Enslaved have officially finished the recording process for their new album. The effort will be released this fall via Nuclear Blast. The band made the following Facebook post:
Enslaved have revealed that they have officially started recording their new album. The effort is being recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway and Jens Bogren has been recruited for the mixing/mastering process.
Ivar Bjørnson said the following:
“It is absolutely fantastic to be in the studio with these new songs. So many doors were opened with ‘In Times’ and the times (sic) that followed; for us as a band, for me as a composer and I guess for us all on a personal level. I have never worked this hard to put together music for an album before, and that intensity continues into the studio where everybody is giving their everything, every hour of every day.
We are a tighter unit than ever before, which is obvious sonically. The concept conjured by myself and old war-brother Grutle is the strongest we have worked with. Finally, I am proud that we have taken more risks than ever before, and one in particular – and it is yielding awesome results. What does that mean? Stay tuned to find out!”
Enslaved have parted ways with keyboardist Herbrand Larsen. He chose to exit the band so he can focus on in studio work.
Grutle Kjellson commented:
“Friends of Enslaved, brothers and sisters! Nothing lasts forever, and we have something to announce. Our keyboardist and vocalist for the last 13 years, Herbrand Larsen is leaving the band. There is no drama in connection with his departure, it was entirely his own decision, and we part ways as friends and with no bad blood in between us.
We want to thank Herbrand for his duties in Enslaved in all these years, for standing alongside us on our adventures all over the world. We had some really good times on the road, in the recording studios and in our practice space. We raise our glasses, and wish you all the best on your next voyage! Thank you friend!”
“After 13 years of being a part of this amazing band it saddens me to say that I will be leaving Enslaved. It was not an easy decision to come to! I love Enslaved and will always do. There is no drama or anger involved in this. I think we all understand why this is the best decision both for me and the band.
I don’t have that 100% drive anymore, the drive you need to be in a band like Enslaved. Only 99% and that is not enough. It’s hard to explain but this is how it is. I remember all the shows we have done together. All the places we have been and all the fans that we’ve met.
I remember meeting fans, telling me that our music really means something to them. I remember traveling places I never thought I would see. I remember working with extremely talented people. I remember tough times, sad times but most of all, all the good times. You have all been a huge part of my life and will still be.
For that I’m truly grateful! I’m looking forward to spend more time in the studio. Recording, producing and mixing music. That’s where I want my focus and my drive to be. To Arve, Cato, Grutle and Ivar, thank you for your friendship, your creativity and your support. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for you guys. I am sure you will be even better, stronger and more successful in the future. And you will still continue to be my friends and a big part of my life. Thank you!”
Enslaved are streaming their track “Heimvegen.” This song is from the band’s new compilation album, titled “The Sleeping Gods – Thorn,” which will be released on November 11. That effort features “rare and experimental material from 2010/2011.”
Enslaved will be releasing a new compilation album, titled “The Sleeping Gods – Thorn” on November 11. The effort will “feature rare and experimental material from 2010/2011,” and preorders will available on September 30.
The band said the following:
“The songs originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between the full-length albums “Axioma Ethica Odini” and “Riitiir”, and is recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band member’s own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-west coast of Norway. Like the songs itself, the production is a mix of old and new; high tech and no-tech – a mix of concepts that has been essential in achieving the signature sound Enslaved is famous for today. Ivar and Grutle co-produced the material together with long-time collaborator Iver Sandøy.
The album has lyrics sung in both Norwegian, English and Old Norse, and the theme centres on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes; as well as contrasting the Norse Ways as a polytheistic belief system to the monotheistic plague of the Big World Religions. The music nods respectfully to the wildly varying deities that make up the pantheon of inspiration for us, both “then” and “now”. There are traces of the both proto-black metal of Bathory, the classic Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70s and 80s, the synthisized and sequenced masters of the 70s, prog-rock, world/ Norse folk music, Norwegian Black Metal of the 90s, modern classical music, goth rock a la Fields of the Nephilim and much more.”
Enslaved will continue to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special “New York By Norse” showcase on December 9-10. You can find all the details regarding the event in the below press release.
***NEW YORK BY NORSE showcase FEAT. Enslaved and Einar Selvik (of Wardruna) announced!***
“Just like it was for many Norsemen before us, after the success of our sonic raid in London, the desire to continue further westwards came faster than you can say Christopher Columbus. Viking jokes aside, it feels fantastic to announce New York By Norse. We aim to present a cultural event that encompass both the ancient as well as the contemporary and on a more personal note I am very much looking forward to do my first ever performance in New York!”— Einar Selvik of Wardruna.
By Norse is very proud and happy to announce New York By Norse happening 12/9 and 12/10! By Norse, known as a “platform for art, music, literature, film, and culture,” will host an installment of events throughout December 9 and 10 in New York City, presented together with Noisey. These happenings are designed to support Norwegian art, music, literature, film, and culture abroad. New York By Norse will also serve as a celebration of 25 years of Grammy award-winning metal band Enslaved and as a platform for showcasing of Einar Selvik of Wardruna. More information on the variety of unique art exhibitions, workshops, and special performances can be found below.
Friday, December 9 @ Scandinavia House:
Bardspec (Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson Official feat. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts)
The BARDSPEC is the Ambient project of Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. This showcase will feature the set-up of Bjørnson: his computer, some keys, a few strings, a pedal or two, a video canon and sometimes, a trapeze artist. Dark, surprisingly rhythmic and hypnotic-psychedelic, yet minimizing, cutting away, subtracting and meditating upon the simplest essence of things, Bardspec uses of the best of the basic elements and building blocks that make up the whole to create a sonic atmosphere. Here, he will be joined by none other than Gorguts guitarist Kevin Hughes.
Einar Selvik Workshop – “The Thoughts and Tools Behind Wardruna”:
Einar speaks about his approach to Norse historical music and the extensive creative concept behind Wardruna´s ongoing Runaljod trilogy. Other topics will include his approach and study of the runes and other Norse esoteric arts, the oldest Nordic instruments, playfully acoustic Wardruna music, including the newest release of the trilogy, “Ragnarok” and a Q&A segment.
This showcase is limited to 150 tickets only. Tickets are on sale from tomorrow, June 23rd, 10AM EST: http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/event/concerts/.
Saturday, December 10 @ Gramercy Theatre:
Exhibition by Kim Holm including Grimposium panel (starting 5 PM):
Norwegian creative artist and motion designer Kim Holm will display his works and do live paintings of the artists while performing on stage. Grimposium founder Vivek Venkatesh and filmmaker David Hall will hold the Grimposium panel including a special Enslaved announcement. The two will dig deep into Enslaved’s past and present while also surprising fans with a special secret event, one that has been predicted to be “time-bending and mind-warping.”
Enslaved 25, “Then and Now” – Two sets, one night!
New York By Norse will conclude with Enslaved 25, in order to celebrate a quarter-century of one of Norway’s most revered artists. The band will be playing two set, each highlighting the uniqueness of, but also the coherence in, the “Then” and the “Now” in Enslaved’s history. This showcase will feature a performance by Einar Selvik, along with pieces of musical project Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá featuring both Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson. Kim Holm will be on site creating live paintings of the event to be sold after the show. With more details to come, those interested are encourage to descend upon Gramercy Theatre to celebrate Enslaved 25 in partnership with By Norse — celebrate in style!
This showcase will have limited tickets.
Tickets are on sale from Friday, Jun 24th, 10AM EST: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/000050D1F7CEA750
“2016 is Enslaved’s 25th anniversary as a band, and it is simply not acceptable leaving the US out of our celebrations. With a crazy schedule set for the year, we were turning every stone for an opening – and we found one! We are extremely proud to be able to present a double set in New York; to give the full width of old and new material, in conclusion of a fantastic year of celebration. When we started talking about By Norse and how we could bring the concept out into the world; “New York By Norse” was one of the first ideas to be verbalized. At the time it seemed more like a dream scenario than anything else. Then came London By Norse in March earlier this year; our first materialization of the concept – and it was a massive success! Turns out all these crazy visions were possible to turn into real life after all… and here we are.“ – Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved.