Norway's progressive black metal icons Enslaved are back with a new EP, Caravans to the Outer World, after issuing their 15th studio album, Utgard, last year. A music video for the title track has been released as well.

As one of black metal's most consistent innovators, a new release from Enslaved always comes with a twinge of mystery and wonder with fans eager to hear which direction the band has decided to embark on next.

In more recent years, the band has been keen on incorporating some electronic influences and those are present here, but intertwined with a riff-salad that spans from thrash to icy black metal and even to hip-gyrating rhythms. There's some clean singing over blast beats and a quieter, minimalist section that builds in intensity, making this one of Enslaved's most dynamic tracks of their expansive career.

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, who also handled some keyboard work, piano, electronics, effects and percussion, commented, "This is the story that wanted to be told, and this is music that demanded to be heard. Who are we to question that? After Utgard, the path ahead cleared itself - and we followed; past, present and future melted together in an EP that marks one giant leap for us. Into…"

Watch the video for "Caravans to the Outer World" at the bottom of the page and view the EP art and track listing further down. Look for the EP to be released on Oct. 1 on Nuclear Blast and pre-order your copy here.

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Enslaved, "Caravans to the Outer Worlds" Lyrics

Blinded by greed
Imprisoned by the distance
Thralls to the idol-self
Scream in fear of the end

Gifted sight
Rejected chains
Freedom gained
Endless spin of the wheel

Esoteric navigation
Through the astral storms

The fires of strife lost their colours
When corruption took hold
Claiming the kingmaker's seat
In the maddened court's ruins

Our stories died on their journeys
As the fools all spoke their minds
Buried under rotting leaves
From rootless too-young trees

Thе Tribes of Sense and Earth
Caravans of thе Shadow-Circle

The Warrior turns her back
On the ignoble battle
A sword-arm put to better use
Raising sails towards the Outer Worlds

Towards the Outer Worlds
Towards the Outer Worlds
Towards the Outer Worlds

Enslaved, "Caravans to the Outer Worlds" Music Video

Enslaved, Caravans to the Outer Worlds EP Artwork + Track Listing

Enslaved, 'Caravans to the Outer Worlds'
Nuclear Blast

1. "Caravans to the Outer Worlds"
2. "Intermezzo I: Lonnlig. Gudlig."
3. "Ruun II - The Epitaph"
4. "Intermezzo II: The Navigator"

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