Enslaved to release new album “The Sleeping Gods - Thorn” on November 11th 2016

Enslaved The Sleeping Gods - Thorn cover
Enslaved have set to release “The Sleeping Gods - Thorn”, which features rare and experimental material from 2010 & 2011 on November 11th, 2016.

The band stated:
“Hey guys! Let's share some great news today... We are very proud to announce the release of "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" on By Norse Music! Out on Nov. 11, it will feature rare and experimental material from 2010/2011, collected for the first time as a full-length album! Exciting, right?”...

Pre-order starts Sept. 30th, stay tuned!

Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Roadburn Festival, Opeth, Darkthrone, At The Gates, etc.) once again did the beautiful new layout, including mesmerizing new illustrations, displaying a unique symbiosis between two of our times’ most exciting visual and sonic artists.

“The Sleeping Gods - Thorn” will be released on:
• Limited to 250 blue vinyl (webshop edition)
• Black vinyl
• Digipak CD
• Digital
• Including an exclusive insight into the history of the recorded material by Grutle Kjellson.

The songs originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between the full-length albums “Axioma Ethica Odini” and “Riitiir”, and is recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band member’s own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-west coast of Norway. Like the songs itself, the production is a mix of old and new; high tech and no-tech – a mix of concepts that has been essential in achieving the signature sound Enslaved is famous for today. Ivar and Grutle co-produced the material together with long-time collaborator Iver Sandøy.

The album has lyrics sung in both Norwegian, English and Old Norse, and the theme centres on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes; as well as contrasting the Norse Ways as a polytheistic belief system to the monotheistic plague of the Big World Religions. The music nods respectfully to the wildly varying deities that make up the pantheon of inspiration for us, both “then” and “now”. There are traces of the both proto-black metal of Bathory, the classic Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70s and 80s, the synthisized and sequenced masters of the 70s, prog-rock, world/ Norse folk music, Norwegian Black Metal of the 90s, modern classical music, goth rock a la Fields of the Nephilim and much more.

Enslaved also celebrate their 25th anniversary, with the “Spinning Wheel Ritual” tour through Europe at the end of September. The last dates have just been added, so make sure to catch this extreme metal highlight in a city close to you.

European Tour Dates 2016:
29.09. CH Aarau - KiFF
30.09. D Stuttgart - Club Cann
01.10. D Cologne - Euroblast
15.10. D Berlin - BiNuu
16.10. PL Warsaw - Progresja
17.10. PL Wroclaw - Firlej
18.10. CZ Prague - Nova Chelmnice
19.10. D Munich - Backstage
20.10. A Vienna - Szene
22.10. H Brasov - Club Rockstadt
24.10. SLO Ljubljana - Kino Siska
26.10. I Ravenna - Bronson
27.10. I Rome - Traffic
28.10. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
29.10. F Marseille - Jas Rod
30.10. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
31.10. E Madrid - But
02.11. F Toulouse - Metronum
03.11. F Rennes - Antipode
04.11. F Paris - Divan Du Monde
05.11. UK Leeds - Damnation Festival
07.11. NL Leeuwarden - Neushoorn
08.11. NL Tilburg - 013
09.11. D Hannover - Musikzentrum
10.11. D Dresden - Beatpol