There is a desert which is very old, very dry, and very dangerous. Few have ever dared to cross it, and fewer have returned. Some say that it is a desert between places, others say that it is a desert between worlds. Those who have crossed it and returned swear that the desert is another world in itself – an astral bridge, which swallows all but the most well-prepared travelers.
Enslaved are such seasoned voyagers. In their last venture, they descended into “Utgard,” deep in the dark beneath their native Norway. Now, they are preparing to set off again, not down this time, but out. They intend to cross the desert, into it and perhaps beyond it. Travelling by sonic pathways, “Caravan To The Outer Worlds” will set off October 1st, inviting the listener to explore the esoteric spaces which call out from just beyond the dunes.
A new cycle has emerged and Enslaved find themselves on a bridge between the archaic and the unmapped. “Caravan To The Outer Worlds” EP is a tale of departure, of leaving behind a barren and desolate world, travelling boldly into the future. Watch the video for the EP title track below.
Ivar Bjørnson stated: “This is the story that wanted to be told, and this is music that demanded to be heard. Who are we to question that? After Utgard, the path ahead cleared itself – and we followed; past, present and future melted together in an EP that marks one giant leap for us. Into…”
Enslaved’s new 4-track EP “Caravan To The Outer Worlds” will be released on October 1st via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order physically + digitally here.
“Caravan To The Outer Worlds” EP contains neck breaking riffage that points backwards to the raw beginnings of Enslaved – the title track marking an explosive lift-off with melodic breakaways and proggy slingshots onto new orbits, while the ominous “Ruun II: The Epitaph” takes a sombre dive into the murky and mysterious ocean of stars beyond the known. These two main pieces are framed by two intermezzos: “Intermezzo I: Lönnlig. Gudlig.” and “Intermezzo II: The Navigator;” wrapping up the main stories with respectively what came before and what is to come…
“Caravan To The Outer Worlds” EP tracklisting:
1. Caravans to the Outer Worlds
2. Intermezzo I: Lonnlig. Gudlig.
3. Ruun II – The Epitaph
4. Intermezzo II: The Navigator