After the celebration of their 25th aniversary last year, extreme/progressive metal band Enslaved have released their 14th album ‘E’. It contains 6 songs and 2 bonus tracks, the lineup includes Ivar Bjørnson (guitars, keyboards and backing vocals), Grutle Kjellson (Bass and vocals), Ice Dale (lead guitar), Cato Bekkevold (Drums/Percussion), Håkon Vinje (Keyboards and Clean vocals), and is an album where the band show how important nature is in our everyday life.
This band has always demonstrated their black metal roots since their beginning in the 90’s, but also let us see their extreme side. This album is no exception; Enslaved shows us so much creativity with some alien atmospheric touches in the songs. We listen to a revitalised newly inspired Enslaved, if you´re into progressive, black or death metal, well you should give this album a listen.
The album starts with a soft riff and nature sounds in the song ‘Storm Son’ (first single from this album), as Ivar Bjørnson said to Nuclear Blast “’Storm Son’ deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is. Everything we do and create are imitations of nature; as we evolved from nature,that is how it must be…” And this is easy to understand when you give a listen to the lyrics talking about how people try to be at one with nature.
Then it continues with ‘The River’s Mouth’ a powerful song from the start with deep guitars, follows on to one of my favourite from this album; ‘Sacred Horse’. A heavy and amazing song that starts with a brief relaxing intro, which gives way to some black and progressive touches with a synthesizer solo that will take you on a trip…. ‘Axis of the Worlds’ is a progressive song; with guitars that as in the whole album are full of power and harmonic scales. This gives an atmospheric sound, which continues with the natural essences of the album.
‘Feathers of Eohl’ is a song with great atmospheric and relaxing guitars; the lyrics are beautifully sung with clean vocals. The album draws to a close with ‘Hiindsiight’, to which we can enjoy guitars played in the black metal style. Complimented by deep growls and atmospheric touches throughout. The album includes 2 bonus track ‘Djupet’ and a cover of ‘What Else is There?’ original by Röyksopp a duo from Norway. Overall this is a pretty conceptual album completed with a lot of creativity, showing how the evolution of Enslaved continues.