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Band
Enslaved
Title
Riitiir
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2012
Style
Black
10/4/2012 2:13:57 PM - Review by: Greg Watson
Enslaved's latest release, Riitiir, follows in the bands avant garde black metal approach. There are hints of Opeth stylings on this album with traditional black metal elements also. The black metal vocals don't do much for me but overall the album is surprisingly intricate and well executed. The music is a combination of heavy, jazzy and folkish. The arrangements with strings and acoustic guitars combined with the clean vocals are really a breath of fresh air. The duality present presents an interesting element similar to good and evil. Definitely worth checking this one out.
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  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    4 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: ENSLAVED
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
E
2017
Nuclear Blast
Vinaya Saksena11/17/2017
4
In Times
2015
Nuclear Blast
Greg Watson3/13/2015
4
Riitiir
2012
Nuclear Blast
Greg Watson10/4/2012
4

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: ENSLAVED
INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
Grutle KjellsonEtiam12/14/2010

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