Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metallers ENSLAVED has issued the following statement:
“It is with great enthusiasm we can announce these European dates of our ‘Circling Above and Within Tour’! Ash clouds, however metal and majestic they might be, put a stop to our planned U.K. tour back in April. We started working on scheduling new dates immediately, and now we are ready to go! ENSLAVED is a band that enjoys being on the road like nothing else; we do take pride in being a hard working and increasingly energetic and focused live band. We are also very pleased with our new album (why be modest?) due to be out in connection with this tour – and cannot wait to perform the tracks live!”
Confirmed European dates include:
10/15 Underworld – London, Great Britain
10/16 Aeronel – Paris, France
10/17 L’autre Canal – Nancy, France
10/18 Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
10/20 Kade – Zaandam, The Netherlands
10/21 W2 – Den Bosch, The Netherlands
10/22 Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
The new ENSLAVED album will be the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. Other “Best of 2008” rankings include:
- Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles: #4
- Metal Edge: #9
- Metal Maniacs: #11
- Revolver Magazine: #14
- Decibel Magazine: #16
- Kerrang!: #19
Visit ENSLAVED online at www.ENSLAVED.no, www.myspace.com/ENSLAVED, and www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial.
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By Robert Williams
South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music and film conference/festival held yearly in beautiful Austin, Texas. In the 21 years of its existence, SXSW has served as a launching pad for many unknown bands turned media darlings overnight. For one week in the month of March each year bands from all over the world gather in downtown Austin and showcase their music, their craft, for record executives, media big wigs, and most importantly in my opinion, music lovers!
This all sounds like a splendid and festive occasion with the exception of one detail. SXSW has almost exclusively all but overlooked metal and its many subgenres for its entire existence.
Now I won’t lie. In years past I have seen some cool showcases. Century Media and Relapse usually cart their bands into town, and scattered about my 12 year tenure in Austin I have seen some notable showcases featuring among others In Extremo, Sol Evil, Children Of Bodom, and Grey Skies Fallen. But when 1,400 bands come to town for one week in March each year, you would hope at least, I don’t know, 50-100 of them would be awesome heavy metal, right?
Well, this year Austin got a fair amount of killer metal. Kicking things off on Wednesday, the 12th I had the pleasure of witnessing my first Municipal Waste concert. A day later I got off of work early and headed downtown with some friends and caught a showcase featuring Enslaved, Mixhell, Napalm Death, High On Fire, and the mighty Motorhead.
Lastly, I witnessed the “It’s Grim Up North” showcase featuring Sabaton, 1349 and Enslaved. I partied like a true champion, saw some really, really good performances and got some really solid interviews. Read on metal faithful and I shall guide you through these conversations in steel conducted in my homeland of Austin….Let’s start at the beginning….
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Tags: 1349, ENSLAVED, High On Fire, Mixhell, Motorhead, MUNICIPAL WASTE, Napalm Death, Sabaton, South By Southwest, SXSW
Posted in 2008 | Comments (0)
Wacken Open Air 2007
Wacken is a blessed mecca of the whole metal world. Again this year it was entirely sold out when ten thousands of metal manics travelled from all around the world to gather and witness plenty of ass kicking bands. The weather forecast for Wacken didn’t look that promising. The chaotic and muddy mess caused by long and heavy rains rampaged the ground during the whole summer. The festival often provides a survival test to every visitor with its mud and crap. But but gods of metal had seen the light and blessed the whole three day metal inferno with tremendous extreme heat and a sunny weekend. Things could not be better…sun, metal and beer. That combination is nothing but an utter perfect way to enjoy the metallic mayhem at Wacken.
As usual, the true metal commando team from Metal-Rules.Com was there again witnessing a helluva lot of great bands and above all an unexpected huge fire in the main area. Feel, see and enjoy this article.
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Tags: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, Chthonic, Destruction, Dimension Zero, DIMMU BORGIR, ENSLAVED, GRAVE DIGGER, Iced Earth, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, Moonspell, MUNICIPAL WASTE, possessed, Rage, Rose Tattoo, Sabbat, Sacred Reich, SAMAEL, SECRETS OF THE MOON, Sodom, SONIC SYNDICATE, THERION, TurboNegro, TYPE O NEGATIVE, Wacken Open Air
Posted in 2007 | Comments (0)