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Released: 2001, Osmose Productions
Reviewer: El Cid
Here’s Enslaved’s new offering, and I must that after MARDRAUM it has some mighty big shoes to fill!
Enslaved is a band that has never stopped evolving, every album they put out offers something new, some new musical experiment that never fails to seize me as the work of a genius. Thus, their constant experimentation has become somewhat of a trademark for the band, meaning that you can’t expect 2 albums to be alike, which some would say is good, some would say it’s bad and some will just wait and judge step by step.
Despite their constant experimentation and development, Enslaved has never drifted away from their Black Metal roots, although it must be said that MONUMENSION holds a closer resemblance to Death Metal than anything else they did before. The most notable change has occurred in the voice department, where the Black Metal shrieking has been aptly replaced by snarling and growling (not unlike Carcass). Also the guitar riffs are much more structured now, bringing the sensation of much tighter song writing than before. They even could be compared to Gothenburg like guitars (around 95 or 97) especially on the track “The Voices” which starts off with a Gothenburg riff (there’s no other way to describe it) and some Heavy Metal sounding riffs further into the song.
In all, the entire album is a huge experiment in the development of their sound and it is highly recommended listening since it never ceases to please the listener. I do hope Enslaved keep up the good work, because so far they haven’t put out anything that has been short of mind blowing in my books!
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