Norway's Enslaved have returned with their first official live recording that focuses mostly on their newer material and this is a review of their 2017 album "Roadburn Live" which will be released in May as a joint effort between Roadburn Music and By Norse Music.
Audience feedback along with some heavy guitar riffing starts off the album along with some clean vocals a few seconds later and after awhile grim black metal screams start to make their presence known and keyboards are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the songs.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
At times the music can get very progressive and clean playing along with acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music a more raw black metal feeling and the songs also bring in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and they close the album with a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song".
Enslaved plays mostly their newer material on this recording which is mostly done in a more progressive style of black metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Norse Mythology, Vikings, Nature and Spirituality themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Enslaved and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Death In The Eyes Of Dawn" "Convoys To Nothingness" and "Immigrant Song". 8 out of 10.
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