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Odin’s Ethical Axioms


Or “Odin’s Ethical Principles” (correct me if I’m wrong here Sheriff) is Norwegian Svart Metallers-Gone Prog Enslaved’s latest album, and according to our very own wayward soul Fungar, the thing is a “fucking mini-masterpiece”. It strikes me as odd that Fungar would allow himself to pass on judgement on metal music, because being such a devoted and long standing Metalscape fan himself, he should know that the only person with the right mindset to entertain such pretentious ego bolstering stunts is me. And only me. You got that, Fungar? Ok then, let’s procede.

First off, Internet, the first instance of Enslaved going prog dates back to the amazing intro for 793 (Slaget Om Lindisfarne) off of 1997′s “Eld”. When did 2003′s “Below the Lights” came into play as the official transition from black metal to prog? I have no idea.

Now, the album. I’ll tell you one thing, I fucking love Enslaved. Stuff like Storre Enn Tid, Tyngre Enn Natt and the entirety of the “Monumension” album are just things of unrivaled epicness in the assumed realm of black/prog metal. “Axioma Ethica Odini” is not. It’s as simple as that.

I don’t know why every review I’ve read for this album gets off by saying that this is some sort of masterpiece or fantastical voyage through music. I mean, it’s not a bad album, but as far as “masterpieces” go, I don’t think it quite fits the bill. There’s a few moments in the album where the music rises above the “meh” and dips its feet into the upside down pool of the “cool”, but to tell me that the thing is a riveting, exhilarating mindfuck from beggining to end with a straight face is a disservice to you, me, Enslaved and music.

You want the quasi-prog Enslaved’s been content with doing ever since Isa? Go ahead and get this album. You want music that would fit these reviews? Go listen to Convoys of Nothingness off of “Monumension”.

Also, Enslaved, I’m not too happy with the blatant Yes ripoff. You know what I’m talking about.

3 Responses to “Odin’s Ethical Axioms”
  • sheriffharry says:

    Well, I have nothing against translating “Axioma Ethica” by “Ethical Axioms”, the problem is elsewhere:
    I’ve never heard of axioms (self-evident mathematical or geometrical propositions) about Ethics!
    Ethics, the way one decide or understand the notions of good and evil acts, has basically nothing to do with certainty. or clear-cut evidences. In fact that is the main challenge of “Ethics” in general. That an all-powerful god (Odin for instance) has Ethical Axioms is kind of a nonsense, since as the Father god he can DICTATE ethical behavior, non only for himself but for the rest of his dominion and/or creation. So basically, Grutle is WAY OUT of his league philosophically here!

    As for the actual album, it’s got a beat and you can dance to it. I’ll give a a 6 out 10.
    (Better than the last one, but not as good as RUUN, which was, btw, philosophically very sound..)

    Yours truly,
    The sheriff

  • ron says:

    Well Sheriff, then wouldnt all those contradictions represent th awe essence of ethics itself?

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