“The Sleeping Gods – Thorn” CDdigipak/LP/digital, out Nov. 11!

Sep 7, 2016

We will release “The Sleeping Gods – Thorn”; a full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010/2011 on By Norse Music (Ivar’s own label). For the first time this unique collection of experimental material, also connecting with our early roots, is available as an album

Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Roadburn Festival, Opeth, Darkthrone, At The Gates, etc.) once again did the beautiful new layout, including mesmerizing new illustrations, displaying a unique symbiosis between two of our times’ most exciting visual and sonic artists.


Costin says: “My mission in this case was to melt imagery done in the past for “Thorn” and the one for “The Sleeping Gods” into one coherent piece. So, this image came out by taking the strict direction of “Thorn”, combined with the symmetry of “The Sleeping Gods”, then passed everything through my vision and added a bit more spicy dreamy flavor. No matter how strange it sounds, I need to confess “The Sleeping Gods” is on my top 3 Enslaved records, so it was a very big honor for me to be a part of  this release!”

It will be released on:

Limited to 250 blue vinyl (webshop edition)
Black vinyl
Digipak CD

Including an exclusive insight into the history of the recorded material by Grutle Kjellson

Pre-order starts SEPT. 30th!

The songs originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between the full-length albums “Axioma Ethica Odini” and “Riitiir”, and is recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band member’s own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-west coast of Norway. Like the songs itself, the production is a mix of old and new; high tech and no-tech – a mix of concepts that has been essential in achieving the signature sound Enslaved is famous for today. Ivar and Grutle co-produced the material together with long-time collaborator Iver Sandøy.

The album has lyrics sung in both Norwegian, English and Old Norse, and the theme centres on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes; as well as contrasting the Norse Ways as a polytheistic belief system to the monotheistic plague of the Big World Religions. The music nods respectfully to the wildly varying deities that make up the pantheon of inspiration for us, both “then” and “now”. There are traces of the both proto-black metal of Bathory, the classic Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70s and 80s, the synthisized and sequenced masters of the 70s, prog-rock, world/ Norse folk music, Norwegian Black Metal of the 90s, modern classical music, goth rock a la Fields of the Nephilim and much more.