ENSLAVED’s new record, RIITIIR, is due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.
â€œIt has been only two years since we last released an album [2010â€™s award-winning Axioma Ethica Odini], and weâ€™ve been touring Europe and North America several times since then,â€ reflects ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar BjÃ¸rnson. â€œSome might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end. Nah. Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.
â€œDescribing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard,â€ BjÃ¸rnson continues. â€œIt is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again Iâ€™ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.â€