Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini


8.8 | 755 votes |
Release date: 27 September 2010
Style: Progressive black metal

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01. Ethica Odini
02. Raidho
03. Waruun
04. The Beacon
05. Axioma
06. Giants
07. Singular
08. Night Sight
09. Lightening

[Limited Edition Bonus 7" Vinyl]
01. Jotunblod (Doom)
02. Migration

The Best Black Metal Album Of 2010
Top 20 albums of 2010: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 167

Staff review by
Daniell
Rating:
9.5
Let me tell you how I know that an album is hard to digest but great. When I put it on for the first time, most of the songs blur together, it's impossible to tell them apart. The first impression about the album is accentuated by those cool fragments of songs that remain in my memory. During the second listen I manage to hear most of those fragments. Just when I'm about to play the album for the third time to get those last cool bits, I realise that there are some more cool bits that I picked up during my second listen. With every consecutive listen, the number of cool bits increases, and my mind connects them to respective songs. After 10 listens all bits are in place, the picture is complete and my smile is wider than a six-lane freeway, because the album is brilliant.

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published 30.09.2010 | Comments (70)

Guest review by
ponderer
Rating:
2.9
Here we are again. I say that because Enslaved are beating the proverbial "Nordic Black Metal" horse to death. It seems like this is becoming a standard out of the Northern European Black Metal scene these days. Scary makeup, growling vocals, droning guitars, and a complete lack of direction other than to throw in some "evil" lyrics. Like anyone will ever go as far as Mercyful Fate did in the 80's lyrically? Doubtful, and I haven't seen anyone do it yet.

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published 12.12.2010 | Comments (123)

Guest review by
Metren
Rating:
7.0
It is almost certainly true that in each professional musician's life - if they are passionate and serious about their art - comes a point, when they become almost too good at what they do and the result is an album that doesn't take very many risks or doesn't include any truly mind-blowing melodies, riffs, solos, etc. For Enslaved, that point of becoming too good to take risks came with 2010's Axioma Ethica Odini.

Few albums will impress as highly on the first listen as this one, but that's not necessarily a good thing when it comes to (extreme) metal. An initial reaction of "I don't quite get it yet, but it's interesting" holds much more promise of an album becoming a true classic than does "OMG! This is awesome!"

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published 20.08.2016 | Comments (24)

Over the last couple records, Enslaved seemed to be moving towards metal middle age... from Black Metal to Black Floyd. AEO sees them continuing the prog path, but at the same time drawing from the best elements of their past work. The tone of this is harsher. At times they show the familiar gallop of their old BM works, at others the weirdness of Monumension and the confidence of Below The Lights. i love this album so much i want to fuck it.

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27.09.2010 - 05:53
Rating: 9
Thanntos
This album is incredible, Giants is a beast of a track, best on there. One of Enslaved's best albums since Below the Lights.
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I will kill you so hard you will die to death.
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27.09.2010 - 15:30
Edmund Fogg
Well.well.All those praises makes me curious now.
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You cannot sedate all the things you hate - MM
The Observer is the source of reality - Bloom
God damn it!! What did Diddy didn't do? - Satan
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27.09.2010 - 16:13
Fenrisborg
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This album. Wow. It's brilliant.
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27.09.2010 - 18:24
Visioneerie
Urban Monster
I'm getting this. The album cover is sexy I don't what a few of you are complaining about.
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Any man can stand adversity, but to test his character give him power - A. Lincoln
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28.09.2010 - 06:44
Rating: 7
advent
i felt like i was listening to recycled album , ok it's heavy but very ordinary uninspired album .
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28.09.2010 - 18:49
Rating: 9
Vonpire
Very Good album.
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Beware the Shadows of Dusk
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28.09.2010 - 23:47
worship_non
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Been listening to the album a couple of times, really digging some of the riffs but unfortunately there's also a fair share of somewhat dodgy parts. The first two songs are not very good.
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29.09.2010 - 00:15
Rating: 8
Elio
Red Nightmare
Good shit guys, better than Vertebrae, me approves.
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IntoPlighT said: "Slipknot is 15 years old how the fuck is that Nu metal?"

BEST. QUOTE. EVER.
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29.09.2010 - 04:17
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
Can't stop listening to this album... gets deeper with every spin. I sense a maudlin of the Well influence on the track Night Sight... perhaps it is about astral projection?
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29.09.2010 - 04:56
Rating: 10
BitterCOld
Gringo
Got it today, listened to the first six songs about twice, but real life kept interrupting and preventing me from a straight through listen.

based upon first impressions, i really, really, really like this album and hope to have enough time to listen to it and get a review up before i take off on a (long deserved) holiday.

i already know what the soundtrack to my great adventure will be, though!
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get the fuck off my lawn.
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29.09.2010 - 08:42
Rating: 9
Thanntos
Written by Guest on 28.09.2010 at 23:47

Been listening to the album a couple of times, really digging some of the riffs but unfortunately there's also a fair share of somewhat dodgy parts. The first two songs are not very good.


o_O? Ethica Odini is an incredible opener and one of the best on the album along with Giants! But yes, I agree the second song is fairly weak in comparison.
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29.09.2010 - 10:10
Rating: 9
Mikyz
I listened 7 times to the whole album since yesterday, so yeah I guess this album is one of their best if not their best work, an earth shattering monster of an album, I can already predict that this will be on top of my end of the year list.
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Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
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29.09.2010 - 22:44
Rating: 10
Daniell
_爱情_
An incredible album all the way. A few listens more and it'll be the album of 2010 for me. Enslaved managed to impress me, almost as usual (I didn't love Vertebrae so much).
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Now loving:
Naglfar - I Am Vengeance
Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone
Hate - Indestructible Pillar
Depeche Mode - Going Backwards
Flotsam & Jetsam - Forbidden Territories
Immolation - When the Jackals Come
Suffocation - Your Last Breaths
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30.09.2010 - 03:40
Rating: 7
Gopherhawk
Butt-kickin' madness.
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Follow your heart, not trends.
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30.09.2010 - 18:19
Kenos
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Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but imo Enslaved (right after Ulver) is Norway's finest band.
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01.10.2010 - 02:40
Rating: 9
3dd
One thing that I like in Enslaved, it's that they never get influenced by anything, they keep the roots, and in every album they release gets better and better. The riffs are outstanding and original, the epic feeling is present in every track. One of the best albums of the year, without any doubt.
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01.10.2010 - 03:14
J. N.
This album made me aroused.
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Demetrius: Villain, what hast thou done?
Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
- William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus: Act 4, Scene 2 (1593)
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04.10.2010 - 19:20
ivanhoe3
Like dant3x says.....they keep the roots.....! i strongly agree one of the best metal albumo of 2010
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05.10.2010 - 23:40
Rating: 9
Darkside Momo
Retired
Halfway through the third song, I can already say it's awesome. The perfect balance they always strived to attain. Now this one will be difficult to top!
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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06.10.2010 - 21:26
Rating: 9
In Bone Factory
Very good and one the best albums of Enslaved but still in lower position than Ruun and Isa
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a hammerhead goobrian
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06.10.2010 - 23:45
Rating: 10
bard
While I did enjoy the sterilized, generally more bleak feeling of Vertebrae, this album feels so damn refreshing! I've never heard Enslaved sound so optimistic, with such joyous clean vocals! I just love how classic bands like Enslaved can still manage to make music that sounds so alive.
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12.10.2010 - 20:41
ponderer
Saving comments for a proper review as requested by Enslaved fanboys.
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12.10.2010 - 22:00
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by ponderer on 12.10.2010 at 20:41

bullshit being forced down our throats

Why don't you expand on it a bit and submit it as an actual proper review?
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12.10.2010 - 22:41
ponderer
You haven't seen shit yet.
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12.10.2010 - 22:52
!J.O.O.E.!
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That's just too easy.
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13.10.2010 - 23:42
Reza
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At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!
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14.10.2010 - 00:06
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Guest on 13.10.2010 at 23:42

At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!

It was something like 60 a few days ago, and the score was at 9. Seems to have peaked.
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14.10.2010 - 01:23
Reza
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Written by Guest on 14.10.2010 at 00:06

Written by Guest on 13.10.2010 at 23:42

At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!

It was something like 60 a few days ago, and the score was at 9. Seems to have peaked.

Ohhh, IYO it's something special? (as compared to "Isa" and "Ruun")
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14.10.2010 - 05:56
Rating: 7
advent
Written by Guest on 13.10.2010 at 23:42

At present : " Top 200 albums of all time: 111 " ... IMO a bit overrated !!

That exactly what i thought, and it's the 1st in top albums 2010, which i think a bit overrated also !!!!
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14.10.2010 - 07:10
Zuzuz0r
All these comments just show how subjective can tastes and opinion be. Personally I really enjoyed this album a lot, and tbh I wasn't expecting too much, I mean, I like Enslaved a lot, but my thoughts about them releasing a new album were like "oh, new album, cool", so then I listened to it and I was blown. I wasn't expecting a mediocre/bad album or a godlike album, but I'm really satisfied with it.
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If this grand panorama before me is what you call God
Then God is not dead.
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