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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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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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Chthonic To Support Arch Enemy In The U.K.

Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have confirmed they will be supporting Arch Enemy, Enslaved, and Sabbat on a string of U.K. tour dates. The currently announced dates are as follows:

04/27 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfren Hall
04/28 Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
04/29 Manchester, UK @ Academy
04/30 London, UK @ HMV Forum

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Enslaved Checks In with Second Studio Report

Guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjornson and the members of Enslaved have issued their second studio report on their new album:

"First of all I would like - on behalf of the whole band - to thank everybody out there for the massive feedback and support you’ve shown since we started spreading the news of recording a new album. A lot of interesting questions came in for the video Q & A. People have commented both on Facebook and Myspace – we’ve chosen to take that as a compliment and an inspiration!

"There will be another round of Q & As compiled from questions sent in by everyone wishing to do so – it will be announced when another round of question-harvesting is due. Also, someone mentioned that they would like to see these studio reports in a video version. We have something for you too! As we are recording, we are also filming quite a lot - from the actual recordings in the studio, as well as around the studio discussing gear, bringing along the camera for the occasional trip to the pub for beer sampling, celebrating [keyboard player] Herbrand [Larsen]’s birthday with Demonaz [of IMMORTAL] and other friends, filming trips to festivals, and on tour while the album is being made. It is all going to be some kind of ‘behind the scenes’ thing that we will release in connection with the release. More details on that later. More...

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Arch Enemy Announces U.K. Tour With Sabbat

Swedish heavy metal outfit Arch Enemy has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom in April and they will be bringing two special guests with them in the form of legendary British thrash metal band Sabbat and Norwegian band Enslaved. A message from Arch Enemy lead singer Angela Gossow reads as follows:

"We strongly felt its time to visit the shores of The United Kingdom Of Heavy Metal again! We miss you, ladies and gentlemen!!! We only did the Bloodstock festival in 2009. It was a fantastic gig and reminded us of why we love the Amott brothers' homeland so much. Even better, we are bringing the U.K. cult thrashers Sabbat with us and the Norwegian sons of darkness, Enslaved! We will cook up a devastating setlist for this run and won't leave any prisoners behind. Get ready for the Metal Hammer Meltdown attack!"

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Enslaved Begins Work On New Album

Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist of metal veterans Enslaved, has revealed in a recent blog that the band has now begun work on a brand new studio album. His message reads as follows:

“This is a short blog from the studio where we – Enslaved – have started to record our new album. We are doing the drums in Duper Studios here in Bergen – this time around we are recording everything in our hometown, something we last did with (2004’s) Isa. Iver Sandøy (TRINACRIA, MANNGARD, EMMERHOFF, T.M.B.) is engineering the drum recording; and we feel we are in very good hands. The remaining instruments will be recorded in Herbrand (Larsen, keyboards) and (lead guitarist) Ice Dale’s Earshot Studio, with a few small exceptions done in Peersonal Sound (my own studio). We’re starting off as we always do: with me and (drummer) Cato (Bekkevold) going in first. The session started out beautifully with the perfect starting point for the drum sound and the first song being laid down by Cato. This song is a musical and lyrical contemplation on a rune - one associated with travel... We'll get back to more on the songs later!

"After 'Vertebrae', it has been a hectic period, with shows, tours and everything that is going on around the band. Yet it has been a remarkably self-energizing process making this new album. For starters, the dynamics have never been better, both literally in the music - and metaphorically, meaning the working climate within the band. Writing music is rewarding when you know the other members will take your ideas seriously and give everything they’ve got to make the best out of every single idea. The amazing feedback we’ve gotten after Vertebrae hasn’t exactly made us more modest: We picked up some very valuable confidence from that. A third pillar of inspiration is the continuing ideological struggle against the dogmas: political, monotheistic, moral dogmas that keep getting a stronger and stronger chokehold on man. Some dangers are growing while others are on the rebound (for now). Enslaved is an ongoing project to channel alternative currents; resistance to those trying to force-fit the mind into the tiny squares of one-doms and tyrannies.

"After all that hot air, I’ve asked Cato to provide some thoughts on the new material and the recording process: More...

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Reverence To Appear On Enslaved Tribute

France's Reverence have announced they will be providing a song for an upcoming Enslaved tribute album. The album, titled "Önd - A Tribute To Enslaved," will be released through Pictonian Records in collaboration with Enslaved. Twenty bands will provide twenty cover songs for the album. The other currently confirmed bands to appear on the tribute album include Vreid, Odem Arcarum, Asmodee, Dordeduh, Sael, and Island. More information on the release date and additional bands to appear on the album will be announced as it is made available.

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Shagrath and King Announce New Band, Ov Hell

Out of Norway's biggest and darkest metal bands rises Ov Hell. This group of Satan’s all-stars has been sharpening their teeth in some of black metal's most influential bands for many years. Known as key figures in bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Gorgoroth, Shagrath and King have come together to bring forward a new chapter in Norwegian black metal history. Ov Hell will carry on in the same tradition for which King and Shagrath are known, but the collaboration between the two will mark a new era for them both.

Frost (Satyricon, 1349), Ice Dale (Enslaved, I) and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349) have been recruited for the first full-length release. The album will contain all of the power and blast beats worthy of their evil pedigrees.

King comments: "The first Ov Hell release will contain music I've worked on in my Gorgoroth and God Seed years. It's been a little hell to actually see this music form into a band, so the name of the band is quite suitable. Through the first song I got from Shagrath I knew that he would be the perfect man to join forces with. He has strong individual qualities and a strong will to power. I am very positive that when we finish up this album it will be an album that won't sound like anything we have done before, and with a quality that won't stand back from anything presented in black metal earlier!"

Shagrath comments: “With both of our demanding music careers and other projects, timing was not on our side. After last years inferno festival, King and I yet again joined forces to brainstorm our need to collaborate our passion for dark art. Over the course of the past year, King sent me demo ideas that were so inspiring it made me put my skeptic feelings aside. I wasn't sure if I wanted to have another Black Metal project but my unquenchable thirst to explore my darkest beast, launched the birth Ov Hell. The majestic Ov Hell has become a band that reflects our roots, raw, ugly, arrogantly blasphemous with uncompromising truth from two influential Norwegian musicians needing to express our primitive side, straight out Ov Hell.”

Two new tracks, "Devil's Harlot" and "Ghosting" from the yet untitled upcoming album, have been uploaded to the band's MySpace.

Studio Line-up:
Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir, Chrome Division) - vocals
King (God Seed, Gorgoroth, Jotunspor, I, Sahg, Audrey Horne) - bass
Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne, Trinacria, Demonaz) - guitar
Frost (Satyricon, 1349) - drums
Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed, 1349, Umoral) – guitar.

Ov Hell online:
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/ovhell
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OvHell
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ovhell666
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ov-HELL/139170130877

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Enslaved Added to Roadburn Festival 2010

Enslaved has been announced as artists in residence for Roadburn Festival 2010, which will take place April 15-18 in Tilburg, Holland. Enslaved will be playing the Thursday.

Roadburn states: "We are thrilled to announce that Norway’s Enslaved will be our artists in residence for next years Roadburn Festival, set to be held from April 15 – 18, 2010 at both the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg – Holland. Enslaved have been groundbreaking metal pioneers for almost 20 years. Since their Viking-metal inception, the band has been forging a connection between black metal and prog, arriving at an incredible melange of heavy psych and modern metal. Enslaved embodies the experimental, dark and psychedelic aspect of Roadburn, and we have invited them as our artists in residence – a premiere for Roadburn - for our 2010 festival. Enslaved, and various band members, will be doing several special shows during the festival.

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson comments: “This show will pan towards the latter day Enslaved and will consist of a set list specially put together for Roadburn; emphasizing the heavy, the psychedelic and not but least – the visual aspect of what Enslaved is today. Be prepared for a surprise or two!”

Enslaved / Shining (NO) will be the main headliner of Roadburn Festival 2010, playing their 90-minute Armageddon Concerto on Saturday, April 17th. Composed by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and arranged together with the band members, Bjørnson describes the Armageddon Concerto as “an experience of a life time. Prog, doom, jazz, extreme metal, northern mythology, science fiction –this is going to be massive.”

The festival also features Dream of an Opium Eater, Trinacria, Mouth of the Architect, YOB, Triptykon, Altar of Plagues and many others. For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.

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Enslaved Announces Three Norwegian Shows

Enslaved will do three Norwegian shows Thursday September 3rd and Saturday 5th. The band asks for your understanding for relaying the news this late; the last month has been insane for them. The dates are as follows:

Sept. 3 Kongsberg, NO - Energimølla
Sept. 4 Haugesund, NO - Karmøygeddon Artic Festival, Byscenen
Sept. 5 Stavanger, NO - Folken

Support in Stavanger will be provided by Norwegian brothers in arms Vreid and The Batallion. In Kongsberg support will be provided by Inquested.

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"Brutal Legend" Track Listing Revealed

GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...

Read the full article at GameDaily.com.

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