Bereits Ende September gaben ENSLAVED bekannt, dass sie im Studio sind, um den Nachfolger von „RIITIIR“ (2012) einzuspielen (Metal1 berichtete). Die Norweger gaben den Fans auf ihrer Facebook-Seite nun weitere Informationen:
As always, it is hard to formulate an exact direction ENSLAVED is or is not heading in with the new album. This duality is part of the essence of the band: The ability to maintain consistency and a strong identity and, at the same time, surprise both the oldest fans and even ourselves with new musical directions. The new material is darker and rawer, more aggressive and direct, yet continues the exploration deeper into progressive, softer, and more melodic territories with at times complex song structures, combined with unusually immediate (for ENSLAVED, at least) elements. The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres’ limits.
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