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ENSLAVED: "VEILBURNER" PREMIERE + SONG COMMENTARY

ENSLAVED: "VEILBURNER" PREMIERE + COMMENTARY - 2012-09-17

2012-09-17 - The new ENSLAVED track, “Veilburner,” is available for streaming through tomorrow on the Metal Hammer Germany homepage at http://goo.gl/IwI1o.

ENSLAVED rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson have been offering song commentaries on their trademarked Norwegian strain of progressive extreme metal. The following third of eight installments provides insight on “Veilburner,” which appears on ENSLAVED’s twelfth studio album, RIITIIR, due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.

Bjørnson on “Veilburner”:

“This was the second song written for the album, and man (!), did it turn out great! It was probably the song that ‘kicked in’ first and strongest during our rehearsing for the album. I think the song is perfect for Cato's drum style; every time I listen to it I discover something new and magnificent! A fond memory from the recording sessions is when one of the studio owners, Jørgen Træen (Norwegian top producer), stopped by and heard the song. He said it represented everything he cherished in Metal (like everybody else, he was a metalhead earlier on - at some point in history, everybody must have been into Metal if they're all telling the truth). He found it catchy, grandiose without overdone pomposity, with ear-candy drumming and solid songwriting. Moving on to the lyrics; again we're at the cliché ‘it is what it is.’ There's a veil to burn, so gather your strength, focus, and perform the rite! Whether it be behavioral adjustments, mental synthesis, or simply putting on this particular track obscenely loud, doesn't matter: If you have the fire and a will to burn, it is going to work! Just be aware that what lies beyond the veil might not be pretty. The better you know yourself, the better are the chances of avoiding surprises when you see behind the veil.”

Kjellson on “Veilburner”:
“This song was something as strange in the ENSLAVED-world as love at first hearing; I instantly knew what to do with this one. Me and Herbrand [Larsen, keyboard & clean vocalist] totally agreed on the arrangements and this was an easy one. Yes, they DO come around from time to time. I was particularly satisfied ‘cause my love for Rush had finally struck Ivar, too! At least I like to think so, ‘cause I find a lot of traces of Rush in many of the riffs on this song. I might be deadly wrong of course, but that doesn´t matter. Co-producer Iver Sandøy, being a drummer himself, opened up a couple of doors for Cato on this song I think, and I just love the drumming on this one! Definitely one of young Bekkevold’s finest moments in the ENSLAVED collective. ‘Veilburner’ might also be one of the coolest titles we ever had for a song! It really symbolizes a desperate urge to find the truths, no matter how uncomfortable they might seem to be. I feel that this lyric is somehow the closest to my own lyrics Ivar has ever written. We have, after all, been playing together since 1990, and we tend to view the world the same way. On the ‘chorus’ (if it’s possible to call an ENSLAVED theme that?), we decided to try out Mr. Sandøy’s old RFT CM 7151 condenser microphone (also called ‘The Leipzig bottle’ - made in DDR in the ‘60s), on the growling vocals and man, it sounds so monstrous - without adding any effects to it at all!!! Just pure old tube overdrive! One can only imagine what purposes this particular microphone has been used for. Eric Honecker speeches? Annual Stasi ‘Let´s infiltrate some Western European governments’ meetings? Pretty harsh stuff…”


RIITIIR was recorded in Bergen, Norway at Duper Studios, Earshot Studios, Solslottet Studios, and Peersonal Sound. At Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, Jens Bogren handled mixing duties while Tony Lindgren handled the mastering. The team of producers includes ENSLAVED’s very own Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen, plus Iver Sandøy.

All editions of RIITIIR are now available for pre-order from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop. Bundles include an exclusive album artwork t-shirt + an exclusive 1-inch pin.

RIITIIR’s standard edition track listing is:

01. Thoughts Like Hammers
02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
03. Veilburner
04. Roots Of The Mountain
05. Riitiir
06. Materal
07. Storm Of Memories
08. Forsaken

The deluxe digi-pak edition includes a bonus DVD featuring: The Making of RIITIIR, The Band, The Studios, The Artwork.

The track listing for RIITIIR’s North American 2 LP bone & charcoal splatter vinyl double-gatefold – which is limited to 1,000 copies and can be pre-ordered starting October 9th - is:

Side A: 01. Thoughts Like Hammers // 02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
Side B: 03. Veilburner // 04. Roots Of The Mountain
Side C: 05. Riitiir // 06. Materal
Side D: 07. Storm Of Memories // 08. Forsaken

ENSLAVED’s RIITIIR is the follow-up to Axioma Ethica Odini, which debuted in North America at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart. Axioma Ethica Odini also won the 2010 Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of a U.S. Grammy Award) in the category “Best Metal Album,” won Terrorizer Magazine’s Reader’s Poll for “Best Album of 2010,” ranked #5 in Decibel Magazine’s “Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2010” list, and appeared on over 65 “Best Albums of 2010” lists in North America, repeatedly ranking in the Top 10. In Germany, Metal Hammer Magazine awarded ENSLAVED the “Album Of The Year” title; Dutch magazine Aardschok ranked Axioma Ethica Odini at #9.

ENSLAVED will be performing in this year’s Barge To Hell cruise from Miami to the Caribbean beginning on December 3rd.

Visit ENSLAVED online at:
http://www.ENSLAVED.no
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