ENSLAVED “Mardraum: Beyond the Within” /CD/

The fifth full-length studio album by legendary Norwegian Progressive Black/Viking Metal band.
“Mardraum - Beyond the Within” expands on their signature-Blackened sound with haunting Psychedelic atmospheres and cryptic true Metal riffing, all the while keeping things even more aggressive than their past releases. Looking back, it’s easy to see this album as the bridge between the bands past and future. Each song follows a chaotic path held together under the all-encompassing mystical concept, and with song titles in both English and Norwegian, you could tell Enslaved had a tough time deciding to sever the ties with the blunt Viking Metal of old and embrace the new, shackle-free version of the band. In places, it sounds reminiscent of latter day Carcass in its clinical coldness, but the result is an awesome set of crafted Extreme Metal that relies, as much on atmosphere as it does brutality.
Enslaved are one of the shrinking handful of bands on this earth who, along with being founders of their craft, have remained an important, vital force within their musical realm. Having consistently furthered the dynamic structuring and overall quality of the genre for the past decade, their perfected meld of complex harshness and dark, epic beauty has unquestionably carved a permanent home for Enslaved among the true leaders of Black Metal!!
Osmose Productions, 2000 (OPCD 100 / SPV 84-080192 CD). Made in France. Pressed in Austria. Re-press.

1. Større Enn Tid - Tyngre Enn Natt 10:07
2. Daudningekvida 3:30
3. Entrance - Escape 7:42
4. Ormgard 5:28
5. Æges Draum 4:42
6. Mardraum 3:40
7. Det Endelege Riket 5:19
8. Ormgard II - Kvalt I Kysk Høgsong 3:44
9. Krigaren Eg Ikkje Kjende 6:32
10. Stjerneheimen 5:46
11. Frøyas Smykke 1:54
Total playing time: 58:24 min.

Samples: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com

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