EnslavedIn Times

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ Enslaved continue making themselves comfortable in the micro-niche between classis black metal tropes and Opeth/Ihsahn-style intricacy. In fact, they wind up sounding a little too comfortable. The songs all go on a minute too long, in part because the extremes — the most energetic and the most subdued — are anything but. There’s nothing overly wrong with any of the material, and there are quite a few motifs and moments that are satisfying and lovely, but the album feels underwhelming in toto.