Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson recently discussed his role as the curator of the coming Fire In The Mountains festival, where he revealed Enslaved was working on a new album. Now Enslaved has confirmed this news by mentioning they've entered the studio to record. The new record will be mixed by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, etc.).
This will be Enslaved's first record with drummer Iver Sandøy, who replaced longtime drummer Cato Bekkevold in 2018.
“The days are growing darker in the Northern hemisphere – and Bergen is covered in a blanket of frost. This sets the scene as we have entered the studio to record the new Enslaved album. Since our last album, we have a 'new' drummer – in quotation marks, since he has been with us behind the scenes for more than a decade.
Together with me (Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson) he constitutes the production team on this new album – and as before we will record in Bergen in Duper Studio and next door at Iver‘s Solslottet Studio. Before crossing the mountains eastwards to Örebro into Fascination Street where Jens Bogren will handle the mix.
The new material I feel is very powerful. The Enslaved signature is there, but there is a wild drive and a level of energy that makes me extremely excited. All five members have poured their dedication and souls into the preparations, and there are new sides to the band shown that will elevate this album.”
Enslaved is aiming to release the album spring 2020.