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Enslaved

Formed: 1991
From: Haugesund, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Enslaved News

Below is our complete Enslaved news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Kreator, Gyze, Primal Fear Added to 70,000 Tons 8

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has announced the next four additions to the 8th edition of the floating festival: German thrash legends Kreator, German power metal veterans Primal Fear, Japanese extreme power metal act Gyze and Scottish pirate scallywags Alestorm. This brings the tally to 21 of 60.

70,000 Tons of Metal 8 will set sail on February 1st-5th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. For more information on the voyage and ticket information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

The festival will board The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Kreator, Primal Fear, Gyze and Alestorm join the previous 17 artists to have been confirmed are (with 39 left to go):

Aeternam
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Enslaved
Goatwhore
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Rhapsody Reunion
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica
Wolfheart More...

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Cannibal Corpse, Wolfheart Added To 70,000 Tons

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has announced the next two additions to the 8th edition of the floating festival: Tampa death metal veterans Cannibal Corpse and Finnish melodic death metal act Wolfheart.

70,000 Tons of Metal 8 will set sail on February 1st-5th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. For more information on the voyage and ticket information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

The festival will board The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Cannibal Corpse and Wolfheart join the previous 15 artists to have been confirmed are (with 43 left to go):

Aeternam
Dark Tranquility
Enslaved
Goatwhore
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Rhapsody Reunion
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica More...

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First Bands Announced For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 8

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has announced the first wave of acts for the 8th edition of the floating festival. Over the July 4th weekend, the following bands were announced: Meshuggah, Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, Septicflesh, Korpiklaani, Obscura, In Extremo, Necrophobic, Rhapsody Reunion, Aeternam, Sepultura, Enslaved, Insomnium, Goatwhore and October Tide, with more announcements imminent.

70,000 Tons of Metal 8 will set sail on February 1st-5th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. For more information on the voyage and ticket information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

The festival will board The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

To recap, the first 15 artists (of 60) to have been confirmed are (with 45 left to go):

Aeternum
Dark Tranquility
Enslaved
Goatwhore
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Meshuggah
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Rhapsody Reunion
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sonata Arctica More...

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Enslaved Finishes New Album

It is accomplished - the Norwegian progressive extreme metal crew Enslaved just completed the recording process on a 14th full-length album.

In the renowned Fascination Street Studios, Jens Bogren polished this new raw diamond with his mixing and mastering skills. Just like for predecessor "In Times" (reviewed here) the metal veterans from Bergen still never look back and keep on expanding their horizons.

"I'm always psyched and proud when we finish an album recording, and this is no exception!" states singer Grutle Kjellson. "It was a really exciting process this time, with the line-up change and everything, so although it wasn't a dramatic change, the band dynamics were suddenly different. But, it was like a little re-boot, a fresh start so to speak. The studio sessions were great, and we all feel that we have done something truly amazing. We hope you'll enjoy it. Ugh!" More...

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Enslaved Posts Live Track

"Roadburn Live" is Enslaved's first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of the band's headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

The 2xLP set was initially released in limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as a webshop gold edition. The record will now be available on black 2xLP, CD, and digital formats on May 19th. In celebration of its release, check out "Isa" below.

In other news, Enslaved has also hit the studio and is now tracking a forthcoming album. Stay tuned for more details to arrive shortly. More...

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Enslaved Enters The Studio

It’s been more than two years since the release of "In Times" (reviewed here) and now Norwegian progressive metal band Enslaved has entered the studio again to record a 14th, yet-untitled release.

Aiming for both wilder and yet more progressive and melodic horizons, the band celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and never ceases to surprise and challenge the fans. The recordings are taking place at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen throughout April, and will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

“It is absolutely fantastic to be in the studio with these new songs," states mastermind Ivar Bjørnson. "So many doors were opened with ‘In Times’ and the times (sic) that followed; for us as a band, for me as a composer and I guess for us all on a personal level. I have never worked this hard to put together music for an album before, and that intensity continues into the studio where everybody is giving their everything, every hour of every day. We are a tighter unit than ever before, which is obvious sonically. The concept conjured by myself and old war-brother Grutle is the strongest we have worked with. Finally, I am proud that we have taken more risks than ever before, and one in particular - and it is yielding awesome results. What does that mean? Stay tuned to find out!” More...

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Enslaved Announces "Roadburn Live" Release

"Roadburn Live" is Enslaved's first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during a headlining show at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by Enslaved's own guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn's Artistic Director, comments on the release: "It's no secret that there's a strong friendship between Roadburn and Enslaved. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, Enslaved has played a significant part in the festival's history - both musically and antically.

"Not only has Enslaved been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the Enslaved/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá's first ever performance outside of Norway.

"Enslaved's 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it's the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of Enslaved" More...

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Enslaved Announces Signing Session

Brooklyn, New York record store Rough Trade NYC will host an Enslaved LP signing session this Sunday, December 11th following the previous evening's massive twenty-fifth anniversary concert at Gramercy Theatre.

This all-ages Rough Trade event will open at 1:00pm; entry is automatic with the LP purchase of Enslaved's recently released "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" reissue. This reissue of two Enslaved EPs arrives via By Norse Music, the Norwegian cultural group behind New York By Norse, a huge two-day event taking over Manhattan December 9th - 10th.

A full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010-2011, "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" is a unique collection of experimental recordings connecting with the band's early roots. The seven tracks originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between Enslaved's "Axioma Ethica Odini" and "Riitiir" full-lengths and were recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band members' own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-western coast of Norway. More...

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Black Hole Generator Debuts New Music Video

Black Hole Generator debuts another new music video for "Moloch", off the band's new album "A Requiem For Terra", out now via Dark Essence Records in CD, vinyl and digital formats.

The creative force behind Black Hole Generator is Vulture Industries' main man and long-time Taake producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Guitarist Arve Isdal (Ice Dale) of Enslaved and Audrey Horne, plus Gjermund Fredheim (Taake/Orkan) contributing lead guitars on three tracks, as well as additional guitars by Dag Terje Andersen complete the lineup.

Check out now "Moloch" below.

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Black Hole Generator Debuts "Moloch"

Black Hole Generator debuts another new song titled "Moloch", off the band's upcoming new album "A Requiem For Terra", due out through Dark Essence Records on the 18th November in CD, vinyl and digital formats.

The creative force behind Black Hole Generator is Vulture Industries' main man and long-time Taake producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Guitarist Arve Isdal (Ice Dale) of Enslaved and Audrey Horne, plus Gjermund Fredheim (Taake/Orkan) contributing lead guitars on three tracks, as well as additional guitars by Dag Terje Andersen complete the lineup.

Check out now "Moloch" below.

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Enslaved Streams "Heimvegen"

Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons Enslaved will release the "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" compilation November 11th via By Norse Music. A full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010-2011, "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" is a unique collection of experimental recordings connecting with the band's early roots.

In advance of its release, the band is currently streaming the song "Heimvegen" for communal worship. Check out the epic track in the player below.

"The Sleeping Gods - Thorn" will see release on limited edition blue vinyl (webshop edition), black vinyl, digipak CD, and digitally via By Norse Music. Preorder bundles are currently available at this location. More...

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Black Hole Generator Debuts "A Requiem For Terra"

Black Hole Generator premieres the title track of the band's upcoming new album "A Requiem For Terra", which will be out in stores through Dark Essence Records on the 18th November in CD, vinyl and digital formats.

The creative force behind Black Hole Generator is Vulture Industries' main man and long-time Taake producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Guitarist Arve Isdal (Ice Dale) of Enslaved and Audrey Horne, plus Gjermund Fredheim (Taake/Orkan) contributing lead guitars on three tracks, as well as additional guitars by Dag Terje Andersen complete the lineup.

Check out now "A Requiem For Terra" below.

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Enslaved Announces "Vikingligr Veld" Vinyl Release

Norwegian progressive extreme metal band Enslaved will issue debut full-length, the now legendary "Vikingligr Veldi," on vinyl for the first time ever.

Set for release on September 23rd, 2016 via By Norse Music, the limited 2xLP gatefold edition includes a new layout design by Z. Bielak (Ghost, Mayhem etc.) as well as four brand new illustrations specially made for this offering. Additionally, the record has been remastered for vinyl by Iver Sandøy.

Initially released in 1994, "Vikingligr Veld" was co-produced with Pytten (Immortal, Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor et al) in Bergen, Norway. The album features lyrics in Icelandic, and is a tribute to the Norse landscape, history, and mythology.

"We have been waiting since the day we recorded it," comments Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson, "and at last it is happening! It has been a challenging journey, and it has demanded a lot of patience and understanding from all parts involved. The day we held the finished product in our hands was as sacred a day for us as the day we finished recording it." More...

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Enslaved Releasing "The Sleeping Gods - Thorn"

Following last year's "In Times" album (reviewed here), Enslaved's next release is “The Sleeping Gods - Thorn," which drops November 11th via Norse Music and collects experimental material from 2010 - 2011 together in one package.

Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Roadburn Festival, Opeth, Darkthrone, At The Gates, etc.) once again did the beautiful new layout. The songs originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between the full-length albums “Axioma Ethica Odini” and “Riitiir,” and were recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band member’s own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-west coast of Norway.

The album has lyrics sung in both Norwegian, English and Old Norse, and the theme centres on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes; as well as contrasting the Norse ways as a polytheistic belief system to the monotheistic plague of the big world religions.

If you missed it the first time around, the original "Sleeping Gods" EP can still also be streamed after the jump. More...

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Indie Recordings Launches Bandcamp Page

Norway's Indie Recordings proudly announces the launch of an official Bandcamp page. The launch sees over 75 albums and singles from the label's global roster made available for streaming.

Founded in 2005, Indie Recordings is the home to a unique hard rock, hardcore, and metal lineup.The label has released over 100 albums including recordings from Enslaved, Satyricon, 1349, Warduna, El Caco, Kvelertak, Cult Of Luna, and more.

Pre-orders for new albums from King and Sahg will launch in the coming week. In the mean time, check out a few Bandcamp offerings below. More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Joining Enslaved On Tour

The progressive death metal gods from Ne Obliviscaris have checked in with the following update about hitting the road with Enslaved this coming fall:

"Starting September 29th we are heading back for a MASSIVE European tour as direct support to Enslaved for their 25th anniversary tour. Even more exciting is that we are doing a 1 HOUR set every night on this tour so that all our fans across Europe can see a much longer show this time around.

"This tour also includes a performance at Damnation Festival in the UK as well as more shows yet to be announced so if your city/country isn't listed below please stay tuned." More...

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Skuggsjá Premieres New Song "Kvervandi"

Norway's Skuggsjá (Enslaved, Wardruna) premieres a new song entitled "Kvervandi", taken from the upcoming new album "A Piece For Mind & Mirror", which will be out in stores March 11 via Season Of Mist.

Check out now "Kvervandi" below.

Says Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) of this latest song: More...

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Enslaved Comments On 25th Anniversary Shows

Enslaved today reveals the artwork for the band's forthcoming 25th anniversary shows under the Enslaved 25 banner.

Commissioned by Chioreanu Costin who has worked with Roadburn Festival, as well as Ivar Bjornson and Enslaved on various projects, the pieces capture the essence and imagery of the periods they represent. What’s more, Costin’s involvement could not be more appropriate considering Ivar’s work as a curator at Roadburn Festival earlier this year.

March 17th - 19th, 2016 will see the band perform three unique and special shows in London, launching the Enslaved 25th anniversary. Starting with the early years, "Of Frost and Fire" goes back to the roots of the band’s existence. Moving to the mid-period, "From the Runic Depths" will explore the transition from old to new. Finally, "Spinning Wheel Ritual" brings the audience to where the band is now.

All of this will take place at London's ByNorse, where Enslaved and Wardruna’s captivating Skuggsja composition will be brought to life by both artists in the climax at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This special event also marks the launch of Enslaved 25: a year in which a quarter-century of one of Norway’s most revered artists is being celebrated. More...

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Enslaved Announces "Enslaved 25" Events

Enslaved is very proud to announce the band will be playing three special shows entitled "Enslaved 25" as part of London By Norse 2016.

These special shows by the Bergen five-piece are to commemorate a quarter-century’s worth of cultural and spiritual invocations and ever-expanding musical horizons. The first show of "Enslaved 25" will be at The Dome on March 17, with support acts to be announced, and the journey will continue the following night at The Underworld. This rare event will culminate with a night at Shepherds Bush Empire on March 19, which includes a performance by Skuggsjá (the new band from Enslaved and Wardruna members) and feature Wardruna’s second ever appearance in the U.K. plus a rare art exhibition by former Gorgoroth and God Seed vocalist Gaahl.

On March 18, The Forge in Camden will see Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson presenting his immersive electro-ambient project Bardspec, while Einar Selvik will be presenting his workshop, a spellbinding solo performance and wide-ranging talk that takes in the philosophy of Wardruna, the background to the ancient instruments he uses, and on the historical background to Skuggsjá.

Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson had this to say about the events: “That London By Norse is taking place is just epic! It is truly a wish list of an event, encompassing all the elements I could hope for during the course of a London weekend: playing with my own band(s) and performing with my friend and brother-in-arms Einar Selvik and his Wardruna warriors. This will be one for the history books, I simply cannot wait!”

Wardruna’s Einar Selvik said: “The last time we performed in London was a fantastic experience, and so when finally returning to the British Isles we really wanted to do more than just play a single concert. So in the spirit of old Norse tradition on western travel and trade we hope to make more of a cultural imprint with the London By Norse event and can only hope that this time the tales of our visit will not only be recorded by Christian monks with a political agenda. I really look forward to celebrating the spring equinox in London and present a broad cultural event together with some of my favourite people!” More...

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