This is a review of another recording f rom Enslaved that shows them going into more of a progressive black metal direction with the both ep's "The Sleeping Gods" and Thorn" which where originally being released in 2011 and will be re-issued in November by Norse Music.
Melodic guitar leads and heavy riffs start off the album along with some clean singing vocals a few seconds later and atmospheric synths can also be heard in the music at times and after awhile grim black metal screams make their presence known on the recording and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and some of the old school Norwegian black metal style returns while the main focus is more on a modern and progressive sound and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the compilation progresses the music starts getting more experimental.
Spoken word parts can also being used briefly on a couple of the tracks and one of the songs is all instrumental and clean guitars can also be heard at times and when acoustic guitars are utilized it adds in a touch of folk music and all of the songs sound different from each other while one song also shows the black metal screams getting more high pitched.
With both of these ep's Enslaved went for more of a progressive direction while still mixing in their black metal roots to give the songs more of a heavy edge, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian and English and cover Norse Mythology and the esoteric side of runes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding compilation from Enslaved and if you are a fan of progressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Synthesis" and "Disintegrater". 8 out of 10.