Enslaved are a band from Norway that has been around for more than 20 years that played a more viking style of black metal on this recording and this is a review of their 1994 album "Vikingligr Veldi" which will be re-issued on September 23rd by Norse Music.
Atmospheric keyboards start off the album along with melodic riffing a few seconds later and after awhile black metal screams are added onto the recording and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
At times the riffs can be very melodic and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw black metal and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses acoustic guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the synths also bring in progressive elements on one of the tracks and the last song is all instrumental.
Enslaved played a style of pagan/black metal on this recording that was more rawer than their current material while also mixing in atmospheric and epic sounding synths and they influenced a lot of bands back in the day, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in Icelandic and cover Norse Paganism, Mythology and History.
In my opinion this was a very great sou8nding recording from Enslaved and while most of their fans probably already own this, i would recommend younger fans that want to learn the earlier history of Norwegian black metal to check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vetranott" and "Heimdallr". 8/5 out of 10.