ENSLAVED Announce New Album, Riitiir
Speaking of album art reveals, check out this crazy artwork for Enslaved's twelfth studio album, Riitiir. I had no idea what the word meant, until reading further down the press release. What I do know that the album will be released October 2nd in the States and September 28th in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. Here is how guitarist Ivar Bjørnson explains the artwork and the upcoming album title meaning:
“The album is, as mentioned, entitled ‘Riitiir’ – a self-made ‘Norse-ified’ version of the words ‘Rites’ / ‘Rituals.’ RIITIIR = ‘The Rites of Man,’ to put it in a formulaic and easy way. There is no story with a timeline; again we’ve built structures that lay above the independent lyrics that we feel more comfortable with letting the reader explore, interpret, or simply discard themselves. It is entirely up to them. Meanwhile, we are extremely excited to see what visual artist Truls Espedal has come up with this time.
The collaboration between him, myself, and Grutle [Kjellson, vocalist & bassist] was closer, more understanding and powerful this time than ever before in our more than decade-long cooperation. The album concept and our feelings connected to it hit home instantly with Truls, in the same way that his initial ideas resonated intensely with us from the second he shared them with us. We will, of course, discuss some key concepts and potential interpretations in deeper song-by-song analysis – but let’s cross that rainbow when we get there.”