it just comes together amazingly well.
I'd never heard the material on The Sleeping Gods - Thorn before so to me this is essentially all new material, and it's great! Very experimental but so full of creativity and soul, as all of Enslaved's music is.
Of course that I know Darkthrone (I have over 7 hundread scrobbles of them), but the common concern with Darkthrone is that their worth listen albums are just the Triology... and I agree with that plus Panzerfaust. The thing is that of their 16 studio albums, like 7 or 8 or 9 are completly forgettable, unlike Enslaved. Or at least that's what I think.
"We will release “The Sleeping Gods – Thorn”; a full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010/2011 on By Norse Music (Ivar’s own label). For the first time this unique collection of experimental material, also connecting with our early roots, is available as an album. " Out Nov. 11