Enslaved

Info about Enslaved
Country Norway
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1992-2017 Metal
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http://www.myspace.com/enslaved
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8.5 x11
Nordic Technical Minimalistic Prog Black Metal/Punk
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11 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, nobody rates it lower. 9 users think it is prog, nobody thinks it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 115 studio tracks by Enslaved.
Track durations range from 51s to 16m 10s, averaging at 6m 32s with a standard deviation of 2m 28s.
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Review by Time_Signature 7 years ago <Permalink>
EnslavedListen - The Sleeping Gods 2011, EP
9.5
Nordic Eclectic Prog Black Metal/Punk
This EP was recently released electronically and has generously been made freely available for download (get it here: )

It seems that Enslaved have used this EP to release some more experimental material which is far removed from their black metal roots, and I think that the material on this release is actually quite good. Not only is in an interesting EP, but it is also a varied one which covers a number of genres.

The opening track "Heimvegen" is perhaps the track on the EP that has more in common with Enslaved's 'normal' sound, being a dark progressive black metal track with an atmospheric bridge and an overall melancholic feel to the distorted guitars, which - at times - have an almost 70s rock sound to them.

The second track "Alu Misyrki" quite a punky track - with D-beating and all - and it reminds me a bit of some of Celtic Frost's early material which is quite inspired by Discharge. Still, there are interesting atmospheric vocals in the chorus and an awesome couple of heavier riffs that pop up ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
EnslavedListen - Axioma Ethica Odini 2010
9.5
Nordic Prog Black Metal
When a black metal band like is featured on a sampler CD distributed with a progressive rock journal, then you can make a safe bet that that band is pretty special. That's what happened with Enslaved, whose track "Ethica Odini" was featured on Prognosis 11, Prognosis being a series of sampler CDs that come with eacery issue of the Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine.

I checked out "Ethica Odini" and liked it. I liked how it was really dark and full of black metal elements and yet kind of progressive and complex, so I decided to buy the CD (I bought the one wit the 7'' vinyl bonus record), and I think it's a really good black metal release. What I like about it is that the black metal feel is always there - you know, the focus on creating an atmosphere - regardless of how progressive the songs get. The most progressive tracks are probably "Night Sight" and "Lightening" - "Night Sight" contains elements which remind me of alt. rock of the 1990s while "Lightening", for some unknown reason, remind me of Muse's latest record. Still, even these tracks are dark and bleak as hell, the way black metal should be. "Axioma" is the odd man out, being an atmospheric synth piece (the odd man out, but still, it fits the atmosphere of the entire record).

This should appeal to fans of black metal, who like the black metal atmosphere, but perhaps want more variation than what raw black metal usually offers.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
Comment by Mike 10 years ago
EnslavedListen - Vertebrae 2008
8.7
Experimental Prog Black Metal
I really enjoyed it, but IMO they should have used more clean vocals - the black metal type growls/shrieking doesn't always match the music, which is really diverse and eclectic beyond the typical atmospheric black metal.
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
EnslavedListen - Isa 2004
8.1
Prog Black Metal
It may seem strange, but although this is Black Metal it sounds quite calm to me. It's quite melodic too, with the odd twist here and there, and vocals oscillating between ghastly screams and multi layered clean vocals. Very interesting!
Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
EnslavedListen - Ruun 2006
8.7
Prog Extreme Metal
A very strong effort ... if you're new to Progressive Black
Metal, then this might be a good starting point. It's not too
revolutionary, but at least in three songs they manage to
really leave the confinements of their base style, adding
symphonic passages with a lot of guitar-based texturing and
void of any drums, let alone blastbeats. I'm not sure about the
necessity of the BM vocals though ... I much prefer the clean
vocals, although I don't have a problem with growling in
general.
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Vertebrae 2008
 #1

8.8 x4
Nordic Technical Experimental Prog Black Metal
Ruun 2006
 #2

8.6 x4
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Axioma Ethica Odini 2010
 #3

8.5 x3
Nordic Minimalistic Prog Black Metal
Below the Lights 2003
 #4

8.6 x3
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Isa 2004
 #5

8.3 x3
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Mardraum: Beyond the Within 2000
 #6

9.4 x1
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E 2017
 #7

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In Times 2015
 #8

7.6 x2
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Monumension 2001
 #9

7.8 x1
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RIITIIR 2012
 #10

6.5 x1
Technical Prog Black Metal
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