Enslaved’s much anticipated eleventh studio album ‘Axioma Ethica Odini’ is now ready to be shipped out with release dates set for Europe on Sep 27th and in North America on the following day.
Never faltering, Norway’s iconic Enslaved continue to exist as one of the most dependable components in extreme metal’s indestructible backbone. Possessing the reputation as one of the most riveting live acts in metal, they once again offer us talent of the highest calibre with a set of new songs, rightly doing justice to their signature extreme/black/Viking/progressive metal sound.
The first reviews of ‘Axioma Ethica Odini’ are in this week. Writes Norwegian daily Aftenposten: ’Probably this year’s strongest Norwegian metal album. Possibly one of the genre’s best albums of all time!’ The nation’s largest newspaper, VG, chimes in: ‘Melodically, ‘Axioma Ethica Odini’ is not as open as Enslaved three previous breakthrough albums, "Isa", "Ruun" and "Vertebrae", but it is extremely successful in its use of virtually seamless contrasts. Between aggressive extreme metal and heavy doom-passages. Between Grutle Kjellson’s raw black metal vocals and Herbrand Larsen's clean vocals. Between deep wisdom and warrior attitude.’
Enslaved was formed in 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson, and did their first demo 'Yggdrasill' in the summer of 1992. Enslaved released the legendary mini album 'Hordanes Land' in 1993 (this was released also as a split-CD with Emperor's s/t MLP). Enslaved's debut album "Vikingligr Veldi" came during the spring of 1994, while the historically successful second album 'Frost' was released already late 1994. 'Eld' in many ways marked the opening of a horizon-widening era for the band in 1997 – the following year saw the release of 'Blodhemn'; perhaps surprising some with its fury and blacker edges. 'Mardraum (Beyond the Within)' was released in 2000 and was followed with 'Monumension' in 2001; both albums garnering the band a long list of positive reviews for their 'no rules' approach to Extreme Metal. Many see an important, if not the most important milestone being 'Below the Lights' - where the progressive yet darker Enslaved emerged – released in 2003; it presented a potentt blend of power, tradition, progressive elements and dark Psychedelia. A new line-up was put together after the recording of 'Below the Lights'; introducing scene veteran Cato Bekkevold (Red Harvest founder), Ice Dale and Herbrand Larsen.
Enslaved’s new line-up released the album 'Isa' late 2004. The album put Enslaved at the very forefront of contemporary Extreme Metal; both as a recording and live artist. Enslaved received both the Norwegian Grammy and the independent Alarm Price for 'Isa', topping it off with the release of acclaimed live-DVD 'Return to Yggdrasill'. The critically acclaimed 'Ruun' was released in 2006, and received numerous great reviews from fans, magazines and websites worldwide. ‘Ruun’ was followed by the equally celebrated 'Vertebrae' which was recorded during the first months of 2008 – and later mixed by Evil Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age).
‘Axioma Ethica Odini’ is released through Nuclear Blast in Europe on Sep 27th and in North America on Sep 28th.
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