The title for the new album by Norway’s highly renowned psychedelic post-black metal band ENSLAVED will be announced on the band’s MySpace page on Thursday, July 15th at 3 a.m. PACIFIC / 6 a.m. EASTERN / 12:00 CET. Release dates will also be announced.
This eleventh studio album was recorded at three different studios in Bergen, Norway: 1) Duper; 2) Earshot (belonging to ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen [keyboardist/backing vocalist] and Ice Dale [lead guitarist]); and 3) Peersonal Sound (owned by rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson). It is the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. In their native Norway, Vertebrae entered the official charts at #20 and earned ENSLAVED their third consecutive Spellemann award (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy).
Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. Other “Best of 2008” rankings include: Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles: #4; Metal Edge: #9; Metal Maniacs: #11; Revolver Magazine: #14; Decibel Magazine: #16; and Kerrang!: #19.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th.
View a recent interview with ENSLAVED guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson here.