TLDR: Progressive viking metal gone live.
Review: Norwegian band Enslaved has had it together for more than 25 years. During these years the band has changed and evolved from viking black metal music to more progressive, even AOR-like metal. And now it’s time for their first live album, simply called Roadburn Live.
I’ve seen Enslaved live a few times and I gotta say, I really dig it. But even more I dig the band on albums when the sounds are so pure and every song just belongs to its place, along other songs on the album. Saying this out loud is probably the reason why I feel disappointed by Rodaburn Live. Even though the band is great, I find this album a bit useless.
The track list consists mostly of newer material. First five albums are not heard on this one. And some of the tracks the band has picked are not the better ones. It’s just like bits and pieces from here and there. But there’s one curiosity here: a Led Zeppelin cover.
Gotta say, a fan must give this one a shot, after all it’s a well put piece of live what we have here. A few listens later I still feel this isn’t exactly my cup of tea, even if this one has its moments.
1. Building with Fire
2. Death in the Eyes of Dawn
3. In Times
5. Convoys to Nothingness
6. As Fire Swept Clean the Earth
8. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)