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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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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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Gravdal Issues Update and Begins Work On New Album

GRAVDAL has issued the following update:

"We’re now moving towards the close of the year, and it’s been a very eventful year for GRAVDAL, so we thought it was time for an update on what has been happening with the band, and a look ahead to the future."

"The biggest event for GRAVDAL in 2010 was of course the release of our second full-length album 'Torturmantra,' which was produced by ENSLAVED’s Herbrand Larsen, and recorded by Larsen, Bjørnar E. Nilsen and Arve Isdal. We saw 'Torturmantra' as a big step forward from our first album 'Sadist,' and an expansion of our ideas and sound for the band. The track that probably surprised most of you was of course the slower ballad-like 'Mishandlet,' a song that was new territory for us, and for which we were able to feature SHINING’s NIKLAS KVARFORTH on vocals. We have been very happy with the response to the album both from the fans and the press, and the feedback we have been getting has greatly encouraged us." More...

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Enslaved Discusses Upcoming Dimmu Borgir Tour

Progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metal band Enslaved will soon be returning to the western hemisphere as direct support for fellow countrymen Dimmu Borgir. The 32-date “Darkness Reborn World Tour” across the U.S. and Canada launches on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends Tuesday, December 14th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The tour includes Blood Red Throne and Dawn Of Ashes. Enslaved’s new album, "Axioma Ethica Odini," is scheduled for release in North America on September 28th.

Nuclear Blast caught up with rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson to ask a few questions about the upcoming trek: More...

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Enslaved Posts "Ethica Odini" On Myspace

Haugesund, Norway progressive black metallers Enslaved have posted a new track from the band's forthcoming studio album to the band's myspace page. The song, titled ""Ethica Odini," is to be included on "Axioma Ethica Odini," the new album due out on September 28, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.

You can listen to the new song here.

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Dimmu Borgir Announces North American Tour

Dimmu Borgir has announces a North American tour spanning major cities in the U.S. and Canada. Launching the “Darkness Reborn Tour” on Friday, November 5th in Worcester, Massachusetts, Norway’s symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR return to the western hemisphere on a headlining, 32-date run across North America supported by fellow countrymen Enslaved and Blood Red Throne, plus Dawn Of Ashes from Los Angeles.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

11/05/10 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/06/10 Northern Lights – Albany, NY
11/07/10 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
11/08/10 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/10/10 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/12/10 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/10 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
11/14/10 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/15/10 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/16/10 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/18/10 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/19/10 Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/21/10 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/22/10 The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
11/23/10 Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
11/24/10 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
11/26/10 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
11/27/10 The Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
11/28/10 The Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/30/10 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
12/01/10 Rialto Theater – Tucson, AZ
12/02/10 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
12/03/10 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
12/04/10 Gothic Theater – Englewood (Denver), CO
12/06/10 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/07/10 House of Blues – Houston, TX
12/09/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/10/10 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
12/11/10 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
12/12/10 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/13/10 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/14/10 Imperial – Quebec City, QC - CANADA

Advanced tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday, September 15th.

DIMMU BORGIR’s new studio album, "Abrahadabra," will be released in North America on October 12th. The “Gateways” single is now available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page.

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Reverence Recording Enslaved Cover Track

French metal act Reverence has checked in with the following brief update about recording a new cover song for an upcoming Enslaved tribute album: "Reverence have started the recording of the song cover for the upcoming Enslaved tribute album. The album, titled 'Önd - A Tribute To Enslaved,' will be released through Pictonian Records in collaboration with Enslaved." You can also check out sample Reverence tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Enslaved And Sahg To Support Dimmu Borgir

Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir has announced that fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg will be opening for them when they embark on a headlining tour of Europe this September, which is in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "Abrahadabra."

Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz states: "Parts of the European trek on our Darkness Reborn World Tour will come in support from our friends in Enslaved and Sahg! We're excited to share the stage with these great bands and finally again be able to perform new material for our fans, old and new alike!"

The members of Enslaved check in about the upcoming trek: “We are glad to confirm that we have been invited to do direct support on Dimmu Borgir’s European tour in September and October. We are delighted to announce these dates as the opening of Enslaved’s touring for our new album Axioma Ethica Odini. It will be great to be touring with another Norwegian band. High spirits should be a guaranteed; we’re looking forward to this one!”

Sahg adds: "This tour will prove that nothing exceeds Norwegian metal! Sahg is proud to be in this line-up of Norway's deadliest, with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved. We can't wait to perform the songs from our brand new album, Sahg III, to the European audience for the very first time."

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Enslaved Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Norwegian progressive black metallers Enslaved have announded the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album. The album, titled "Axioma Ethica Odini," is set for release one September 28th, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.

"Axioma Ethica Odini" tracklisting:
1. Ethica Odini
2. Raidho
3. Waruun
4. The Beacon
5. Axioma
6. Giants
7. Singular
8. Night Sight
9. Lightening

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Enslaved Reveals New Album Details

Progressive black metal act Enslaved have announced details regarding the band's upcoming studio album. The album's title has been set at "Axioma Ethica Odini" has been scheduled for release in North America on September 28th, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records and one day earlier for Europe. "Axioma Ethica Odini" was recorded in Duper Studioes, Earshot Studios (belonging to Ensalved members Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale) and Peersonal Sound (owned by rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson) all in Bergen, Norway.

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Sahg To Release New Album In August

Sahg, the Norwegian heavy metal supergroup featuring former Gorgoroth bassist King Ov Hell amongst other musicians, has announced that they will be releasing a new studio album entitled, "Sahg III" on August 30th through Indie Recordings. The album will feature ten new songs and was produced by Enslaved members Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale.

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Enslaved Announces European Tour Dates

Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved has checked in with the following message:

“It is with great enthusiasm we can announce these European dates of our 'Circling Above and Within' Tour! Enslaved is a band that enjoys being on the road like nothing else, we do take pride in being a hard working and increasingly energetic and focused live band. We are also very pleased with our new album (why be modest?) due to be out in connection with this tour – and cannot wait to perform the tracks live!"

Tour dates are:

Oct. 15 London, UK - Underworld
Oct. 16 Lille, France - Aeronel
Oct. 17 Nancy, France - L'autre Canal
Oct. 18 Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
Oct. 20 Zaandam, Netherlands - Kade
Oct. 21 Den Bosch, Netherlands - W2
Oct. 22 Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix

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More Bands Added To Enslaved Tribute

Pictonian Records has issued the following announcement about two more bands being added to an upcoming Enslaved tribute album:

"Hail! Two killer bands were added the trac klist of the official tribute to Enslaved: Stagnant Waters (France) and Foscor (Spain). So far, the tribute gathers Vreid, Dordeduh, Odem Arcanum, Asmodee, Island, Reverence, Sael, Foscor, and Stagnant Waters, but more additions to the track list are to be announced later ... keep posted for more!"

Further details on the album's track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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