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ENSLAVED Release Animated Music Video For ‘Storm Son’ Track
August 11th, 2017

Bergen, Norway-based progressive extreme metal band Enslaved have released an animated music video for the track ‘Storm Son’. Created by Josh Graham, the clip can be viewed below.

Enslaved mastermind Ivar Bjørnson commented: “‘Storm Son’ deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is. Everything we do and create are imitations of nature; as we evolved from nature, that is how it must be – yet modern man thinks he and she is independent of nature, that we somehow are so superior that we do not have to take nature into consideration other than as a backdrop for shitty movies. Or festivals. Losing touch with nature is basically to lose touch with being human.”

Enslaved issue 14th full-length studio album E on October 13th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Bjørnson added: “The concept of the album lies in both it’s meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet, and it’s runic reference: the rune ‘Ehwaz’, that is depicted as an ‘M’ when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) – the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what’s known as ‘E’, but drawn as an ‘M’) looks like and means ‘Horse’. Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is ‘trust’ and ‘co-operation’. One of mankinds oldest and deepest pairings / collaborations with any ‘outside’ entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilised there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses.

“So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development – on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir – wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis.”

The recordings for E took place once again at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studios in Bergen throughout April 2017, and were mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

The cover artwork was hand-pained by Norwegian artist and longtime collaborator Truls Espedal.

The track listing is as follows:

01. ‘Storm Son’
02. ‘The River’s Mouth’
03. ‘Sacred Horse’
04. ‘Axis Of The Worlds’
05. ‘Feathers Of Eolh’
06. ‘Hiindsiight’
07. ‘Djupet’ *
08. ‘What Else Is There?’ (Röyksopp cover) *

* digipak CD bonus track

Enslaved’s line-up is as follows:

Grutle Kjellson (vocals and bass)
Ice Dale (lead guitar)
Ivar Bjørnson (rhythm guitar)
Cato Bekkevold (drums)
Håkon Vinje (keyboards and vocals)

Thirteenth studio record In Times was released in March 2015.

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