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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
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.
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
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...
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!"
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...
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
As was previously reported, Dark Funeral, Cradle of Filth, Hate, Satyricon, and Blood Red Throne have all canceled their appearances at the 2009 Unholy Fest. Moonspell have now also canceled the appearance at the festival, giving the following statement:
"We are sorry to inform but due to this information and having no response from the promoter Moonspell is also forced to cancel this show. More info as we get it.
"AMON AMARTH , OBITUARY and ENSLAVED have cancelled their appearances at the 2009 edition of the Unholy Fest, set to take place July 23-25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, due to a 'breach of agreement.' No further details are currently available."
A clip of Enslaved performing live on May 23rd in Columbus Ohio has been posted online. The video can be viewed below. Enslaved are currently on a U.S. tour alongside Opeth. More...
Enslaved are currently streaming two live tracks online from their recent box set "Vertebrae." The songs "Ruun" and "Fusion" can be heard on the Indie Recordings MySpace page.
Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist of Norway's Enslaved, has checked in with the following update:
"We’re parked in Boulder; a few minutes have passed since today's soundcheck at the Fox Theatre. We’re having the pleasure of being Special Guests with Opeth, and these guys really know how to pull a full house-and that’s an understatement. We started the tour on May 1st in New Jersey, or Sayreville to be specific. We had arrived the night before in New York without any other drama than Yours Truly emptying the plane’s supply of those little white wine bottles. We were picked up by the tour bus and driver Deana. Of course our barrel of gunpowder-manager/ tour manager Tonje came along to work in the new guys, but other than her we were about to try a brand new, all-American crew. With one exception this has been a grand success, these Americans do have great work ethos. The mentioned exception turned out to be the sound guy, who got replaced after a very short time. A blog is nowhere for public scolding; let’s just say that our expectations on one side and actual knowledge and experience on the other was as mismatched as Paradise Hotel contestants’ views on their own importance in popular cultural history on one side and reality on the other. Wow, that comparison was kind of pompous, wasn’t it? Well, being the composer for a band many dub 'progressive' (not our own words), I guess it is proper to use pretentious language from time to time. More...
More dates have been added to WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM's headlining North American tour, which begins next week. The most recent shows added include Boise, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, Wilkes-Barre, New Orleans and Austin. The band will be showcasing new material from their acclaimed Black Cascade release. The band will be joined by Thrones, A Storm of Light, Krallice and more for much of the tour, make a stop at the Baltimore Deathfest (co-headlining the 3-day event alongside Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Absu, Mayhem, Marduk and more), and even kicking off the tour with a show with Opeth and Enslaved.
Here are the latest WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM headlining North American tour dates: More...
In the world of extreme music, Norway's Enslaved have always been a force to be reckoned with - and one that will not rest on its laurels: After almost two decades in the game, Enslaved have developed and widened their scope of pure dark music, incorporating progressive and atmospheric structures in their brand of Black Metal, giving Pink Floyd a make-over in hell, if you will.
To achieve this sound between depth and brutality, Ivar Bjørnson (guitar), Grutle Kjellson (bass) and Ice Dale (guitars) have been using Gibsons for a long time - so long in fact, that’s it’s time to make this partnership official.
Comments the band:
"For any youngster, Gibson is a name held in great reverence; from the point you decide to become a guitarist onwards. When we saw Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, Euronymous or Slash making magic happen on their Gibsons, there was no turning back: it had to be a Gibson.
"Sure, you could catch us red-handed buying a pair of Levi’s lookalikes to save a buck, but with the guitars and basses there’s no question. We are where we dreamed of being back then, we’re recording albums and travelling the world to play live.
"Loyalty surely paid off; now we have been admitted into the exclusive tribe of Gibson endorsed artists. The guitar work and sound is one of Enslaved’s most distinctive features – it can only sound like that with Gibson, as simple as that.”
Enslaved’s latest opus, “Vertebrae,” was released in September 2008, the band is currently preparing for the festival season and an US tour with Opeth. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
“The Heart Is A Drum Machine”, the eagerly awaited documentary film that explores the complex and critical relationship between humanity and music, will premiere in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25th at Nike’s Ricardo Montalbán Theater in the heart of Hollywood. Sponsored by L.A. Weekly and Nike, proceeds will benefit the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center in Watts, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Directed by Christopher Pomerenke and produced by Ryan Page, Joe Mundo, and Hans Fjellestad, The Heart Is A Drum Machine explores music’s role in shaping human history, the profound connection people have had to music throughout human history, and how it has shaped our experiences and its involvement in our daily lives. Tackling the topic is a who’s who of musicians including George Clinton, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante, and Jimmy Eat Worlds’s Jim Adkins. Music historians and writers such as MTV’s Kurt Loder and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt were also interviewed, in addition to Carl Sagan’s widow and collaborator Ann Druyan, who discusses the Voyager Golden Record. The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd created an original score for the film and covered Elton John’s “Rocket Man” with vocals by Maynard James Keenan.
ENSLAVED’s Ivar Bjørnson speaks about lucid dreams and music, and comments:
“ENSLAVED went over to do three shows during South by South West 2008, in Austin, Texas. On the press schedule was ‘My Heart is a Drum Machine,’ a constellation of words that caught my immediate interest.
It turned out to be the shooting for a documentary on the complex relationship between music, humanity and psychology. More...
More comments have been made on both sides of the camp regarding God Seed's recent signing to Indie Recordings. The label commented:
"Through the last years we've worked with King & Gaahl in many different bands and projects such as. Gorgoroth, Trelldom, Sahg, Audrey Horne and Wardruna. The quality of their work has always been outstanding, and we welcome this opportunity to once again work with them – this time building something new together. The as-yet-untitled God Seed album will be released late 2009. The album has been in the making for some time already, and continues the already established path of King and Gaahl in a natural, yet progressive way.
"The new material sounds great and we are truly looking forward to be a part of their new musical carrier through God Seed."
In a press statement King comments the signing and the upcoming album:
"I have high hopes for the future signing to Indie Recordings. Gaahl and I have had various negative experiences with labels in the past, but feel confident that we have made the right choice this time. Indie Recordings consists of people we have worked with in the past and they have shown 100% professionalism. They have proven to take care and bring the best out of the bands on their roster. The fact that they are a Norwegian label and not a Swedish label makes me even more optimistic for the future!!"
God Seed's studio line up is as follows:
Vocals - Gaahl
Bass - King
Drums – Frost (Satyricon, 1349)
Guitar – Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne)
Guitar – Telloch (Nidingr, Umoral)
The Unholy Fest will take place between July 23 - 25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic at two different venues.
The currently confirmed line up and schedule is as follows:
7/23 at CAS Arena: Cradle of Filth, Cryptopsy, Silva Nigra, Inferno, Alastor, Demonical, Horna, Grave
7/24 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Satyricon, Enslaved, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Hell United, Vesna, Blood Red Throne, Furia, Shining, Taake, Desulotry, Entombed, Asphyx, Infernal War, Enclave
7/25 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Impaled Nazarene, Nefarium, Rasta, Massemord, Koldbrann, Hate, The No-Mads, Urgehal, Desaster, Root, Primarl Fear, Moonspell, 1349, North, Holy Moses