Enslaved
Axioma Ethica Odini


4.5
superb

Review

by Sean USER (18 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2010 | 27 replies | 4,466 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Enslaved return after their last successful album, "Vertebrae," with a release that, once again, fuses together their traditional Black Metal roots with their Progressive Rock influences. The results? Really damn good.

Originality. It's truly hard to come across in this day in time. If bands aren't trying to rip off the past musical influences, they're hopelessly trying to rip off the present. Black Metal happens to be a genre where this notion is quite true. Many modern Black Metal bands hopelessly try to recreate the style of Black Metal greats such as Burzum, Mayhem, Bathory, and more. While they might consider themselves to be "the real deal," bands like Enslaved are very few and far between. As a matter of fact, there is only one Enslaved, and they are truly something outstanding.

Enslaved have been very prominent in the Black Metal scene for quite sometime now, but they have never risen to the fame as some of the greats that are noted as the "true" Black Metal legends. However, Enslaved have always pursued a very different approach to Black Metal. Enslaved, unlike many other Black Metal bands, have taken the brutal and atmospheric music of Black Metal and mixed it with Progressive song structures with influences from classic Prog Rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Camel. Over the years, their writing style has grown more Progressive with each album. However, with "Axioma Ethica Odini," Enslaved finally seem to have found their true style; one which mixes Black Metal and Progressive Metal perfectly.

Throughout the album, Enslaved stick to their original Black Metal roots. Of course, they have never abandoned their Black Metal influences; however, what they have managed to do with this album is style a perfect mixture of all of their musical influences. The album contains a very heavy balance of melody and overall better song structure than their last album, "Vertebrae." The riff in the album's opening song "Ethica Odini" is quite memorable and sets up the song very nicely. As a matter of fact, "Ethica Odini" is the perfect opening song because it gives the listener a perfect sample of what's to come: memorable riffs, haunting vocal melodies, and epic song structures. Other songs such as "Waruun" and "Giants" continue to take the listener on a musical journey through Enslaved's very own world created by their extremely atmospheric music. Every song on the album manages to pull the listener in and just about every song is different in its own way.

The songwriting has changed in many ways since "Vertebrae." Instead of focusing on technicality with this album, the musicians in Enslaved seem to have focused more on filling the song with riffs and melodies that are fitting to the music. For example, Enslaved use many fast tremolo strummed progressions in the vane of many traditional Black Metal bands; however, with this album, Enslaved have taken those standard chord progressions and added more of their own feel to them. Using major scales and an assortment of more melodic scales and modes, Enslaved have managed, once again, to put their signature on "Axioma Ethica Odini." Also, lead singer and bassist, Grutle Kjellson, carries the music with his piercing screams and crooning voice. Over the years, Enslaved have included more singing in their music; however, with "Axioma Ethica Odini," the singing truly carries the music and the bulk of the songwriting is built around the Grutle's vocal melody's. While this might seem like a dumbing down of the traditional Enslaved sound, it definitely is not. It makes the music much more memorable and gives it a very structured sound. Songs like "Night Sight" show off Grutle's very Pink Floyd inspired vocals and feature one of the albums most memorable vocal melodies.

If you are an Enslaved fan, "Axioma Ethica Odini" is most definitely a must buy. Still, even if you are not a Black Metal fan or even that much of a Metal fan in general, it definitely wouldn't hurt to pick this album up. Who knows, you could become hooked! Enslaved have most definitely crafted their most comprehensive and outstanding album to date with "Axioma Ethica Odini." From the awesome kick off with "Ethica Odini" to the amazing closer "Lightening," this album stays consistently good with every listen. Black Metal fans and Progressive Metal fans can all rejoice!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Essence
October 2nd 2010


3585 Comments


going to have to post a counterreview, looks like

Gyromania
October 2nd 2010


15680 Comments


you would

BathoryHordes
October 2nd 2010


35 Comments


Haven't checked this out yet. Maybe I should.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


6082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

going to have to post a counterreview, looks like

if it's gonna be a review with a 3.5 rating, please do.

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Essence
October 2nd 2010


3585 Comments


yeah a 3.5
seriously this album is nothing compared to isa i don't get it

bloc
October 2nd 2010


34847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoyed this, it's pushed me to check out the other albums.

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Photon
October 2nd 2010


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is just not as good as thier previous four records

nb100
October 2nd 2010


50 Comments


lol

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


6082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoyed this, it's pushed me to check out the other albums.

this record indeed does a fine job towards that direction; however it is inferior when compared to the previous albums.

Of course, this is just my personal opinion.


the review is okay, but it could use a bit stripping off, imho.

TheSpirit
October 2nd 2010


17803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I was gonna review this but now there are too many high ratings. I would enjoy seeing a 3.5 from you Essence

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


16373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ugh seriously considering reviewing this to put it into perspective

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Hawks
October 2nd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Crysis you should review this. I would like to see one from you.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


18449 Comments


I just got this today, i still need a few more listens to get the definite rating. I'm debating between 4 and 4.5. Nightsight and Lightening are amazing.

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coneren
October 2nd 2010


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

More reviews!

Hawks
October 2nd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

4.5 Hyperion!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


18449 Comments


I'm leaning hard towards that. I was driving home on a shitty highway (welcome to America) and didn't hear it like it should have been heard.

Giving it a listen right now through my high quality stuff.

coneren
October 2nd 2010


11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

4.5 all the time!

Hawks
October 2nd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I'm going to continue my Enslaved obsession when I'm done with Silent Waters.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


18449 Comments


I really wanted Below the Lights, but someone must have bought the one that was at the record since the last time i was there.

But i got Frost too, so that was good.

Hawks
October 2nd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Below the Lights may not be their best album as a whole (although it's close), but it has 4 of their very best songs on it.



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