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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 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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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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