Enslaved | Vikingligr Veldi  🇳🇴 Looking back on Enslaved's career, one could be forgiven thinking that the transition to their current progressive sound was something that transpired during the latter half of their career. Vikingligr Veldi, their debut full-length, proves that Grutle and Ivar were laying the groundwork for their impeccably seamless blend of black metal and progressive rock all the way back in 1994.
Released concurrently with some of the genre's most legendary albums (Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse came out 7 days before), fans are guilty of overlooking this record, which weathers the test of time very well. Melodic keyboards, folksy clean vocals, 10+ minute songs, and lyrics sung largely in Icelandic were all elements that didn't feature in most black metal at the time. While the keyboards were a bit much at times, the pairing of these elements with blistering tremolo picking, fantastic drumming from Trym, and Enslaved's customary viking-era aesthetic makes this a thoroughly enjoyable album that any black metal fan needs to revisit. ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ [4/5]