From the unholy iniquity of the Norwegian black metal scene, Enslaved emerged and grew out to be a band that expanded its sound beyond recognition while still keeping its black metal roots as a foundation. The band’s discography displays progressiveness in a way that their career path imitates their progressive song structures. It is always great to see bands not bounded by genres, and Enslaved has become a reckoning force by exploiting this freedom of experimentation. ‘In Times’ is the band’s thirteenth full-length release, following the success of the solid album ‘RIITIIR’ four years ago. Lasting a little over 50 minutes, the album is aggressive while also perpetuating its exquisite atmosphere and allure. As expected, both the clean and harsh vocals are on-point, acting as a flawless medium of dissipation for the lyrical themes. The themes vary from guitarist Ivar Bjornson’s inner self, his thoughts and dreams, to some Norse mythology as well.
Metal Wani’s writer Jake Patton had a chat with Enslaved founding member Ivar Bjørnson. He discusses the upcoming Australian tour, fan response to new songs at Summer festivals, writing the epic pieces from the darker, heavier sections to beautiful softer sections smoothly and what expectations they have w.r.t. Australian fans since their last tour in 2013.
He also talks about the songwriting ideas of upcoming Enslaved album slated to release next year, writing the concept of the album, plans to finish songwriting by December. He also talks about entering the studio early next year, plans to revisit black metal roots as executed on “In Times” and much more.
Stream The Interview Below:
Tour Dates Below:
Wednesday 5th October – BRISBANE, Crowbar
Thursday 6th October – MELBOURNE, Prince Bandroom
Friday 7th October – SYDNEY, Manning Bar
Tickets via: http://tombowler.com.au/tours/enslaved/