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Hellfest Festival 2014

July 14th, 2014

Hellfest Festival 2014

@ Clisson, France

20th-22nd June 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs & Graham Hilling
Photos by Graham Hilling

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Enslaved “Winter Rite” Tour – Calgary, Canada – February 15, 2013

March 17th, 2013
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Enslaved “Winter Rite” Tour

Dicken’s Pub – Calgary, Alberta

February 15, 2013

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ENSLAVED RECEIVE 7th NORWEGIAN GRAMMY NOMINATION

February 12th, 2013
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Enslaved – RIITIIR

NORWEGIAN progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED have just received word of their nomination for the 2012 Spellemann Award in the category “Best Metal Album” with their most recent release, RIITIIR.  This prestigious music award is the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy.  Ceremonies will take place at the Stavanger Concert Hall in Oslo on Saturday, March 23rd and will be broadcast live on NRK 1.

 

ENSLAVED – who just performed in Seattle, Washington last night and continue their trek through the U.S. and Canada – offer the following statement:

 

“By the hammer, saw, and grinder of Thor!  What an incredibly pleasant surprise to be getting on the road, being nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy)!  Having that many people interested & versed in music liking our album is simply overwhelming.  We’ll miss the party, but feel confident that others will take care of the scandalous behaviour.  Thank you jury, this means a lot to us no matter the outcome of the ‘final’!”

 

This is the seventh time ENSLAVED have received a Spellemann Award nomination.  They have won four consecutive times in a row for their previous four studio albums:

 

  • 2010: Axioma Ethica Odini - WINNER
  • 2008: Vertebrae – WINNER
  • 2006: Ruun – WINNER
  • 2004: Isa – WINNER
  • 2003: Below The Lights – Nominated
  • 2000: Mardraum – Nominated

ENSLAVED’s RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October of last year and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012” lists around the world.

Remaining dates on ENSLAVED’s “Winter Rite 2013” tour – with Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, and Ancient VVisdom opening – are:

02/12/13  Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

02/14/13  The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

02/15/13  Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB – CANADA

02/16/13  The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA

02/17/13  Osborne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

02/19/13  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/20/13  Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA

02/21/13  The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

02/22/13  Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

View the lyric video for “Thoughts Like Hammers” on YouTube.

Visit ENSLAVED online at:

www.ENSLAVED.no

www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED

www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL

Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

 

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Barge to Hell Dec. 3-7 2012

December 16th, 2012

Barge to Hell 2012

Review and photos by Monika Deviat

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ENSLAVED ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2013

November 8th, 2012

Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED will return to the U.S. and Canada in early 2013 for a headlining, 20-show “Winter Rite” tour joined by U.S. doom metallers Pallbearer and occult rockers Ancient VVisdom as openers.  Kick-off is in Philadelphia on January 30th with the tour closing in New York City on February 22nd.

ENSLAVED rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson checks in from Norway about the upcoming trek:

“North America has become like a second home-shore to us; the rising support we’ve been getting for the last albums and tours has been amazing! We’re more than ready to come over again and play our new album Riitiir live to show that the new material is extremely well-fitted for a live setting, and to reflect the enthusiasm and dedication we’ve been getting from the fans over there! See you on the road!”

 

Confirmed dates for ENSLAVED’s headlining “Winter Rite 2013” tour are:

 

01/30/13  Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

01/31/13  Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

02/01/13  Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

02/02/13  Magic Stick – Detroit, MI

02/03/13  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

02/04/13  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN

02/06/13  Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

02/08/13  The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

02/09/13  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

02/10/13  Branx – Portland, OR

02/11/13  The Highline – Seattle, WA

02/12/13  Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA

02/14/13  The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA

02/15/13  Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB – CANADA

02/16/13  The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA

02/17/13  Osborne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

02/19/13  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

02/20/13  Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA

02/21/13  The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

02/22/13  Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

 

RIITIIR, ENSLAVED’s twelfth studio album, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in October with the band’s highest first-week sales in their career in the United States.  The album is already a contender for many “Best of” year-end lists around the world for 2012.  Pick up a copy at the Nuclear Blast Webshop, iTunes, or Amazon and see why that is.

 

ENSLAVED will be headlining Scion A/V’s Roadburn Records showcase on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at The Roxy in West Hollywood.  Also performing are White Hills, Scott Kelly, Earthless, and Astra.  RSVP to the All Ages event here: www.scionav.com/METALSHOW

 

Do a little visual meditation with the “Thoughts Like Hammers” video on YouTube.

 

ENSLAVED will be on the Barge To Hell cruise; will you?

 
Thoughts are liquid and hammers are stone at:

www.ENSLAVED.no

www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED

www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL

Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

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ENSLAVED’s RIITIIR OUT TODAY!

October 9th, 2012
Enslaved - RIITIIR

Enslaved – RIITIIR

Now available in North America is RIITIIR, the twelfth studio album by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED.

“I’ve poured my work, dedication and inspiration into this,” states rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson.  “At one point, guitars were being written and recorded in my home studio while I was waiting for the phone call from the hospital that would admit my wife and I to the Labor Ward to receive our firstborn. I have a feeling that RIITIIR has more of everything: the beautiful is more beautiful while the harsher is harsher. That it ended up being the longest album we’ve made so far was something we discovered by accident when we made the first rough mixes after the recordings. We forgot to think about length during the making and rehearsing of the album before recording it! We sat down and thought about it: did it mean we hadn’t been critical enough with regards to the time? Upon listening through the recordings with the proverbial scissors in mind, we couldn’t find anything we absolutely didn’t want to keep. I’ll take that as a good sign. So good news if you don’t absolutely love what we’re doing: at least the songs are very long!”

RIITIIR’s total running time is 67 minutes and was recorded in Bergen, Norway at Duper Studios, Earshot Studios, Solslottet Studios, and Peersonal Sound.  It was mixed by Jens Bogren and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.  The team of producers includes Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Herbrand Larsen, and Iver Sandøy.  Artwork is once again by talented Norwegian artist Truls Espedal.

Visit the ENSLAVED Facebook page to read commentaries on all the new songs on RIITIIR.

Watch new album “Making-Of” videos on YouTube: Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Ice Dale, Cato Bekkevold.

RIITIIR is available on iTunes at the special pre-order pricing of $8.99 for all U.S. residents (special pricing also extends through the week of release).  Visit iTunes to preview 90 seconds of every single thought-altering new song.

Nuclear Blast USA’s RIITIIR bundles include an exclusive album artwork t-shirt + an exclusive 1-inch pin.  RIITIIR’s deluxe digi-pak edition includes a bonus DVD featuring: The Making of RIITIIR, The Band, The Studios, The Artwork.

RIITIIR’s North American 2 LP bone & charcoal splatter vinyl double-gatefold version is limited to 1,000 copies and can be pre-ordered now.

Do it.  Join ENSLAVED on the Barge To Hell cruise and gift yourself the experience of a lifetime.

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ENSLAVED: TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY SERIES, PART 8

September 28th, 2012
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Enslaved – RIITIIR

The following is the final installment of an 8-part series where bassist/vocalist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson of the Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED offer insight on the tracks comprising their twelfth studio album, RIITIIR, due out in Europe today and in North America on October 9th.

 

Kjellson on RIITIIR’s final track, “Forsaken”:

 

The final music Ivar wrote and the final lyrics I wrote actually ended up on the last song this time around.  It also ended up being our longest song in ages. This one though, could not be placed anywhere else, being perhaps the most diverse song on the album. It starts off almost punk-like (ouch!), but as long as it´s only punk-like, it’s okay. There are good punk acts, too, like the Ramones for instance… but that’s miles beside the point. It starts off with raw energy, moves into nearly Tangerine Dream-like soundscapes (me and Ivar share a love for ‘70s German electronica), moves further into a Pink Floyd-like bridge, explodes into a Hypocrisy-styled epic Death Metal theme before it all ends with something that Pete Steel could have written. So this song pretty much sums up, at least, some of the variety of inspiration we have gotten from our idols – hopefully by just taking inspiration, rather than stealing. Others will have to be the judge of that…heh, heh. On the lyrical side, these are some of those lyrics that have been lying in the back of my mind for ages, just waiting to be written down. I met the genius of Robert Lowe from OM (no, not the actor, nor the Candlemass vocalist) at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg (NL) this year, and we were introduced by our mutual friend Stephen ‘Nitwit’ O´Malley. We soon realized that we shared a lot of common thoughts on the ways of viewing the world, and I invited him to co-write a lyric together with me for the next album. Unfortunately our schedules fucked up a bit, so there just wasn’t time enough to do so. But the themes we largely discussed at the Roadburn Festival ended up in my lyrics for ‘Forsaken.’ Thanks a lot for the inspiration, Rob, and I hope we can fulfill the task sometime later. The lyrics landed on the outskirts of the concept overbuilding of RIITIIR, but it deals with the decadence that lays a dark shadow on all societies around the world, and it is thus something all of us unfortunately have in common…

 

Bjørnson on “Forsaken”:

 

“This song is a bit of a rarity, in the sense that it is a last-song-on-the-album that was written specifically for that purpose. The more usual route is to write material until something tells me we have an album (and then make up the order of songs), but this time this something was more specific: ‘You have an album, just write the finisher.’ Again, who am I to question these things? A thing that is striking is how crystallized the singers’ work are: both Grutle’s various vocal identities throughout the song and then Herbrand [Larsen]‘s amazing performance on the outro. They’re both breaking new ground for themselves and the band here. Then I am going to pat myself on the back (on the behind would be weird!) for my little comeback on the piano on the intro and outro, as well as paying homage to the heroes of the synthesizers and sequencers of the ‘70s. It is all in all a fitting conclusion for the album, and creates some space at the end of a pretty dense album. Hopefully others will also have the same feeling after hearing it: wanting to hear the entire album again…”

 

Visit the ENSLAVED Facebook page to read commentaries on all the new songs on RIITIIR.

 

Watch new album “Making-Of” videos on YouTube: Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Ice Dale, Cato Bekkevold.

 

The iTunes pre-order for RIITIIR is available for $8.99 to all U.S. residents (special pricing also extends through the week of release).  Visit iTunes to preview 90 seconds of every single thought-altering new song.

 

Nuclear Blast USA’s pre-order bundles include an exclusive album artwork t-shirt + an exclusive 1-inch pin.  The deluxe digi-pak edition includes a bonus DVD featuring: The Making of RIITIIR, The Band, The Studios, The Artwork.

 

RIITIIR’s North American 2 LP bone & charcoal splatter vinyl double-gatefold version – limited to 1,000 copies – can be pre-ordered beginning October 9th.

 

So you’re not doing anything the first week in December, eh?  Why not join ENSLAVED on the Barge To Hell cruise and give yourself the experience of a lifetime?

 

Exploding with the inspiration from their idols at:

www.ENSLAVED.no

www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED

www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL

Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

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ENSLAVED: TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY SERIES, PART 7

September 27th, 2012
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Enslaved – RIITIIR

The following is the seventh of eight installments where rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson of the Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED offer insight on the tracks to their twelfth studio album, RIITIIR, due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.

Bjørnson on RIITIIR Track #7, “Storm Of Memories”:

 “Alright, much like ENSLAVED’s career, this song could be described with the sports term ‘a working victory’ (it might surprise some that we didn’t get where we are just because of our strikingly good looks and a talented costume designer). It was the first song to be written for this album but the last one to fall into place completely. Obviously, I’m talking about the first section of the song – the second half is more ‘normal ENSLAVED’ (okay, that is funny) and it more or less worked itself out during the rehearsal sessions. On the other hand, I wasn’t completely getting the right atmosphere from the first rounds of the band adding their instruments in the studio on the first part: the demos from the previous year still had more of a ‘vibe’ to them than we were getting in the studio. Luckily, co-producer Iver [Sandøy] had an equally wholehearted belief in the song and really dived into the task of getting the best out of the song. His ideas – for the arpeggio that Herbrand [Larsen, keyboard player & clean vocalist] wrote out on his keys, along with his ideas for percussion and some effects – became the spark that ignited the song in the end, which turned out to be one of the best we’ve done! The last pieces were the somewhat disturbing chanting by yours truly and of course Jens Bogren’s perfect mix. Obviously, he’s done a fantastic job on the entire album, but I feel the need to point out how integral he is particularly on this (working victory of a) song. Lyrically, we might be looking at some weird mix of a literal interpretation of the title and the inner/physical workings of the rituals and/or mental processes (depending on whether you’re wearing a wizard’s hat or a lab coat) intended to cause willed change on either or both sides of the ‘reality border.’ This is the song where abstracts and concretes meet in the hope of conjuring up a storm…”

 

Kjellson on “Storm Of Memories”:

 

“This song sounds like the title strongly indicates: a storm of memories! Intense like a storm from within. This was the first song Ivar wrote for the album, actually just a few months after the release of the Axioma album. The funny thing is that where the first song written for a new album tends to sound like the previous album, this one doesn’t! In fact, this one does not sound like either Axioma or Riitiir. This song is something like a deserted island in the ENSLAVED ocean (okay, that sounds cheesy). Anyway, this is (at least the opening) the closest we will ever get sounding like a Krautrock-band! Absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it´s kind of special since none of us have been digging particularly deep in Amon Düül or early Kraftwerk. The direction of this song, particularly in the mixing session, is perhaps the biggest debate we’ve ever had on the production side in the band. We are a bunch of nerds that live and breathe for the art of making music and we shared the production between four different minds (Bjørnson, Kjellson, Larsen & Sandøy) with four different ways of approaching music. So, some arguments (very healthy in a retrospective aspect) occurred. But, all of us ended up thinking this was a very refreshing yet different song. This process opened up the eyes for all of us on the production team and this collaboration is something I will always remember and be deadly proud of.”

 

Read past song commentaries on the ENSLAVED Facebook page.

 

Watch video commentary on the making of RIITIIR on YouTube: Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Ice Dale, Cato Bekkevold.

 

RIITIIR will be released in Europe this Friday, September 28th and in North America on October 9th.  The iTunes pre-order is available for $8.99 to all U.S. residents (special pricing also extends through the week of release).  Visit iTunes to preview 90 seconds of every single thought-altering new song.

 

Nuclear Blast USA’s pre-order bundles include an exclusive album artwork t-shirt + an exclusive 1-inch pin.  The deluxe digi-pak edition includes a bonus DVD featuring: The Making of RIITIIR, The Band, The Studios, The Artwork.

 

RIITIIR’s North American 2 LP bone & charcoal splatter vinyl double-gatefold version – limited to 1,000 copies – can be pre-ordered beginning October 9th.

 

ENSLAVED will fly to Miami, Florida to perform on the Barge To Hell cruise on December 3rd.  Vikings on a plane only to land on a boat… that’s an adventure waiting to happen.

 

Living on either or both sides of the reality border at:

www.ENSLAVED.no

www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED

www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL

Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

 

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ENSLAVED: “VEILBURNER” LYRIC VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE

September 23rd, 2012
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ENSLAVED

The lyric video for ENSLAVED’s “Veilburner” is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

RIITIIR, the twelfth studio album by Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED, will be released in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.  The iTunes pre-order is available for $8.99 to all U.S. residents (special pricing also extends through the week of release).  Visit iTunes to preview 90 seconds of every single thought-altering new song.

Pre-order bundles from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop include an exclusive album artwork t-shirt + an exclusive 1-inch pin.  The deluxe digi-pak edition includes a bonus DVD featuring: The Making of RIITIIR, The Band, The Studios, The Artwork.

RIITIIR’s North American 2 LP bone & charcoal splatter vinyl double-gatefold version – limited to 1,000 copies! – can be pre-ordered beginning October 9th.

Listen to “Veilburner” here and “Thoughts Like Hammers” on NPR.org.

A “Thoughts Like Hammers” lyric video is also up on YouTube.

If you have nothing planned for the week of December 3rd, join ENSLAVED on the Barge To Hell cruise headed for the Caribbean.  You never know when you’ll get another chance to do this, so just go for it and enjoy.

Grasping the liquid glass & shaping their own sight at:

www.ENSLAVED.no

www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED

www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL

Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

 

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ENSLAVED: RIITIIR TRACK LISTING REVEALED

July 21st, 2012

Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED have unveiled the track listing to their twelfth studio album, RIITIIR, on their official Facebook page.

 

“It has been only two years since we last released an album [2010’s award-winning Axioma Ethica Odini], and we’ve been touring Europe and North America several times since then,” reflects ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson. “Some might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end.  Nah.  Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.

 

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard,” Bjørnson continues. “It is easy because it sounds like ENSLAVED, whatever that means.  It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points.  I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving.  Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

 

The track listing for RIITIIR’s European and North American digi-pak is as follows:

 

01. Thoughts Like Hammers

02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn

03. Veilburner

04. Roots Of The Mountain

05. Riitiir

06. Materal

07. Storm Of Memories

08. Forsaken

 

The track listing for RIITIIR’s 2 LP double-gatefold is as follows:

 

Side A:

01. Thoughts Like Hammers

02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn

Side B:

01. Veilburner

02. Roots Of The Mountain

Side C:

01. Riitiir

02. Materal

Side D:

01. Storm Of Memories

02. Forsaken

 

RIITIIR is due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.

 

ENSLAVED will be performing in this year’s Barge To Hell cruise from Miami to the Caribbean, beginning on December 3rd.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, YouTube, and on Twitter.com.

 

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ENSLAVED COMMENTS ON UPCOMING 20th ANNIVERSARY HEADLINING TOUR

July 2nd, 2011
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ENSLAVED

Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED will be returning to North America this fall for a headlining tour marking the band’s 20th anniversary of existence.

States the band:

“Listen; the sun is setting, but I still see the twinkle!  The support we’ve been getting from North America throughout our latest releases and tours is unparalleled, and for that we are eternally grateful.  It is therefore an undivided pleasure for us to announce that when autumn sets, we will be back to tour the U.S. and Canada; this time for a full headliner tour with a full headliner set.  2011 marks the 20th anniversary for ENSLAVED, so we will be underlining both the deep past and blazing present of our musical universe to celebrate.  It is also with a sense of intense pride that we can present the bands that will be travelling with us for the tour: Ghost and Alcest.  Yes, you read that right!  I don’t think I need to elaborate more on that; it will be a package for the books.  See you then!”

The confirmed 19 shows of the “20 Years Of No Compromises” tour are as follows:

09-23-11          Jaxx – Springfield, VA
09-24-11          Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
09-25-11          Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
09-26-11          Middle East (Downstairs) – Boston, MA
09-28-11          Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC   CANADA
09-29-11          Café Campus Montreal, QC  CANADA
09-30-11          Opera House – Toronto, ON   CANADA
10-01-11          Outland Live – Columbus, OH
10-02-11          The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10-03-11          Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
10-05-11          West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB  CANADA
10-06-11          The Exchange – Regina, SK
10-07-11          The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB  CANADA
10-08-11          Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
10-10-11          Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, B.C.  CANADA
10-11-11          El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10-12-11          Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10-13-11          Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10-14-11          The Troubadour – Hollywood, CA

ENSLAVED’s latest masterpiece, Axioma Ethica Odini, won the 2010 Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of a U.S. Grammy Award) in the category “Best Metal Album,” won Terrorizer Magazine’s Reader’s Poll for “Best Album of 2010,” ranked #5 in Decibel Magazine’s “Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2010” list, and appeared on over 65 “Best Albums of 2010” lists in North America, repeatedly ranking in the Top 10.  In Germany, Metal Hammer Magazine awarded ENSLAVED the “Album Of The Year” title and the Dutch magazine Aardschok ranked Axioma Ethica Odini at #9.

Axioma Ethica Odini also debuted in North America at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and www.twitter.com/enslavedband.

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ENSLAVED – New EP “THE SLEEPING GODS”

May 12th, 2011
ENSLAVED - New EP  "THE SLEEPING GODS"

ENSLAVED - "THE SLEEPING GODS"

Norwegian progressive/psychedelic extreme metal trailblazers ENSLAVED are set to release The Sleeping Gods via Scion A/V as a free downloadable five song EP on May 10th. Following up on last year’s near-universally praised Axioma Ethica Odini, the EP finds the quintet once again expanding the boundaries of what metal can be, deftly incorporating influences from across the musical spectrum. Mainly recorded in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, and partly in the band’s own home studio, the effort finds the group sounding leaner and more confident than ever, part and parcel of maintaining a presence at the foreground of the international metal movement for 20 years.

Throughout its 30 minute playing time, the EP sways and punches in equal measure, in no small part due to the dexterous and powerful rhythm section of vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson and drummer Cato Bækkevold. Herbrand Larsen’s swirling keyboard textures form an ether around Ice Dale and Ivar Bjørnson’s guitars, which ooze tasteful sophistication and melodic sensibility in equal measure with their crushing, impenetrable force. This release is a must have for both Enslaved fans and fans of progressive music in general.

In its continual effort to show support for the arts, Scion covers all production, licensing and distribution costs for the A/V projects and all proceeds go directly back to the label and artists involved. “It’s exciting to be collaborating with ENSLAVED on this release. We feel the pairing is vital as we aim for the label’s approach to embody the same sense of forward thinking as the band’s music” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion.

 

SCION A/V PRESENTS: ENSLAVED – THE SLEEPING GODS TRACKLISTING

1. Heimvegen
2. Alu Misyrki
3. Synthesis
4. Nordlys
5. The Sleeping Gods

 

DOWNLOAD SCION A/V PRESENTS: ENSLAVED – THE SLEEPING GODS HERE:

http://preemtiv.com/emails/enslaved/widget.html

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ENSLAVED, GO HERE:
http://www.enslaved.no/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SCION A/V GO HERE:
http://www.scionav.com/


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ENSLAVED FEATURED IN FEBRUARY ISSUE OF GUITAR WORLD

January 11th, 2011

Guitarists Ivar Bjørnson and Ice Dale of the Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED are featured on Page 23 of the February 2011 issue of Guitar World, on newsstands now.

“With [Axioma Ethica Odini], we wanted to get as close to our live sound as possible: urgent, upbeat and in your face,” says ENSLAVED founding guitarist and main songwriter Ivar Bjørnson to journalist Henry Yuan.  “This approach actually ended up leaving an open field for the more melodic and progressive parts, and, in a way, helped crystallize them.”

More information on the February 2011 issue of Guitar World is available here.

ENSLAVED latest release, Axioma Ethica Odini, won the Terrorizer Reader’s Poll for “Best Album of 2010,” ranked #5 in Decibel Magazine’s “Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2010” list, and appeared on over 65 “Best Albums of 2010” lists in North America, repeatedly ranking in the Top 10.  It also debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and www.twitter.com/enslavedband.

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Enslaved Video Interview with Ivar Bjørnson

December 14th, 2010

Eternal Terror’s Roy Kristensen met up with Ivar Bjørnson in Enslaved’s rehearsal room during 2010’s Hole In The Sky festival, since the new album had just been made. They talked about “Axioma Ethica Odhinn “, creating the music, touring with Dimmu Borgir, Hole In The Sky, and Cato Bækkevold’s way of torturing the rest of the band.

Live material is filmed in Drammen (Union Scene) 01.10.10. The photos from Eternal Terror by Unn Marit Forrestad & Lise Mette Eidet in September 2010.  Produced by Imhotep Productions.

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SICK DRUMMER PRESENTS: CATO BEKKEVOLD OF ENSLAVED

December 2nd, 2010

SickDrummer.com captured drum footage of ENSLAVED’s Cato Bekkevold at the Knitting Factory in Reno, Nevada on November 26th playing the track “Ethica Odini” from the band’s latest album, Axioma Ethica Odini.  View the live video here.

ENSLAVED are direct support on fellow countrymen DIMMU BORGIR’s headlining “Darkness Reborn Tour” across North America.  Also on the bill are Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes.  Advanced pre-sale tickets & VIP packages for the “Darkness Reborn World Tour” are now on sale via ArtistArena.com (User Name: dimmuborgir; Password: tickets).  Ticketing widget is available here (same log-in).

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

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

Axioma Ethica Odini debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release.

Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED, www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial, and www.twitter.com/enslavedband.

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