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Thursday, September 08, 2016
NEWS: Enslaved announce The Sleeping Gods - Thorn release
Enslaved announce The Sleeping Gods - Thorn CDdigipak/LP/digital,
out Nov. 11
Enslaved release ‘The Sleeping Gods – Thorn’ - a
full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010/2011. For the first
time this unique collection of experimental material, also connecting with
their early roots, is available as an album.
Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Roadburn
Festival, Opeth, Darkthrone, At The Gates, etc.) did the beautiful new
layout, including mesmerizing new illustrations, displaying a unique
symbiosis between two of our times’ most exciting visual and sonic artists.
Costin says: "My mission in this case was to melt imagery done in
the past for ‘Thorn’ and the one for ‘The Sleeping Gods’ into one coherent
piece. So, this image came out by taking the strict direction of ‘Thorn’,
combined with the symmetry of ‘The Sleeping Gods’, then passed
everything through my vision and added a bit more spicy dreamy flavour.
“No matter how strange it sounds, I need to confess
‘The Sleeping Gods;’ is on my top three Enslaved records, so it was a very
big honour for me to be a part of this release."
It will be released on:
Limited to 250 blue vinyl (webshop edition)
Including an exclusive insight into the history of the
recorded material by Grutle Kjellson.
Pre-order starts SEPT. 30th.
The songs originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between the
full-length albums ‘Axioma Ethica Odini’ and ‘Riitiir’, and is recorded
both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band member’s own
studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-west coast of
Like the songs itself, the production is a mix of old and new; high
tech and no-tech – a mix of concepts that has been essential in achieving
the signature sound Enslaved is famous for today. Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle
Kjellson from Enslaved co-produced the material together with long-time
collaborator Iver Sandøy.
The album has lyrics sung in Norwegian, English and Old Norse, and the
theme centres on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes; as well as
contrasting the Norse Ways as a polytheistic belief system to the
monotheistic plague of the Big World Religions. The music nods respectfully
to the wildly varying deities that make up the pantheon of inspiration for
Enslaved, both “then” and “now”. There are traces of the both proto-black
metal of Bathory, the classic Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70s and 80s, the
synthisized and sequenced masters of the 70s, prog-rock, world/ Norse folk
music, Norwegian Black Metal of the 90s, modern classical music, goth rock
a la Fields of the Nephilim and much more.