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Enslaved

Formed: 1991
From: Haugesund, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Book On Norwegian Black Metal Due In May

American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.

Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.

"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

The book is comprised of:

* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more

* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)

* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."

For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.

Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.

Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...

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Slayer Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Los Angeles thrash metal legends SLAYER have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, June 27:

IRON MAIDEN
AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Saturday, June 28:

SLAYER
CARCASS
MESHUGGAH
TESTAMENT
AT THE GATES

Sunday, June 29:

JUDAS PRIEST
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
MORBID ANGEL
ENSLAVED

National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences members have nominated SLAYER for the band's third Grammy Award. The SLAYER track, "The Final Six", from the group's 2007 limited-edition "Christ Illusion", was nominated in the category of "Best Metal Performance."

"The Final Six", written by Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman and produced by Josh Abraham, is a chilling look at an hypothesized end of the world. The song made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.

"When I first got the word, I thought someone was playing a joke," mused Araya. "But obviously, we've made an impression on the industry. The people at the upper levels have taken notice of what we've done, and that's awesome."

SLAYER's two previous Grammy nominations were for 2002's "Disciple" from the album "God Hates Us All", and last year's "Eyes of the Insane", for which they took home the Grammy Award.

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Morbid Angel Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

Legendary Florida death metallers MORBID ANGEL have been confirmed for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (headliner June 27)
JUDAS PRIEST (headliner June 29)
CARCASS
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
MORBID ANGEL
AT THE GATES
MESHUGGAH
ENSLAVED

More bands will be announced soon.

MORBID ANGEL is currently in the studio working on material for its first studio album since 2003's "Heretic". The upcoming CD will mark the group's first release to feature frontman David Vincent since 1995's "Domination".

MORBID ANGEL is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Earache Records following "Heretic"'s release.

Although MORBID ANGEL's upcoming album does not currently have a name, its title will likely begin with the letter "I", in keeping with the band's tradition of titling their albums in alphabetical order beginning with 1989's "Altars of Madness", and continuing through "Heretic".

MORBID ANGEL's current lineup includes Vincent, guitarist Trey Azagthoth and drummer Pete Sandoval.

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Enslaved's Grutle Discusses Sheep Stealing Stunt

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson of the Norwegian Viking metallers ENSLAVED hit the mainstream press in Norway on October 10, 2007 when they appeared to steal, or according to their rationale, "download," a sheep belonging to politician Lars Sponheim as a protest against his Venstre party's proposed legalization of music downloading.

"It was a symbolic act," Grutle told UK's Terrorizer magazine, "against a party that wants to legalize piracy and copying. A lot of people are downloading stuff and a lot of people don't actually realize that it's illegal and they don't realize what they're doing to hard-working artists. We've received a lot of positive feedback and a good response; some people have decided to pick it up and understood what it's all about even if they don't understand our style of music." More...

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Carcass Confirmed For Gods Of Metal Festival

The 2008 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal Festival (www.godsofmetal.it) will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna from June 27th - 29th.

The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Groovebox.it, is Britain's CARCASS.

Acts on the bill currently include: IRON MAIDEN (headlining June 27th), JUDAS PRIEST (headlining June 29th), CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, AT THE GATES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and ENSLAVED.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Judas Priest And More To Play Gods Of Metal

According to a posting on the Italian rock/metal webzine Groovebox.it, JUDAS PRIEST, MESHUGGAH and AT THE GATES are among the newly confirmed bands for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (June 27 headliners)
JUDAS PRIEST (June 29 headliners)
MESHUGGAH
AT THE GATES
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
ENSLAVED

More bands will be announced soon.

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST has also been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs, singer Rob Halford revealed during a November 16, 2007 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show.

Regarding the direction of the material and how whole concept for the "Nostradamus" record came about, Halford recently told PureGrainAudio.com, "It sounds absolutely fucking amazing and that's not me inflating it, it is genuinely spectacular. So we're still carrying on with that and it should be out sometime in 2008. The idea (for the record) came from our manager Bill Curbishley, because we were ready to go in and do another studio record, but Bill came to see us towards the end of the 'Angel of Retribution' tour, he came to Russia, we were playing Russia and we had lunch with him and he said, 'Look, I have this idea.' Bill manages THE WHO, you know, Pete and Roger, and Bill was behind the enormous success of 'Tommy' and he said, 'I just think that you know, maybe you should think about this possibility of doing a concept album and I've been thinking about this guy Nostradamus.' And as soon as he brought the name up, I'm like, I'm there, let's go, you don't have to say anything else. I knew something of him already like everybody does about the books that you read about him, or on the Internet or on TV, documentaries and I thought wow, this is absolutely brilliant so that's where it all came about from."

On the rumors that "Nostradamus" will be a double album, Halford said, "It is a rumor still. I mean, there is an enormous amount of material and you can only put so much on a single CD so you know, we're trying to tell the story of his life and we're trying to cover every significant moment of his life and I think you know, when we got it all recorded, that's when you're faced with the reality of how much time you got and how much a CD will afford you and the timing of it all. So we just ask everyone to bear with us and as we actually get into the mixing mode, we'll be able to be more definitive and tell everybody exactly what we've got, but we just want to make sure we tell his life story so we'll do whatever it takes to do that."

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Amorphis Confirmed For Rock Hard Festival

AMORPHIS and THE CLAYMORE are the latest acts confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival which will take place May 9th - 11th, 2008 at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The festival line-up is now as follows: AMORPHIS, CELTIC FROST, THE CLAYMORE, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, HELSTAR,, IMMORTAL, JORN, MOONSORROW, NAPALM DEATH, SIEGES EVEN, VOLBEAT and Y&T.

More bands will be announced soon.

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The Agonist Cancel Enslaved Dates

Alissa White-Gluz, vocalist for THE AGONIST out of Montreal, has checked in with the following update:

"So, after desperately trying to make our way through a blizzard's Rocky Mountain terrain to get to our Oregon show and continue the ENSLAVED tour... we found ourselves stranded in a ditch, with the trailer upside down on it's nose. Yes, we crashed trying to get to a show... but nobody was hurt at all. Our vehicle however, a different story.

Long story short, our gear got wrecked, then the van short-fused, we nearly killed a deer (poor thing! I'm still hyper-ventilating), the wipers broke and we got a flat tire on the trailer while attempting to drive our newly mutated van and trailer combo. Then, I found out that I had yet another family member to bury, the third one since the beginning of tour. I now have missed three funerals in total between the Sonata and Enslaved tours...and given the string of bad luck we decided to cut our losses and head home.

So, we apologize greatly for missing those of you on the West coast and through the lower States, we were looking forward to new fans as well as familiar faces... but we will be back there soon with tons of new material to play... so until then ... rock on and keep in touch!!"

-Alissa and The Agonist

The Agonist WILL NOT be appearing at the following shows:

November
23 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
24 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
25 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
26 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
27 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
28 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
30 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX

December
2 - Meridian - Houston, TX
4 - The Muse - Nashville, TN

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The Faceless Release More December Tour Dates

THE FACELESS have added the following string of dates for after their current tour with ENSLAVED:

December 7 - Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Mainstage w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 8 - Providence, RI @ Living Room w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The School BCA w/ Arsis
December 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes w/ Arsis
December 12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre w/ Arsis
December 13 - Saint Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain w/ Arsis
December 14 - Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat w/ Arsis
December 15 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
December 16 - Logan, UT @ Club NVO

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Overkill To Tour Europe In February/March

Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL will embark on a European headlining tour in February/March. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 29 - UA Kiev CCA NAU *
Mar. 01 - RU Moscow Tochka Club *
Mar. 02 - RU Saint Petersburg [venue to be announced] *
Mar. 03 - EE Tallinn Rock Cafe
Mar. 04 - LV Riga Club Melna Piektdiena
Mar. 05 - BY Minsk [venue to be announced]
Mar. 07 - CZ Uherske Hradiste Metalmania Festival
Mar. 08 - PL Katovice Metalmania Festival
Mar. 09 - DE München Backstage
Mar. 10 - I Milano Alcatraz
Mar. 11 - CH Zürich Rohstofflager
Mar. 12 - DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
Mar. 13 - DE Saarbrücken Roxy
Mar. 14 - DE Andernach Live Club
Mar. 15 - NL Helmond Plato
Mar. 16 - DE Essen Zeche Carl
Mar. 18 - DE Hannover Musikzentrum
Mar. 19 - DE Hamburg Markthalle
Mar. 20 - DK Kolding Godset
Mar. 21 - SE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
Mar. 22 - NO Oslo Inferno Festival

* With ENSLAVED

OVERKILL recently completed a short tour in support of its new release, "Immortalis". The trek began on October 3 in Elmira, NY at The The Amp and concluded with a special appearance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on Sunday, October 21.

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Enslaved Members Steal A Sheep

G4's The Feed reports: In a recent televised stunt, two members of Norwegian black metal band ENSLAVED stole a free-grazing sheep that were the property of politician/Liberal Party leader/farmer Lars Sponheim.

It seems Sponheim's Liberal Party has been advocating the legalization of all illicit Internet downloading. They say the business is already freely accessible and downloading should be legalized. ENSLAVED think that argument is weak and decided to prove it via stealing his sheep. They counter that that bands are just small businesses and legalizing free downloading is against everything the party claims to stand for. So you guys wanna steal our music, we'll steal your sheep. That's fair, right?

Turns out the stunt was staged as a part of the larger campaign against downloading called Piracy Kills Music that is being waged by Norwegian bands and other music industry members.

Oh, despite what you might assume, ENSLAVED did not eat the sheep. They set it free into the mountains.

See, even black metal bands have hearts…

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Enslaved's Grutle Kjellson To DJ Hole In The Sky

The 2007 Hole In The Sky festival (holeinthesky.no) is scheduled for August 22nd - 25th in Bergen, Norway, with a kick-off party scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st.

Organizers check in with the following: "The world famous rock 'n roll rebel and talented fishing fanatic, Grutle Kjellson of ENSLAVED will play his favourite prog records before and after LASSE MARHAUG, MONOLITHIC and SHINING has destroyed your hearing. In other words, don't miss out on our fantastic Hole In The Sky kick-off this coming Tuesday."

Hole In The Sky festival lineup:

Wednesday, August 22nd: Day Of Possession - IMMOLATION, MANNGARD, THE BATALLION, HELLDIVER, SLAVIA.

Thursday, August 23rd: Suffer The Sky - NAPALM DEATH, SECRETS OF THE MOON, VREID, BLOOD TSUNAMI, DEATHCON.

Friday, August 24th: Hole In The Wall - TESTAMENT, MAYHEM, ENTOMBED, BELPHEGOR, ANAAL NATHRAKH, MELECHESH.

Saturday, August 25th: Unsilent Storms - IMMORTAL, KREATOR, SABBAT, DESTRÔYER 666, BLOODTHORN
NIFELHEIM.

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Breaking News

Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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Arsis and Enslaved Gear Up For Tour

Arsis will hit the road with Enslaved, The Faceless and The Agonist late this year, dates include:
November 10th Bedford, NH - Mark's Place
November 11th Montreal, QC - Club Soda
November 12th Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
November 13th Toronto, ON - The Opera House
November 14th Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
November 15th Detroit, MI - I-Rock
November 16th Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
November 17th St. Paul. MN - Station 4
November 20th Portland, OR - Roseland Grill
November 21st Seattle, WA - El Corazon
November 23rd San Francisco, CA - Slim's
November 24th Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
November 25th Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
November 26th Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
November 27th Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
November 28th Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
November 30th San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
December 01st Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
December 02nd Houston, TX - Meridian
December 04th Nashville, TN - The Muse

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Metallysee Booking Agency Explains Cancellations

Metallysee Booking Agency, the long-running Belgian company which was recently blamed for a string of European tour cancellations by such bands as FINNTROLL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MARDUK, ENSLAVED and UNLEASHED — has released the following statement:

"For all of those that have been writing in with their hate mail, let me take a moment now to explain the recent mishaps that have been happening at my company, Metallysee Booking Agency.

"First of all, my name is Johan De Mesmaeker and I am one of the owners of Metallysee. I have had this company for more than 22 years, and during that time I have put many bands on tour in Europe. Many who have gone on to become bigger acts and many that have gone on to other booking agencies.

"During the past year, I had to take a leave from running the day-to-day operations of my company due to personal reasons and in my place was my (former) employee named Henk Mol (of Vain Productions). Together with my business partner Gina, Henk was responsible for putting the tours together and making sure that things functioned as they should. Well, as we know now, things didn't happen exactly this way.

"With my sister not knowing anything about the business (or the bands), Henk was pretty much in control of everything. In the case of the Earthshaker Roadshock tour, he, and HE ALONE, made the cost of this tour so high that it was impossible to continue that tour. Some bands were contracted to be paid more than they should have, while other bands were contracted to be paid when in fact they should have been paying us tour support. The same was the case with the MARDUK tour.

"In order to keep my company alive, I had no choice but to cancel these tours to avoid myself going into bankruptcy and to be able to continue in a business that I've been involved in for many years.

"In the case of Henk Mol, on the eve of the Earthshaker tour he conveniently 'quit' his position (and even has the NERVE to go back to some bands on our roster to tell them how he 'left' Metallysee and is in the process of starting his own booking agency and would like to book their tours from now on).

"Now while I don't absolve myself from any responsibility of these recent errors, the fact remains that before I took my leave, I have been doing the No Mercy and X-Mas tours (for example) twice a year for the past nine years that were completely successful. As most of you know, some of these tours had up to 8 and 9 bands and they always went to the [end] and everyone was always paid in full.

"In conclusion, I hope that this answers some questions that people have been asking. Slowly, I will rebuild my company and continue to book tours for the European market.

"To the bands that these problems have affected — FINNTROLL, AFTER FOREVER, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, TAROT, MACHINE MEN, ALL ENDS, MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, KEEP OF KALESSIN, GOATWHORE, PANTHEON I, UNLEASHED and BELPHEGOR — I offer my sincere apologies and will make every effort in time to compensate them for their losses. To the fans, labels, managers and my longtime promoter partners, I also offer my apologies."

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Enslaved Announce More North American Tour Dates

More dates have been announced for ENSLAVED's upcoming North American headlining tour, which is scheduled to take place in November/December. The tour will go on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com on May 11. Tickets will become available through regular ticketing channels on June 1.

The lineup for the trek is as follows:

ENSLAVED, ARSIS, THE AGONIST:

Nov. 03 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub *
Nov. 04 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall *
Nov. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Nov. 07 - Hartford CT @ Webster Theatre
Nov. 08 - New York City NY @ B.B. Kings Blues
Nov. 09 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

ENSLAVED, THE FACELESS, ARSIS, THE AGONIST:

Nov. 10 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Nov. 11 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Nov. 12 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Nov. 13 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Nov. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's DownUnder
Nov. 15 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
Nov. 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Nov. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Nov. 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Nov. 24 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Nov. 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Nov. 26 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Nov. 27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
Nov. 28 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Dec. 01 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater *
Dec. 02 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Dec. 04 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse

* New dates

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Excess Of Evil Tour Cancelled

The "Excess Of Evil" European tour has been cancelled. The trek was to run this month and feature Marduk, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Goatwhore, Melechesh, and Pantheon I. Here's a statement from Enslaved:

"We are not entirely informed and convinced as to why the tour is cancelled – we were promised an immediate statement from the touring agency (Metalysee) several days ago, but nothing has arrived. At this point, with few days left for the intended tour start, we could no longer wait and we are issuing this, to be honest, half-informed statement. We are normally booked through Goldstar Music in Norway, let us stress over and over again that this tour and its demise is not their workings, this was a one-off collaboration with another booking agency.

All we know is that the tour is cancelled and that we feel disappointed, bitter and at the same time vengeful. We are disappointed because we looked forward to performing top notch shows, being part of a high class package and meeting the fans, the friends; the scene. Bitter because we were already stretched to the limit to do this tour – we were ready to go out and do minimalist shows, with a session keyboard player (as Herbrand Larsen couldn't go due to personal reasons. We feel vengeful because we know we will come back and do these shows tenfold stronger. Our booking agent Goldstar has told us they are already working on rescheduling several of the shows this coming autumn.

As always, there will be speculations as to why this happened. Again, we regret to say that this was never really "our" tour so we lack some insight into the "whys" and "whos" and "whens". We can only state that we were ready to go, no injuries, no imprisonment, no primadonna acts; none of the usual industry clichés. We have heard rumours about why the tour was cancelled, but we choose not to repeat them until an official statement is issued from Metalysee/ Marduk. We hope other sources of information (web boards, forums, magazines) will remain equally patient/ respectful for the official version.

We'll be back with more info should it appear, along with any eventual re-bookings of these shows. A heartfelt thank you to all the people being ready for the shows in France, the UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Austria– we will return."

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Enslaved Announce North American Tour Dates

Norway's ENSLAVED will embark on a North American headlining tour in November/December. The tour will go on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com on May 11. Tickets will become available through regular ticketing channels on June 1.

The lineup for the trek is as follows:

November 6 - November 9: ENSLAVED, ARSIS, THE AGONIST
November 10 - December 4: ENSLAVED, THE FACELESS, ARSIS, THE AGONIST

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Nov. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
Nov. 07 - Hartford CT @ Webster Theatre
Nov. 08 - New York City NY @ B.B. Kings Blues
Nov. 09 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 10 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Nov. 11 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Nov. 12 - Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial de Quebec
Nov. 13 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
Nov. 14 - Cleveland OH @ Peabody's DownUnder
Nov. 15 - Detroit MI @ I-Rock
Nov. 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Nov. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Nov. 20 - Portland OR @ Roseland
Nov. 21 - Seattle WA @ El Corazon
Nov. 23 - San Francisco CA @ Slim's
Nov. 24 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Nov. 25 - West Hollywood CA @ Key Club
Nov. 26 - Tempe AZ @ The Clubhouse
Nov. 27 - Albuquerque NM @ Launch Pad
Nov. 28 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Nov. 30 - San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
Dec. 02 - Houston TX @ Meridian
Dec. 04 - Nashville TN @ The Muse

More dates will likely be added in the beginning and the end of the tour.

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Sahg Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Norwegian heavy rockers SAHG, who feature in their ranks members of GORGOROTH, MANNGARD and AUDREY HORNE, have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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