Release date: 8 March 2013
Style: Progressive death metal


8.4 | 254 votes


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18 want it

01. Against The Grain
02. Image Of Time
03. Southern Shores
04. Hymne Til Havet (A Hymn To The Sea)
05. Culmination Of The Enigma
06. Times Of Yore
07. Rise Against
08. To The Core
09. Floating On The Murmuring Tide

Lyrics (8)

Johnar Haaland - guitar, vocals
Kristian Wikstøl - bass, vocals
Andreas Frigstad - vocals
Stig Reinhardtsen - drums
Sindre Nedland - vocals
Kjetil D. Pedersen - guitar

Guest musicians
Cornelius Jakhelln - poetry recital
Lars Are "Lazare" Nedland - vocals
Simen Høgdal Pedersen - vocals

Session musicians
Audun Barsten Johnsen - hammond
Charlotte Winsvold - trumpet
Ingvild Anette Strønen Kaare - violin
Jan Ragnar Storheim - cello
Åge Jan Barlund - trombone
Line Falkenberg - saxophone

Additional info
Mixed by Jens Bogren and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden.
Recorded at Strand Studio in September-December 2012.
Engineered by Marius Strand.
Produced by In Vain and Marius Strand.
Vocals by Kristian Wikstøl recorded by Simen H. Pedersen at Bombroom Studios.
Cover illustrations and design by Robert Høyem.

Release dates:
March 8th: Norway
March 11th: Europe
March 15th: Germany and Austria

Staff review by

True to its name the latest release from Norway's In Vain has puzzling layers for you to consider. At its surface it might give the impression that it is simplistic in its richly melodic approach, as it carries the listener along with ease. Yet there is something which lies beneath which speaks of ambitious scope. A strong progressive undercurrent is at work which keeps Ænigma's accessibility afloat.

published 13.03.2013 | Comments (20)

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LeKiwi - 24.01.2013 at 13:09  
Rating: 9 Amazing, can't wait
Astarot - 05.03.2013 at 23:17  
  охуенно, заебись.
Fallen Ghost - 07.03.2013 at 23:59  
Rating: 9 This album is a BEAST! Man, I love it!
LeKiwi - 11.03.2013 at 23:05  
Rating: 9 Some of the vocals on tracks such as Image of Time resemble that of one of Bokrnagar's vocalists, great album so far \m/
Kjtil - 15.03.2013 at 16:58  
Rating: 9 I'm liking it way more than Mantra.
Skøllgrim - 16.03.2013 at 00:11  
Written by LeKiwi on 11.03.2013 at 23:05

Some of the vocals on tracks such as Image of Time resemble that of one of Bokrnagar's vocalists, great album so far \m/

Actually Lazare who'se the keyboardist in Borknagar (and usually have some vocal lines / songs he sings) is doing guest vocals on this record too, in Image of Time for instance.
Also Lazare's Solefald bandmate Cornelius Jakhelln is also doing some guest vocals... and I'm a pretty big Solefald fan, so that's great for me at least
I'm liking this record, even though it's not really my style, let's see how well it stands the test of time, I've been digging it three days straight at least.
Kass - 18.03.2013 at 03:19  
Rating: 8 Good stuff, me like.
SceneryOfLoss - 18.03.2013 at 22:56  
Rating: 8 Good stuff, yet far from the awesomeness from "The Latter Rain" and "Mantra". Maybe with more listens it'll get better.
Fallen Ghost - 19.03.2013 at 10:14  
Rating: 9 I don't even like the two other albums, so this really surprised me
quisableed - 21.03.2013 at 17:17  
  I didn't know this band, i listen the album once and now i'm getting the discography
doom777 - 24.03.2013 at 18:33  
Rating: 7 Mantra is way better than this!
Saeed_P - 27.03.2013 at 20:35  
  Wow. such an amazing vocals , progression, melodies and riffs i love it
beyondtehdarksun - 03.04.2013 at 08:17  
Rating: 9 Highly impressive. Album of the year to me so far.
ArianUndead - 04.04.2013 at 23:39  
Rating: 9 I can't believe people saying that Mantra is better than this! Ænigma is better than The Latter Rain and much better than Mantra.
Daecadance - 09.04.2013 at 20:48  
  Somebody got the album's lyrics?
MechanisT - 06.05.2013 at 01:22  
  Slightly overrated, judging from what I heard.
TheBloodyNine - 05.06.2013 at 07:32  
Rating: 9 I love this album. My favorite release of the year so far. We'll see if Summoning can knock it off the top of the heap. I give it a 9.
ProgVet - 29.06.2013 at 04:47  
Rating: 9 This album kills. Reminds me a lot of In Mourning and a little bit of Be'lakor. Subtly complex.
Thornae - 28.12.2013 at 04:40  
  Awesome sounds! I can't stop listening to this release. Their musical evolution from "The Latter Rain" is noticeable very well!
errorcode99 - 03.02.2014 at 20:46  
Rating: 8 This album confuses me so much!!! the first 5 tracks are glorious, times of yore is completely out of place, and the three last tracks are ok. i'd give it a 9 but the second half of the album just sounds like filler to me :/ so much potential
_deepblack - 15.02.2014 at 11:22  
Rating: 10 The real progressive death its fucking great
NocturnalStalker - 10.03.2014 at 17:19  
Rating: 9 Another great album from one of the bands I love.
skydancer - 05.08.2014 at 14:03  
Rating: 10 Amazing! Does anyone happen to have a translation of Hymne til Havet? Would be much appreciated.
Dr. Strawberry - 20.08.2014 at 19:25  
Rating: 9 Perfect !
NoxStorM - 21.11.2016 at 11:48  
Rating: 9 Perfect ... perfect .. perfect

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