(9/10) This Enslaved release is new and old - all in one. "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" features seven songs that are from from 2010/2011. The tunes have been released earlier via two extremely limited EP's, a period between “Axioma Ethica Odini” and “Riitiir”.

"Heimvegen", the opener, starts melodic and reminds more of classic rock, something that changes after a while when the tune move towards an blackened piece of music, mainly driven by some evil vocals of Grutle Kjellson. Talking about the vocals, the lyrics are partly in English, Norwegian and Old Norse which emphasizes the the theme of mythology and the esoteric side of runes.

The most brutal song is Alu Misyrki" which stand for five minutes of dark Norwegian black metal. The counterpart comes next. "Synthesis" is a dark instrumental that spreads, with all the electronica, a gothic vibe and eerie vibe with some spoken words that intensify this atmosphere even more.

"The Sleeping Gods" has with its drum beat has almost a Norse folk expression before Enslaved drifts again away  in gloomy spheres with "Disintegrator".

"The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" is a realease that bridges the waiting time till a new Enslaved album hits the shelfs. It contains excellent songs of a band that combines black metal with progressive song structures and a lot of atmosphere. This longplayer is the soundtrack for dark November days.





  1. Heimvegen
  2. Alu Misyrki
  3. Synthesis
  4. Nordlys
  5. The Sleeping Gods
  6. Disinegrator
  7. Stiker


Label: By Norse Music

Genre: Progressive Black Metal

Release Date EU: November 11th, 2016

CD review ENSLAVED "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn"
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