It might be sacrilege to describe a metal band as ‘too loud’ but DE PROFUNDIS’s  ongoing jackhammer assault means that the nuances are lost in the fuzz.
Nonetheless, the sinister edge of Illumination is a nice way to end their set. Like a good steak, GRAND MAGUS  tick all the boxes: solid, meaty and completely satisfying. JB’s voice is stupendous, especially on Iron Will and a strident Kingslayer, but they save the best for last with Hammer Of The North and a big singalong that continues long after the band leave the stage.
Injecting their bristling venture into metal’s dark abyss, ENSLAVED  have gradually separated themselves from black metal’s traditional leanings to become progressive metal’s most malevolent offering. The combination of Grutle Kjellson’s visceral screams, Herbrand Larsen’s clean-sung elevations and the music’s grandiose, classically inspired dirge makes for a powerful recipe that erupts when they unveil Fusion Of Sense And Earth as Ice Dale cuts a dramatic figure with his guitar held towards the stratosphere.
Death In The Eyes Of Dawn’s unexpected turns dip into even deeper progressive territory while Ethica Odini is a pulverising adventure and Allfoðr Oðinn gallops along, proving as fun as it is apocalyptic.