Reaching out to fans with their cover artwork for the upcoming album Utgard, Enslaved also announced they’ll be headlining the Verftet online music festival in USF, Bergen on April 1. The online event will be streamed via bt.no and youtube.com.
Enslaved’s official statement is as follows
“Due to the current situation, we took the decision together with our label, Nuclear Blast, to postpone the release of ‘Utgard’ to the fall. Therefore, as you can imagine, the whole schedule had to be adjusted quickly! We understand that seeing a video teaser followed by nothing has been confusing. As of today, we can announce that our first single and video will be released on May 22, and we can’t wait to share this new music with you all! We are sure you understand that this is for the best.
In the meantime, we’d like to tell you a little more about the ‘Utgard’ cover artwork! This is the ninth-consecutive album cover artwork done by Truls Espedal—and like the album itself, it is definitely on the wavelength of the long-distance pulse from the Enslaved generator. It is a piece of art that mirrors a massive concept and a band that is also more lyrically and philosophically inspired than ever before. That Truls is a master of his art is established a long time ago, but he has truly outdone himself on this interpretation of our Utgard. Just looking at how the colors and techniques are used to create the depth and grandiosity of the horizon. The perfect traveling companion into these uncharted territories.”