EN­SLAVED’S PROGGIEST MO­MENTS SO FAR…

Prog - - Limelight -

Con­voys To noTh­ing­ness

From Mon­u­men­sion

(2001)

The be­gin­nings of prog stir­rings are here. There’s a real sense of omi­nous in­tro­spec­tion as the song builds to a cli­mac­tic over­load, yet it then moves into more eerily som­nam­bu­lant scenery.

This shows a gen­uine de­sire to ex­per­i­ment.

The Cross­ing

From Be­low The Lights (2003)

A com­plex maze of tor­tur­ous me­tal­lic pas­sion cou­pled to a more dense and at­mo­spheric ap­pre­ci­a­tion that owes much to Van der

Graaf Gen­er­a­tor. This is an ag­i­tat­ing com­po­si­tion that never set­tles and is al­ways chal­leng­ing the lis­tener to re­main in­volved.

rooTs of The Moun­Tain

From RIITIIR (2012) This is where the band dis­played an au­thor­ity so rem­i­nis­cent of Opeth. There are sparks of the old En­slaved gruff­ness, but this is butted up against a colour­ful am­bi­ence that’s evoca­tive yet also claus­tro­pho­bic. There’s lit­tle doubt the band are rev­el­ling in their self-im­posed artis­tic free­dom.

sa­Cred horse

From E (2017)

Folk essence meets psychedelia on a track that gives vent to En­slaved’s de­sire to push the en­ve­lope like never be­fore. This is a stun­ning cog­ni­sance of the way in which na­ture should be al­lowed to de­velop with­out in­ter­fer­ence.

It’s the sound­track to a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­man and an­i­mal.

hi­ind­si­ighT

From E (2017)

This comes across as if the band have let their imag­i­na­tions take over and spon­ta­neously cre­ated a tapestry of sound. But un­der­ly­ing this is a dis­tinct dis­ci­pline. En­slaved dis­play a pen­chant for what jam­ming on ideas can achieve, but al­ways within a frame­work, al­beit a flex­i­ble one. It’s the joy of artistry mapped out within the ne­ces­sity of fo­cus. MD

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