Enslaved: Utgard: CD + Signed Insert

Utgard: CD + Signed Insert

Enslaved

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  • Release Date 02 October 2020
Code
NB5327-2.SIG
Format
CD Album
Label
Nuclear Blast
Even in the most primeval stages of their storied career, ENSLAVED was so much more than just music. Born on the outskirts of the infamous upheaval of teenage arsonists more commonly associated with a genre called Norwegian Black Metal, the Bergen based Vikings shared the inspiration and production ideals – yet steered clear of the non-musical dramas that have overshadowed so much of the artistic value from this movement. Shaking the very foundations of the young scene as early as 1993 with their iconic split release alongside fellow black wizards EMPEROR, they positively invented the term and art form Viking Metal with their icy monuments “Vikingligr Veldi” and, of course, the immortal splendor that is “Frost” and “Eld”.

Never a sucker for stagnation, ENSLAVED explored uncharted progressive and psychedelic territories even back in the “grim nineties” – placing them in a unique position of both bearers of tradition as well as explorers into the unknown. Now, almost 30 years after changing the name of their adolescent death metal combo PHOBIA and advancing towards a more frostbitten and pagan black metal dirge, ENSLAVED has become a worldwide phenomenon, enthralling their listeners with music at once grim and sublime, effortlessly proving that it is indeed not a problem at all to sound like the sophisticated love child of KING CRIMSON and BATHORY.

With the nucleus of the band still and forever consisting of childhood companions Ivar Bjørnson (guitars) and Grutle Kjellson (vocals), ENSLAVED have perennially and carefully reinvented, refined and progressed their highly inventive brand of extreme metal to a wholly unique level, fluently combining blistering black metal with warm prog rock and archaic folklore with psychedelic thrall. “E”, their fourteenth album, released back in 2017, proved their worth by bringing a certain metaphysical plane to their very own interpretation of Nordic mythology, runes and the sacredness in profanity. “The album cycle for ‘E’ was the most intense we did so far,” an enthusiastic Bjørnson exclaims. “We covered more territory than ever before and gladly realized we got noticed more outside the extreme metal scene.” It was a thrilling but weird time, he recalls, when one day they were playing their groundbreaking “Frost” in its entirety only to churn out their more psychedelic, soothing tunes the next day at a prog festival. Only now it becomes apparent that this was only the beginning of yet another journey.

Tracklist
TRACKLISTING
1 Fires In The Dark (5:59)  
2 Jettegryta (4:56)  
3 Sequence (6:39)  
4 Homebound (5:29)  
5 Utgardr (1:51)  
6 Urjotun (4:21)  
7 Flight Of Thought And Memory (6:22)  
8 Storms Of Utgard (4:38)  
9 Distant Seasons (4:31)  

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