The astonishing new album layout was done by Z. Bielak (Ghost, Mayhem, etc.), and includes four brand new illustrations specially made for this legendary album. Z. Bielak has stayed true to the ideals of the era (it was originally scheduled for release on vinyl in 1993); this double LP Gatefold edition with illustrated pockets has been respectfully remastered for vinyl by Iver Sandøy; preserving every bit of the record’s original dynamics.
Enslaved`s 1st full-length album was co-produced with the legendary Pytten in the world famous Grieghallen Studio in Bergen, Norway. It was originally released on Deathlike Silence Productions, an Oslo based independent record label founded in the late nineteen eighties. The infamous label was run by Euronymous, the late mastermind and guitarist behind black metal pioneers Mayhem.
This album has lyrics in Icelandic, and is a tribute to the Norse landscape, history and mythology. The compositions and production match these themes with long, horizontal songscapes, dense atmospheres and winds from the past.