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Friday, December 30, 2011

Enslaved/Frost/Osmose Productions/1994 CD Review

  Enslaved are a band from Norway that played a very raw and primitive form of atmospheric viking/black metal with this release and this is a review of their classic 1994 album "Frost" which was released by Osmose Productions.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times as well as some percussion work, while the keyboards bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the music mixed in with some electronics and pagan sounding mouth harps, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding at times while still utilizing a  lot of skill and melody as well as some influences from other forms of metal while the lead guitars which are only utilized rarely have a very raw and primitive sound to the guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to enhance the darkness and atmosphere of the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with a small amount of spoken word parts, clean singing and viking chants, while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover Asataru and Norse Paganism themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.

In my opinion this was the greatest album that Enslaved has put out and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Loke" "Yggdrasil" "Jotunblod" and "Wotan". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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