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Last week’s Autumn equinox brought equal illumination to Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres, but it also sparked other blood-warming news: the thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers Enslaved is now underway.
From his home in Bergen, Norway, Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to provide the following update:
“My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with Enslaved to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy!
"As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions.
"Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it. I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it.
"It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.” More...
Svartidaudi has checked in with the following announcement about playing the upcoming Roadburn Festival:
"We are extremely proud to announce that Svartidauði will break bones and slit throat at next year's installation of Roadburn Festival. Handpicked for the curated night 'House of the Holistic' by Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Einar 'Kvitrafn' Selvik of Wardruna."
Einar had this to say about the band: "Svartidaudi is for me the most interesting Black Metal band I´ve heard in a very long time coming from the North which makes it a very natural choice to welcome them into our curated night!"
Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson also adds: "What happened with black metal? Whatever it was, you can't blame Svartidauði. They're making interesting, weird and dark music instead of being sexy and circusy. They embody the spirit that once bound me to the genre, and we are very proud and privileged to have them as part of Houses of the Holistic!” More...
Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has been announced as one of the curators of Roadburn Festival 2015 alongside Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik.
As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for this curated Roadburn event, named "Houses of the Holistic," and play special shows with Enslaved and Wardruna respectively as well.
The Norwegian pair, both former Roadburn performers, have played an important role in bringing together the past, present and future sounds of hard rock, progressive metal, and alternative scenes, which makes them the ideal choices to carry on the tradition that began in 2008.
Enslaved's performance, dubbed "House of Northern Gods," will consist of a set list specially put together for "Houses of the Holistic," featuring songs from the band's entire catalogue, with accompanying visuals created by Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu.
Ivar Bjørnson comments: “To say that my dream as a kid was to one day curate the Roadburn Festival would perhaps be to take it a tad too far – but it isn’t that far from the truth. There’s some ridiculously big shoes to fill, but luckily negative pressure, idea draught and performance anxiety aren’t something I’m into. It is my favourite festival in one of my favourite parts of the world; so this is nothing short of one the biggest honours I’ve been given! It is a privilege to undertake this challenge in twosome with Einar; an artist I truly feel in tune with artistically and philosophically – now it is all about hard work and dedication to ensure that the audience and the festival itself is given a Friday to enjoy, experience and remember. I for one can’t wait!”
Roadburn Festival 2015 will run for four days from Thursday, April 9th to Sunday, April 12th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. "Houses of the Holistic," co-curated by Ivar Bjørnson will take place on Friday, April 10th, 2015.
Several bands, including Amaranthe and Enslaved, have posted online about having to pull out of the Croatian Underwall Festival, and now the remaining days of the metal fest have officially been cancelled altogether. U.K. band Absolva posted this announcement online about the situation:
"We regret to say that the remaining 2 days of Underwall Festival have been cancelled by the promoter.
"Many of the bands had already pulled out due to various logistical difficulties, including Amaranthe, Rage, Enslaved. We've been here since yesterday so we guess it's time to soak up the sun, relax with a few beers until Monday when we fly home.
"We apologize to everyone expecting to see us at the festival but there simply isn't an event left to play! Thanks to all. We now look forward to headlining Day One of SOS FESTIVAL back home in ENGLAND.. I AM I headline day 2. The event is packed full of quality metal.... Savage Messsiah, Tysondog, Triaxis, Monument, Incassum, & many more. TICKETS ONLY £15 for the weekend!"
To read the other band cancellation announcements, head over to the Underwall Fest Facebook page.
Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved has checked in with the following year-end message to fans:
"It has got to be a good sign that once again we're sitting here on New Year's Eve, thinking 'can we really hope for another year of THIS much musical progress, exciting travels and general insanity?' Every year since we can't remember when has been a solid step forward, and 2013 has certainly not been an exception. Wow. We feel grateful, humble and over-the-top motivated to make 2014 a g i a n t leap forward.
"To know that our music actually matters as much to you guys as it does for us out there is sometimes dizzying and surreal - then again; being dizzy and experiencing surrealism is the finest Life has to offer - so let's keep going.
"Thank you to each and everyone of our families, partners, crew, friends, colleagues, idols, enemies and every coincidental entity that has played any role in making 'reality' in 2013 what it was - it fucking ruled. 2014 will be even better, whatever that means... haha!"
Swedish heavy metal titans Amon Amarth have announced a headline tour of the U.S. for January and February 2014 in support of newly released album "Deceiver of The Gods."
Very special guest on the dates will be Enslaved with additional support from Skeletonwitch.
Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg comments, "After our successful part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival this summer, it is with great confidence we'll be heading back to North America as the headliner in January. We are proud and happy to announce that our friends in Enslaved and Skeletonwitch will be supporting us on this raid and pillage tour across the continent! Come and join us for all the fun of a real metal show! WE. SHALL.DESTROY!"
Dates are as follows: More...
Enslaved has been out on a North American tour, which has been experiencing delays due to bad weather. The band has now checked in with the following update:
"After 24 hours inside the blizzard the interstate roads out of the Winnipeg border station finally reopened, and we could start driving again!
"Since then we've gone through new storms and more snow; non stop and relentless, with one goal in mind: making it to the stage in Montreal tonight! We will - just barely - sadly that is not the case for our support bands.
"Pallbearer, Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom all have to cancel due to the weather conditions. We'd like to thank all of our fans for the massive support through the past few days!"
Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...
Enslaved announced spring live dates for Europe and the UK starting March 13, 2013 in France. The band is supporting the latest album "RIITIIR," which is out now on Nuclear Blast Records (Check out Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).
Confirmed dates are as follows (check out trailer below):
13 March - Divan du Monde, Paris FR
14 March - NQ LIVE, Manchester UK
15 March - HAMMERFEST, Wales UK
16 March - Button Factory, Dublin IR
17 March - Limelight 2, Belfast UK
19 March - The Corporation, Sheffield UK
20 March - The Fleece, Bristol UK
21 March - The Underworld, London UK
22 March - Biebob, Vosselaar BL
23 March - W2, Den Bosh NL
24 March - P60, Amstelveen NL
26 March - Underground, Cologne DE
28 March - Escape Metalcorner, Vienna AT
29 March - Dürer Kert, Budapest HU
31 March - Backstage, Munich DE
2 April - Od Zmierzchu Do Switu, Wroclaw PL
3 April - SO36, Berlin DE
4 April - Logo, Hamburg DE More...
Norway's Enslaved has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new DVD release:
"We have started the process of making a new live-DVD. Or perhaps 'concert movie' would be a more appropriate title for this undergoing. We’ve gone to some lengths to keep this under wraps for as long as possible; and now we’re more or less ready to go.
"We will record two full sets containing material from all our releases – there will be a total of 24 songs (matching the number of the Futhark, by the way-ish), including some very special and long asked-for treats for our fans.
"There will be glimpses into the world of Enslaved between the songs that will help create a unique musical experience caught on film. The site of the recording is ABC Studios in Etne, appropriately located in the house of the old school..."
Further details will be announced as they become available. Enslaved also released new full-length album "RIITIIR" (reviewed here) earlier this year.
The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.
With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.
You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.
The lineup is as follows: More...
The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:
"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!
"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.
"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:
- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?
- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.
- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.
"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."
The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...
Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.
M-Pire of Evil
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Commander In Chief
Sacred Mother Tongue
Line of Fire
Bull Riff Stampede
Black Acid Souls
Fire in the Empire
Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Pallbearer has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows with Ancient Wisdom and Enslaved:
"We're elated to announce we'll be supporting Enslaved on a full North American tour in January and February of 2013! The dates are as below."
Wed/Jan-30 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Thu/Jan-31 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Fri/Feb-01 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sat/Feb-02 Detroit, MI The Magic Stick
Sun/Feb-03 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
Mon/Feb-04 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Wed/Feb-06 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Fri/Feb-08 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Sat/Feb-09 San Francisco, CA Slims
Sun/Feb-10 Portland, OR Branx
Mon/Feb-11 Seattle, WA Highline Bar
Tue/Feb-12 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Thu/Feb-14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Fri/Feb-15 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Sat/Feb-16 Regina, SK The Exchange
Sun/Feb-17 Winnipeg, MB The Osborne Village Inn
Tue/Feb-19 Toronto, ON Opera House
Wed/Feb-20 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
Thu/Feb-21 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Fri/Feb-22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom More...
With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.
Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."
The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...
Norwegian viking legends Enslaved have posted a preview clip of the new LP "RIITIIR" (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The album was released last week in Europe and is set for an October 9, 2012 drop in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band issued several track commentaries, the latest of which can be found over here. The track list for "RIITIIR" is as follows:
1. Thoughts Like Hammers (streaming here)
2. Death in the Eyes of Dawn
4. Roots of the Mountain
7. Storm of Memories
Check out the album preview here: More...
The seventh of eight installments has now been posted online featuring Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson from Norway's Enslaved offering insight on the tracks to the band's twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), due out in Europe on September 28th.
Bjørnson on track #7, “Storm Of Memories:”
“Alright, much like ENSLAVED’s career, this song could be described with the sports term ‘a working victory’ (it might surprise some that we didn't get where we are just because of our strikingly good looks and a talented costume designer). It was the first song to be written for this album but the last one to fall into place completely. Obviously, I'm talking about the first section of the song - the second half is more ‘normal ENSLAVED’ (okay, that is funny) and it more or less worked itself out during the rehearsal sessions. On the other hand, I wasn't completely getting the right atmosphere from the first rounds of the band adding their instruments in the studio on the first part: the demos from the previous year still had more of a ‘vibe’ to them than we were getting in the studio. More...
Enslaved guitarist Arve Isdal (a/k/a "Ice Dale") is featured in the latest studio video on the making of RIITIIR (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The album is scheduled for release on September 28, 2012 (Europe) and October 9, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "RIITIIR" is as follows:
1. Thoughts Like Hammers (streaming at this location)
2. Death in the Eyes of Dawn
4. Roots of the Mountain
7. Storm of Memories
Check out the studio video here: More...
Enslaved has announced the dates for the "Spring Rite" European tour, which can be viewed below. These March and April shows are in support of new album "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), which is due out on September 28th, 2012. The band's latest entry in its track-by-track commentary of the release can also be read at this location.
3/13TH - DIVAN DU MONDE, PARIS FR
3/14TH - MQ LIVE, MANCHESTER UK
3/15TH - HAMMERFEST, WALES UK
3/16TH - BUTTON FACTORY, DUBLIN IRL
3/17TH - LIMELIGHT 2, BELFAST UK
3/19TH - ACADEMY, SHEFFIELD UK
3/20TH - THE FLEECE, BRISTOL UK
3/21ST - UNDERWORLD, LONDON UK
3/22ND - BIEBOB, VOSSELAAR BEL
3/23RD - W2, DEN BOSCH NL
3/24TH - P60, AMSTELVEEN NL
3/26TH - UNDERGROUND, COLOGNE GER
3/28TH - ESCAPE METALCORNER, VIENNA AUS
3/29TH - DURER KERT, BUDAPEST HUN
3/30TH - COLLOSEUM, KOICSE SLO
3/31ST - BACKSTAGE, MUNICH GER
4/2ND - OD ZMIERZCHU DO SWITU, WROCLAW PL
4/3RD -MAGNET, BERLIN GER
4/4TH - LOGO, HAMBURG GER
4/5TH - RADAR (CLUB BRUTAL), AARHUS DK
Enslaved has now posted the fifth of eight installments explaining each song from new album "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), which is due out on September 28th, 2012. The commentary on the title track from Grutle Kjellson and Ivar Bjørnson can be read below.
Kjellson on “Riitiir:”
“I really wanted to use these lyrics on the song that ended up being ‘Roots Of The Mountain,’ but Ivar insisted on using them on this one. I’m glad he did so! This song is the shortest, ‘only’ 5 minutes 30 seconds long, and the far most bombastic and conclusive song on the album. A nothing-but-perfect title track! The diversity in the different riffs - from Middle-Eastern-like passages to almost Swedish folk/prog-like tones - really suits my lyrics and the initial meaning of those. I will not reveal too much; it’s up to the so-called attentive reader to judge what they really mean. I could, of course, explain what it all means, but that would be as exciting as Leonardo Da Vinci explaining the facial expression of the Mona Lisa. I’m not saying that the codes in the ‘Riitiir’ lyrics will be debated for 500 years, but let us leave some mysteries for the readers that enjoy metaphors and ‘Easter eggs.’ They are, however - as a rough guide - about a widely worshipped god/deity around the world that appears under different names in different geographical areas. The name ‘Riitiir’ is an ENSLAVED-ish way of writing rite, or the rites of man if you like - just like ‘Ruun’ was for writing rune - i.e. just a cosmetic variation really, but we thought it looked and sounded cool. It’s okay to take a couple of chances, isn’t it?” More...