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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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Hole In The Sky 2011 To Be The Last

The organisers of Norway's Hole In The Sky festival have announced that this year's edition of the event will be the last, concluding twelve years of history. However, it promises to go out with a bang as some of the biggest names in extreme metal will be performing at the event with Immortal, Mayhem, Satyricon and Enslaved being the latest confirmations. A message from the organisers reads as follows:

"There’s a saying that all good things must come to an end. For twelve years we’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of our favourite artists, shared some incredible metal moments with fans coming from all over the world, and worked with some of the best in the scene.

"Twelve years is a long time and we’ve always invested a lot of time and effort in making the festival the best it possible can be and never compromise.

"Hole in the Sky has been a thing we’ve taken great pride in and it would be a very sad thing to let the festival suffer due to other commitments and responsibilities that comes along as you get older, so basically we want go out on a high note when we still feel inspired and on top of the game. Mind you, we will go out in a spectacular fashion. More...

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Negura Bunget Touring With Enslaved

Negura Bunget has issued the following brief update about touring alongside Enslaved:

"We are happy to announce Negura Bunget will tour along Norwegian legends Enslaved on the Circling Above and Within Tour. Originally planned for October 2010, the tour is now re-scheduled for April 2011."

The dates are as follows:

22/04/2011 - London (UK) - Underworld
23/04/2011 - Lille (FR) - Aeronef
24/04/2011 - Limoges (FR) - John Lennon
25/04/2011 - Paris (FR) - Nouveau Casino
27/04/2011 - Zaandam (NL) - De Kade
28/04/2011 - Den Bosch (NL) - W2
29/04/2011 - Lichtenfels (DE) - Ragnarok Festival
30/04/2011 - Antwerpen (BE) - Trix

Negura Bunget also recently posted a new song online for streaming titled "La marginea lumii (Outskirts of the World)." Details are available here.

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Lineup Announced For Enslaved Tribute

Dawn ov Hate has issued the following announcement about two members appearing on an upcoming Enslaved tribute:

"Greetings all you there, we are pleased to announce Fiar's Foscor, and Bastard's Lux Divinia will participate in the forthcoming Official Tribute to Enslaved 'Önd - A Tribute' scheduled for late 2011 through the French label Pictonian Records.

"The Tribute gathers 20 bands covering tracks from 'Yggdrasil' to 'Vertebrae' albums, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Norwegians masters. Keep an eye in the band's sites or in the labels site for next announcements concerning dates, track list, Artwork, etc..."

The lineup is as follows:

DORDEDUH (Romania)
ODEM ARCARUM (Germany)
ISLAND (Germany )
ASMODEE (France)
ANGANTYR (Denmark)
REVERENCE (France)
FOSCOR (Spain)
STAGNANT WATERS (France/Norway)
WODENSTHRONE (UK)
ANGMAR (France)
RIBOZYME (Norway)
EL REGN (Norway)
VREID (Norway)
JANVS (Italy)
BELENOS (France)
KRAKOW (Norway)
LUX DIVINA (Spain)
AS LIGHT DIES (Spain)
FEN (UK)
DARKENHOLD (France)

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Hackneyed To Play Summer Breeze

Germany's Hackneyed recently signed to Lifeforce Records for the release of the band's upcoming third full-length album. Hackneyed has now announced an appearance at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl.

The Summer Breeze fest will be taking place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival are available at this location. Other confirmed bands include Deadlock, As I Lay Dying, God Dethroned, Arch Enemy, Enslaved, and many more.

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Enslaved Wins Spellmann Award

Norwegian extreme metal outfit Enslaved picked up the Spellmann Award for Best Metal Album of 2010 yesterday (Macrh 5th) for their most recent studio release, "Axioma Ethica Odini," which was released last year through Indie Recordings. The award is the Norwegian equivilant to the Grammys and Enslaved thought off tough competition to earn it, beating Shining, Solefald and former Emperor frontman, Ihsahn to scoop the prize.

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More Bands Confirmed For Ragnarok Festival

Catamenia, Graveworm, and Wolfchant have now been confirmed in the lineup of the upcoming 2011 Ragarok Festival. The festival takes place on April 29th - 30th, 2011 at the Stadthalle in Lichtenfels, and additional details are available here.

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Agrypnie
Alcest
Battlelore
Bifröst
BlackShore
Bran Barr
Catamenia
Dalriada
Eis
Graveworm
Enslaved
Ignis Fatuu
Hammer Horde
Månegarm
Kampfar
Odroerir
Negura Bunget
Path Of Golconda
Orphaned Land
Shining
Sahg
Todtgelichter
Thyrfing
Valkyrja
Twilight Of The Gods
Wolfchant
Vrankenvorde

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

In Extremo
Hammerfall
Hatebreed
Bolt Thrower
Tarja
Arch Enemy
As I Lay Dying
J.B.O.
Suicidal Tendencies
Kataklysm
Sodom
Caliban
Corvus Corax
Saltatio mortis
Marduk
Sonic syndicate
Primordial
Farmer boys
Hail of bullets
Turisas
Crowbar
Enslaved
Comeback kid
The haunted
Moonsorrow
Vader
Hayseed dixie
Destruction
Einherjer
Smoke blow
Neaera
Týr
Emil bulls
Witchery
Melechesh
Decapitated
Skeletonwitch
Devil sold his soul More...

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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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Ihsahn Nominated For Norwegian Grammy

Former Emperor guitarist and solo artist Ihsahn has been nominated for a Norwegian grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for his latest album "After." Ihsahn also recently announced he has begun writing new material for an upcoming fourth solo album.

Additional details on the awards ceremony can be found at this location. Other metal albums nominated for the award are Enslaved - "Axioma ethica odini," Shining - "Blackjazz," and Solefald - "Norrøn livskunst."

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Enslaved And Watain To Play Swiss Inferno Festival

Enslaved, Watain and Shining are among the confirmed bands for the Swiss edition of the Inferno festival, set to take place February 25-27 in Lausanne. The event is produced by Headstrong Music and Les Docks. It will include three days of live performances, exhibitions, a metal market and a conference.

This event will be held at Les Docks and Le Romandie in Lausanne.

Friday, February 25 at Les Docks:
ENSLAVED
RORCAL

Saturday, February 26 at Les Docks:
WATAIN
SHINING

Sunday, February 27 at Le Romandie:
THE SECRET
NEBRA

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The Ocean And Enslaved To Play Summer Breeze

German progressive metal act The Ocean and progressive black metallers Enslaved have both announced their participation for the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:
9MM ASSI ROCK'N'ROLL
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
CORVUS CORAX
CRIMINAL
DECAPITATED
DEMONICAL
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
DESTRUCTION
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL
EINHERJER
ENGEL
ENSLAVED
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
FACEBREAKER
FARMER BOYS
HAIL OF BULLETS
HATEBREED
HAYSEED DIXIE
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
INTERMENT
J.B.O.
KALMAH
KAMPFAR
KVELERTAK
MARDUK
MELECHESH
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
PRIMORDIAL
REV 16:8
REVAMP
ROTTING CHRIST
SALTATIO MORTIS
SCAR SYMMETRY
SKELETONWITCH
SMOKE BLOW
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SWASHBUCKLE
SYLOSIS
TARJA
THE HAUNTED
THE OCEAN
THE SORROW
TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED
TURISAS
TÝR
VADER
VOMITORY
VREID
WITCHERY
WOLF

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Enslaved Discusses New Album In Guitar World

Guitarists Ivar Bjørnson and Ice Dale of the Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved are featured on Page 23 of the February 2011 issue of Guitar World.

"With [Axioma Ethica Odini], we wanted to get as close to our live sound as possible: urgent, upbeat and in your face," says Enslaved founding guitarist and main songwriter Ivar Bjørnson to journalist Henry Yuan. "This approach actually ended up leaving an open field for the more melodic and progressive parts, and, in a way, helped crystallize them." More information on the February 2011 issue of Guitar World is available here.

Enslaved's latest release, "Axioma Ethica Odini," debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release. Enslaved also recently announced an appearance at the upcoming Party.San Open Air Festival.

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Enslaved Confirms Festival Appearance

European progressive black metal act Enslaved has announced that it will be performing at the forthcoming edition of the Party.San Open Air festival. Party.San 2011 is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th, 2011 at its new location in Schlotheim/Flugplatz Obermehler, Germany.

The confirmed festival line-up includes:
AT THE GATES
BELPHEGOR
CLITEATER
ENSIFERUM
ENSLAVED
EXHUMED
HAIL OF BULLETS
MELECHESH
MORBID ANGEL
MORGOTH
NACHTMYSTIUM
NEGURA BUNGET
PANZERCHRIST
TAAKE

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More Bands Announced For Tuska Festival

Church of Misery has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Tuska Open Air festival, which will take place at Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland during July 22nd - 24th. The festival will now feature the addition of a fourth stage. The currently confirmed bands for the festival are as follows:

At The Gates
Arch Enemy
Exodus
Meshuggah
Killing Joke
Enslaved
Moonsorrow
Witchery
Agnostic Front
Kvelertak
Spiritual Beggars
Grave
Mygrain
Church Of Misery
Misery Index

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Enslaved Drum Footage Available

Sickdrummer.com has uploaded footage of Enslaved performing the song "Ethica Odini" on November 26th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Video Interview With Enslaved Available

Metal Assault conducted an interview with Grutle Kjellson from Enslaved at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on November 27th, 2010. Video footage from the interview can be viewed below.

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Enslaved Confirms "Rock Hard" Appearance

Norwegian progressive black metal outfit Enslaved has confirmed its appearance for next year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place between June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2011 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:
AGENT STEEL
ANACRUSIS
ATLANTEAN KODEX
ENFORCER
ENSLAVED
IN SOLITUDE
OVERKILL
TRIPTYKON

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Enslaved Announces Fan Video Contest Winner

Norwegian progressive black metal outfit Enslaved has revealed the winner of its fan video contest for the track "Ethica Odini." The winning clip was produced by YouTube user LookaB, also known as Luka Bajt. The band commented by saying:

Guitarist Ivar Bjornson commented:

"First and foremost we wish to thank everybody who has taken part in this contest. We have seen many exciting visual interpretations of our musical and conceptual universe; some of them stood out from the rest and we are really happy to announce the three winners of the competition. Also, we would like to take the opportunity to apologize for the delay in announcing the results. We have simply been outmaneuvered by touring and poor internet access on our touring trek throughout the last month. Thank you for your patience, and hope you will enjoy watching our new videos as much as we do!"

Bassist Grutle Kjellson added:

"Thanks a lot to all you great people that used your talent, passion and precious time on this contest! You should know that we are very proud of you all, and that we really appreciate your efforts! You are not afraid to bleed, not afraid to dream!"

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Dawn of Ashes Completes Filming New Music Video

DAWN OF ASHES has recently completed shooting the band's first music video off their album, "Genocide Chapters," which was released on September 14. The video for "Transformation Within Fictional Mutation" was produced by Robert Kurtzman's (KNB EFX founder, special effects legend, director) PRECINCT 13, who also handled the special effects, with directing duties wielded by David H. Greathouse (special effects master, film director, and music video director behind Mushroomhead's videos). The video for Transformation Within Fictional Mutation was shot on October 19 on location at the Bissman Building in Mansfield, Ohio, which is widely rumored to be haunted.

A behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot can be seen on Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps website.

Guitarist Volkar Kael comments, "We shall display the fiercest examples of terror to vex the parasitic mind! Prepare yourselves for a new breed of visual horror!" More...

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Enslaved Enters Billboard Charts With New Album

Norwegian progressive black metal outfit Enslaved has entered the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart at number sixteen after selling around 1,400 copies of their new studio album, "Axioma Ethica Odini." The album also reached number 40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and number 72 on the Independent Current Albums chart.

Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson has checked in from the road in Europe with their reaction to the news: "We received news last week of the great first week sales in the US with accompanying chart positions. Most important is the fact that we out-did our own previous achievements (with 2008’s Vertebrae) in the US market. We’re not competing with anything else than our own ambitions. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast US for their relentless efforts in promoting Enslaved, as this is also their achievement!"

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