ENSLAVED TO DROP ‘TRANSITION’ EP
New EP points to 16th album while Ivar Bjørnson teams up with Einar Selvik again.
Following the acclaim of Enslaved’s 2020 album Utgard, the Norwegian prog metallers will release an EP, Caravans To The Outer World, via Nuclear Blast on October 1.
Leader Ivar Bjørnson describes the four-track release as a “transition” between Utgard and what they expect to be a “quite grandiose” 16th LP, and that’s why they wanted their most recent compositions to stand alone. “We want to crank it up, but also develop our dynamic in the progressive parts,” he explains, “which is a weak spot, I guess, for a band like ourselves. The Enslaved musical project is about that integration – going backward in musical history while not just recreating things.”
He believes the recent line-up change that saw drummer Iver Sandøy join, merged with the positive response to Utgard, created a sense of “joy” when they started recording the EP in December. “We’re inspired by being in Prog Magazine too,” he adds. “All this becomes part of the story, and that’s why it made sense to have a ‘stepping stone.’” He predicts: “There are probably going to be references springing from the EP into the album.”
Meanwhile his latest collaboration with Wardruna’s Einar Selvik will be released soon. Also an EP, it contains a rearranged cover of a track from Enslaved’s 2004 album, Isa, – which Bjørnson says is “really cool” – while the other two tracks are notably percussionheavy. He adds: “It’s really a great adventure to be dipping our toes in all kinds of genres and fanbases.”
Further details will be announced at www.enslaved.no.