Enslaved - Live Retaliation (DVD)

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Norse progressive black metalers Enslaved embarked on their first video journey with Live Retaliation, which offers a solid live set filmed in Krakow, Poland, in October 2002, as well as a few bonus features. While the pro-shot live footage is excellent (fans of extreme metal may be familiar with the Krakow stage, as Dimmu Borgir, My Dying Bride, Anathema, and the Gathering are among the acts that have shot live DVDs there), the band's visual presentation is relatively bare-bones, leaving one with two basic conclusions: first, Enslaved's music grew increasingly cerebral as the creative ambitions of main songwriters Ivar Peersen (guitar) and Grutle Kjellson (bass/vocals) progressed; and second, the focus on this DVD is the music first and foremost, the live set here presented in a superb digital 5.1 mix, showing the band's ability to go the extra mile and successfully utilize the dynamic capacities of the DVD format (which, notably, puts to shame similar projects by the band's contemporaries). While watching Enslaved perform isn't always a kinetic experience, those familiar with the songs will find Live Retaliation moderately compelling; it helps that the band incorporates a solid cross-section of old and new material throughout the 67-minute live show, playing a handful of tracks from classic album Frost as well as three comparatively psychedelic meanderings from 2003's Below the Lights ("As Fire Swept Clean the Earth" carefully balances dank moodiness with aggressive riffs) and a relatively sprightly cover of Autopsy's sludge beast "Retribution for the Dead." The compilation also includes six unreleased audio tracks (four ash can-quality garage demos, a shoddy live version of "Viking Metal," and superb 2000 studio outtake "Sleipnr"); a disappointingly awkward interview with Kjellson, Peerson, and soon-to-be-ex-drummer Dirge Rep; and a few text-based features, including a band biography, individual member profiles, discography, and photo galleries. Although Live Retaliation, when all is said and done, offers nothing new and exciting to the DVD format, it is a carefully and expertly assembled compilation -- all the way down to the well-designed menus -- which makes it well worth seeking out for Enslaved's small but loyal fan base. ~ John Serba 667885 It's hard to imagine this collaboration between Pieter Nooten (from Xymox) and ambient, experimental guitarist Michael Brook working any better. Sleeps With the Fishes comprises 15 excellent, moody soundscapes, given depth by Nooten's subtle vocals and instrumentation that sounds piped in from some dreamy other world. Brook's guitar rings and chimes, sounding cleaner, and his guitar work is more precise than ever. Synthesizers creep in and around the vocals and guitar to stunning effect. The album seems to define the word "mysterious." Nooten's vocals are gloomy, yet angelic as he sings about walking over clouds and worlds of unease. At times, he sounds like Martin Gore from Depeche Mode, only there's no sign of anything pop within miles. His voice is as much of an instrument as any other element in the songs; it's not important which lyrics are decipherable and which are not, as the vocals work mostly as a highlight to the mood-setting instrumentation. Some songs form out of dead silence, such as "Several Times II," which eventually layers on peaceful ambient sounds, before fading away again. An uncredited female vocalist on "Equal Ways" echoes both Lisa Gerrard and Nico, as violins, cellos, and a somber piano swirl and twirl darkly around her. "Searching" might be the album's most accessible moment; pairing gentle vocals, interesting electronic sounds (possibly courtesy of Brian Eno, and Brook's remarkably vibrant guitar, the song is a virtual manifesto, dictating the pace and themes of the remainder of the album. Sleeps With the Fishes is quite dark, but it's equally beautiful and uplifting in the same instance. Nooten and Brook are restrained in the creation of their moody aesthetic, but the songs are a delight from start to finish. It's amazing that material that's so calmly paced and atmospheric is so enjoyable. Whether a listener is playing the album as background music or paying close attention to each note or sound, there's equal reward to be found. Sleeps With the Fishes could not be a more perfect dark ambient, experimental album. It's essential listening for fans of 4AD, ambient music, minimalism, experimental electronic music, and morose themes alike. This album is an overlooked masterpiece. ~ Tim DiGravina


  1. Convoys to Nothingness
  2. Jotunblod
  3. The Voices
  4. As Fire Swept Clean the Earth
  5. Heimdallr
  6. Loke
  7. Queen of Night
  8. Mardraum
  9. Ridicule Swarm
  10. Wotan
  11. Retribution for the Dead
  12. Slaget i skogen bortenfor
  13. Biographies - (special feature)
  14. Interview - (special feature)
  15. Rare Audio Tracks - (special feature)
  16. Discography - (special feature)
  17. Art Gallery - (special feature)
  18. Desk Top Images - (special feature)
  19. Screen Savers - (special feature)
  20. Web Links - (special feature)


Produksjonsår 2003 Format DVD
Sone Sone 0 Sjanger Musikk
Antall disker 1 Spilletid 1 timer 55 minutter
Aldersgrense 15 Lydformater Dolby Digital 5.1 (Engelsk)
Skuespillere Enslaved Artist Enslaved
Bestillingsnummer MMP008DVD Leverandør Border Music Norway AS


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