“The River’s Mouth”, the new video from Norwegian progressive black avantgardists ENSLAVED, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “E”, which will be released on October 13 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “In Times” was recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen and was once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
ENSLAVED songwriter and guitarist Ivar Bjørnson stated about “The River’s Mouth” clip, which was once again created by Josh Graham (SOUNDGARDEN, NEUROSIS): “‘The River’s Mouth’ is a quite heavy track, drawing both on our rock roots and of course the foundation of everything awesome: mid-’80s, mid-paced BATHORY. It also includes some odd space-rock in the choruses and the end part — finally BATHORY and HAWKWIND met.
“I like the energy of this song a lot — both Cato and new-kid-on-the-chopping-block Håkon is doing such a great job with the psychedelic parts, the chorus and the ending. What a drive! The end sounds like travelling at insane speed through wormholes.
“The theme here is your relationship with the ‘future,’ as we describe it: The sensation of time moving along is a construction of our brains — physics claims all time to already have been ‘rolled out’; try wrapping our brains around that one! So the future would be, speaking in tabloid; a piece of land we just haven’t arrived at yet. But it is already here. The song is about acting in tandem with your future self which already arrived at this ‘future island’ — do not sit and wait, make sure you lay the ground for what is to happen in the future, now!”
“E” track listing
01. Storm Son
02. The River’s Mouth
03. Sacred Horse
04. Axis Of The Worlds
05. Feathers Of Eolh
07. Djupet (bonus track)
08. What Else Is There? (RÖYKSOPP cover; bonus track)
Ivar explains the “E” title: “The concept of the album lies in both its meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet and its runic reference: the rune ‘Ehwaz’, that is depicted as an ‘M’ when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) — the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what’s known as E, but drawn as an ‘M’) looks like and means ‘horse.’ Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is ‘trust’ and ‘co-operation.’ One of mankind’s oldest and deepest pairings/collaborations with any ‘outside’ entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilized, there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses.
“So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development — on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir — wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis.”