Norway’s Enslaved have just entered the studio and are currently working on new material for their upcoming album. This next full-length will be released once again via Nuclear Blast Records and has a tentative release date of May 2020.
Band founding member and guitarist Ivar Bjørnson stated about the recordings:
“The days are growing darker in the Northern hemisphere – and Bergen is covered in a blanket of frost. This sets the scene as we have entered the studio to record the new Enslaved album. Since our last album, we have a “new” drummer – in quotation marks, since he has been with us behind the scenes for more than a decade. Together with me (Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson) he constitutes the production team on this new album – and as before we will record in Bergen in Duper Studio and next door at Iver’s Solslottet Studio. Before crossing the mountains eastwards to Örebro into Fascination Street where Jens Bogren will handle the mix.
The new material I feel is very powerful. The Enslaved signature is there, but there is a wild drive and a level of energy that makes me extremely excited. All five members have poured their dedication and souls into the preparations, and there are new sides to the band shown that will elevate this album. “
Just weeks ago, Enslaved renewed their bond with Nuclear Blast, re-signing to the label. With that, a successful collaboration lasting for more or less ten years continues. A collaboration that two years ago produced the universally lauded album E, in which the progressive metallers once again reinvented themselves.
The band also recently released a new music video for their interpretation of ‘What Else Is There’ by Norwegian electropop band RÖYSKOPP. The song is featured as a bonus track on the digital version of their latest album, E and you can watch it here.
A short list of live appearances have already been confirmed for 2020 and include:
March 20 – Eindhoven – Prognosis Festival (Netherlands)
June 25-27 – Ekeberg – Tons of Rock (Norway)
July 11-12 – Moran, WY – Fire In The Mountains Festival (USA)
August 07–09 – Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival (Belgium)