Enslaved - Yggdrassil LP (Black vinyl)


In terms of consequential releases during the early 1990s, Enslaved’s second demo, named after the tree of life in Norse mythology no less, is towards the top of the list. Some say that the true spirit of a resistance is known during a movement’s darkest hour, and in a time that Metal music was starting to die from an onslaught of alternative rockers and pseudo-metallic posers, the vilest and most rebellious of art forms was born in Europe, and Norway was its focal point. But this particular release is unique in that it launches a double assault upon conventional wisdom of what Metal music was supposed to be, namely something that is raw and raging, yet highly apt and intelligent.