31 Mar Episode 78 – Enslaved’s Monumension: Floating Diversity & Monumental Dimensions
We love Enslaved. They are a rare long-running band that, in our estimation, have not released a bad album. Of their 15 full-lengths to date, your Radical Research hosts highly rank their sixth album, 2001’s Monumension: it’s Ginn’s #2 (just behind Eld, 1997) and Wagner’s #1 (in front of Isa, 2004). Curiously, it was perhaps the most lambasted, misunderstood and contentious of Enslaved’s early era. But we don’t much care about all that: we place it on pedestals most high. It’s certainly good enough for us. Join us in a celebration of the mighty Monumension.
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Music cited, in order of appearance:
[all titles from Enslaved – Monumension, 2001]
“Convoys to Nothingness”
“Vision: Sphere of the Elements – A Monument Part II”
“The Cromlech Gate”
“The Sleep: Floating Diversity – A Monument Part III”
“Outro: Self – Zero”
Episode 79 preview: Lamented Souls, “Essence of Wounds” (1997 recording)
Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.