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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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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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Enslaved Confirm European Tour Dates

Norway's ENSLAVED have confirmed the first dates for their upcoming ISA Europe Tour 2005, which will include support from VREID.

Also, Enslaved's latest album "ISA" ( due out through Candlelight Records in North America on February 8th) has been nominated for the "Bergen Album Of The Year 2004" prize by Norway's biggest regional newspaper Bergens Tidende. Head here to vote.

Back to the tour, here are the official dates:

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Arcturus, Mantas Confirmed For Inferno Fest

Arcturus and Mantas are the first two bands officially confirmed for next year's Infermo Festival, which will be happening on March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.

The next two bands will be announced on December 24. Also, a kick- off party is to be held on January 27th at the Underworld in London. Bands performing live will be Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Madder Mortem and Grimfist.

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Full Inferno Metal Fest Lineup Announced In Jan.

The organizers of Norway's Inferno Metal Festival 2005 will begin selling tickets for next year's event on Monday, November 1. Advance tickets will be sold at the symbolic price of 666 NOK.

The first bands confirmed to play the festival will be revealed on December 1 and December 24. The complete lineup will be announced at the kick-off event at the Underworld in London on January 27. Groups scheduled to perform at the kick-off event include Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Grimfist and Madder Mortem. A Norwegian kick-off party will take place two days later (Jan. 29) at John Dee in Oslo. The lineup of groups performing at the Norwegian kick-off event will be announced in December.

Inferno Metal Festival 2005 will take place on March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo. A total of 30 bands will be performing at the festival.

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First Inferno Metal Fest Confirmations Announced

Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Grimfist and Madder Mortem are the first confirmed bands for the U.K. edition of the Inferno Metal Festival, set to be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at The Underworld in Camden.

Commented the festival's organizers, "Inferno Metal Festival's arrangers realize that the international interest has increased with staggering speed and as a result of this we have decided to do an Inferno event in London.

"Since this is an Inferno event, we’ll announce the full festival line-up for 2005 exclusively to the U.K. audience. In Norway this will happen two days later.

"During the day we will in cooperation with Bylarm (Norway's equivalent to 'In the City'), have a press/partner gathering with press-conference, get-together, lots of freebies and more. And of course an eventful musical evening.

"The plan is to make this an annual event, and maybe expand to 2-3 consecutive days, or even different cities."

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Windir Now History

Norwegian black metallers Windir have posted this message on their official website:

The farewell concert at Rockefeller September 3rd, was a tremendous success. There were about 1200 people at the concert, and Windir, with Valfars brother Vegard Bakken as a special guest, performed a great show.

Windir would like to thank those who could make it to Oslo this special evening. Also the band would like to thank Mindgrinder, Finntroll and Enslaved for honouring Valfars memory with great live-performances!

Windir is now history. Those who have supported us, you know who you are, we thank you! To everyone else: RAIS TI HELVETE ADLE I HOP!!!!!

Hváll, Steingrim, Sture, Strom & Righ.

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Thundra Sign With New Aeon Media

Norwegian metallers Thundra, featuring former members of Einherjer and Enslaved, have inked a deal with Karmageddon Media subsidiary New Aeon Media. The group, who were previously signed to Spinefarm Records, are completing work on their sophomore album at Black Dimension studio for an early 2005 release. The group's 2003 demo (featuring the cuts "On Thorns," "Signs" and "At Autumn's Fall") can currently be downloaded at the group's official website.

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Enslaved Announce New Album

It’s with great pride we announce the new studio album from two time Grammy Nominee Enslaved. From their base camp in Bergen, Enslaved has given Norwegian extreme metal diversity and depth since 1991. The pioneers in Enslaved have through strong musical craftsmanship shown a remarkable will and ability to continuingly twist their musical expression into new directions in a dynamic and challenging way.

The critically acclaimed "Below The Lights" (Osmose Productions) was honoured with nomination for both Grammy and the Independent Alarm Award in Norway. The band has strong traditions as a hardworking live band, and some of their performances are considered as legendary. Kerrang! salutes Enslave's "Inferno" performance with a KKKKK-review in their iss#1002.

Quote: "It’s Enslaved who steal the show with a gloriously ambitious set bolstered by a dizzying light show that has 'should have been headliners' written all over it" (Dom Lawson).

"ISA" was recorded in in Grieghallen Studio (last two Enslaved albums, Mayhem, Emperor) and the mix will be done subsequently in Duper Studios (last two Enslaved albums, Kaizers Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist) by Sir Duperman. The production team for the album will consist of the powertrio Jørgen "Sir Duperman" Træen, Eirik "Pytten" Hundvin and Enslaved.

Lineup: Ivar Bjørnson (guitar), Grutle Kjellson (vocal & bass), Cato Bekkevold (drums), Arve Isdal (lead guitar), Herbrand Larsen (keyboard & vocal).

Tabu Recordings
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Release: Europe 08/11

Below The Light was #2 in Terrorizers's Album of the Year writers poll 2003:

No other extreme band has improved as well with age as these Norse boatmen. Enslaved continued their upward trajectory with a further melding of psychedelic melodies and effects to their black metal heritage and "Below The Lights" was superb start-to-finish result. Did you hear a better song in 2003 than "The Dead Stare"? Probably not.

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Windir To Play 'Farewell' Concert In Norway

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR have announced plans to perform on final concert as a tribute to late frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken, who tragically passed away in January. The concert, dubbed "Heidra Valfar", will take place on Friday, September 3 at the Rockefeller Arena in Oslo, Norway.

"The 3rd of September would have been Valfar's 26th birthday, and we would like to honour his memory by doing one last show," the band said in a statement. "Sture will be doing most of the WINDIR vocals. We are also glad to announce that 3 bands will be joining us this night. ENSLAVED, FINNTROLL and MINDGRINDER will be doing shows in honour of Valfar. The 3rd of September will also be the release date of the last WINDIR album, out on Tabu Recordings."

Tickets for the "Heidra Valfar" concert can be purchased at www.billettservice.no beginning on Saturday, March 27.

As previously reported, WINDIR's forthcoming CD will be a two-disc set. The first CD will include new material, unreleased material, tribute songs from other bands and live tracks, while the second CD will be a compilation of the music made by Valfar. It will include tracks from the first demo, "Sognariket", to the last album, "Likferd". All proceeds from this CD will go directly to Valfar's family.

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