Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: 28.09.2012.
Grade: 7/10

“RIITIIR” is the newest release of Norwegian Enslaved. This is their 12th album in already noticeable career. Namely, this band exist for more than 20 years but still there are no traces of slowing down so they still bring us mystic sounds of faraway and cold Scandinavia and this release came under the label of Nuclear Blast.

For those who aren’t too familiar with this band, Enslaved is playing the combination of extreme/black/Viking/progressive metal. Some people consider them as founders and main developers of new sub-genre: Viking metal. The main theme of their songs is Nordic mythology what actually isn’t surprise if we consider their origin and music style. Enslaved are: Grutle Kjellso (vocals & bass), Ivar Bjørnson (guitar & keyboards), Ice Dale (guitar), Herbrand Larsen (keyboards & vocals) and Cato Bekkevold (drums).

The opening song is ”Thoughts Like Hammers” that represent the sound we can expect on the album. The alternation of growl and clean vocals, very interesting riffs (you can hear strong progressive influence) and the feeling of the song gives us extremely good into and one of the best songs on the album. ”Death In The Eyes Of Dawn” continue in the same tempo and feeling of the first song and I need to mention that the chorus sounds easily too good and it left special impression on me. The next song ”Veilburner” continues the same way and it sounds ok by following the ”pattern” of the first two songs so I wouldn’t underline anything else. ”Roots To The Mountain” is beside ”Thoughts Like Hammers” one of the best songs on the album. Heavy intro leaded by growl that suddenly stop and continue in a slower tempo with clean vocals sound great and the rest of the song is perfect as it is full of interesting riffs. There is nothing special to say about ”RIITIIR” unfortunately as it is in my opinion with ”Veilburner” one of not too good songs on the album, comparing it to the rest of the album. ”Materal” is the song for which I cannot tell is it good or bad, it has interesting riffs, mid-tempo and if I compare it to other songs on the album it’s average. After the intro I couldn’t deal with no matter how I tried ”Storm Of Memories” is becoming very interesting with combination of growl and clean parts what makes this song very dynamic and good. In the end we have ”Forsaken” that very nicely encompass the album and put the dot in the end.

All in all, this is very interesting album of Norwegian veterans that is definitely worth of your attention and listening for its interesting sound and some special, Nordic, feeling.

Tracklisting:
Thoughts Like Hammers
Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
Veilburner
Roots Of The Mountain
RIITIIR
Materal
Storm Of Memories
Forsaken

Review: Krešimir Kliček