In the third of nine installments, bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED offer commentary on the songs that will appear on the band’s new album Axioma Ethica Odini, which is scheduled for release in Europe on September 27th and in North America on September 28th.
Grutle on “Waruun”:
“This was one of the songs that took the longest time to get into. It also turned out to be the biggest surprise and among the songs I enjoy the most on this album. This was among me and [keyboard player and clean vocalist] Herbrand’s biggest difficulties when figuring out what to sing over things, and one of the last we recorded. It became quite experimental on all layers, but at the same time weirdly catchy! The best of those two worlds, one might say! A killer song, in my maybe not too humble, opinion.”
Ivar on “Waruun”:
“This is one of the first songs written for the album. The way the songwriting process starts is that I go away somewhere with my mobile recording rig. This time I didn’t go far, but far enough out of Bergen [Norway] to start forgetting some of the mundane distractions that can block creativity (rock-blocking?). The title is a construction of mine, and people can put whatever they want into it; I know vocalists Grutle and Herbrand have made their own interpretations. It is one of our heaviest song openers and shows how focused ENSLAVED’s musical energy can be, contrasting the more floating, ‘spacey’ parts that follow the opening. This is one of the songs that really benefitted from our heavy focus on working out arrangements in the rehearsal room rather than in the pre-production studio. The dynamics vary a lot and ‘solving’ the song requires finding the transitions between these dynamics. To be able to do that requires working in a ‘real’ environment, i.e. rehearsal room. Studio work only reveals so much of the inner life of the song.”
Click here to read the commentaries on “Ethica Odini”and “Raidho.”
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.
ENSLAVED will embark on a 7-show “Circling Above and Within Tour” of Europe beginning October 15th and will return to North America in November as the direct support act for DIMMU BORGIR. All upcoming tour dates are available here.
View the four-part in-studio video series of ENSLAVED members answering fan questions on the making of Axioma Ethica Odini on the band’s official YouTube channel.