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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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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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BTBAM Announces Tour With Enslaved

Between the Buried and Me will return to the road this fall to headline North America with support from Norway's Enslaved plus progressive masters Intronaut and prog newcomers Native Construct.

Between the Buried and Me's Dan Briggs comments: "This is a package that we handpicked each band, which doesn't always happen. It shows off the diversity of the progressive music universe and we couldn't be more excited to have a young band like Native Construct, Intronaut who are great friends of ours already, and the legends in Enslaved, along with us."

Ivar from Enslaved offered the following statement: "When we ended our highly successful tour just this March, it was with an outspoken 'we sure hope there's another trip across the pond already this year.' And wouldn't you know it; there IS going to be just that! The gods heard our call. OR; it could have been the booking agents and Between the Buried and Me - this tour coming up from November 18th 2015 will see us supporting them on a trek throughout USA for the following month. We will add our extreme flavour to the prog-metal package; to make sure our own faithful American fans (which we will never be able to thank enough for their relentless support), as well as the new listeners we'll meet on the way gets the full-blown Enslaved-experience!"

To know what you're getting into, check out our reviews for the latest albums from Native Construct, Enslaved, and BTBAM. More...

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Enslaved Posts Final Track-By-Track Video

Enslaved released thirteenth studio album "In Times" today, and to celebrate the album finally being out, Nuclear Blast is releasing the third and final track-by-track video featuring Ivar Bjørnson.

Watch as Ivar explains how the title track "In Times" and closing track "Daylight" came about below. The previous second clip in the series can still be seen over here.

The long running Norwegian progressive extreme metal band was also just covered in our Sunday Old School column, and you can read our review of "In Times" at this location. More...

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Sunday Old School: Enslaved

A couple of weeks ago, we concluded a month long look at the black metal genre, featuring such bands as Marduk and Sigh. While researching the feature, there seemed to be quite a few bands which began life as a black metal group, but had shed this style by their second album at the latest. One such band, who named themselves after an Immortal track, was formed by thirteen year old, Ivar Bjørnson and seventeen year old, Grutle Kjellson, and who were named, Enslaved.

The duo formed the group as a typical black metal band, but gradually brought in more eclectic influences and wrote songs much longer than many of their peers, moving them away from the black metal scene, although Enslaved’s first album, "Vikingligr Veldi," was released on Mayhem guitarist’s Euronymous', Deathlike Silence Productions label, albeit after he was murdered. The debut album contained only five songs but still clocked in at around fifty minutes, while being something of an oddity for containing lyrics mostly written in Icelandic, potentially because of its similarity to Old Norse. It was a very well received album and continues to be a favourite amongst fans to this day, with critics at the time claiming that the band were keeping younger Norwegian metal bands relevant. More...

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Enslaved Posts Track-By-Track Video

Following a full album stream (still available here), Norwegian progressive extreme metal band Enslaved has a new track-by-track video online discussing "In Times."

Check out this new clip below to see Ivar explaining "One Thousand Years Of Rain" and "Nauthir Bleeding."

New album "In Times" will drop March 6th in Europe and March 10th in North America. You can read our review of the disc right here.

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Enslaved Streams New Album "In Times" In Full

Norway's Enslaved is streaming the entire new release "In Times" in the player below. The album is set for release on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out our review over at this location.

The band is set to embark on a North American tour this week with YOB and Ecstatic Vision on March 5th in San Diego. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

The track list for "In Times" is:

1. Thurisaz Dreaming (see music video here)
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
6. Daylight

Check out the album stream here: More...

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Enslaved Releases Lyric Video For New Track

A lyric video for the new track "One Thousand Years of Rain" is available from Enslaved in the player below. In our own review for the upcoming new album "In Times" (check it out here), xFiruath states of the song: "'One Thousand Years Of Rain'...kicks off with a faster pace and offers up some of that stunning 'RIITIIR' vibe of harsh/fast blended with clean/melodic. The track throws a curve ball five minutes in, slowing down and unexpectedly throwing in Viking gang chants."

"In Times" is set for release on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. Thurisaz Dreaming (see music video here)
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
6. Daylight

Check out "One Thousand Years of Rain" here: More...

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Enslaved Releases "In Times" Track-By-Track, Pt. 1

Norway's Enslaved dropped the first part of a track-by-track series for the upcoming new album "In Times," which is set for release on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be read at this location.

The track listing for "In Times" is as follows:

1. Thurisaz Dreaming
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
6. Daylight

Check out the clip here: More...

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Enslaved Discusses New Album

"In Times" is the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian extreme metallers Enslaved (read our review here).

The main recording session for the album took place at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recording sessions taking place at Conclave & Earshot Studios (run by band members Larsen and Ice Dale), as well as Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg (south of Bergen), where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.

Ivar Bjørnson has now released a new teaser clip for the album discussing the recording process, which can be seen below. The album drops on March 10th via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for "In Times" is as follows:

1. Thurisaz Dreaming
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
6. Daylight More...

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Enslaved Releases "Thurisaz Dreaming" Video

Norway's Enslaved released a lyric video for the new track "Thurisaz Dreaming." The song is the edited version of the 8+ minute original that appears on the upcoming new album "In Times."

The album drops on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for "In Times" is as follows:

1. Thurisaz Dreaming
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
6. Daylight

Check out the clip here: More...

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Roadburn Adds New Bands

Roadburn Festival is pleased to announce new additions to the 20th edition of the festival. The festival will take place April 9th - 12th in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Both day tickets and weekend tickets are currently on sale.

Roadburn 2015's curators - Wardruna's Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik and Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson - have almost completed the lineup for their event on Friday April 10th. Loop main man, Robert Hampson and Swedish psych heroes, Agusa will both perform alongside Focus, Death Hawks, Sólstafir and others.

BardSpec - the ambient project/band from Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar - will also perform at the event. Einar will present a workshop which will delve into his approach to music and the extensive creative concept behind Wardruna's ongoing "Runaljod" trilogy as well as his approach and study of the runes and other Norse esoteric arts. He will demonstrate a selection of the oldest Nordic instruments, play fully acoustic Wardruna music, and there will also be time for questions from the audience. More...

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Enslaved Posts Album Trailer

"In Times" is the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian progressive extreme metal band Enslaved.

The hand-painted artwork was created by Truls Espedal, and the band just released the first album trailer detailing the development of the artwork - watch as Truls walks you through the painting process below.

Truls Espedal states: “Working with oil paint and a deadline can be somewhat aggravating, and I learned that red paint takes really really long to dry! But I almost made the deadline finishing three paintings and layout, all the time with 'In Times' on the stereo. I've played the album closer to two hundred times by now, and I find it to be more in every way. It sounds potent and fresh, and the tracks are just fucking inspirational. So, I went for more as well.

"I wanted the cover to have more atmosphere, starker contrasts and be more subtle yet dramatic. Ivar and Grutle's concept allowed me to add new elements and be more experimental, without wanting to leave the familiar. It also allowed for more diversity through the cover, especially the vinyl. The three paintings for this release range from figurative work to very stylised, almost abstract, expanding upon the front cover. The process was also a bit different; more dynamic. A lot of the artwork was improvised, which is not typical me. I enjoyed it. And I feel I'm getting the hang of the oil paint now, so I'm really excited for next time.”

Frontman Grutle Kjellson adds: "I just love the album cover. I honestly think this is the best artwork I have ever seen. That is of course because Truls has developed the ability to transform me and Ivar’s, often surreal, concepts and ideas into an actual painting. This painting is the perfect projection of our lyrics, it even extends the written words. This is a picture of mythology, life, death and time. Truls has made a masterpiece, we have made the soundtrack." More...

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Yob Announces New Tour Dates

In addition to a previously announced North American live takeover this March supporting progressive black metal outfit Enslaved, long-running Portland doom monarchs Yob today reveal additional headlining stage rumblings.

With various performances scattered prior to, throughout, and following the Enslaved run, Yob will decimate ears in Sacramento, Boise, Columbus, Raleigh, Johnson City, Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Albuquerque and Tucson.

Support will be provided by noise rock group Will Haven, doom wrangling outfit Witch Mountain, and trance-inducing psych rock perpetrators Ecstatic Vision (also on the Enslaved tour) on select dates. See the confirmed itinerary below. More...

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