Enslaved - RIITIIR


8.4 | 669 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: 11

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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25.04.2012 - 19:34
Rating: 9
strade
Is this true?
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My lo-fi synth project: http://luciddreamer.bandcamp.com
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25.04.2012 - 19:46
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by strade on 25.04.2012 at 19:34
Is this true?

Added by Azoic... so I'm assuming he's got a Facebook source or something similar.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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25.04.2012 - 19:57
Rating: 8
Czerny Reiter
*Instant extraneously bulging boner*
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25.04.2012 - 19:58
J. N.
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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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25.04.2012 - 22:23
Rating: 7
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
I don't think they'd be coming out with a new one so recently after Axioma Ethica Odini... but if they are, BRING IT ON!!!
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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26.04.2012 - 06:37
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Apothecary on 25.04.2012 at 22:23

I don't think they'd be coming out with a new one so recently after Axioma Ethica Odini... but if they are, BRING IT ON!!!


Well, they said they did, so they did.
And it wasn't so recent, they even released two EP's in the middle.
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26.04.2012 - 07:45
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
If they can drop this album better than "Axioma Ethica Odini" I surely pick the CD from stores and will flaunt about it.
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26.04.2012 - 09:22
Rating: 9
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Apothecary on 25.04.2012 at 22:23

I don't think they'd be coming out with a new one so recently after Axioma Ethica Odini... but if they are, BRING IT ON!!!


Axioma was released in 2010, it's 2012, so 2 years. Their usual pace is exactly like this, so no surprise here.
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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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13.05.2012 - 16:10
BlueMobius
Account deleted
If you want to hear about a minute of a new Enslaved track, check out this interview. You will have to scroll down through the article as the song clip is embedded about two interview questions below the photo of the guy sitting at the computer.

From what I can tell, it sounds like a lot of the proggy elements are being brought back.
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30.05.2012 - 08:56
Night Sight
Really excititing to here that
waiting for another strong release like axioma
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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24.08.2012 - 06:57
Fredd
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08.09.2012 - 15:55
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
Written by Guest on 24.08.2012 at 06:57




I've heard this song so many times already, and it never seems to get boring.
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27.09.2012 - 19:33
Fredd
Account deleted
It was Axioma Ethica Odini that got me into this band, and this is just as good. I'm much pleased.
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28.09.2012 - 00:37
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Not on the same level as Axioma Ethica Odini, or Isa.... or Ruun... but a great album nontheless
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28.09.2012 - 02:44
Rating: 8
God Alone
Absolutely wonderful. Maybe I even like it more than Axioma, which was already superb.
12 albums, 20 years of music, and Enslaved still can't do anything wrong... Hats off.
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28.09.2012 - 03:50
Rating: 9
Nightfall
I can't believe I have ignored this band for so long...
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28.09.2012 - 18:49
Rating: 7
Hallford9000
Still don't know whether i'll give this a 9 or a 10, I guess I should wait for maybe 2 years to decide
Ok, now it sounds to me like a collection of riffs, rather than a collection of songs...
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28.09.2012 - 19:35
Rating: 7
Rulatore
Dont. get. the. hype
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28.09.2012 - 22:08
Rating: 9
PocketMetal
Written by Guest on 27.09.2012 at 19:33

It was Axioma Ethica Odini that got me into this band, and this is just as good. I'm much pleased.


same here .
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29.09.2012 - 04:59
Rating: 10
hadriel
After a first listen I loved it, but not as much as Vertebrae or Axioma...

By the end of my 2nd listen I loved this album even more, and I honestly don't even know how it ranks among my top releases from them.

Enslaved just continues to impress over and over again, this album is so damn beautifully crafted. mind continues to be blown by the material from these guys.
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29.09.2012 - 06:21
Rating: 10
The Galactican
I really loved Axioma, but after a few listens I think this is better. Hot damn.
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29.09.2012 - 15:34
Rating: 10
lord artan
Great album....
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29.09.2012 - 18:39
Rating: 9
PocketMetal
I love those catchy clean vocals with awesome guitar in the back ground ... you don't need to slow down to use clean vocals
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29.09.2012 - 18:44
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
Very good! It's clearly more progressive than AEO and tests the listener but it's worth it. Only the last couple of tracks are a little weaker.

I also suspect "Materal" is a typo, I clearly hear them sing 'maternal' in the actual song, and I don't think it's even an English word in the current form But since the official tracklist seems to be this way we of course need confirmation.
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29.09.2012 - 20:13
Rating: 10
Opethshed
I am glad to see Be'lakor may have the chance to no longer be in the top position of 2012
And, besides Enslaved, i am looking forward to the upcoming release, like Wintersun or Cynic
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29.09.2012 - 21:44
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
Astounding album, here's what I had to say:

http://sputnikmusic.com/review/52193/Enslaved-RIITIIR/
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29.09.2012 - 22:23
Night Sight
More i listen more i enjoy it .enslaved never disappoint
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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29.09.2012 - 23:46
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
Written by Risto on 29.09.2012 at 18:44

Very good! It's clearly more progressive than AEO and tests the listener but it's worth it. Only the last couple of tracks are a little weaker.

I also suspect "Materal" is a typo, I clearly hear them sing 'maternal' in the actual song, and I don't think it's even an English word in the current form But since the official tracklist seems to be this way we of course need confirmation.


I actually think 'Forsaken' is one of the highlights of the album. Also 'Materal' as far as I know is the right spelling.
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30.09.2012 - 23:00
Rating: 10
Korah
Just wonderful, Thoughts Like Hammers is simply the best song of Enslaved!
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Don't cry for my English
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01.10.2012 - 10:44
Paz
News Man
Everything has been said...

I would add only that my favorite track's "Roots Of The Mountain". Damn even for a moment I hear Negură Bunget here
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