It is an honor to write a review on an album for a great band like Enslaved
, and it is also an honor to put things where they belong and give credits to those who deserve, and here I'm not talking about Enslaved
Let's get it straight folks, the Norwegian metal scene has offered nothing in the last decade, and in the starter year of this decade, I think that the major names of Norway
are not willing to offer the least that keeps Norway
on the map, unlike their competitors in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and even in the United
So I got the album right? Yes, unfortunately I did, and I was impressed when I saw how silly and weak the cover art looks, and I thought "Yea, well, cover arts never told the whole story", but wait, talking of the cover arts, I did notice that none of Enslaved
's cover arts is good.
since the cover art is not that good, I expected to hear some good stuff, well, surprisingly, I did not hear anything that worthy of being listened to. From the very first song till the end of the album, there's nothing unique, majorly, the same drums that varies between the slow to mid-speed, and actually those drum are somehow annoying when out of the sudden they go fast and then again slow, I mean for drums, there's nothing impressive, high drum techniques are absent.
for the instrument that have been called Guitar, nothing unique, the music is so expected and boring, and guys, guys, guys, there's nothing cool of playing acoustic tone then jump to distortion and high electric guitar tone.
For the lyrics, I really did read the lyrics for five or six times and, I got nothing, maybe, it's me, but I'd like to know what actually are you guys are talking about, and there's a lack of rhyme in the lyrics, and the lyrics has no references to the titles.
The screaming vocals are cool, but not too impressive, and I couldn't understand why they're using clean vocals.
All the points I talked about before taking in consideration that they have categorized themselves as "Viking Metal
", well, there was nothing Viking
in what I heard. But actually they kept reminding me of Opeth
for some reason.
So a final thought, Enslaved
and many of the Norwegian "Legends" don't deserve the credits they have, I mean, the Non-Norwegian metal bands have done much more, if not since the early days of metal, then at least in the last decade.