Norwegian Metal giants Enslaved bring the heaviness to San Francisco to support their just released thirteenth studio album, with openers YOB and Ecstatic Vision.
Kicking off their set with “Thurisaz Dreaming,” the first song off of their just released new album, In Times, Enslaved delivered a diverse set that focused just as much on some of their older more guitar driven death metal material as it did on the new more spacey and flowing songs. Guitarists Ivar BjÃ¸rnson and Arve “Ice Dale” Isdal set the tone with their crushing riffs, while bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson’s grunting yet melodic vocals brought a subtle but undeniable heaviness to every song. Highlights included “Building With Fire,” “Death In The Eyes of Dawn,” and “Fenris.”
Support for Enslaved came from Oregon Doom Metal masters YOB, who simply crushed, as well as Ecstatic Vision, who delivered a very desert rock inspired set.
National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was on hand to report.
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