Norwegian progressive black avantgardists ENSLAVED have completed work on their fourteenth full-length album. The follow-up to 2015’s “In Times” was recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen and was once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
The new disc is described in a press release as “a spectacular sound chimera of experimental prog filled with majestic melodies, epic sound landscapes and harsh black metal moments — all united in a massive storm that will reach the coast this autumn.”
“I’m always psyched and proud when we have finished an album recording, and this is no exeption!” states ENSLAVED singer Grutle Kjellson. “It was a really exciting process this time, with the line-up change and everything, so although it wasn’t a dramatic change, the band dynamics were suddenly different. But, it was like a little re-boot, a fresh start so to speak. The studio sessions were great, and we all feel that we have done something truly amazing. We hope you’ll enjoy it. Ugh!”
The eye-catching cover and artwork is once again being created by renowned designer and painter Truls Espedal.
ENSLAVED mastermind Ivar Bjørnson recently stated about the band’s new album: “I have never worked this hard to put together music for an album before. 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!”
More info on ENSLAVED‘s next album will be revealed on August 11.
ENSLAVED‘s thirteenth studio album, “In Times”, came out in 2015.