Enslaved - _Mardraum - Beyond the Within_
by: Chris Flaaten (
I have never been a fan of Enslaved and it was with some reluctance that I decided to give their newest album a spin. Well into the first and magnificent track I had to re-check the cover; is this really Enslaved? Atmosphere, melodies; it's all there, and luckily for me it's not presented in their usual supersonic tempo. The music is greatly varied and you even get acoustic guitars and clean (choir) vocals. The album has an intense, cold and brutal atmosphere, due to both the choice in harmonies and to the production, courtesy of The Abyss. Midway through the album they explore some death and thrash-like metal influences before they unleash the two fastest tracks on the record. With earlier Enslaved albums I had to concede listening after a few tracks. This time I endured the entire album and wanted more. Still, I do not believe any fans of their previous works will be disappointed. Enslaved has simply made an awesome album, to be enjoyed by all fans of extreme metal.
(article published 11/20/2000)
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