Norwegian metal legends Enslaved have just signed a fresh record deal with Nuclear Blast. Having been decimating the planet for more than 20 years, the band most recently released two successful albums with Nuclear Blast in the United States. Now, Enslaved are now going worldwide with the label.

In a recent press release, the band expressed their excitement about their newest venture:

“We’re very, very (yes, very) pleased and proud to sign this deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide. We’ve already worked with Nuclear Blast US through our two latest albums and our personal friendships with NB guys and gals on both sides of the Atlantic are even older. There’s no drama – we take great pride in the fact that there seldom is with us; it is simply a matter of one contract ending and us going for what seems to be our best option at this point in time and space. This time, the best choice for Enslaved is changing things up somewhat.

Enslaved continue, "We’re excited to see what the mixture of passion and professionalism at Nuclear Blast can do with the Enslaved name in the years to come.  There is no doubt that the level of ambition, the experience and seriousness about what we do form perfect common ground for Enslaved and Nuclear Blast.  We’re in the process of making a new album that will initiate our new partnership.  Watch out for the approaching wave of news about that.  For now, let’s just say that the album will be an absolute (Nuclear) blast!”

Gerardo Martínez, Label Manager for Nuclear Blast USA, offered a statement on his excitement, as well:

"Enslaved is one of the most amazing bands to ever come from Norway," writes Martínez. "We’ve had the pleasure of working with them on their last two albums in North America, and from this day forth, worldwide.  Looking forward their new masterpiece to be unleashed to the masses later in the year!”

Enslaved released their 2008 album, 'Vertebrae' and their 2010 full-length 'Axionma Ethica Odini' on Nuclear Blast in the United States. The band is planning to release their next record in the fall of 2012.