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  • Enslaved has truly done it again. There are influences here from nearly every style of metal (read: Metal, not the s**t on the radio) in history, and plenty of innovation and technical mastery to propel this album into history.

    The “tr00″ and “kvlt” crowd is going to hate this. But then again, Isa is not for you – go listen to Det Som Engang Var, on repeat, for the rest of your life, since that’s exactly what all the cookie-cutter “kvlt” bands are trying to sound like anyway.

    For people who are ready to step out of 1994, Enslaved has crafted here for you an epic slab of forward-thinking metal that holds to its roots yet reaches out in several different directions, all without ever feeling stale or sacrificing their trademark songwriting excellence.

    Just make sure you give it several listens before you try to sort it out in your head – it may sound a little more accessible than their prior work, but it’s also more complex than any of their albums to date.

    Posted on February 7, 2010