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Enslaved Team Up with Gibson Guitars

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:

May 01 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 02 Boston, MA - House of Blues
May 03 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
May 04 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
May 05 Millvale, PA - Mr. Small’s Place
May 06 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
May 08 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
May 09 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
May 11 Boise, ID - The Knitting Factory
May 12 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
May 13 Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
May 14 San Francisco, CA - Regency Center [at The Grand]
May 15 Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse
May 16 Hollywood, CA - The Avalon
May 17 Tucson, AZ - Rialtor Theatre
May 19 San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
May 20 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
May 21 Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
May 22 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
May 23 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
May 24 Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo's
May 26 New York, NY - Grand Ballroom [at The Manhattan]
May 27 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

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1. J writes:

Gibson make history*enjoy the history part i carry on while you keep making more of that, hardcorefan!

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2. Rubyred writes:

Much congrats to the mighty ENSLAVED musicians Ivar, Grutle & Ice Dale on their official team partnership with GIBSON Guitars. They certainly worked "long & heavy yrs" to be officially Signature team with the magnet guitar Company Gibson and will continue showing what their made of with all that awesome throw-down "powerhouse" Progessive Viking Metal music they create. I have Enslaved "Ruun" album/Cd it's thundereous from start to finish & very complex, too: take me a little while to get use to...I like it! The newest one "Vertabae" I have not...'yet it is on my list of new music to get. ENSLAVED are an awesome established legendary band & I'm thrilled for them that their hard earned music masterworks & choose of solid gear instruments finally landed them in good hands with the fame GIBSON Guitar Company. Continue success to "all" the members of ENSLAVED "Herbrand-keyboards, Cato-drummer/his a trip...'I love the Tour-Report on them that the Terrorizer magazine done on them/it's a treasure keeper, Ice Dale-guitars, Grutle-guitars/vocals and Ivar-guitars: you guys are heavy Viking Metal Masters and have a great time touring the USA with OPETH another Master band this Spring 2009. Peace & once again, congratulations on joining the GIBSON Team!

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3. Rubyred writes:

Correction that's GRUTLE-Bass/Vocals...'opps, sorry!

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