January 12, 2024

One year ago, Norway’s trailblazing cosmic voyagers, Enslaved, released their latest avant-garde creation titled Heimdal. To commemorate the studio album’s first year of existence, the band are proud to announce the Heimdal (Deluxe) digital album, set to be released on March 1st 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Heimdal (Deluxe)will include the studio album in full, as well as bonus track Gangandi, alternative versions of two album tracks Congelia and Forest Dweller, both featuring sublime performances from renowned cellist Jo Quail, plus the entirety of The Otherworldly Big Band Experience – Enslaved‘s stunning 2022 streaming event featuring fellow psychedelic Norwegian prog band Shaman Elephant.

Photo: Roy Bjørge

The band has released their deeply mesmerising track Gangandi as a preview to the deluxe digital album, which is accompanied by a visualizer.

Vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson commented: “Gangandi was the last song we made before the recording sessions for Heimdal took place. I remember Ivar driving down to my place from Bergen on a Friday night to play a demo for a new song for me, and I went like, “Daaaaamn, this is something else!” I absolutely loved it, but at the same time, I sensed that it was a little bit to the left of the rest of the material. When I started to figure out what to sing over it, I ended up writing a poem in cross rhyme in archaic western Norwegian, which even separated the whole effort even further away from the rest of the material.

So, ultimately, we ended up not including it on the album, other than as a bonus track on the most “exclusive” and limited vinyl versions.

That said, that doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy the song! Quite the contrary! We love this odd little hybrid of folk rock, early Mayhem, and King Crimson! It just ended up being the weird cousin of the rest of the songs. Kind of like Enslaved itself as a matter of fact.”

Enslaved‘s latest studio album Heimdal (released March 2023) is both a departure and a communion with roots forged over three decades ago in the turbulent birth throes of Norway’s black metal scene. It’s a record that points towards new beginnings, and a dawn that’s on the other side of the apex of the land. A psychedelic journey through arcane Norse folklore, connecting with one’s ancient ancestors and our future selves.

The Otherworldly Big Band Experience was an Enslaved show like none other, their biggest, boldest project to date – a colossal, kaleidoscopic stage show featuring a stellar setlist covering their career, both past and present. Including some tracks never previously performed live. 

Enslaved will be touring the UK and Europe in March 2024. The 16-date run will take the band across 10 different countries, with support coming from British post-hardcore quartet Svalbard and US metallers Wayfarer.

w/ Svalbard + Wayfarer

  • 06/03 – UK  London, Islington Assembly Hall 
  • 07/03 – UK  Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 08/03 – UK  Manchester, Club Academy
  • 09/03 – UK  Glasgow, Slay 
  • 10/03 – IE   Dublin, Opium 
  • 02/03 – NL  Helmond, Cacaofabriek 
  • 13/03 – FR  Paris, La Machine 
  • 14/03 – CH  Geneva, PTR/l’Usine 
  • 15/03 – FR  Montpellier, Victoire 2
  • 16/03 – IT   Milan, Legend 
  • 18/03 – CZ  Prague, Futurum
  • 19/03 – AT  Vienna, Szene 
  • 21/03 – DE  Cologne, Club Volta 
  • 22/03 – DE  Leipzig, Taubchenthal 
  • 23/03 – DE  Berlin, Hole44
  • 24/03 – PL  Warsaw, Proxima

Enslaved have also been announced for some festivals in 2024:

31/07-03/08   NO  Beyond The Gates, Bergen
11/08             UK  Bloodstock Festival, Derby
14/08-17/08   DE  Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl
16/11-17/11   MX  Mexico Metal Fest, Mexico City

Never faltering, Norway’s iconic Enslaved continue to exist as one of the most original and dependable components in our scene’s indestructible backbone. Possessing the reputation as one of the most riveting live acts around, they never fail to offer us talent of the highest calibre, always doing justice to their signature black/progressive sound. Enslaved was formed in 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson, releasing their first demo Yggdrasill in the summer of 1992, their legendary mini-album Hordanes Land coming out in 1993, and with their debut full-length Vikingligr Veldi arriving in the spring of 1994.

Enslaved are a band in stellar form – a band at its most existentialist and self-conscious, proud Bergeners bearing the torch of their hometown’s extraordinary musical history. Their most recent material shows Enslaved at their most unleashed and thought-through – a lethal combination unfurling a potential that’s easily rekindling the furor of their early works while dancing gracefully through their most ambitious, most haunting and most musical tunes yet. A contradiction? Life itself is a contradiction. And yet we all live to prove it wrong.

Enslaved is:
Ivar Bjørnson | guitars 
Grutle Kjellson | vocals
Arve ‘Ice Dale’ Isdal | guitar
Håkon Vinje | keyboards, clean vocals
Iver Sandøy | drums

ENSLAVED online:

Official Website