Enslaved - RIITIIR


8.4 | 670 votes |
Release date: 28 September 2012
Style: Progressive black metal

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Disc I
01. Thoughts Like Hammers
02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
03. Veilburner
04. Roots Of The Mountain
05. Riitiir
06. Materal
07. Storm Of Memories
08. Forsaken

Disc II [limited edition]
+ Behind The Veil

The best Progressive Metal album of 2012
Top 20 albums of 2012: 10

Line-up
Grutle Kjellson - vocals, bass
Herbrand Larsen - keyboards, vocals
Ivar Bjørnson Peersen - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Arve Isdal - guitars
Cato Bekkevold - drums

Session musicians
Iver Sandoy - additional bass pedals, effects, and percussion

Additional info
Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Herbrand Larsen & Iver Sandøy.
Mixed by Jens Bogren, mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios, Earshot & Conclave Studios, Peersonal Sound at Bergen, Norway 2011-2012. Engineered by Iver Sandøy, Herbrand Larsen, Ice Dale & Ivar Bjørnson.

Artwork by Truls Espedal.

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
Rating:
9.0
From Viking-tinged black metal band to progressive super-heavyweights, Enslaved have constantly evolved with each release. RIITIIR continues the path of progression as it tackles the near-impossible task of following on from their 2010 masterpiece.

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published 26.09.2012 | Comments (46)

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09.04.2014 - 22:17
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Let's take this convo to one of the black metal threads.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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09.04.2014 - 23:46
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Karlabos on 09.04.2014 at 22:14


Looking more on the internet it seems some of them are classified as "norsecore" o.O Never heard of that.

Norsecore is a derogatory term for blasty Marduk-esque black metal I think. But yeah, enough off topicness.
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22.04.2014 - 21:15
Rating: 9
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Am I the only one that wasn't totally blown away by Axioma Ethica Odini and thinks that this album is a bit better? Maybe the songwriting isn't as complex, but it certainly sounds more epic--which, the epic, almost mystical bits of Enslaved is what makes me like them so much.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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23.04.2014 - 03:38
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Jaeryd on 22.04.2014 at 21:15

Am I the only one that wasn't totally blown away by Axioma Ethica Odini and thinks that this album is a bit better? Maybe the songwriting isn't as complex, but it certainly sounds more epic--which, the epic, almost mystical bits of Enslaved is what makes me like them so much.


You're probably not the only one but I'm not in the same camp. I prever AEO to this. I get long-song fatigue listening to this album, especially in the second half of the album. First few songs are epic, though, as is "Roots of the Mountain".
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23.04.2014 - 19:47
Rating: 9
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.04.2014 at 03:38


You're probably not the only one but I'm not in the same camp. I prever AEO to this. I get long-song fatigue listening to this album, especially in the second half of the album. First few songs are epic, though, as is "Roots of the Mountain".


Oh. Well, I adore long songs, as long as they entertain me all the way through. And "Death in the Eyes of Dawn" is fantastic. I heard it live before I heard the album version, and it was nothing short of being absolutely captivating and enthralling. For a minute or two I could've sworn I was in another world. It was quite awesome.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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24.04.2014 - 08:56
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Jaeryd on 23.04.2014 at 19:47

And "Death in the Eyes of Dawn" is fantastic. I heard it live before I heard the album version, and it was nothing short of being absolutely captivating and enthralling. For a minute or two I could've sworn I was in another world. It was quite awesome.


They didn't play that song when I saw them in Sydney in November - it was one I really wanted to hear live. Still, their set was amazing and stands as the best live experience I've had.
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24.04.2014 - 21:10
Rating: 9
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by Ace Frawley on 24.04.2014 at 08:56

They didn't play that song when I saw them in Sydney in November - it was one I really wanted to hear live. Still, their set was amazing and stands as the best live experience I've had.


Yeah, Skeleton Witch and Amon Amarth was there, too. Amon Amarth got the better reaction from the crowd, but Enslaved was, BY FAR, the best band there. Their whole set was goddamn spectacular.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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19.01.2015 - 22:40
Rating: 8
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Definitely a grower. This album yet again creates something quite different from their others. A little more alternative, some hints of tool and the Portland atmospheric BM scene, but backed with far more expertise and understanding of songwriting. Not perfect, but the first half is excellent.
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10.03.2015 - 00:01
Rating: 9
Toxik
I'm not a Black Metal fan but this is just perfect. Really well balanced
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12.06.2015 - 06:53
Rating: 8
Maco
Written by Toxik on 10.03.2015 at 00:01

I'm not a Black Metal fan but this is just perfect. Really well balanced


If you really think that, you are gonna adore Axioma Ethica Odini.
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30.07.2015 - 02:04
Rating: 9
Toxik
Written by Maco on 12.06.2015 at 06:53

Written by Toxik on 10.03.2015 at 00:01

I'm not a Black Metal fan but this is just perfect. Really well balanced


If you really think that, you are gonna adore Axioma Ethica Odini.

I know people love it but for some reason i had never listen to it. I will check it
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20.09.2015 - 17:41
Rating: 9
musclassia
I'm slightly surprised this one and Vertebrae seem to have a bit of a downer reputation on here - I mean they're not quite as good as AEO, Isa and Below The Lights, but I think both albums are still pretty strong. This one does seem to be one of their more melodic albums, and I think it works well, so maybe that's why I like it more than some others do
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