The Norwegian extreme/progressive metal lords Enslaved have released a 1 minute trailer for their upcoming studio release Riitiir. This will be Enslaved’s 12th studio album and means “the rites of man.” It is due to be released September 28, 2012 in Europe and October 2 in North America on Nuclear Blast.
Enslaved guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson recently commented on the album:
“It has been only two years since we last released an album, and we’ve been touring Europe and North America several times since then. Some might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end. Nah. Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.”
“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard. It is easy because it sounds like Enslaved, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”
If you so desire you can also find the first single called “Thoughts Like Hammers” streaming right here.