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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 Films "The Watcher" Video

Norwegian metallers Enslaved recently shot a music video for the song, "The Watcher" in Sweden with the Grammy Award winning director Patric Ullaeus. The band has posted the following report about Ullaeus and the video itself:

“When we got the chance to work with Patric and Revolver, we grasped it with all ten hands. His works are very impressive. We were first exposed to him through Dimmu’s latest video - the whole thing was very professional and remained ‘tasty’ within the fantasy framework. Our previous videos have been do-it-yourself and we have never worked with special effects on such a high level before. The video is built upon a dual development: the band performing the song in parallel with a story line. The story is based upon [lead singer/bassist] Grutle’s lyrics for ‘The Watcher’ and the story is written out in a co-operation between Grutle and [guitarist/songwriter] Ivar [Bjørnson] from the band, and director Patric Ullaeus. Without spoiling the surprise, the video story follows the lines of the lyrics – the individual’s struggle for truth and liberation, about revealing the real chains of existence and breaking them.”

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms More Bands

More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:

Bolt Thrower
Swallow the Sun
The Red Chord
Rotten Sound
Keep of Kalessin
Trap Them
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Complete Failure
Hero Destroyed

Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:

"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."

A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009

Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.

Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Enslaved Announces North American Tour Dates

Enslaved will be heading out for a North American trek next May along with Keep Of Kalessin and Swallow The Sun. The tour dates are as follows:

May 1 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
May 2 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 3 - Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
May 4 - Regina, SK @ The exchange
May 5 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
May 6 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
May 7 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
May 8 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 9 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
May 12 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
May 13 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
May 15 - San Ant, TX @ Scout Bar
May 16 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
May 19 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
May 20 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 21 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
May 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
May 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 24 - New York, NY @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
May 25 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Électriques
May 26 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 27 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
May 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 29 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
May 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

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Helheim and Vulture Industries Announce Euro Tour

Norway's HELHEIM and VULTURE INDUSTRIES, bands that between them feature current and former members of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR, SULPHUR, ENSLAVED, DEATHCON, SYRACH, MALICE IN WONDERLAND and TAAKE, will once again hit the road together, this time for a tour of Northern Europe. Joining them will be ATROX, for whom this will be the first European tour. Confirmed dates for the trek, dubbed the "Vikings, Villains and Vultures Tour," are as follows:

Nov. 07 - Pepes Musik Kneipe, Aalen, Germany
Nov. 08 - Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany (w/ NEGURA BUNGET)
Nov. 09 - Phantoms of Pilsen 2 - Pilsen, Czech Republic (w/ PANYCHIDA)
Nov. 10 - Escape Metalcorner, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 11 - [to be announced], Poland
Nov. 12 - [to be announced], Poland
Nov. 13 - Headbangers Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 14 - Helvete, Oberhausen, Germany
Nov. 15 - Azijnfabriek, Roermond, Netherlands

This will not be the first time that Viking metallers HELHEIM join forces with avant-garde metallers, and Dark Essence Records stable mates, VULTURE INDUSTRIES to tour. Commented HELHEIM frontman and bass player V'gandr, "We have all known each other for far too long, and the last couple of tours we did together was fun to do, to put it mildly. It helps to know who you are dealing with — there's nothing worse than touring with someone you don't get on with, and we can always be sure that there will be plenty of laughs and beer flowing on the way with the VULTURE INDUSTRIES guys."

HELHEIM recently caused a sensation in Norway when it launched its "Kaoskult" album in front of an audience of young children in a kindergarten.

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Enslaved To Do Online Q&A

Ivar from Enslaved reports:

Enslaved will do an online Q&A session on Tuesday, September 30th 12:00 PM CET at VG.no, Norway’s leading daily paper.

Fans all over the world can send in their questions from now until Tuesday by visiting here

Please mark it’s in Norwegian, but here’s a quick ”how to do”

”Tittel” – the headline of your question
”Spørsmål” – fill in your question to Enslaved
”Navn ” – from who – your name....

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Enslaved's New Album Streaming Online

"Vertebrae", the new album from the Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal ENSLAVED, is currently the featured artist over at MySpace Metal.

The new album is also available for streaming in its entirety (for a limited time!) at the groups MySpace Page. The CD will be released in Europe on September 29 via Indie Recordings and in North America on October 28 through Nuclear Blast Records.

"Vertebrae" was recorded during the first months of 2008 — then mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and mastered by the legendary George Marino in Sterling Sound. Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Herbrand Larsen and Grutle Kjellson.

The album will be supported by extensive touring starting with the "Vertebrae European Tour" in November/December 2008 also featuring STONEGARD and KRAKOW.

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Obscure's Debut Album Release Date Set

Release dates for Obscure's debut album, entitled "On Formaldehyde," have been revealed. In Norway, the album will be in stores on the 29th of September. The rest of the world will get the pleasure to check it out on the 13th of October.

Obscure consists of Roy Kronheim (ex-Enslaved) among others, and "On Formaldehyde" is a diverse classic heavy metal album.

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Enslaved Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has announced that they have signed Norwegian black metallers Enslaved and will be releasing the bands forthcoming new album, "Vertabrae." Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has said the following of the partnership:

“The U.S. and Canada have become increasingly important territories for ENSLAVED with their increasing sales and feedback from the fans and the scene both within and outside hard-line metal. The two tours we did in 2007 proved our live show qualities to the scene, and the scene proved its dedication to us. We are therefore extremely happy to be working with Nuclear Blast – a formidable force in the record industry. Having met members of the U.S. staff on several occasions, we know that their dedication and professionalism will take ENSLAVED a great step further.
Vertebrae is by far our strongest album, one that we are extremely proud to present to the U.S., to Canada, Mexico, and all other territories. We are very pleased to present it in tandem with Nuclear Blast.”

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Gorgoroth Prepares To Enter The Studio

The version of Gorgoroth fronted by member, Gaahl has posted the following update:

"Gorgoroth will enter the studio in their hometown of Bergen, Norway on August 25th, 2008.

"Eight new tracks composed by King will be recorded for an as-yet-untitled new album. Along with Gaahl, King and Frost on drums, the full recording lineup will include Teloch (guitar) and Ice Dale (guitar).

"ENSLAVED's Herbrand Larsen will once again produce Gorgoroth in the studio."

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Enslaved Signs To Indie Recordings

Enslaved have announced that they are now on the roster of Indie Recordings records. The label is set to release the bands new album "Vertabrae" later this year.

The band comments: "We've known the people behind [Indie Recordings] for years, and have first-hand knowledge of their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. This signing makes perfect and utter sense to us; and we are proud to start off this cooperation with our strongest album ever."

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Enslaved Announces European Tour

Norwegian extreme metal act Enslaved have announced a huge European tour that will begin in November. Check out the dates below.

Nov. 05 - DK Kopenhagen The Rock
Nov. 06 - DK Århus Voxhall
Nov. 07 - GER Marne Capitol
Nov. 08 - GER Essen Grugahalle / Heidenfest
Nov. 09 - BEL Vosselaar Biebob
Nov. 11 - UK Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Nov. 12 - UK Leeds Rios
Nov. 13 - UK London Scala
Nov. 14 - NL Eindhoven Dynamo
Nov. 15 - NL Leeuwarden Romein
Nov. 16 - NL Deventer Burgerweeshuis
Nov. 18 - F Paris La Locomotive
Nov. 19 - F Rennes Ubu
Nov. 20 - F Lyon Marché Gare
Nov. 21 - F Toulouse Havanna Café
Nov. 22 - ESP Madrid Sala Caracol
Nov. 23 - ESP Barcelona Salamandra
Nov. 25 - ITA Milano Alcatraz
Nov. 26 - ITA Bologna Estragon
Nov. 27 - AUT Graz Orpheum
Nov. 28 - AUT Wien Szene
Nov. 29 - AUT Salzburg Rockhouse
Nov. 30 - GER München Backstage
Dec. 01 - SWI Pratteln Z7
Dec. 02 - GER Saarbücken Roxy
Dec. 03 - GER Darmstadt Steinbruch Theater
Dec. 04 - GER Köln Werkstatt
Dec. 05 - GER Hamburg Markthalle
Dec. 06 - GER Leipzig Hellraiser
Dec. 07 - CZ Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe
Dec. 09 - GER Berlin Kato
Dec. 10 - PL Warsaw Progresja
Dec. 11 - LT Vilnius Mulen Ruzas
Dec. 12 - LAT Riga Melna Piektdiena
Dec. 13 - EE Tallinn Green Christmas Festival
Dec. 14 - FIN Helsinki Tavastia
Dec. 16 - SWE Stockholm Debaser
Dec. 17 - SWE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
Dec. 18 - N Oslo Rockefeller
Dec. 19 - N Hamar Hydranten
Dec. 20 - N Bergen Verftet

The band are expected to release a new album this Autumn.

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Book On Norwegian Black Metal Due In May

American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.

Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.

"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

The book is comprised of:

* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more

* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)

* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."

For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.

Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.

Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...

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Slayer Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Los Angeles thrash metal legends SLAYER have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 27:


Saturday, June 28:


Sunday, June 29:


National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences members have nominated SLAYER for the band's third Grammy Award. The SLAYER track, "The Final Six", from the group's 2007 limited-edition "Christ Illusion", was nominated in the category of "Best Metal Performance."

"The Final Six", written by Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman and produced by Josh Abraham, is a chilling look at an hypothesized end of the world. The song made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.

"When I first got the word, I thought someone was playing a joke," mused Araya. "But obviously, we've made an impression on the industry. The people at the upper levels have taken notice of what we've done, and that's awesome."

SLAYER's two previous Grammy nominations were for 2002's "Disciple" from the album "God Hates Us All", and last year's "Eyes of the Insane", for which they took home the Grammy Award.

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Morbid Angel Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Legendary Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliner June 27)
JUDAS PRIEST (headliner June 29)

More bands will be announced soon.

MORBID ANGEL is currently in the studio working on material for its first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature frontman David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.

Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".

MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Enslaved's Grutle Discusses Sheep Stealing Stunt

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson of the Norwegian Viking metallers ENSLAVED hit the mainstream press in Norway on October 10, 2007 when they appeared to steal, or according to their rationale, "download," a sheep belonging to politician Lars Sponheim as a protest against his Venstre party's proposed legalization of music downloading.

"It was a symbolic act," Grutle told UK's Terrorizer magazine, "against a party that wants to legalize piracy and copying. A lot of people are downloading stuff and a lot of people don't actually realize that it's illegal and they don't realize what they're doing to hard-working artists. We've received a lot of positive feedback and a good response; some people have decided to pick it up and understood what it's all about even if they don't understand our style of music." More...

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Carcass Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

The 2008 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal Festival (www.godsofmetal.it) will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna from June 27th - 29th.

The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Groovebox.it, is Britain's CARCASS.

Acts on the bill currently include: IRON MAIDEN (headlining June 27th), JUDAS PRIEST (headlining June 29th), CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, AT THE GATES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and ENSLAVED.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Judas Priest And More To Play Gods Of Metal

According to a posting on the Italian rock/metal webzine Groovebox.it, JUDAS PRIEST, MESHUGGAH and AT THE GATES are among the newly confirmed bands for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (June 27 headliners)
JUDAS PRIEST (June 29 headliners)

More bands will be announced soon.

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST has also been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs, singer Rob Halford revealed during a November 16, 2007 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show.

Regarding the direction of the material and how whole concept for the "Nostradamus" record came about, Halford recently told PureGrainAudio.com, "It sounds absolutely fucking amazing and that's not me inflating it, it is genuinely spectacular. So we're still carrying on with that and it should be out sometime in 2008. The idea (for the record) came from our manager Bill Curbishley, because we were ready to go in and do another studio record, but Bill came to see us towards the end of the 'Angel of Retribution' tour, he came to Russia, we were playing Russia and we had lunch with him and he said, 'Look, I have this idea.' Bill manages THE WHO, you know, Pete and Roger, and Bill was behind the enormous success of 'Tommy' and he said, 'I just think that you know, maybe you should think about this possibility of doing a concept album and I've been thinking about this guy Nostradamus.' And as soon as he brought the name up, I'm like, I'm there, let's go, you don't have to say anything else. I knew something of him already like everybody does about the books that you read about him, or on the Internet or on TV, documentaries and I thought wow, this is absolutely brilliant so that's where it all came about from."

On the rumors that "Nostradamus" will be a double album, Halford said, "It is a rumor still. I mean, there is an enormous amount of material and you can only put so much on a single CD so you know, we're trying to tell the story of his life and we're trying to cover every significant moment of his life and I think you know, when we got it all recorded, that's when you're faced with the reality of how much time you got and how much a CD will afford you and the timing of it all. So we just ask everyone to bear with us and as we actually get into the mixing mode, we'll be able to be more definitive and tell everybody exactly what we've got, but we just want to make sure we tell his life story so we'll do whatever it takes to do that."

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Amorphis Confirmed For Rock Hard Festival

AMORPHIS and THE CLAYMORE are the latest acts confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival which will take place May 9th - 11th, 2008 at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.


More bands will be announced soon.

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The Agonist Cancel Enslaved Dates

Alissa White-Gluz, vocalist for THE AGONIST out of Montreal, has checked in with the following update:

"So, after desperately trying to make our way through a blizzard's Rocky Mountain terrain to get to our Oregon show and continue the ENSLAVED tour... we found ourselves stranded in a ditch, with the trailer upside down on it's nose. Yes, we crashed trying to get to a show... but nobody was hurt at all. Our vehicle however, a different story.

Long story short, our gear got wrecked, then the van short-fused, we nearly killed a deer (poor thing! I'm still hyper-ventilating), the wipers broke and we got a flat tire on the trailer while attempting to drive our newly mutated van and trailer combo. Then, I found out that I had yet another family member to bury, the third one since the beginning of tour. I now have missed three funerals in total between the Sonata and Enslaved tours...and given the string of bad luck we decided to cut our losses and head home.

So, we apologize greatly for missing those of you on the West coast and through the lower States, we were looking forward to new fans as well as familiar faces... but we will be back there soon with tons of new material to play... so until then ... rock on and keep in touch!!"

-Alissa and The Agonist

The Agonist WILL NOT be appearing at the following shows:

23 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
24 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
25 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
26 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
27 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
28 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
30 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX

2 - Meridian - Houston, TX
4 - The Muse - Nashville, TN

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The Faceless Release More December Tour Dates

THE FACELESS have added the following string of dates for after their current tour with ENSLAVED:

December 7 - Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Mainstage w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 8 - Providence, RI @ Living Room w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The School BCA w/ Arsis
December 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes w/ Arsis
December 12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre w/ Arsis
December 13 - Saint Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain w/ Arsis
December 14 - Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat w/ Arsis
December 15 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
December 16 - Logan, UT @ Club NVO

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