Enslaved ‎– Hordanes Land

Candlelight Records ‎– 001 MLP
Vinyl, LP, Mini-Album, Limited Edition


A Slaget I Skogen Bortenfor - Epilog, Slaget 13:10
B1 Allfǫðr Oðinn 7:50
B2 Balfǫr - Andi Fara, Prologr 9:49

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Recorded at Lydloftet, Olen, during week 40/41 1992.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): CANDLE 001 MLP - A1 PR - M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): CANDLE 001 MLP - B1 PR - M

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Black_118PD Enslaved Hordanes Land(LP, MiniAlbum, Pic, RE) Black Sleeves Black_118PD Spain 2009 Sell This Version
CDL440 Enslaved Hordanes Land(CD, MiniAlbum, RE) Candlelight Records USA CDL440 US 2009 Sell This Version
D.L. MA-2285-2009 Enslaved Hordanes Land(LP, Pic, MiniAlbum, RE) Black Sleeves D.L. MA-2285-2009 Spain 2009 Sell This Version
none Enslaved Hordanes Land(LP, Pic, MiniAlbum, RE) Blut & Eisen Productions none Germany 2009 Sell This Version
CRR 018 Enslaved Hordanes Land(Cass) Carrion Records CRR 018 Poland 1994 Sell This Version



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February 29, 2012
Three lengthy songs of epic, dynamic black metal make up Enslaved’s debut EP, executed with above average proficiency, thematic alertness, and masterful orchestration of pace according to conceptual context. These grand songs inspired by tales of secret wisdom and dark mystery derived from Scandinavian folklore are constructed out of a handful of inventive, thematically perceptive riffs which are like folk melodies played with the speed and energy of black metal, with occasional acoustic backing, phrased in extended passages representing a long, meditative journey through harsh conditions, interrupted with sections of blasting mayhem to portray anticipated yet unpredictable encounters of violent confrontation. Though the production is ambiguous to instrumental detail, particularly the drums, one can still be amazed at the sheer intensity and skill of these blurred passages of frenzied violence in which riff-shapes discover a freedom within open-ended distance of sound to emphasize the full range of tonal noise emerging from each chord. The extension of phrases allows a gradual development of elemental unity, in turn supplying each passage with its own meaning as an essential aspect to the substance of the entirety. In each song we hear extended passages of contemplative beauty, moved by an energetic rhythm as defined by a measured tempo and lead guitar melodies of reflective character, sometimes accented by simple, dramatic keyboard patterns; these slower, more meditative movements alternate with passages of breathtaking attacks of violence, marked by chaotic, fast riffs in powerfully unrelenting rhythmic surges, enhanced in hostility when Grutle’s berserker screams emerge to provide a quality of wild aggression and bloodthirsty vengeance. The music is mighty and beautiful, powerful and mysterious in its sense of adventure and communication of the ancient wisdom and warrior spirit of the Viking age applied to modern life.