Feb 23, 2023

We share with you a new single and video from Heimdal, our 16th studio album out March 3rd 2023. ‘Forest Dweller’ is a churning, psychedelic journey through archaic Norse folklore. One might ask what lessons we can divine from our celestial ancestors? We might never understand their true intentions, but their echo will live on regardless.

Grutle Kjellson comments: “To me «Forest Dweller» was the most immediate song on the album, at least in it’s earliest form as an instrumental demo. I spent quite some time to get into some of the other songs on the album, but this one seemed somehow logical, well logical by Enslaved-standards that is. I had an idea for a lyric, and Ivar’s amazing and diverse riffs on this one, somehow made it easy to pan out the scripture. I made a rough plan on what to sing over it, and headed up to Iver, drummer extraordinaire and co-singer to finalize the arrangements and add the vocals to the demo. Apart from “Caravans To The Outer Worlds”, this was the first song we finished the arrangements for, and we actually ended up using some parts of those recordings on the album!

The song sort of showcases our representative samples of inspiration; Led Zep, Genesis, Destruction, Iron Maiden and David Bowie, to mention a schizophrenic tapestry of influences. It somehow mirrors the lyrics as well, which deals about both darkness and light in connection to the nature of Heimdal”

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