Label: Osmose Productions – OPLP063
Released: 31 October 2017
Style: Progressive Black/Viking Metal
Re-issue, Limited to 1000 copies. Gatefold, black vinyl (180 gram), printed full colour inner sleeve on 220 g, full-color on 350g with hotfoil stamping, 5mm spine, all assembly in a PVC overbag.
The best thing about Enslaved has been their grand-scale evolution over years. The gradual shift from Nordic black metal to full-blown progressive metal sounds incredibly natural if you listen to the albums in order. More importantly, they managed to sound great at virtually every stage of their career. Even people who have never heard more than the band’s name usually know of their organic progression. The thing that feels less-recognized, however, is the amount of variety they demonstrated within each era. I may not love all of Enslaved’s music, but I could recognize the style of each of their albums as a distinct entity. Even on their shadiest days, they were making music that sounded unique. Recommended for fans of Bathory, Borknagar, Emperor, Windir, Opeth, Isahn, Primordial.