Enslaved have been a fascinating band to watch evolve since their inception in the early 90’s. Their first few albums such as “Vikingligr Veldi” and “Frost” were icy Viking black metal but with enough twists and turns to stand out from the numerous other bands in the genre. Their next several albums continued in this direction but it was clear they weren’t interested in repeating themselves. They’ve consistently progressed and have added new sounds and incredibly catchy riffs on each album. Personally, I’m a huge fan of their run of albums between “Below the Lights” and “Axioma Ethica Odini” but the band is consistently putting out excellent and varied releases so they never fail to impress. With their fifteenth album, “Utgard”, about to release, Enslaved have proven they aren’t stopping anytime soon. If anything, they are continuing to embrace new ideas and push boundaries even further. They’ve also brought a new drummer along for the ride. Iver Sandøy goes all Phil Collins, pulling double duty with drums and clean vocals on some tracks. Anyhow, “Jettegryta” is their second single of three and is probably my favorite song so far. That opening riff. That first howling death growl. That shift at the three minute mark which is so epic. The song kicks so much ass. May Enslaved forever reign.
“Utgard” will be released October 2nd.
Additionally, the music video is insanely cool. Check it out here: