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I must admit, I’m not too familiar with Enslaved’s older material. My knowledge of their albums goes back as far as Below The Lights, which coincidentally was the first ever Enslaved album I listened to. When it was announced that this night would be featuring material from their very first albums, I was quite excited to hear what it would sound like in comparison to their more recent work.
First up on the stage at The Dome were Norse metallers, Vulture Industries. When I first heard their material a few weeks before this event, I was intrigued by their sound and also their unique approach to metal. Having a style semi reminiscent of mid-period Enslaved and kind of similar to Between the Buried and Me in parts,they suitably warmed the crowd up. Playing a range of songs from across their back catalogue, they delivered a very enjoyable setlist, although I must say that their frontman was insane! Leaping about here and there, jumping down into the crowd to dance around and walking up to folk in the crowd and singing
right in their faces. This made their set even more enjoyable and I’m sure they gained a few new fans that night. They certainly have a new one with me! (9/10)
It was then time for the birthday boys to take to the stage at the now suitably busy dome. Opening with ‘793’, the band immediately blasted into their older material like a bat out of hell. Mixing the raw sound of harsh vocals along with the super speed riffing and high octane drums, this made for a rather aggressive but also refined sound that got the crowd suitably rowdy. Yet, no Mosh-pits were observed. I think this may have been because the crowd was suitably inebriated or that everyone was just enjoying the music and didn’t feel the need to mosh along. Having a super sound definitely helped with the set they played, as a mushy sound would have completely ruined the performance. Playing a set compromised of material taken from the first part of their history, they delivered a superb set and have shown me that I need to complete my collection of Enslaved albums very soon! (10/10)