“Caravans to the Outer Worlds” is a tale of departure, of leaving behind a barren and desolate world. After going knowingly and willingly into the unknown on Utgard, the insights and new truths found there invoked archaic memories – of being part of a larger whole. It made those remembering come together in the shadows; preparing for the journey ahead. There are outer worlds to go to, new havens to rebuild in, to invoke a new dawn and to defend the new world for those of Sense and Earth. It is a tale that can be seen on the endlessly large scale of the cosmos and one that can be read from the infinitely distant strands of the Runic genomes.
This EP contains neck breaking riffage that will point backwards to the raw beginnings of ENSLAVED – the title track marking an explosive liftoff with melodic breakaways and proggy slingshots onto new orbits, while the ominous “Ruun II: The Epitaph” takes a somber dive into the murky and mysterious ocean of stars beyond the known. These two main pieces are framed by two intermezzos: “Intermezzo I: Lönnlig. Gudlig” and “Intermezzo II: The Navigator;” wrapping up the main stories with respectively what came before and what is to come…
Ivar Bjørnson | guitars
Grutle Kjellson | vocals
Arve ‘Ice Dale’ Isdal | guitar
Håkon Vinje | keyboards, clean vocals
Iver Sandøy | drums
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