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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.06 | 88 ratings

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4 stars Enslaved continues on the way they paved with the former release with the same level of sophistication.

The first track "Convoy to nothingness" has a bleak starting motive and crushing vocals/riffing. You can argue that it's closer to death metal than black metal. The bleak motive is repeated in a very slow, hypnotic, with Mellotron/Moog - this is as close to prog rock as it can be. "The voices" has a mourning motive, one of the mellowest songs that Enslaved produced up to that point. "Hollow inside" has a beautiful solemn Hammond, clean vocals and belongs to the progressive retro-metal songs.

Progressive riffing, complex vocals (clean + shrieks) and all possible Enslaved styles combined are featured in the flag ship "The Cromlech Gate". I like the "shaking' guitar sound. "Enemy" has a perfect sophisticated drum pattern and a mischievous prophetic vocal. "Smirr" is a burning intensive black/death progressive number, oh did you notice mellotron in it?

The epic "The Sleep: Floating Diversity - A Monument Part III" might be the closer not to progressive rock/metal so far by Enslaved, very memorable and sophisticated. "Sigmundkvadet" is a surprising end and choice - pure Viking clean vocals sung in Norwegian.

A great album.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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