Progressive black/viking metal band Enslaved have summoned the bifröst and are returning with their 16th studio album, Heimdal. Set for release on March 3, 2023 via Nuclear Blast Records, the Norwegian quintet also released the album’s first single and accompanying music video for “Congelia,” which you can check out below.
According to the band, the new album 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 will feature the trippy “Caravans To The Outer Worlds” from last year’s EP that shared the track’s title, while album bonus versions will have an extra track in the form of “Gangandi.”
The band also said there will be an accompanying Blu-ray of their Otherworldly Big Band Experience streamed event that took place last year.
Speaking on the upcoming release of the band’s 16th studio album, both Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson said the new album is the culmination of more than 30 years of Norse mythology rolling around in their minds and writing.
This time we have decided to dedicate an entire body of work to this most enigmatic of characters and richest of archetypes – we give you HEIMDAL. We have reached deeper and scouted further ahead than ever before – the past, present and future sound of the band comes together in songs born from sheer inspiration – it is the common force of a close-nit group of friends and musicians.”
01. Behind The Mirror
03. Forest Dweller
05. The Eternal Sea
06. Caravans To The Outer Worlds
07. Gangandi (Bonus Track)*