Legendary progressive black metal band Enslaved’s upcoming album Riitiir is showing signs of being their most prog rock influenced album to date, moving the band further away from blackened territory. While many extreme metal purists will likely be annoyed at the progression, I for one couldn’t be happier. The snarling harsh vocals were always a turn off for me. Noyan disagrees (“sounds like a gnarly old evil man”), but I think he needs to cough up something and clear his throat. The cleans have always been excellent, however.

Luckily for me, the band’s new song ‘Thoughts Like Hammers’ is heavy on the cleans and has plenty of that 70’s prog influence. You can stream the track over at NPR and get stoked for Riitiir, which is due out October 2nd on Nuclear Blast Records.

– JR


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