Enslaved / Grand Magus / De Profundis

Voyagers journey between fun and fury

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It might be sacrilege to describe a metal band as ‘too loud’ but DE PROFUNDIS’s [6] 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 [8] 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.

Grutle Kjellson gets some forebodin’ from Odin

Grutle Kjellson gets some forebodin’ from Odin (Image credit: Kevin Nixon)

Injecting their bristling venture into metal’s dark abyss, ENSLAVED [8] 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.

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.