Norwegian progressive black avantgardists ENSLAVED have re-signed with Nuclear Blast, renewing a collaboration that has been ongoing for around ten years and two years ago produced the universally lauded album "E".
Band founding member and guitarist Ivar Bjørnson stated about the re-signing: "It is with great pleasure we re-sign our record deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide! We have been working together for more or less a decade, and it has been an individed positive experience. They have both the heart to grasp our musical visions and the business muscles to spread them out into the world. When you add personal friendships with the wonderful people in America, U.K. and Germany, it is simply an ideal situation for us to be in. Onwards, forwards and in all directions!"
To mark the occasion, ENSLAVED presents a stunning new music video filled with atmospheric imaginery for their interpretation of "What Else Is There" by Norwegian electropop band RÖYSKOPP. The song is featured as a bonus track on the digipack CD and digital version of "E".
Watch and listen below.
An album full of revelatory moments, spine-tingling dynamics and exquisite but alien atmospheres, "E" showcased a refreshed ENSLAVED lineup via songs that took the band into unprecedented territory. From the grandiose, weather-beaten riff-scapes of 11-minute opener "Storm Son To The Wild", psychedelic frontier squall of "Sacred Horse" and the muscular, sax-powered shoegaze barrage of monstrous closer "Hiindsiight", it was both a typically bold and fearless statement from this most inventive of modern metal bands and a thrilling sideways step that harnessed the spirit of old and set it loose in a whirlwind of imagination. Conceptually, too, ENSLAVED made giant forward strides.