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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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