Below the Lights

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Below the Lights
Below the Lights.jpg
Studio album by Enslaved
Released 14 April 2003
Recorded September-October 2002, Greighallen Studios in Bergen
Genre Black metal,[1] Viking metal, progressive metal
Length 46:17
Label Osmose
Producer Pytten, Jørgen Træen, Ivar Peersen, Grutle Kjellson
Enslaved chronology
Below the Lights

Below the Lights is the seventh full-length album by Norwegian metal band Enslaved. Beyond it being their last full-length for production company Osmose (they would move to Candlelight for their next studio album), a few lineup changes would take place. This would be the last album Enslaved recorded with Dirge Rep on drums (he also co-wrote two songs). They would also enlist a full-time keyboardist in Herbrand Larsen (who helped engineer the record), bringing the band personnel from four to five.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic's William York wrote a positive review of the album, writing that "for all its variety, this is still a fairly heavy, meat-and-potatoes album with plenty of emotional nuance as well. There are a few spots where Enslaved's ambitions get the better of them, but the experimentation is welcome in any case, and most of it does work. Below the Lights will likely stand out down the road as one of the top black metal releases of 2003."[2] In 2016, named it the best Enslaved album to date, highlighting it for being "everything the band had been slowly building towards was fully realized", fully unleashing the band's potential, and "their crowning achievement."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "As Fire Swept Clean the Earth" 6:35
2. "The Dead Stare" 5:37
3. "The Crossing" 9:12
4. "Queen of Night" 5:59
5. "Havenless" 5:35
6. "Ridicule Swarm" 6:18
7. "A Darker Place" 7:01



Additional Musicians[edit]

  • Gina Torgnes: Flute on "Queen of Night"
  • Bjørgvin Tungrock Kor: Choir & Chants on "Havenless"
  • Inge Rypdal: Lead Guitar on "A Darker Place"
  • Dennis Reksten: Additional Synthesizers & Effects

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Arranged By Enslaved
  • Produced By Pytten, Jørgen Træen, Ivar Peersen & Grutle Kjellson
  • Engineered By Pytten, Herbrand Larsen & Davide Bertolini
  • Mixed By Ivar Bjornson, Grutle Kjellson & Jørgen Træen at Duper Studios in Bergen
  • Mastered By Nicholas Ramaget, Pierre Dechamps (both at Digipro Studios) & Jørgen Træen (at Duper Studios)
  • All Songs Published By Les Editions Hurlantes.