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MARDRAUM: BEYOND THE WITHIN

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Studio Album, released in 2000

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1. Stшrre enn Tid - Tyngre enn Natt (10:07)
2. Daudningekvida (3:31)
3. Entrance - Escape (7:42)
4. Ormgard (5:29)
5. Жges Draum (4:43)
6. Mardraum 03:40
7. Det Endelege Riket (5:19)
8. Ormagard II: Kvalt i Kysk Hшgsong (3:44)
9. Krigaren eg Ikkje Kjende (6:32)
10. Stjerneheimen (5:47)
11. Frшyas Smykke (1:52)

Total Time: 58:26

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Line-up / Musicians

- Grutle Kjellson / bass, vocals
- Ivar Bjшrnson / guitars, keyboards
- Roy Kronheim / guitars
- Dirge Rep / drums

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CD Osmose Production (October 2000)

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Mardraum: Beyond the Within" is the 5th full-length studio album by Norwegian black metal act Enslaved. The album was released in 2000 through Osmose Productions.

The music on the album marks a slight transition in sound for Enslaved. While the basis in the music is still black metal/ blackened thrash (it┤s very obvious that Enslaved are influenced by eighties thrash metal acts like Possessed, Celtic Frost and Kreator), progressive rock elements have begun to sneak into the music. The best examples are "Entrance - Escape", "Fr°yas Smykke" and the 10:07 minutes long opening song "St°rre enn tid - Tyngre enn Natt". The latter is definitely the highlight of the album to me. Don┤t expect a lot of progressive ideas though this is still first and foremost a black metal album. The vocals are pre-dominantly delivered in raspy and harsh black metal style but there are also clean vocals in a couple of the songs.

The musicianship is excellent. Tight playing and great harsh and clean vocals. Note that there are guitar solos on the album as well. Something that is not as dominant on earlier recordings by Enslaved. And great solos too I might add.

The production is strong and well sounding. It┤s actually the first Enslaved album where it is apparent that they employ a bassist.

"Mardraum: Beyond the Within" is the first Enslaved album where I begin to understand what the band are capable of. I enjoyed both "Eld (1997)" and "Blodhemn (1998)" greatly but with "Mardraum: Beyond the Within" the band bring just enough new elements into their sound to really intrigue me. A 3.5 star rating is deserved.

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Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Review by Bonnek
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4 stars Mardraum is the first Enslaved album of the new decade. In a way it is their most essential one as it bridges their black metal fury of the 90's with the progressive directions they would take in the 00's. The sound is still raw but the production is sharp, clear and heavy. The music has opened up compared to Blodhemn. There's more room for dark atmospherics and progressive riffs.

Mardraum is breathtaking, stunning, shocking, evil, ice-cold, morbid, ultra-aggressive, dissonant, possessed, insane, evil, satanic, primal and yet it's also full of stunning riffs, chilling melodies, rhythm, icy screams, growls and chants.The exceptional qualities are maintained through all songs. Maybe one or two could have been left off to make an even more devastating impact. This is very extreme music of course and not easy to get into, but if you can stomach it, you might be overawed by it.

This would be my favourite Enslaved album next to Isa, which is a bit more streamlined and digestible. Still, I would dare to call Mardraum the best extreme metal album ever. To compare it to classical music is maybe a bit of a stretch but this is as disturbing as the Sacre Du Printemps was almost a century ago. A worship of all things pagan, violent, untamed and hedonistic. 4.5 stars

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Posted Sunday, September 06, 2009

Review by The T
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2 stars For me, ENSLAVED's Mardraum honors its title, becoming a nightmare after just a few listens.

I enjoy black metal, a lot. I enjoyed ENSLAVED's most recent albums, fully progressive-black- metal records. I even liked ENSLAVED's first, Vikingligr Veldi, and the second, Frost. It's actually how far removed this album is from the black metal sound of the band's past what I can't manage to enjoy. The band started to develop into something more after Frost, something different, and we all know that work has rendered great fruits in the Norwegian's most recent records. But I think Mardraum was a slight bump in an otherwise smooth road to musical brilliance.

Mardraum avoids atmosphere and darkness and casts aside typical black elements like nostalgia and tremolo riffs and adopts a more death/thrash metal-oriented style more in the vein of 80's bands like KREATOR. The problem is, the music sounds uninspired, lacking in ideas. The band sounds like a hybrid between those 80's bands and more noisecore-oriented black metal artists like MARDUK. But while the Swedish manage to make their music attractive even amidst all the violence and noise, the Norwegian fail completely, delivering an endless procession of uninteresting riffs with little subtlety, atmosphere, or any hint of progressiveness.

ENSLAVED has never been a band that shines in violence. They shine in creating more atmospheric, epic black metal with progressive tendencies. This is proven here in MARDRAUM, an album that even lacks that semi-epic factor that informed most of the band's viking-metal's past.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Mardraum: Beyond The Within' - Enslaved (7/10)

Journeying through Enslaved's discography, it is rather remarkable how much they were able to change their sound, without changing their genre. Black metal has always been the root and heart of what these Norwegian metallers are all about, but as the albums went by, Enslaved went through several incarnations. 'Mardraum' of the most pivotal albums in Enslaved's development from a more primitive black or viking metal act to the progressive metal powerhouse they are today. After two fairly bland albums with 'Eld' and 'Blodhemn', I was beginning to tire of the fairly underwhelming viking metal that Enslaved was doing after their excellent first and second albums, which had been more black metal oriented. While this album lacks the polish or refinement of the band's later work, 'Mardraum' would see Enslaved experimenting quite a bit with their sound, and set the stage for their later, more progressive material.

'Mardraum: Beyond The Within' opens with almost an overture of sorts; 'Stшrre enn Tid - Tyngre enn Natt' goes through a number of different ideas and sounds before the vocals are even itnroduced. From the opening minutes of this album, the listener is introduced to everything this album has to offer; heavy moments of blackened thrash metal, ambiance, quasi-psychedelic soft moments and plenty of atmosphere to go around. The vocals eventually come into the music, but as opposed to the raspy snarl I may have been expecting after hearing some very heavy opening riffs on the album, there are clean vocals, sung in the band's native Norwegian. The clean singing of Grutle Kjellson is fairly rough here, and works better as a chanting drone, rather than a voice that can hold much of a melody. Luckily, Enslaved appears to be aware of this and rarely uses the clean vocals for anything other than to give some added feeling of Scandinavian folk to their sound, amounting usually to a monotone delivery that does not harm the sound, but also never feels much in the way of passion.

The album is rough as I've said, a little long for its own good, and fairly inconsistent, but these are all byproducts of the album's sheer ambition. There are elements of so much here, and that really makes 'Mardraum' one of the more relevant albums in the band's discography. Hearing a primitive collision of 60's psychedelia and black metal here is great, and Enslaved helped to lay the foundation for a wider range of progressive black metal with this album. It is rough around the edges, but it is diverse, heavy, and full of surprises.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Enslaved's debut album included some comparatively fancy progressive influences for black metal of its era, but their second album (Frost) took a turn back towards more straight-ahead black metal inspired by the model for Viking metal put forth by Bathory, and their next two ploughed ahead in that vein. Mardraum, by contrast, sees that progressive influence return to their music.

In turning away from a "pure" black metal approach, Enslaved bring up to date the approach of their debut album, with its curious blend of harsh and relaxing musical elements, and also takes into account both recent advances in technical black metal and in the band's own mastery of the studio. No longer feeling the need to take a particularly lo-fi or "kvlt" approach to producing black metal, the band simply take their mystical Viking metal approach in their own direction without asking for or requiring the approval of any particular metal scene.

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5 stars It's a mystery that Enslaved is not more recognised in progressive rock circles. Growing a steady fan base among metalheads, Enslaved has only gained a small foothold among progressive rock listeneners. They deserve better. I mean the band is right up there - in quality - with Opeth. Not that these ... (read more)

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