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Formed: 1991
From: Haugesund, Norway
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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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Opeth Announces U.S. Tour with Enslaved

Opeth will be embarking on a headlining run of North American shows soon and joining them on the trek will be Enslaved. The initial tour dates are as follows:

May 1 - Starland Ballroom - Sayerville, NJ
May 2 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
May 3 - Medley - Montreal, QUE
May 4 - Sound Academy - Toronto ON
May 5 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
May 6 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
May 8 - Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE
May 9 - Fox Theater - Boulder, CO
May 11 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
May 12 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
May 13 - Senator Theater - Chico, CA
May 14 - Regency Center at Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 15 - The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
May 16 - Avalon - Los Angeles, CA
May 17 - Rialto Theater - Tucson, AZ
May 19 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
May 20 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
May 21 - New Daisy Theater - Memphis, TN
May 22 - Bijou Theater - Knoxville, TN
May 23 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
May 24 - Clutch Cargo's - Detroit, MI
May 26 - Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center - New York, NY
May 27 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

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Enslaved and KoK Nominated for Norwegian Grammy

Enslaved has been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Awards in the category Best Metal Album for “Vertebrae.” The prize ceremony will take place in Oslo on Saturday, January, 24th.

Grutle Kjellson comments: "This is great! Although this our 5th nomination, I will never get used to receiving honors such as this! Some people claim these awards does not mean anything, and they might be right of course. Then again they are lying idiots if they claim they wouldn't appreciate a Best Metal Album award. It simply states that you are doing something right even if your life doesn't depend on it."

"Congratulations to our buddies in Keep of Kalessin with their nomination too!"

Keep of Kalessin is also nominated for Best Metal album for ”Kolossus.” Keep of Kalessin will start 2009 with a headlining Finland tour, which starts January 10th in Helsinki, then Jyväskylä, Turku and Tampere.

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Book Examines Link Between Spirituality and Metal

A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.

The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:

The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.

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Indie Recordings Releases Free Christmas Comp.

Indie Recordings has released a free compilation, entitled "Christmas Carnage Vol. 1," for download. "Christmas Carnage Vol. 1" contains 14 tracks of metal with songs by Satyricon, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Audrey Horne, Stonegard and more, and will be available from December 24th to January 1, 2009. The entire album will be streamed in the player, and next to it you can choose to download either a package with mp3s or one with all the songs in lossless format. The downloads include complete artwork for the CD as well.

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Maryland Deathfest Announces 2 Replacement Bands

Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.

Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.

Here is a curre?nt list of confirmed bands for the Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Enslaved's Gothenburg Show Cancelled

Enslaved's Dec. 17 show at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden was cancelled by the venue.

The band comments: "We can do nothing else than hope to make it up for the Gothenburgers at some other time.

"Thanks to everybody that has turned up and contributed to making this 'Vertebrae' European tour the best Enslaved tour ever - and even though we're missing Gothenburg we can promise Stockholm, Oslo, Hamar and Bergen top notch killer shows!"

Enslaved recently cancelled their North American tour, stating the issue "lies a tour that was hard to get together in the first place so we've decided to let the whole tour be cancelled and start working on setting up a new North American tour all the way from scratch again..."

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Enslaved Posts "The Watcher" Video Online

Norwegian metallers Enslaved has uploaded their brand new music video for the song, "The Watcher" online. You can check it out below. The band travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden to film the clip along with director Patric Ullaeus, who has previously worked with the likes of Dimmu Borgir and In Flames. The song comes off the bands latest album, "Vertabrae." More...

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Enslaved Cancels North American Tour

Norwegian progressive metal artists Enslaved has posted the following message online:

"It is with great regret that Enslaved has to announce the cancellation of the North American 'Vertebrae' tour [with Swallow The Su and Keep Of Kalessin] scheduled for May 2009. At the heart of the issue lies a tour that was hard to get together in the first place so we've decided to let the whole tour be cancelled and start working on setting up a new North American tour all the way from scratch again. . . Our sincere apologies to all the fans that were ready to come out to these shows; but rest assured — we are working day and night on setting up the new tour that will replace these dates."

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Enslaved Films "The Watcher" Video

Norwegian metallers Enslaved recently shot a music video for the song, "The Watcher" in Sweden with the Grammy Award winning director Patric Ullaeus. The band has posted the following report about Ullaeus and the video itself:

“When we got the chance to work with Patric and Revolver, we grasped it with all ten hands. His works are very impressive. We were first exposed to him through Dimmu’s latest video - the whole thing was very professional and remained ‘tasty’ within the fantasy framework. Our previous videos have been do-it-yourself and we have never worked with special effects on such a high level before. The video is built upon a dual development: the band performing the song in parallel with a story line. The story is based upon [lead singer/bassist] Grutle’s lyrics for ‘The Watcher’ and the story is written out in a co-operation between Grutle and [guitarist/songwriter] Ivar [Bjørnson] from the band, and director Patric Ullaeus. Without spoiling the surprise, the video story follows the lines of the lyrics – the individual’s struggle for truth and liberation, about revealing the real chains of existence and breaking them.”

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms More Bands

More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:

Bolt Thrower
Swallow the Sun
The Red Chord
Rotten Sound
Keep of Kalessin
Trap Them
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Complete Failure
Hero Destroyed

Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:

"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."

A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009

Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.

Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...

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Enslaved Announces North American Tour Dates

Enslaved will be heading out for a North American trek next May along with Keep Of Kalessin and Swallow The Sun. The tour dates are as follows:

May 1 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
May 2 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 3 - Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
May 4 - Regina, SK @ The exchange
May 5 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
May 6 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
May 7 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
May 8 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 9 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
May 12 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
May 13 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
May 15 - San Ant, TX @ Scout Bar
May 16 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
May 19 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
May 20 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 21 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
May 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
May 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 24 - New York, NY @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
May 25 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Électriques
May 26 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 27 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
May 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 29 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
May 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

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Helheim and Vulture Industries Announce Euro Tour

Norway's HELHEIM and VULTURE INDUSTRIES, bands that between them feature current and former members of BLACK HOLE GENERATOR, SULPHUR, ENSLAVED, DEATHCON, SYRACH, MALICE IN WONDERLAND and TAAKE, will once again hit the road together, this time for a tour of Northern Europe. Joining them will be ATROX, for whom this will be the first European tour. Confirmed dates for the trek, dubbed the "Vikings, Villains and Vultures Tour," are as follows:

Nov. 07 - Pepes Musik Kneipe, Aalen, Germany
Nov. 08 - Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany (w/ NEGURA BUNGET)
Nov. 09 - Phantoms of Pilsen 2 - Pilsen, Czech Republic (w/ PANYCHIDA)
Nov. 10 - Escape Metalcorner, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 11 - [to be announced], Poland
Nov. 12 - [to be announced], Poland
Nov. 13 - Headbangers Ballroom, Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 14 - Helvete, Oberhausen, Germany
Nov. 15 - Azijnfabriek, Roermond, Netherlands

This will not be the first time that Viking metallers HELHEIM join forces with avant-garde metallers, and Dark Essence Records stable mates, VULTURE INDUSTRIES to tour. Commented HELHEIM frontman and bass player V'gandr, "We have all known each other for far too long, and the last couple of tours we did together was fun to do, to put it mildly. It helps to know who you are dealing with — there's nothing worse than touring with someone you don't get on with, and we can always be sure that there will be plenty of laughs and beer flowing on the way with the VULTURE INDUSTRIES guys."

HELHEIM recently caused a sensation in Norway when it launched its "Kaoskult" album in front of an audience of young children in a kindergarten.

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Enslaved To Do Online Q&A

Ivar from Enslaved reports:

Enslaved will do an online Q&A session on Tuesday, September 30th 12:00 PM CET at VG.no, Norway’s leading daily paper.

Fans all over the world can send in their questions from now until Tuesday by visiting here

Please mark it’s in Norwegian, but here’s a quick ”how to do”

”Tittel” – the headline of your question
”Spørsmål” – fill in your question to Enslaved
”Navn ” – from who – your name....

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Enslaved's New Album Streaming Online

"Vertebrae", the new album from the Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal ENSLAVED, is currently the featured artist over at MySpace Metal.

The new album is also available for streaming in its entirety (for a limited time!) at the groups MySpace Page. The CD will be released in Europe on September 29 via Indie Recordings and in North America on October 28 through Nuclear Blast Records.

"Vertebrae" was recorded during the first months of 2008 — then mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and mastered by the legendary George Marino in Sterling Sound. Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Herbrand Larsen and Grutle Kjellson.

The album will be supported by extensive touring starting with the "Vertebrae European Tour" in November/December 2008 also featuring STONEGARD and KRAKOW.

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Obscure's Debut Album Release Date Set

Release dates for Obscure's debut album, entitled "On Formaldehyde," have been revealed. In Norway, the album will be in stores on the 29th of September. The rest of the world will get the pleasure to check it out on the 13th of October.

Obscure consists of Roy Kronheim (ex-Enslaved) among others, and "On Formaldehyde" is a diverse classic heavy metal album.

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Enslaved Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has announced that they have signed Norwegian black metallers Enslaved and will be releasing the bands forthcoming new album, "Vertabrae." Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has said the following of the partnership:

“The U.S. and Canada have become increasingly important territories for ENSLAVED with their increasing sales and feedback from the fans and the scene both within and outside hard-line metal. The two tours we did in 2007 proved our live show qualities to the scene, and the scene proved its dedication to us. We are therefore extremely happy to be working with Nuclear Blast – a formidable force in the record industry. Having met members of the U.S. staff on several occasions, we know that their dedication and professionalism will take ENSLAVED a great step further.
Vertebrae is by far our strongest album, one that we are extremely proud to present to the U.S., to Canada, Mexico, and all other territories. We are very pleased to present it in tandem with Nuclear Blast.”

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Gorgoroth Prepares To Enter The Studio

The version of Gorgoroth fronted by member, Gaahl has posted the following update:

"Gorgoroth will enter the studio in their hometown of Bergen, Norway on August 25th, 2008.

"Eight new tracks composed by King will be recorded for an as-yet-untitled new album. Along with Gaahl, King and Frost on drums, the full recording lineup will include Teloch (guitar) and Ice Dale (guitar).

"ENSLAVED's Herbrand Larsen will once again produce Gorgoroth in the studio."

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Enslaved Signs To Indie Recordings

Enslaved have announced that they are now on the roster of Indie Recordings records. The label is set to release the bands new album "Vertabrae" later this year.

The band comments: "We've known the people behind [Indie Recordings] for years, and have first-hand knowledge of their dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. This signing makes perfect and utter sense to us; and we are proud to start off this cooperation with our strongest album ever."

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Enslaved Announces European Tour

Norwegian extreme metal act Enslaved have announced a huge European tour that will begin in November. Check out the dates below.

Nov. 05 - DK Kopenhagen The Rock
Nov. 06 - DK Århus Voxhall
Nov. 07 - GER Marne Capitol
Nov. 08 - GER Essen Grugahalle / Heidenfest
Nov. 09 - BEL Vosselaar Biebob
Nov. 11 - UK Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Nov. 12 - UK Leeds Rios
Nov. 13 - UK London Scala
Nov. 14 - NL Eindhoven Dynamo
Nov. 15 - NL Leeuwarden Romein
Nov. 16 - NL Deventer Burgerweeshuis
Nov. 18 - F Paris La Locomotive
Nov. 19 - F Rennes Ubu
Nov. 20 - F Lyon Marché Gare
Nov. 21 - F Toulouse Havanna Café
Nov. 22 - ESP Madrid Sala Caracol
Nov. 23 - ESP Barcelona Salamandra
Nov. 25 - ITA Milano Alcatraz
Nov. 26 - ITA Bologna Estragon
Nov. 27 - AUT Graz Orpheum
Nov. 28 - AUT Wien Szene
Nov. 29 - AUT Salzburg Rockhouse
Nov. 30 - GER München Backstage
Dec. 01 - SWI Pratteln Z7
Dec. 02 - GER Saarbücken Roxy
Dec. 03 - GER Darmstadt Steinbruch Theater
Dec. 04 - GER Köln Werkstatt
Dec. 05 - GER Hamburg Markthalle
Dec. 06 - GER Leipzig Hellraiser
Dec. 07 - CZ Zlin Masters Of Rock Cafe
Dec. 09 - GER Berlin Kato
Dec. 10 - PL Warsaw Progresja
Dec. 11 - LT Vilnius Mulen Ruzas
Dec. 12 - LAT Riga Melna Piektdiena
Dec. 13 - EE Tallinn Green Christmas Festival
Dec. 14 - FIN Helsinki Tavastia
Dec. 16 - SWE Stockholm Debaser
Dec. 17 - SWE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
Dec. 18 - N Oslo Rockefeller
Dec. 19 - N Hamar Hydranten
Dec. 20 - N Bergen Verftet

The band are expected to release a new album this Autumn.

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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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