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Norwegian progressive extreme metal act Enslaved has named the band's upcoming twelfth studio album "RIITIIR," which follows previous album "Axioma Ethica Odini" (reviewed here).
Enslaved has also unveiled the new album's cover artwork, available below. "RIITIIR" is due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 2nd. More...
The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:
"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.
"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around 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."
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.
The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...
The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:
"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around 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! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. 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 bands have now been announced: More...
Legendary Norwegian progressive black/viking metal band Enslaved have inked a worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 2008 release "Vertebrae" and 2010 release "Axioma Ethica Odini" were previously released in North America via the label, while in Europe the releases came via Indie Recordings. The band is expected to have a new release this fall.
Enslaved commented on the signing:
We’re very, very (yes, very) pleased and proud to sign this deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide. We’ve already worked with Nuclear Blast US through our two latest albums; and our personal friendships with NB guys and gals on both sides of the Atlantic are even older. There’s no drama – we take great pride in the fact that there seldom is with us – it is simply a matter of one contract ending, and us going for what seems to be our best option at this point in time and space. This time the best choice for Enslaved is changing things up somewhat. We’re excited to see what the mixture of passion and professionalism at Nuclear Blast can do with the Enslaved name in the years to come. There is no doubt that the level of ambition, the experience and seriousness about what we do, form perfect common ground for Enslaved and Nuclear Blast. We’re in the process of making a new album that will initiate our new partnership, watch out for the approaching wave of news about that. For now, let’s just say that the album will be an absolute (Nuclear) blast!
Gerardo Martínez of Nuclear Blast USA, commented:
Enslaved is one of the most amazing bands to ever come from Norway. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them on their last two albums in North America, and from this day forth worldwide. Looking forward their new masterpiece to be unleashed to the masses later in the year!
With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.
At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.
Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.
Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos
The full lineup so far is as follows: More...
The first 16 bands for Barge To Hell 2012, the new all-extreme metal cruise from the organizers of 70,000 Tons of Metal, have been announced.
The lineup so far is:
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On February 23rd, Finnish heroes Ghost Brigade will embark on a two-week European tour with Enslaved. Details are as follows:
23 Feb 12 Köln (DE) Underground
24 Feb 12 Dordrecht (NL) Bibelot
25 Feb 12 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
26 Feb 12 Enschede (NL) Atak
28 Feb 12 Berlin (DE) SO36
29 Feb 12 München (DE) Backstage
01 Mar 12 Stuttgart (DE) Röhre
02 Mar 12 Lyon (FR) CCO
03 Mar 12 Saint Nazaire (FR) VIP
04 Mar 12 Poitiers (FR) Confort Moderne
06 Mar 12 Paris (FR) Divan du Monde More...
As if celebrating the 20th anniversary of their existence this year weren’t enough, progressive black metallers Enslaved will be the first metal group to receive the Norwegian Artist & Songwriters Association’s Honorary Award. Norwegian Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt – who is responsible for cultural policy, film, and the media - will present the 10th installment of this award to the band members on Monday, October 31st in Oslo, Norway.
In addition to winning four Spellemann awards (Norwegian equivalents of American Grammys), Enslaved’s interest, dedication, and contribution to the Norwegian music industry and general debate was a significant reason for the band receiving the award.
The Honorary Award is appointed by a jury consisting of the board at the Norwegian Artist & Songwriters Association. The award prize is a glass microphone made by glass artist Camilla Prytz and the inscription reads as follows: “The prize is presented to a person or group that has done a significant effort to promote Norwegian music within the genres of which the Norwegian Artist & Songwriters Association represent; Pop / Rock / Related.”
The nine previous winners of the Honorary Award include: 2010 - Hellbillies; 2009 - Marit Larsen; 2008 - Henning Kvitnes; 2007 - Anne Grete Preus; 2006 - Bjørn Eidsvåg; 2005 - Jan Eggum; 2004 - Åge Aleksandersen; 2003- Jahn Teigen; 2001 - Nora Brockstedt.
American death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have been confirmed as the headliners for Metal Hammer's, "Destroyers Of The Faith" tour, which will kick off in March. Also on the trek will be Triptykon, Enslaved, and Job For A Cowboy.
The tour dates are as follows:
March 7, 2012 - Bristol O2 Academy
March 8, 2012 - Glasgow O2 ABC
March 9, 2012 - Manchester Academy
March 10, 2012 - London HMV Forum
March 11, 2012 - Birmingham HMV Institute
October 31st sees the release of Enslaved's 1992 demo "Yggdrasill" on limited vinyl, featuring new liner notes written by the band. Peaceville Records commented on the release:
"'Yggdrasill' is a stellar example of the early 90's wave of black metal, with Enslaved's raw & hypnotic Viking/Norse-inspired epics sealing them as one of Norway's premier extreme metal acts, as they have continued to dominate & evolve through the years."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Allfoðr Oðinn
3. Hal Valr
4. Niunda Heim
5. Resound of Gjallarhorn
6. Enslaved (bonus track)
Dark rock group Junius has unveiled the first new song, “All Shall Float,” from the forthcoming album, "Reports From the Threshold of Death," today on BrooklynVegan.com at this location.
Additionally, Junius will be joining Norwegian metal legends Enslaved and French outfit Alcest for a tour this fall, which kicks off on September 23rd in Springfield, VA. The dates are as follows:
9/23 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/24 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
9/25 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
9/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
9/28 Quebec City, QC @ Impérial
9/29 Montreal, QC @ Café Campus
9/30 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/1 Columbus, OH @ Outland Live
10/2 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/3 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/5 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
10/6 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/7 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
10/8 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
10/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Due to problems with the ghouls’ visas, Swedish heavy rock band Ghost will not be able perform on the upcoming tour with Enslaved and Alcest. The band will do its best to return for a full U.S. tour in the future.
A statement on the Ghost Facebook page reads as follows:
"Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour.
"We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, Enslaved and Alcest. And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans.
"This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the US as soon as possible and perform for all of you. Our most malicious of wishes."
News has been circulating since yesterday of a terrorist attack in Norway on a youth camp along with a bombing, which has left at least 80 people dead. News reports have identified Anders Behring Breivik as the police's main suspect, and have cited his extreme right wing Christian views as a possible motivation for the attacks.
Several bands have since reacted to the news, with Bison B.C. stating:
"Our thoughts go out to our Norwegian brothers and sisters and to their friends and families. We hope you are all safe and well. Our condolences to those affected by the senseless actions. Glad to hear that our old tour mates and friends in Kvelertak where not in Olso when the attacks occurred. XOXO."
Defect Designer also added, "Words 'Norway' and 'Terrorism'... we did not think they can be used in same sentence. As we live in Russia, we understand you.. Hold on..."
Eternal Gray stated via a Facebook post, "To all our friends in Norway, we are sorry for your loss. Sometimes it's just so hard to believe this beast came from within us, human-kind. Inconceivable. Be strong, we send you our condolences."
Norwegian act Leprous added, "We would like to express our deepest sympathy with everyone involved in yesterdays shocking events in our hometown, Oslo. This is a day for unity, compassion and grief."
Arch Enemy's Facebook page included the following status update: "Watching the news with heavy hearts. Our thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in Norway. What a horrifying attack. It is hard to believe what happened :-("
An update from Iced Earth also stated, "Our hearts go out to the people of Norway. The loss of life is horrific, nearly too much to contemplate. (After killing seven people in a bomb blast, a lone gunman killed over 80 people, some as young as 16, in a summer youth camp.) Please join us in sending prayers, positive thoughts, and sincere condolences to the friends and family members affected by this tragedy."
Enslaved commented: "Our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to everybody touched by the fathomless tragedy that struck Norway yesterday. This is indeed a day for afterthought."
European progressive black metallers Enslaved have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headine tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Ghost and Alcest. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
09/23 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
09/24 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
09/25 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
09/26 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
09/28 Quebec City, QC – Impérial
09/29 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
09/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/01 Columbus, OH – Outland Live
10/02 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/03 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
10/05 Winnipeg, MB – WECC
10/06 Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/07 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10/08 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/10 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
10/11 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
Foscor has issued the following update about an upcoming Enslaved tribute album:
"Greetings all you there, we are proud to reveal the cover of the official tribute to Enslaved. A wonderful piece of art drawn by David Thiérrée in close collaboration with the band members.
Every participating band is still working on their covers ... expect some news soon ...
"The Official Tribute to Enslaved 'Önd - A Tribute' scheduled for late 2011 through the French label Pictonian Records gathers 20 bands covering tracks from 'Yggdrasil' to 'Vertebrae' albums, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Norwegians masters."
The cover album's band lineup is as follows: More...
Metal Injection has premiered a new track from Norwegian black metal act Enslaved. The track, "Heimvegen" comes off the band's upcoming "The Sleeping Gods" EP, which will be released for free via Scion A/V in the near future. You can check out the song here.
"The Sleeping Gods," which is the follow-up to 2010's "Axioma Ethica Odini" (reviewed here), was recorded in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, and partly in the band's own home studio. The release comes as Scion A/V - a lifestyle division of the Scion car manufacturer - expands its brand, launching a metal label and promoting underground shows featuring heavy bands like Trap Them and Black Breath.
"It's exciting to be collaborating with Enslaved on this release," Scion sales promotion manager Jeri Yoshizu said. "We feel the pairing is vital as we aim for the label's approach to embody the same sense of forward thinking as the band's music."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Alu Misyrki
5. The Sleeping Gods
Norwegian progressive black metal veterans Enslaved have revealed that they will be celebrating the band's 20 years of existence on their forthcoming European tour. A message from the group reads as follows:
"Friends, finally the time has come to go out on the road again – this time with our own tour through Europe. This marks the grand opening of the 2011 touring cycle (even though we’ve warmed up with some great eastern European shows already), and also a special year for us. During these very dates we will pass the timeline on the exact date when Enslaved was brought into flesh. Yes, folks; Enslaved is turning 20 in 2011! We are looking forward to celebrating this in the best possible way we can imagine (and we have pretty active imaginations!): on the road, playing live shows for the people who lend us their ears and dedication. As always there will be a wild mix of songs from all parts of our career, particularly the really old and the really new; we can assure you that the new songs from Axioma Ethica Odini we’ve added to the set kick ass live! It is a short tour but at least a full set and we can assure you that a lot more shows will follow! See you soon!"
The tour dates are as follows:
April 22 - The Underworld - Camden, London, UK
April 23 - L'Aeronef - Lille, France
April 24 - John Lennon - LIMOGES, France
April 25 - Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
April 27 - De Kade - Zaandam, Netherlands
April 28 - W2 - Den Bosch, Netherlands
April 29 - Ragnarök Festival - Stadthalle, Lichtenfels, Germany
April 30 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
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...
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.