Long-running Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved is about to release its astonishing 13th studio album, In Times, (March 10 in North America, Nuclear Blast), followed by a supporting tour. Following its recent releases, Axioma Ethica Odini (2010) and RIITIIR (2012), Enslaved has developed its sound further, progressing into unknown territory for an extreme metal band, yet managing to retain a substance of its roots, as one of the early ’90s Norwegian black metal bands. Consisting of only six songs, all clocking in over eight minutes, In Times is an album that presents somewhat of a challenge for listeners in this age of short attention spans. But you know what? Enslaved’s 24-year-long evolution into what we hear today has built up a steady fan base that’s only grown in the past few years, especially after getting some great exposure touring the U.S. with Amon Amarth in 2014. Fans have come to expect a new high-quality and intelligent Enslaved album every few years, yet they still don’t entirely know what exactly to expect, if that makes any sense.
So what makes In Times tick? What was recording the album like? And what’s this about a cabin in the woods? Live Metal’s Jeff Maki got a call in from Norway and on the other end was guitarist and founding member Ivar Bjørnson to explain it all.