Not a lot of bands get to a point in their lifespan where they are putting out their 13th album. Very few are as good as famed Norwegian progressive/black metal Enslaved, because their past two albums, RIITIIR and Axioma Ethica Odini were pretty much their best. Needless to say, news of them entering the studio to work on a new one is very exciting. Check out the details after the jump – they’re doing some interesting things with this album.
Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by band members Larsen and Ice Dale), and founding member Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios (where RIITIIR was made). They’re also working on experimenting with new sounds, as they’ll be going deep into the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen (where they recorded the single ‘Thorn’). The album will be produced by band members Bjørnson, Kjellson & Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
Right now, there is no album title, but here’s what Bjørnson said about it:
My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with ENSLAVED to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy! As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it. I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it. It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.
And of course, just like all Enslaved albums since 2001’s Monumension, the artwork will be done by the amazing Truls Espedal. Just check out his work on RIITIIR and Axioma if you want to be impressed.
The new album will presumably be out next year on Nuclear Blast Records. Of course, we’ll keep you posted.