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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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More Dark Funeral, Enslaved Dates

Another date has been released for the Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 15 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
January 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
January 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre

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More Dark Funeral, Enslaved Dates

Another date has been released for the Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising tour featuring DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 13 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
January 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

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More Info On Dark Funeral, Enslaved Tour

Candlelight Records recently announced its second North American label tour package. Set to kick off January 9 Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will feature the long-awaited stateside return of Dark Funeral (Sweden), Enslaved (Norway) and introduce newcomers Abigail Williams (USA). The tour will visit 20-plus cities before concluding on February 4.

Dark Funeral guitarist/founding member Lord Ahriman says, "since we announced the first European tour dates for our latest album Attera Totus Sanctus earlier this year, there has been a constant and completely overwhelming flow of mails from the US and Canada asking when the hell we will tour North America. Well finally dates are being booked! Last time we toured the US supporting Cannibal Corpse in 2002 we had a blast. Everyone we met during that tour was really cool. The crowd was totally awesome. It'll be killer to finally return overseas! I have the feeling that this is going to be one hell of a tour and we hope see you in January!"

Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjornson adds, "I have awaited this moment since I don’t know when and now it is official: an extensive Enslaved tour in North America is becoming reality. We have been working every possible angle of getting over to present our music for years. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the shows. You won’t be disappointed; neither will we."

The tour continues Candlelight's growing commitment to the live forum. Recent Candlelight artists to visit the US include Vader (Poland),Destruction (Germany), and Emperor (Norway). This fall Candlelight will present tours from Dismember (Sweden), Epica (Netherlands), 1349 (Norway), Sahg (Norway), Daylight Dies (USA) and Witchcraft (Sweden), with additional festivals and tour announcements to soon follow.

Dates and ticket on sale information for Candlelight II: Phoenix Rising will be announced shortly. The first date to be revealed is as follows:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Dark Funeral Announce Tour

DARK FUNERAL, ENSLAVED, and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will team up to kick off the new year with a US tour. The first date to be revealed is as follows:

January 9 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Insomnium To Tour With Enslaved, Zyklon And 1349

Insomnium have announced that they will be opening up for Enslaved, Zyklon and 1349 in September. Tour dates are as follows:

Sep. 05 - The Village - Dublin, IRE
Sep. 07 - Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester, UK
Sep. 08 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
Sep. 09 - Garage - Glasgow, UK
Sep. 10 - Manchester Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
Sep. 11 - Carling Academy - Birmingham, UK
Sep. 12 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK

In other news, Insomnium will be releasing their upcoming album, "Above the Weeping World," on September 18 in Europe and October 17 in North America.

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Enslaved Post New Video Online

Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED have posted the video for their track "Path to Vanir" at this location. The song comes off the band's latest CD, "Ruun", which was released in the U.S. on May 2 via Candlelight Records. "Ruun" was recorded at Amper Studios in Olso and mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden. The album entered the official U.K. Indie chart at No. 38 last week.

Candlelight will release a limited edition two-LP version of "Ruun" on June 27. Limited to 500 copies for direct U.S. distribution, it is sure to be a highly collectable piece for fans. The label recently issued "Return to Yggdrasil-Live In Bergen", the band's latest DVD release.

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Hammerslag Kickoff Show Planned This Summer

There will be a Hammerslag kick off on July 22 in Tønsberg, Norway following the Slottsfjellfestival. Satyricon, Enslaved and Seigmen are playing at the Slottsfjellfestival, also in Tønsberg. Myrkskog, Nidingr and Framferd will play the Hammerslag kickoff later that evening, after the Slottsfjellfestival has ended.

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I Sign With Nuclear Blast Records

I, the new band featuring former IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo), original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell, have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band will enter the studio at the end of this month to begin recording their debut album, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal). A late 2006 release is expected.

I will make their live debut on August 26 at the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway. Additional live appearances will be announced soon.

I's lineup is:

Abbath - Voice
T.C. King (a.k.a. King ov Hell) - Bass
Ice Dale (a.k.a. Arve Isdal) - Guitars
Armagedda - Drums

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Enslaved Post Update

Enlaved have issued the following update:

"Enslaved has just returned to base in Bergen, after a hectic weekend in the wilderness. They recorded material for two videos to support their coming "RUUN" album (album due to be released May 8th '06). The first video "Path to Vanir" will be released before the end of March '06, while follow-up video "Essence" will be out there during mid-summer."

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Darkthrone Enters Norwegian Singles Chart

According to Rockdetector.com, DARKTHRONE — probably the most uncompromising of the veteran Norwegian black metal bands — have sensationally entered the national singles charts in Norway. The group's "Too Old, Too Cold" EP debuted at No. 11 this week.

"Too Old, Too Cold" features a cover version of SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES' "Love In A Void" and the original "High On Cold War", featuring Grutle Kjellson from ENSLAVED on guest vocals.

DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "The Cult Is Alive" on February 27 via Peaceville. The album will be available on CD, special-edition CD featuring the band's first-ever promo video (for "Too Old, Too Cold") and on limited-edition shark grey vinyl. More...

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Enslaved Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "Ruun", tentatively due on May 8 via Tabu. "The final mixes are being made at this very moment in Propeller Studio in Oslo," the group write on their web site. "The band produces the album themselves, with Mike Hartung as leader of the pack. Mastering will take place in Sweden immedeatly after the mix is finished. Later in February the band will make not one, but two videos from 'Ruun'."

Commented guitarist Arve Isdal: "We're very happy with the result, and the feedback from the few chosen ones who had a sneak listening has been awesome! The songs needs time to get into, but we hope you will take that time. Keep it up, loonies!"

According to a posting on ENSLAVED's web site, the band are "confirmed for more festivals. The guys especially looks foreward to play on the Øyafestivalen in Oslo, Norway the 8th or 10th of August. It's a big outdoor festival and one of the bigger events in Norway during the summer. Apart from that, this weekend the band will play two shows in Tromsø, Norway during the By:Larm festival and an exclusive unplugged session live on Norwegian radio. No amps, no drums, just pure acoustic music."

The recordings for the follow-up to the band's Norwegian Grammy- and Alarm award-winning album "Isa" (2004) began in early January at Amper Studio in Oslo, Norway. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Path of Vanir" and "Essence", both of which the band are planning on shooting videos for.

ENSLAVED will be teaming up with KHOLD and VREID for a European tour in the fall. More information will be made available soon.

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Enslaved Announce New Album Title

Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED have set "Ruun" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on May 8 via Tabu. The recordings for the follow-up to the band's Norwegian Grammy- and Alarm award-winning album "Isa" (2004) began a week ago at Amper Studio in Oslo, Norway and the band "already feel confident that this will be a monumental album!" according to a posting on the group's web site. "The drums are finished, and the guitars are being recorded at this very moment."

Commented guitarist and composer Ivar Bjornson: "The songs are stronger than ever. We've found the ultimate studios and the guys in the band are in very high spirits. Now it's just a matter of working as hard as body and mind permits."

"Ruun" will be mixed at Propeller Studios in Oslo by Mike Hartung and mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm, Sweden. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Path of Vanir" and "Essence", both of which the band are planning on shooting videos for.

ENSLAVED will take some time off in early February to head up to the city of the northern lights, Troms?, to headline By:Larm, Norway's answer to SXSW (South by Southwest). They will be playing two gigs, and audience and press can catch them on February 9 and February 10. They will also play a gig in their hometown of Bergen on March 24 at Club Bizarre.

ENSLAVED will be teming up with KHOLD and VREID for a European tour in the fall. More information will be made available soon.

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First Bands For Inferno Fest Announced

Norway's renowned Inferno festival will be held in Oslo on April 13-15, 2006. The organizers have posted the following update:

Friday February 3rd is the day that we will have our annual kick off party and announce the full lineup. The kick off will be held at John Dee in Oslo and the tickets cost 200 NOK.

Performing live will be a horde of musicians from bands like Immortal, Satyricon, Aura Noir, Enslaved, Susperia, Dimmu Borgir, Pagans Mind, and Zyklon. They will play songs from influential bands such as W.A.S.P, Slayer, Accept, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Mötley Crue, Twisted Sister, Pantera, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom, Mötorhead, Kreator, Testament, Anthrax and more.

There will also be a kick off party in Trondheim the same day. More information on this will follow shortly.

In addition, Borknagar, Witchcraft and Endstille will appear alongside already announced Emperor, Marduk and Bolt Thrower.

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Elitist Records Is No More

Long-running U.K. record label Elitist Records has officially closed its doors. "Many thanks to all who supported the releases and appreciated the ethic behind the label," said label founder Lee Barrett in a statement. "I’ll now be A&Ring for another label. More news when it's available."

Elitist was founded in 2002 as an imprint division of the legendary Earache Records. It was solely A&R'ed by Barrett, the ex-owner of Candlelight Records and the person reportedly responsible for discovering such acts as EMPEROR, OPETH, ENSLAVED and many other.

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Former Immortal Frontman Has a New Project

IMMORTAL frontman Abbath (real name: Olve Eikemo) has reportedly joined forces with original IMMORTAL drummer Armagedda, ENSLAVED guitarist Arve Isdal and GORGOROTH bassist King in a brand-new project dubbed simply I. The group have finished writing two-thirds of the material for their upcoming full-length debut, which will feature lyrics written primarily by former IMMORTAL guitarist Demonaz (real name: Harald Nævdal). The band, who expect to enter the studio before the end of 2005, are said to be contemplating making several festival appearances next year. More information will be made available soon.

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Vreid Issue Tour Report, New Live Photos Online

Norwegian band VREID, formed by ex- members of WINDIR, are currently touring Europe with Enslaved and have issued their first tour report:

After a horrible start with the ultimate shitty tour-bus, things got better when we got a new luxurious night-liner after the show in Rosenheim. Our new bus driver Tony Adams provided us with the best facilities since we left Norway.

Unfortunately all of Vreid got serious ill sleeping in the infested bus the so called Vikings Enslaved provided. But as soon as the stereo farting of Seg-Cato and Fet-Grutle from Poland had reached its climax the conditions were so horrific that a new bus had to be required.
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Enslaved Wins Norwegian Grammy Award

ENSLAVED has been honoured with a Grammy Award for their latest album, ISA. The Norwegian Grammy ceremony was held in Oslo, Norway at the Spectrum for the 33rd time on Saturday the 26th of February, and was broadcasted live on national TV. This is was the band´s third Grammy nomination. The other nominees in the metal genre ware MAYHEM and BLACK DEBBATH. Enslaved was not able to attend the actual ceremony as they are currently touring Europe, but guitarist Ivar Bjørnson had the following comment:

"This Grammy Award means very much to the band and reflects the recognition of our efforts not only for this record alone, but for years of hard work. After two nominations, it felt extremely good to get the recognition from the mainstream music circus and to finally finish first for a change."

Ivar Bjørnson's father took the stage, and received the Award on the band's behalf with the following statement: "there is more to the picture than meets the eye... Rock'n'Roll will never die!"

Enslaved has also received the independent Alarm Award for best metal album in 2004 for ISA. The other nominees were SUSPERIA, KHOLD, RED HARVEST and MAYHEM.

Enslaved is the first Norwegian band to be confirmed for this years Roskilde Festival (June 30th - July 3rd) in Denmark. Enslaved will also play the Fury Fest in France (June 24th - 26th in Le Mans) and Graspop in Belgium (June 24th - 26th in Dessel) this summer. Upcoming Enslaved dates with openers VREID are as follows: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Susperia Nominated For Norwegian Alarm Awards

Susperia have received a nomination for best album in the 'Metal' category of the respected Norwegian Alarm Awards, which will take place in Oslo, Norway on Saturday 5th February 2005. The band have been recognised for their acclaimed 'Unlimited' album, which was released last year through the TABU label in Europe and Candlelight in the USA. The recording fast became a firm favourite with both media and fans around the world. Susperia are one of five nominees for the 'Metal' award alongside Mayhem, Enslaved, Red Harvest and Khold. Voting is open to the public and votes can be made at http://www.alarmweb.org/2005/nyheter/index-05metal.html

The band are currently working on a new video for the song 'Devil May Care'. The video is set to incorporate live footage from their recent tours and is expected to be completed shortly.

Susperia have lined up their first live shows of 2005, at the Hamar Metal Festival which takes place at the Hydranten in Hamar, Norway on Friday 25th Feb 2005 and at Horten Scene 37 on Friday 1st April 2005. The Horten show has been arranged, to make up for the bands' non appearance at the venue on last years 'Unlimited Grudge' tour. They had to cancel their performance at the time, due to vocalist Athera losing his voice.

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Enslaved's "Isa" Premiere Set For January 1

Candlelight Records, in cooperation with Digital Metal, proudly announces the worldwide premiere of "Isa," the title track from Enslaved's new album. Digital Metal will premiere the lead video from the album at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 1. Log on to www.digitalmetal.com to view the streaming video plus read one of the first U.S. features on the new album and enter to win a copy of the record before its February 8 US release date (the U.S. pressing containing extra material not on the current European release).

Recorded at Grieghallen Studios (Mayhem, Emperor), Isa is the new album from two-time Norwegian Grammy and Alarm Award nominated Enslaved. Terrorizer Magazine gave the album high nods as "Album of the Month" for their November issue, noting "for an album that resonates so deeply, whatever destination Isa is headed for, surely the status of a ‘classic’ is high on the list of possibilities." More...

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