Monumension

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Monumension
Monumension.jpg
Studio album by Enslaved
Released 27 November 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Black metal,[1] Viking metal,[1] progressive metal
Length 52:38
Label Osmose
Producer Enslaved, Pytten
Enslaved chronology
Mardraum - Beyond the Within
(2000)
Monumension
(2001)
Below the Lights
(2003)

Monumension is the sixth studio album by Norwegian metal band Enslaved. It was released on 27 November 2001, through Osmose Productions. It is Enslaved's first album feature lyrics sung entirely in English, although some versions of the album include the Old Norse track "Sigmundskvadet" as a bonus.

Monumension was the last Enslaved album to feature guitarist R. Kronheim; Arve Isdal would replace him on Below the Lights.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ivar Bjørnson, except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Convoys to Nothingness"   7:58
2. "The Voices"   6:07
3. "Vision: Sphere of the Elements – A Monument Part II" Roy Kronheim 4:58
4. "Hollow Inside" Bjørnson, Trygve Mathiesen 5:38
5. "The Cromlech Gate" Grutle Kjellson 6:55
6. "Enemy I"   5:16
7. "Smirr"   4:26
8. "The Sleep: Floating Diversity – A Monument Part III" Kronheim 8:12
9. "Outro: Self-Zero"   3:08
10. "Sigmundskvadet" (listed as bonus track on some versions)   6:59
Total length: 59:37

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos 8.5/10[2]

From the reviews the album has received, Monumension has been generally well received.

AllMusic praised the album, calling it "astounding" and "truly daring".[1] Chronicles of Chaos's review was generally favorable, though writing, "Monumension occasionally comes across as too over-the-top in terms of its experimentation, and the album as a whole lacks some focus and consistency."[2]

Personnel[edit]

Enslaved
  • Ivar Bjørnson – guitar, synthesizers, organ, piano, special effects, choir vocals on "Sigmundskvadet", production, mixing
  • R. Kronheim – guitar, vocals, special effects, choir vocals on "Sigmundskvadet", production, mixing
  • Grutle Kjellson – bass guitar, vocals, choir vocals on "Sigmundskvadet", production, mixing
  • Dirge Rep (Per Husebø) – drums, percussion, special effects, choir vocals on "Sigmundskvadet", production, mixing
Additional personnel
  • Dennis Reksten – minimoog synthesizers, keyboards, vocoder, special effects
  • Trygve Mathiesen - lead vocals on "Hollow Inside" and "Sigmundskvadet"
  • Trond Veland - backing vocals on "Vision: Sphere of the Elements – A Monument Part II"
  • Kai Lie – additional choir vocals on "Sigmundskvadet"

Production[edit]

  • Pytten (Eirik Hundvin) – production, recording, engineering
  • Davide Bertolini – recording, engineering
  • Herbrand Larsen – recording, engineering
  • Jørgen Træen – mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Serba, John. "Monumension – Enslaved : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Azevedo, Pedro (14 January 2002). "CoC : Enslaved – Monumension : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 23 September 2012.