ENSLAVED | announce ‘Heimdal (Deluxe)’ digital album + release single/visualizer ‘Gangandi’

ENSLAVED | announce ‘Heimdal (Deluxe)’ digital album + release single/visualizer ‘Gangandi’

11th January 2024 0 By John Deaux

One year ago, Norway’s trailblazing cosmic voyagers,¬†Enslaved,¬†released¬†their latest avant-garde creation titled¬†Heimdal.¬†To commemorate the studio album’s¬†first year of¬†existence,¬†the band¬†are proud to announce the¬†Heimdal (Deluxe) digital album, set to be released on March 1st 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Heimdal (Deluxe) will include the studio album in full, as well as bonus track ‘Gangandi‘, alternative versions of two album tracks ‘Congelia‘ and ‘Forest Dweller‘, both featuring sublime performances from renowned cellist¬†Jo Quail, plus the entirety of ‘The Otherworldly Big Band Experience‘ – Enslaved‘s¬†stunning 2022 streaming event featuring¬†fellow psychedelic Norwegian prog band¬†Shaman Elephant.

Today, the band have released their deeply mesmerising track¬†Gangandi‘ as a preview to the deluxe digital album, which is accompanied by a visualizer.

Vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson commented,

“Gangandi¬†was the last song we made before the recording sessions for Heimdal¬†took place. I remember Ivar driving down to my place from Bergen on a Friday night to play a demo for a new song for me, and I went like, “Daaaaamn, this is something else!” I absolutely loved it, but at the same time, I sensed that it was a little bit to the left of the rest of the material. When I started to figure out what to sing over it, I ended up writing a poem in cross rhyme in archaic western Norwegian, which even separated the whole effort even further away from the rest of the material.

So, ultimately, we ended up not including it on the album, other than as a bonus track on the most ‚Äúexclusive‚ÄĚ and limited vinyl versions.

That said, that doesn‚Äôt mean that we don‚Äôt enjoy the song! Quite the contrary! We love this odd little hybrid of folk rock, early Mayhem, and King Crimson! It just ended up being the weird cousin of the rest of the songs. Kind of like Enslaved itself as a matter of fact.”

PRE-SAVE HEIMDAL (DELUXE): https://enslaved.bfan.link/heimdal-deluxe.ema
LISTEN TO TRACK ‘GANGANDI’:¬†https://enslaved.bfan.link/gangandi.ema
Enslaved‘s latest studio album Heimdal¬†(released March 2023)¬†is both a departure and a communion with roots forged over three decades ago in the turbulent birth throes of Norway‚Äôs black metal scene. It’s a record that points towards new beginnings, and a dawn that‚Äôs on the other side of the apex of the land. A¬†psychedelic journey through arcane Norse folklore, connecting¬†with one’s ancient ancestors and our future selves.

The Otherworldly Big Band Experience‘ was¬†an¬†Enslaved show like none other, their biggest, boldest project to date – a colossal, kaleidoscopic stage show featuring a stellar setlist covering their career, both past and present. Including some tracks never previously performed live.¬†

Enslaved will be touring the UK and Europe in March 2024. The 16-date run will take the band across 10 different countries, with support coming from British post-hardcore quartet Svalbard and US metallers Wayfarer.

Tickets are on-sale now from https://enslaved.no/

w/ Svalbard + Wayfarer
06/03 РUK  London, Islington Assembly Hall 
07/03 РUK  Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
08/03 РUK  Manchester, Club Academy
09/03 РUK  Glasgow, Slay 
10/03 РIE   Dublin, Opium 
12/03 РNL  Helmond, Cacaofabriek 
13/03 РFR  Paris, La Machine 
14/03 –¬†CH¬† Geneva, PTR/l’Usine¬†
15/03 РFR  Montpellier, Victoire 2
16/03 РIT   Milan, Legend 
18/03 РCZ  Prague, Futurum
19/03 –¬†AT¬† Vienna, Szene¬†
21/03 РDE  Cologne, Club Volta 
22/03 РDE  Leipzig, Taubchenthal 
23/03 РDE  Berlin, Hole44
24/03 РPL  Warsaw, Proxima

Enslaved have also been announced for some festivals in 2024:

31/07-03/08   NO  Beyond The Gates, Bergen
11/08             UK  Bloodstock Festival, Derby
14/08-17/08¬† ¬†DE¬† Summer Breeze,¬†Dinkelsb√ľhl
16/11-17/11   MX  Mexico Metal Fest, Mexico City

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