Enslaved
The Sleeping Gods


3.5
great

Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
May 18th, 2011 | 17 replies | 10,264 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With "The Sleeping Gods," Enslaved have crafted a great, if somewhat inconsistent, EP.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Enslaved's last effort, "Axioma Ethica Odini," was my favourite album of last year, so it's safe to say that I went into their latest release, "The Sleeping Gods,", with pretty high expectations. Did it meet them? Not quite- but this is still an excellent EP that I would easily recommend to anyone.

As far as the sound goes, I hesitate to call it similar to "Axioma" because, while it does bear some resemblance to that album, this feels more like a "next step" release. You've still got your crushing riffs, clean and harsh vocal interplay, and other Enslaved staples, but this EP has a more hypnotic quality to it than their last few releases; the songs rely more on repetition (which isn't necessarily a bad thing,) and the presence of a six minute ambient track ("Synthesis") only further enhances this atmosphere.

The first two songs are probably the most "Enslaved-ish" on here, featuring some brilliant riffs, great drumming, and well-performed harsh and clean vocals- there are even some downright catchy moments (such as the chorus of "Heimvegen"). After these come the aforementioned "Synthesis," and then we're into the second half of the EP. "Nordlys," an instrumental, opens up sounding much brighter than most Enslaved tracks (it does eventually gets heavy though). While a cool track, it feels out of place in slot number four. With it's excellent, epic ending, it would have been a much more suitable closer. The closer that we do get, however, title track "The Sleeping Gods," is an almost overly-repetitious, Egyptian-influenced number that manages to feel heavy without any harsh vocals or jackhammer-esque drumming (which is an accomplishment in and of itself). While an interesting piece, it unfortunately doesn't really go anywhere, or at least not as far as it feels it should.

"The Sleeping Gods" is a great EP. While it stumbles in spots, it is still a worthwhile listen and a meritorious addition to the band's discography. It may not be perfect, but few albums are, and as it is this a great effort from a great band.



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Lambda
May 18th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quick review for a pretty good EP

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Ire
May 18th 2011



41753 Comments


gay ep i negd

edit: i didnt neg

Lambda
May 18th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:'(

someguest
May 18th 2011



20393 Comments


i wonder if scion's shareholders like them supporting satan

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acorncheese
May 18th 2011



7119 Comments


nice review i pos'd
ire u dick

Lambda
May 18th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha thanks for the pos!

And will we ever find out who negged if it wasn't Ire......

acorncheese
May 18th 2011



7119 Comments


it was him he said he did

Burn2Burn
May 19th 2011



2378 Comments


the Scion logo makes me lol

Tyrael
May 19th 2011



20798 Comments


Cool review man, I totally agree. Pos.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2011



6987 Comments


Gotta hate them mystery neggers

beefshoes
May 19th 2011



3424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I pos'd to counter.
Good review, good EP.

Lambda
May 19th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys!

acorncheese
May 19th 2011



7119 Comments


ok dude it was totally me who neg'd i was trying to frame ire. pos'd u from two accounts now tho

Lambda
May 19th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ lol

thanks :D

Gmork89
July 21st 2011



5501 Comments


I still need to hear this.

youfailedme87
March 28th 2012



15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Enjoyable listen, but nothing special.

FR33L0RD
June 1st 2012



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very disappointing EP for me.



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