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Album Review

Vertebrae offers further proof that Enslaved have found their groove as a post-black metal proposition: content to carry on testing the boundaries of their relatively exclusive and self-ordained domain, where progressive and psychedelic influences find unlikely sympathy with the extreme musical foundations of yesteryear (which, to the group's immense credit, have not been summarily abandoned). However, at first it seems that Vertebrae will be something of a stylistic holding pattern in relation to acclaimed predecessors Ruun and Isa (even retaining the same exact lineup, for a change), before eventually revealing itself, over prolonged exposure, to indulge in just as much experimentation. In broad terms, this means that the recurring dynamic contrasts between sheer violence and exquisite splendor still account for most of the thrills delivered by these multifaceted and frequently unpredictable songs. But, more specifically, those experiments yield numerous creative breakthroughs, such as the flashes of Pink Floyd worship on "Ground," the jazz-inflected solos found in "Reflection," and the art rock minimalism (à la Tool) heard on "Center," to name but a few. Meanwhile, Vertebrae probably contains an even higher percentage of — and greater comfort with — clean vocals on the part of frontman Grutle Kjellson, whose voice is often layered to dense harmonies with those of his bandmates, to wonderful effect. Moreover, Kjellson's lyrical collaborations with the group's guitarist and primary songwriter, Ivar Bjørnson, frequently achieve unprecedented heights of inspiration and clarity on tracks like "Clouds," "Reflection" (again), and the surprisingly optimistic "New Dawn," where existential philosophy and blood-drenched mythology commingle as effortlessly as the aforementioned musical elements (i.e., Viking metal purists will not feel shortchanged). And for all of these reasons, Enslaved continue to represent the absolute evolutionary cutting edge of extreme metal, delivering in Vertebrae yet another spectacle of imagination and quality control, matched only by Sweden's equally consistent Opeth.

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Whether you want to classify them as black metal, progressive or experimental, Enslaved create a vortex of sound that is sure to take you into another dimension. Their latest release, Vertebrae, displays elements of their past and present sound to date. This band creates music with extreme intensity, though the music engages the listener at all times. The album opener, ‘Clouds’ is exciting; already indicating how phenomenal the rest of the album will be. Grutle Kjellson’s rasping black metal vocals overlap the beautiful soft sound of Herbrand Larsen on backing vox. Songs ‘To The Coast’ and ‘Ground’ are very heavy with elements of prog that flow and build. ‘Vertebrae’, the title track, takes us on an epic journey through sound and space surrounded by the band’s haunting aura. The most profound track on the album, by far, is ‘New Dawn’ which includes a sample of every sound that Enslaved has ever created. With solid drums and a chorus that chants, “A new dawn rises, out from the shadows”, ‘New Dawn’ is sure to become the most widely played track. ‘The Watcher’ closes Vertebrae leaving the listener content; incorporating every ounce of passion it takes to make this music. Overall, Enslaved have captured true beauty, intensity and bliss throughout the entire album. With fantastic instrumentation and deep lyrics Enslaved never cease to impress. Like a vertebra, Enslaved connect us to music. This is ‘thinking-man’s’ metal.

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Formed: 1991 in Bergen, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Norwegian black metal band Enslaved were formed in 1991 by guitarist/keyboardist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist Grutle Kjellson; a demo titled Yggdrstll followed a year later. The group's official albums during the '90s included 1994's Frost, 1997's Eld, and 1999's Blodhemn. In fall 2000, the band issued Mardraum, and continued over the following decades with the full-lengths Monumension (2001), Below the Lights (2003), Isa (2004), Ruun (2006), Vertebrae (2008), Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), and RIITIIR...
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