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Rejoice lovers of weird, earthy quasi Black Metal! Enslaved’s Ivar Bjornson and Wardruna’s Einar Selvik have returned with a brand new album coming in the form of Hugsja.

Following the success of their original collaboration that was Skuggsja, the duo have come together to announce that they will be releasing a brand new album titled Hugsja. Released through By Norse, the word Hugsja means within the mind. Warduna mastermind Einar Selvik comments on the new record :

Where our previous joint endeavor «Skuggsjá» had a very specific idea and format when it was commissioned, I feel we had much more room on «Hugsjá», to freely explore as well as to apply our experience into the creative process and planning. It has truly been an enriching process where we have been working alongside great musicians, language experts, archeologists and local experts; seeking to unfold and shed light on relevant, yet near forgotten deities and myths as well as local history and traditions.

Similarly Ivar Bjonrson chimes in :

We started out by fusing our respective bands into a mammoth of a piece; and marching said mammoth on and off stage afterwards was not the easiest of tasks either. So when we started working on round two, we moved the focus from what we were doing in our “day-bands”, and what we could do together as musical and thinking “individuals”. In that process I feel we have invented a whole new genre and a whole new approach to historically anchored art. The recording process was a lot of fun also; these songs really works on all scales; acoustically outdoors by the sea, mic´d up and amplified in a giant concert hall – and last but not least; as an album…

Roadburn 2018 will be both the release party and international live debut of “Hugsjá”, the album. From what I can tell, it seems that Hugsja may well be even more stripped back than what Skuggsja has been and thats saying something! The band have revealed the record’s first single and title track “Hugsja”

Hugsja track listing :

  1. Hugsjá
  2. WulthuR
  3. Ni Døtre av Hav
  4. Ni Mødre av Sol
  5. Fornjot
  6. Nattseglar
  7. Nytt Land
  8. Nordvegen
  9. Utsyn
  10. Oska
  11. Um Heilage Fjell

Whatever these two seem to come up with, it always ends up being an absolutely fantastic collaboration and one that your ears should not be missing out on! Hugsja is set for an April 20th release via By Norse!

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