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Enforcer

Formed: 2004
From: Arvika, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Enforcer News

Below is our complete Enforcer 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.

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Enforcer Announces New Shows

The Swedish speed metal maniacs from Enforcer just announced their return to the European roads for November.

Following the success of latest album "Death By Fire," the band will be playing a run of shows including the renowned Speedfest in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Commented vocalist & guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “In connection with the forthcoming European tour with Overkill, we can now announce that we will be doing a few extra selected headliner shows. These will also include longer and special sets.”

Dates are as follows:

16.11. NL Antwerpen - Kavka
17.11. D Eisenach - Alter Schlachthof
18.11. D Aalen - Rock It
19.11. D Trier - Ex House
20.11. IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
21.11. AT Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
22.11. NL Eindhoven - Speedfest More...

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Overkill Announces European Tour

With the release of new album "White Devil Armory" scheduled for this summer, the New Jersey thrash metal veterans in Overkill now announce an extended European tour for October and November 2014.

Joining Overkill on tour will be L.A.-based metalheads Prong, Swedish speed youngsters and labelmates Enforcer, as well as Greek heavy metal outlet Darkology.

Commented Overkill vocalist Bobby Blitz: “We hit the European shores on October 30th of this year, with our White Devil Armory version of 'Killfest'. With us will be PRONG & ENFORCER. We look forward to banging out the new tunes, as well as some of the old school classics we have banged our heads to over these past 28 years of touring. Until then, Horns UP!“

"White Devil Armory" will be out on July 18th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age." See the band live: More...

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Enforcer Announces Headlining Tour

Sweden's Enforce is proud to announce the band's first ever European headlining tour, which will see the Stockholm based foursome hit the road in 2014.

After presenting current record "Death By Fire" to the audiences of the “Hunting Across Europe” tour alongside label mates Grand Magus and British metal veterans Angel Witch in early 2013, the aspiring act has moved up to the next level.

Joining Enforcer on the road will be Canadian metal heads Skull Fist and Dutch group Vanderbuyst.

Stated Enforcer vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “It's our first headline tour ever and it's gonna be great to finally give the fans a proper long set including songs from all our three albums. This time we also have the chance to bring much of our stage props, lightning rigs and other things to make the show complete. You can expect hell on earth! Expect the ultimate heavy metal show of the new millennium.” More...

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Enforcer Posts "Roll The Dice" Tour Video

Swedish traditional metal act Enforcer posted a new music video for the track "Roll the Dice," which appeared on the band's 2010 album "Diamons." The video showcases clips from on an off the stage during the "Diamonds on the Road World Tour 2010-2012." The band announced a string of European dates in support of its new LP "Death By Fire" as follows:

07.02. D Hamburg -- Markthalle
08.02. D Berlin -- C-Club
09.02. D Bochum -- Matrix
10.02. D Stuttgart -- Universum
12.02. A Vienna -- Viper Room
13.02. I Milan -- TBA
14.02. D Munich -- Backstage
15.02. CH Aarau -- Kiff
16.02. D Würzburg -- Posthalle
17.02. NL Rotterdam -- Baroeg
19.02. I Turin - United Club
23.02. GR Thessaloniki - 8Ball Club
24.02. GR Athens - Kyttaro
04.04. SP Madrid - TBA
05.04. SP Barcelona - TBA
06.04. SP Almeria - TBA
07.04. PT Lisboa - TBA

Check out "Roll the Dice" here: More...

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Enforcer Streaming Full New Album

Today Enforcer is releasing the new album "Death By Fire" in Europe, and in celebration the band has made the release available for streaming in its entirety. Give the full album a listen through Terrorizer Magazine here.

Enforcer will also be hitting the road with Grand Magus later this month, with tour dates available at this location. The track listing for "Death By Fire" is as follows:

01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan More...

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Grand Magus Posts "Hunting Across Europe" Trailer

The Swedish riff lords in Grand Magus are going to hunt across Europe together with Enforcer and Angel Witch starting later this month. A teaser trailer for the trek is now available below, and a complete listing of upcoming Grand Magus tour dates can be found after the jump.

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Enforcer Shooting Music Video

The new Enforcer album "Death By Fire" will be released on February 1st, 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band also recently shot a video clip and issued the following message:

"Yesterday we shot a music video for the song 'Mesmerized by Fire' together with our long time friend director Gustav Öhman Spjuth. We really feel we have something special to show this time, and it's definitely not just any other video."

You can stream the track "Mesmerized By Fire" in the player below or snag a free download at this location. The limited vinyl 7" for "Mesmerized By Fire" will be released on January 18th including the non album track 'You Can Be." More...

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Enforcer Streaming New Track "Mesmerized By Fire"

Swedish speed metal act Enforcer is streaming the new track "Mesmerized By Fire." The song appears on the band's forthcoming release "Death By Fire," which is scheduled for release on February 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The track list for "Death By Fire" is as follows:

1. Bells Of Hades
2. Death Rides This Night
3. Run For Your Life
4. Mesmerized By Fire
5. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
6. Crystal Suite
7. Sacrificed
8. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
9. Satan

Check out "Mesmerized By Fire" here: More...

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Enforcer Reveals "Death By Fire" Details

The new Enforcer album "Death By Fire" will be released on February 1st, 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and Olof Wikstrand comments: "The cover is drawn by our long time friend Jonathan Hultèn of Necromantic Art. It captures pretty much everything we wanted from a cover. Simple and direct!"

The "Death By Fire" track listing is as follow:

01. Bells Of Hades
02. Death Rides This Night
03. Run For Your Life
04. Mesmerized By Fire
05. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
06. Crystal Suite
07. Sacrificed
08. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
09. Satan More...

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Enforcer Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

The Swedish heavy metal blood brothers in Enforcer recently signed a new worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The new album is titled "Death By Fire" and will be released on February 1st, 2013.

Bandleader, vocalist and guitar player Olof Wikstrand comments: "It feels great to finally have finished this long awaited third Enforcer record. Now with Nuclear Blast on board we're gonna make sure to spread it to every corner of this planet. You can expect nothing but the total, self defining Enforcer record."

Nuclear Blast head of A&R, Andy Siry says: "We’ve been following the career of Enforcer since their debut album, because from there on, they formed the spearhead of a new, young generation of traditionally influenced metal. We’re impressed by the bands consequent and authentic appearance, whether on stage, concerning their sound, their image and so on. This reminds of the atmosphere of departure and the rebellion, heavy metal represented at the beginning of the 80’s. Enforcer have got that special something, represent their ideals and they know what they want. We’re looking forward to the upcoming CD and a long successful cooperation.”

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Enforcer Comments On Upcoming Shows

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer recently confirmed a European tour with fellow countrymen Bullet, along with Canada's Skull Fist. Enforcer and Bullet will be co-headlining the tour, which kicks off on April 7th in Hamburg, Germany.

Enforcer front man Olof Wikstrand commented:

"After a great success in the far east, we now take our forces back to Europe for a short run before the summer along with our fellows from Bullet and Skull Fist. This time we will play a few more songs than last time, both new and old, and we'll also take our show to new, extreme and aggressive heights. Look out, beware, when the full moon's high and bright!"

The band's upcoming shows are as follows:

ENFORCER w/ BULLET, SKULL FIST
Apr. 07 - Hamburg, DE - Marx
Apr. 08 - Osnabrück, DE - Bastard Club
Apr. 09 - Essen, DE - Turock
Apr. 10 - Kerkrade, NL - Rock Temple
Apr. 11 - London, UK - Underworld
Apr. 12 - Köln, DE - Underground
Apr. 13 - Weinheim, DE - Cafe Central
Apr. 14 - Berlin, DE - K17
Apr. 15 - Torun, PL - Od Nowa
Apr. 16 - Warsaw, PL - Progresja
Apr. 17 - Wien, AT - Escape
Apr. 18 - München, DE - Backstage
Apr. 19 - Ludwigsburg, DE - Rock Fabrik
Apr. 20 - Zürich, CH - Dynamo
Apr. 21 - Leipzig, DE - Hellraiser
Apr. 22 - Rotterdam, NL - Baroeg Club
Apr. 23 - Vosselaar, BE - Biebob

ENFORCER
Apr. 30 - Königshofen, DE - Keep It True Festival
Jun. 04 - Falun, SE - Rockstad Falun
Jun. 10/11 - Gelsenkirchen, DE - Rock Hard Festival
Jul. 22 - Pößneck, DE - Hell's Pleasure Metalfest

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Enforcer Splits With Guitarist

Enforcer has announced the departure of guitarist Adam Zaars. Adam checked in with the following statement about leaving the band:

"After 5 years, 2 albums and almost 200 gigs in the band I have decided to tread new paths in life hence leaving Enforcer behind. I made this decision in January and told the band in China, on the way home from a truly memorable visit in South Korea and Japan. A good ending I figured. The decision was inevitable, yet of course a difficult one to make. I would like to thank the rest of the guys in the band for everything we've been through, the trials and the tribulations and the simply good times. I would also like to thank all the people that have helped us through the years. I want to wish Enforcer all the best for the future! 'Before the rise of the World, old curses speak to you now. Before I leave to reach the spiral I will leave you my legacy.'"

Enforcer also commented on upcoming shows:

"All shows and tours will however continue as planned. Even though it is a great loss for the band we must emphasize that this will not affect our future plans of world domination even perceptibly. The band will continue, head on without speed limit as planned without any change of style, musically or stylewise. From now on, Enforcer will continue as a four piece band where Olof will play both guitar and handle the vocal duties. Enforcer would also like to thank Adam for his time in the band and for all his contributions that made Enforcer what we are."

The band also has the an upcoming April tour with Bullet. Details on the tour dates are available at this location.

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Enforcer Announces European Tour

Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer have confirmed a co-headlining European tour with fellow countrymen Bullet. Following a recent European tour in December supporting Australian hard rockers Aairbourne, Enforcer is planning to hit the road again in April for a two-week trek. The dates are as follows:

Apr. 07 - Hamburg, DE - Marx
Apr. 08 - Osnabrück, DE - Bastard Club
Apr. 09 - Essen, DE - Turock
Apr. 10 - Kerkrade, NL - Rock Temple
Apr. 11 - London, UK - Underworld
Apr. 12 - Köln, DE - Underground
Apr. 13 - Weinheim, DE - Cafe Central
Apr. 14 - Berlin, DE - K17
Apr. 15 - Bydgoszcz, PL - Estrada
Apr. 16 - Krakow, PL - Kwadrat
Apr. 17 - Wien, AT - Escape
Apr. 18 - München, DE - Backstage
Apr. 19 - Ludwigsburg, DE - Rock Fabrik
Apr. 20 - Zürich, CH - Dynamo
Apr. 21 - Leipzig, DE - Hellraiser
Apr. 22 - Oostende, BE - OHK
Apr. 23 - Vosselaar, BE - Biebob

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Enforcer Announces Greek Shows

Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer have confirmed a mini tour of Greece, set to start on Friday, December 17th in Xanthi. Enforcer is also currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers Airbourne. Enforcer drummer Jonas Wikstrand comments:

"Looking forward to getting over to Greece for a few headline shows before Christmas. Greek crowds are always fantastic. Looking forward to it being a little warmer over there than the UK - where even though the snow's on the ground, the reception from the dates with Airbourne has been hot! Let's heat it up, Greece!"

The upcoming Enforcer live shows are as follows:

07 Dec - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
09 Dec - Manchester, UK - Academy
10 Dec - Birmingham, UK - Academy
17 Dec - Xanthi, Greece - Fex Club (w/ RELEASED ANGER, PERFECT STRANGERS)
18 Dec - Thessaloniki, Greece - Harley Bar (w/ RELEASED ANGER)
19 Dec - Ioannina, Greece - Polichoros Agora (w/ RELEASED ANGER)
20 Dec - Athens, Greece - Kytaro Club (w/ CONVIXION, WRATHBLADE)

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Enforcer Changing London Show

Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer are currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers Airbourne, but due to an illness in the Airbourne band, tomorrow night's (Thursday, December 2nd) show in London, UK has had to be postponed. Enforcer will instead be playing a headlining show on its own. The new show takes place at the Purple Turtle in London, with support from Black Spiders and Cavity Search. You can view a flyer for the new show at this location.

The band's remaining tour dates are as follows:

12/2 - London, UK - Purple Turtle (without AIRBOURNE)
12/4 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
12/5 - Belfast, UK - Ulster Hall
12/7 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
12/9 - Manchester, UK - Academy
12/10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy

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Enforcer Posts New Music Video

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer has released a music video for the song "Midnight Vice," which can be viewed below. The clip was shot by director Patric Ullaeus in Stockholm.

Enforcer also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Enforcer Announces Japanese Shows

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer will be performing two Japanese dates in support of their sophomore album, "Diamonds." Support on the tour will come from fellow Swedes Mean Streak and Japanese metal act Solitude. You can view the dates, cities and venues below:

January 28th 2011 Osaka, Japan - Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
January 30th 2011 Tokyo, Japan - Daikanyama UNIT

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Earache Announces Free Christmas Party

Earache Records has issued the following announcement about hosting a free Christmas party, which will be open to the public, in Nottingham:

"Earache Records is pleased to announce its free 2010 Xmas Party, which is due to be held in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December. Earache's yearly festive metal gathering is the most extreme Christmas party around! The party is open to the public with free entry and always provides a riotous, alternative way to celebrate the holiday season.

"This year's party is being held at Doghouse Studios in Nottingham, a guerrilla-style setting located in an old warehouse. The party is set to feature live performances from Earache's very own Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer and UK thrashers Savage Messiah, along with special guests Annotations of an Autopsy and Cerebral Bore. The Earache 2010 Xmas Party is open to everyone of all ages (ID required for bar wristbands) and entry is completely free! For more details about the party and information on how to get your free tickets, head to this location."

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Enforcer Involved In Serious Vehicle Accident

It is being reported through Swedish news outlets that Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer was involved in a serious vehicle accident this morning at 3 A.M in route to Stockholm, coming from Oslo, Norway. The band, which was on tour in Europe as the support act for Australian hard rockers Airbourne was near its hometown of Arvika when the group's vehicle skidded on ice, crossed over to the other side of the road and experienced a head-on collision with a snow-plow. Guitarists Adam Zaars and Joseph Tholl, bassist Tobias Lindqvist and the band's driver were battered and bruised, but miraculously all survived the crash with only minor injuries and Olof Wikstrand and drummer Jonas Wikstrand were travelling in a separate car at the time and were not involved in the crash.

The band has cancelled its appearances tonight in Sweden and on November 12 and November 13 in Finland and will be using the time to recuperate and recover from the nerve-wracking incident. They will resume the tour on November 16 in Berlin, Germany.

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Enforcer To Kick Off European Tour

Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer are set to kick off a European tour tomorrow (Saturday, 6th November) with Australian hard rockers Airbourne. You can view the tour flyer at this location. Enforcer will be starting the tour in Bochum, Germany and will finish up on December 10th in Birmingham, UK. Enforcer front man Olof Wikstrand recently commented:

"Finally we're hitting the road properly after the summer's festival season. Going to be great to get out there to meet up with all our fans and friends from before, as well as new, to play some old and new material. Opening for Airbourne is also a good opportunity for us to spread our message in a broader way. Get ready for Diamonds on the road!"

The tour dates are as follows:

11/6 - Bochum, Germany - Ruhcongress
11/7 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega Mainhall
11/9 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
11/10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tyrol
11/12 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahoune
11/13 - Helsinki, Finland - Cable Factory
11/16 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
11/17 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Arena
11/18 - Dresden, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
11/20 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
11/22 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
11/23 - Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle Arena
11/24 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
11/26 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11/27 - Lille, France - Aeronef
11/29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11/30 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Mainhall Box
12/2 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
12/4 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
12/5 - Belfast, UK - Ulster Hall
12/7 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
12/9 - Manchester, UK - Academy
12/10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy

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