Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

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Black Metal, Progressive
Nuclear Blast Records
Enslaved
Axioma Ethica Odini
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini Review rating:
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Whoever said black metal was dying/dead must be committed. While Panopticon and Agalloch have produces masterpieces in the past two years Enslaved have consciously pumped their fluid into the scene keeping its steady heart beating. Surely Agalloch is the most promising metal band of the new decade, but we mustn’t forget the most important to arise and transcend the black metal barriers. Enslaved cement their wealth with Axioma Ethica Odini complete with mild interpretations on death metal and power metal (a now forgotten voyage, thankfully), and though utilized, it’s the alluring fury of black metal’s prowess that makes Enslaved latest effort so endearing. With each release Enslaved’s found ways to progress while retaining subtle hints of past resemblances a trait most bands would sell limbs for and Enslaved flourish the ability with ease. Beautifully and near perfect, for a third time in their prolific career Enslaved prove their dynamism, again.

The beauty of Axioma Ethica Odini is its ability to displace itself amongst the genre it’s helped expand. Yes, it’s black metal to its core but most metal heads reeling for a taste of the extreme sub-genre could, and will, find comfort in its melody ridden hate. Hardly a fault, Axioma Ethica Odini is punishing; rare are the chances to breathe. Like swimming in a monsoon, gasping for air brings the tyrannical rains from above with no comfort found in the ravishing waves below. Most enthusiasts wouldn’t have it any other way. They’ll take their guitars with flare and drums heaped in blast beats. So be it, the first half of Axioma Ethica Odini showcases Enslaved’s thrash side elevating intense speeds both riff wise and drum fill galore. However don’t feel subdued with the opening minutes just yet as the unpredicted sets the standard for the affair.

As soon as “Axiom” severs the groove lamented by the first four tracks Enslave weave a thick intoxicating doom atmosphere. It’s here the album takes shape, ironically by breaking its almost predictable mold. While keeping similar aesthetics the band meld a ferocious intensity behind a savvy need of ambiance. Albeit, this formula is all too familiar for the genre, it’s never been done this beautifully before; so few songs have presented a terror and grace collision like “Giants”.

The body of work here is stunning; both aurally and intrinsically. To think Enslaved have been pumping these mammoths for almost two decades is feat all by itself, but when taken into account that over a third of their discography would be magnum opus’ for other acts speaks to the veracity of this album and their career. The biggest accomplishment here is that Axioma Ethica Odini alone does not eclipse that of their past works; however, it greatly enhances the black metal regime and thus treads a new tier other forerunners of the genre must elongate. A sign of good things to come has been bestowed with this vehement breath air.

1. Ethica Odini
2. Raidho
3. Waruun
4. The Beacon
5. Axioma
6. Giants
7. Singular
8. Night Sight
9. Lightening

Enslaved is a metal band from Bergen, Norway. Their style has changed over the years. Originally being an old-school black metal/viking metal act, they now perform a more experimental and progressive form of black metal. The name was inspired by an Immortal demo track, Enslaved in Rot.

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