Enslaved preview new album ‘Utgard’ with “Homebound”

Their 15th studio record is named after a mythical Norse landscape.

Norwegian veterans Enslaved have released the captivating song “Homebound,” from their upcoming album Utgard.

Nearly three decades into their career, the adventurous five-piece still have the capacity to surprise, as the dynamic new single shows. “‘Homebound’ is about the greatest reward of exploring and traveling into unknown territory—to ‘go viking’ if you will, turning ‘Homebound’ at the end of the journey,” the band said in a statement.

“It is a song that takes Enslaved on a musical journey that is as much an homage to those who dared so we could play our very own style of music: from nurturing blackened roots to nodding at zeppelins in the sky, beholding teutonic thrash titans and watching speeding motorpsychos take off into the futures.”

It’s the first glimpse of their 15th studio album Utgard, which will be released in fall 2020. The record is named after the giants’ stronghold in Norse mythology, where the gods of Asgard have no control. Enslaved characterize it as “dangerous, chaotic, uncontrollable and where madness, creativeness, humor and chaos dwell.”

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Enslaved will be releasing “Homebound” as a 7-inch vinyl single, with a cover of TNT’s “Knights of the Thunder” as the B-side. It will be released on June 26.

Watch the video for “Homebound” below, which mixes performance footage with ominous natural imagery:

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