Progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED will soon be returning to the western hemisphere as direct support for fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR. The 32-date “Darkness Reborn World Tour” across the U.S. and Canada launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The tour includes Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes. ENSLAVED’s new album, Axioma Ethica Odini, is scheduled for release in North America on September 28th.
Nuclear Blast caught up with rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson to ask a few questions about the upcoming trek:
There are THREE Norwegian bands on ONE North American bill. Why does this tour make SO MUCH SENSE?
IVAR BJØRNSON: “Norway has always offered a varied selection of extreme Metal bands – something this bill clearly showcases! There seems to be a two-way affinity between Norwegian musicians and North American listeners, and we’re sure this tour will solidify this bond. We’ve known DIMMU since the early days and are sure we’ll have a blast on the road with these guys!”
Will ENSLAVED be playing any new North American markets that you haven’t played in before?
GRUTLE KJELLSON: “We will be playing in some areas that we´ve never been before, and we are particularly looking forward to perform in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver in Canada. We´ve only been playing in Ontario and Quebec before, and we always meet some fans that travel a long way from other provinces in Canada when we are playing in Toronto and Montréal. It will be nice to travel around a little bit more in Canada, too + the metalheads there are really nuts!! Heh, heh. Also, we have never been to Las Vegas and I´m looking forward to see [lead guitarist] Ice [Dale] go apeshit with gambling.”
Given that you’ll be supporting your new album, Axioma Ethica Odini, what sort of process will the band undertake to come up with a set list? Will it be democratic, totalitarian, via dictatorship, or a coupe?
IVAR BJØRNSON: “ENSLAVED has a unique form of internal government; we call it ‘Contributocracy.’ The more you know about something (example: playing drums, singing, writing lyrics), the more your vote counts in questions directly relating to your field of ‘expertise.’ This is also adjusted by the good old ‘effort’ measurement: If you take time off from your hobbies / social life and work hard with preparing a tour, you will have more to say in the decisions made for that tour. We have a few guys in the band that really know a lot about the live-format (particularly Ice Dale and Grutle) from their life-long interest in live albums, videos, and going to shows, so perhaps they have a little more leverage in our discussions; we know they know what they’re talking about. Then there’s the labor of planning and execution; that’s where my vote gets fattened up, heh heh.”
You’ll be touring during the holidays. Any requests from family members or friends for U.S. or Canadian souvenirs?
GRUTLE KJELLSON: “Maybe I´ll buy my father a Canadian Police uniform? Or a Boston lobster hat? That would really be something, huh? Last year I got him an Elvis shirt from Graceland and he seemed to enjoy that one. Well, let´s hope they do not ask for full size statues of John Candy in bronze or a ‘Build Yourself A Washington Free Mason Temple Kit.” I would rather prefer CDs, vinyl, books, etc. Father, are you reading this?”
Confirmed “Darkness Reborn World Tour” dates are:
11/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/10 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
11/07/10 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
11/08/10 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/10/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/12/10 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/10 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
11/14/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/15/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/16/10 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/10 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/21/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/22/10 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
11/23/10 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
11/24/10 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
11/26/10 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
11/27/10 The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
11/28/10 The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/30/10 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
12/01/10 Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
12/02/10 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
12/03/10 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
12/04/10 Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
12/06/10 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/07/10 House of Blues – Houston, TX
12/09/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/10/10 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
12/11/10 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
12/12/10 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/13/10 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/14/10 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
Click here to read the first four of nine insightful commentaries on the new tracks that make up Axioma Ethica Odini.
Fans interested in creating an official entry for ENSLAVED’s video contest for the track “Ethica Odini” can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30th.