Enslaved - RIITIIR
Label: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Rami Al-jumaili - 2013-01-01
Highlights: Grutle Kjellson, RIITIIR
Im real huge fan of the music of black/folk such as borknagar and primodial and also the extreme progressive metal such as "ihsahn" , but I'v never imagined a band combining these blasting music together with very high level of controlling and creativity. The Norwegian black metal icon enslaved representing their 11th full-length album which I consider another enslaved evolution after a legendary folklore hall of fame albums such as "Eld" and "frost" , and as a fan of this spectacular progressive black/ viking music I consider it another epic album by enslaved.
The album start with aggressive riffs of the great opening song" thoughts like hammers" , then takes as to a next epic progressive song "death in the eyes of dawn" with the amazing melodic riffs and harsh/clean vocals with a touch of acoustic melodies to end this massive piece of music , then the album continues with "veilburner" which is not something new to enslaved fans , then we move to a major hit of the album "roots of the mountain" I was crazy about the clean vocals never thought that " Grutle Kjellson" would use such a technique , then comes the guitar solo in its great shape of melodies , the we move to the album titled song "RIITIIR" to be honest I thought this track is one of best in this album but it didn’t satisfy my enslaved taste though I liked the riffs and the guitar notes in the end of it , then another song "Materal" with another amazing clean vocal then a guitar solo , really great track , "storm of memories" satisfied my black metal addiction reminding me of the track "tides of tracks" , then the albums ends with a perfect progressive end "forsaken" with a gloomy piano intro to get to the dark music philosophy of enslaved , mixed up with some electric aw industrial elements to make it perfect.
This album is really a great evolution of enslaved music , the production is really great the whole sound is stable all along with the guitar sounds and the bass sound as I believe enslaved are professionals in such things , also the atmosphere of the keyboard is in really high level of great production and quality of music .