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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 Looking Forward To A New Year

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!"

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Amon Amarth Announces Tour With Enslaved

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...

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Enslaved Issues Roadside Update

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...

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Enslaved Announces UK & European Tour Dates

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...

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Enslaved To Release DVD

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.

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

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...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

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...

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Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

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.

Killing Joke
Saint Vitus
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Iron Saviour
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Commander In Chief
Sacred Mother Tongue
Serpent Venom
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Black Acid Souls
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

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...

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Pallbearer To Support Enslaved On Tour

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...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

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...

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Enslaved Posts Preview of "RIITIIR" LP

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
3. Veilburner
4. Roots of the Mountain
5. Riitiir
6. Materal
7. Storm of Memories
8. Forsaken

Check out the album preview here: More...

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Enslaved Posts Seventh Track Commentary

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...

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Enslaved Posts Video "Making of: RIITIIR"

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
3. Veilburner
4. Roots of the Mountain
5. Riitiir
6. Materal
7. Storm of Memories
8. Forsaken

Check out the studio video here: More...

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Enslaved Announces "Spring Rite" Tour

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.


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Enslaved Posts Fifth In Series Of Track Commentary

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...

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Metal Evolution: "Extreme Metal" in Works

Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.

“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...

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Enslaved Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

Enslaved has now posted the fourth of eight track-by-track installments from Grutle Kjellson and Ivar Bjørnson for twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.

Kjellson comments on track #4, “Roots Of The Mountain:”

“One of our greatest friends in The States tends to use the term ‘Epic as f**k’ to describe something grandiose and this is the closest I get to describe this song. Yes, it sounds pompous, but I've always said that our goal is to make our own favorite music, so why be sober or moderate in the descriptions? I remember that Ivar came to the rehearsal place and put on the demo for me and Cato [Bekkevold, drummer], and we got totally blown away! In the middle of the second listening, Herbrand [Larsen, keyboards & clean vocals] appeared, looking genuinely confused, and I thought: This is a good sign!!! He is usually the Rock-structure alibi in the band, so to see that he was a bit worried really satisfied the rest of us. Of course, he also ended up loving the song after digging into the matter and started working on the arrangements.

"This song has everything one can ask for in an ENSLAVED song: aggressive and old-school metal riffs, a pompous chorus, and progressive passages. It also includes my favorite guitar solo on the album and shows [lead guitarist] Ice [Dale]'s talent for transforming almost FM-rock solos into a monstrous extreme metal inferno!! I love it! I can even find inspiration from our good old countryman Ronni LeTekrø from TNT here - one of the bands me and Ice tend to listen to on our days-off on the tour bus if we have been drinking one or two barrels too much. The lyrics are, again, inspired by different mythologies/philosophical systems around the world with mutual ways of approaching the search for the ultimate answers. When you seek truths and answers, you rarely find them where they would logically appear. It is sometimes important to go with the flow and accept the reality as-is, and thus find the truths in the end. The roots of the mountain will appear for you if you use the eyes of the eagle in the sky…well, maybe it will.” More...

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Enslaved Posts Next Track-By-Track Commentary

The new Enslaved track, “Veilburner,” is available for streaming through tomorrow on the Metal Hammer Germany website.

Enslaved rhythm guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson have been offering song commentaries on their trademarked Norwegian strain of progressive extreme metal. The following third of eight installments provides insight on “Veilburner,” which appears on Enslaved’s twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR" (reviewed here), due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th.

Bjørnson comments on the track:

“This was the second song written for the album, and man (!), did it turn out great! It was probably the song that ‘kicked in’ first and strongest during our rehearsing for the album. I think the song is perfect for Cato's drum style; every time I listen to it I discover something new and magnificent! A fond memory from the recording sessions is when one of the studio owners, Jørgen Træen (Norwegian top producer), stopped by and heard the song. He said it represented everything he cherished in Metal (like everybody else, he was a metalhead earlier on - at some point in history, everybody must have been into Metal if they're all telling the truth). He found it catchy, grandiose without overdone pomposity, with ear-candy drumming and solid songwriting.

"Moving on to the lyrics; again we're at the cliché ‘it is what it is.’ There's a veil to burn, so gather your strength, focus, and perform the rite! Whether it be behavioral adjustments, mental synthesis, or simply putting on this particular track obscenely loud, doesn't matter: If you have the fire and a will to burn, it is going to work! Just be aware that what lies beyond the veil might not be pretty. The better you know yourself, the better are the chances of avoiding surprises when you see behind the veil.” More...

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Enslaved Posts Album Artwork Making-Of Clip

After posting a second track-by-track commentary for new album "RIITIIR," Norwegian progressive black metal act Enslaved has now released a video clip showing the creation of the album's artwork. Check out the clip below to get a glimpse into Norwegian artist Truls Espedal’s creation process for the artwork, plus a narration by Enslaved vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson.

“RIITIIR” is due out in Europe on September 28th, and to get a taste of the album you can watch the lyric video for opening track “Thoughts Like Hammers” right here. All editions of "RIITIIR" are also now available for pre-order from the Nuclear Blast webshop.

The track list for "RIITIIR" is as follows:

1. Thoughts Like Hammers
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. Veilburner
4. Roots Of The Mountain
5. Riitiir
6. Materal
7. Storm Of Memories
8. Forsaken More...

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