Album Review: Enslaved – Heimdal (Nuclear Blast Records)

By: Jesse Striewski

For whatever reason, Enslaved are another one of those many bands out there I’ve always known “of,” but never really got all that “in” to. But after spinning their latest full-length, Heimdal (named after the figure from Nordic mythology), it was clearly not due to lack of talent.

A dramatic build-up leads the charge to an album opener fit for a viking in the form of “Behind the Mirror.” From then on listeners are served more epic tales ranging from the five to eight minute mark, with titles such as “Forest Dweller,” “The Eternal Sea,” and “Caravans to the Outer World,” each admirable in their own respective ways.

As far as extreme metal goes, there is definitely a place for bands like Enslaved, though their niche style and sound is somewhat limiting in its own way. Despite some tight riffs, it’s definitely something one has to be in the right mood for in order to completely enjoy.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars