Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson unveils new track from his ambient project BardSpec

Ivar Bjornson

Enslaved guitarist and founding member Ivar Bjørnson has released a new track from his BardSpec ambient project, which he is premiering exclusively with Metal Hammer. Titled Bone, it is taken from the outfit’s debut album Hydrogen, due for release on June 23 via By Norse Music.

“I firmly believe that any metal, or music fan for that matter, with a love of atmosphere, mood and psychedelic grooves in music can find something for them in the BardSpec universe,” Ivar tells Hammer. “BardSpec was my secret project for more than a decade before it came into the light at Roadburn 2015 – and now it is time for the debut album!”

Speaking about the new track Bone, Ivar describes it as “a meditation upon the concepts of strength and endurance, in the micro and the macro.

“How evolution has made us upright and made to be on the move – and how hard it can be to adapt those features into the realms of our psyche – so that we can undergo the mental evolution that is dormant within us.“

Hydrogren is released June 23, via By Norse Music.

To celebrate the release of Hydrogen, there will be a special showcase with Gnaw and Josh Graham’s IIVII in New York on June 29. Tickets are available now.

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Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.