Enslaved Unleash Stream of ‘In Times’ Album
Norwegian progressive black metallers Enslaved are just about due to release their 13th album, In Times. Excitement for this record has been huge, but fans will no longer have to wait until March 6 to hear all 53 minutes of the disc. Enslaved have just unleashed all six tracks from In Times via YouTube (listen above).
In 2012, Enslaved gave us RIITIIR, which was received extremely well by fans. As one of the most consistent bands in extreme metal, Enslaved will likely receive praise once again for In Times, as the Norwegian veterans have delivered yet another sonic victory.
"I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own ass, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any 'opinions' about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert songsmith," says guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. "The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events. In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art."
Bjørnson continues, "I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far. It incorporates our 'blacker' past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense… Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired."
Listen to Enslaved's In Times in the player above! Also, catch them on their March tour throughout North America with support from Yob and Ecstatic Vision. For the full list of dates, click here.