First released in 1993 as a mini 12” LP, “Hordanes Land” was also released a few weeks later as a split CD album with Emperor and is considered a key release in the development of Viking metal.
The By Norse Music re-issue on physical formats features exclusive liner notes and quotes by major figures of the Black metal scene such as Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), Lee Barret (Candlelight) and Hrymr (Helheim) among others, a reassembled layout respectfully done by Marcelo Vasco. All formats feature the original songs entirely remastered by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio (Bergen, Norway) and the bonus track “Enslaved”, from the Enslaved split with Satyricon “Yggdrasill”, released in 1992.
Raw, untamed, furious yet sophisticated, “Yggdrasill” is undoubtedly an essential cornerstone of the Norwegian Black Metal scene. Despite the young age of their members in their teens at the time they recorded it, “Yggdrasill” already shows Enslaved ability to write complex, powerful and evocative compositions, being among the first ones to tap into the Norse mythology and Viking imagery to convey their Nordic heritage.