Norwegian veterans Enslaved have finally released their latest album entitled “Riitiir”.
The band’s 12th album is out today and is also one of the most anticipated releases of the second semester of this year.
Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist and founder of Enslaved commented:
“It has been only two years since we last released an album (“Axioma Ethica Odini“], and we’ve been touring Europe and North America several times since then. Some might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end. Nah. Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.
“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard, it is easy because it sounds like Enslaved, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”
The cover artwork for “Riitiir” was created by Truls Espedal, who has done previous collaboration with the band. A lyric video of the song “Thoughts Like Hammers” can be seen below.
1. Thoughts Like Hammers