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Enslaved to release Roadburn 2x live album for Record Store Day

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:03 PM (PST)

Roadburn Live is ENSLAVED‘s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band’s headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED‘s guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED‘s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED.” 

Roadburn Live will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop Gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers!

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NYC’s celebrated Gramercy Theatre was host to a plethora of true metal fans of various stripes, from denim jackets to hipsters to black t shirts to hairbags. The occasion was the inredible package tour of Witch Mountain, Ecstatic Vision plus headliners Yob and mighty black metal/prog legends from Norway, Enslaved. The tour is a celebration of much of what is good about metal right now, deep roots of Yggdrassil extending into the past, present and future.

I was really excited as I’d yet to see any of these great bands live. I’ve been an Enslaved fan since my artist pal Simon Ampel gave me a mix cd years ago with “Entrance Escape” on it along with Malevolent Creation (who turned out to be racists, unbeknownst to me and Jewish Simon at the time, so I never listen to them anymore).Enslaved, however, have left a long lasting impression on me and were pretty much my introduction to black metal. Their viking/Bathory influence interested me a lot more than groveling in the dark for Satan bands and since they have remained a tour de force for pushing metal into new territory. I love their new stuff as much as the old and it was so fucking cool to finally bask in their onslaught.

It was awesome to see the marquis saying “Enslaved Tonight”, like some crazy bondage party was about to go down. It was also cool to catch up with metal scribe Kim Kelly who was holding down the merch table for Yob.

Witch Mountain were up first and Kayla Dixon, the new vocalist, had the job of winning over the toughest crowd of snobs in the world (NYC music fans). Uta Plotkin was a tremendous talent but Kayla amply filled her shoes and people were talking about her all night! At first she seemed a touch nervous and admitted as much at the merch table later but she ended up killing it! I’d say Dixon has a more soulful voice than Plotkin, who is a bit eerier. Kayla kind of stalked the stage like Angela Bassett making grim, contorted faces in American Horror Story one minute and suddenly her face looking like a quite sweet and comely model the next. It was very theatrical. It will be awesome to hear what she brings to the next Witch Mountain record. Kayla really brought the massive sound the band was putting out down from the rafters and into her body, channeling it out in stark wails.

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Norway’s Truls Espedal is a painter of extraordinary ability, able to capture the serene yet feral grace of the desperate yet consistent natural world. Espedal has also been instrumental in shaping the recent visual legacy of one of heavy metal’s greatest bands, Enslaved. Their latest record In Times is bold and captivating. “One Thousand Years Of Rain” is melodic edged riffing and eerie harmony. I’m listening to “Building With Fire” right now  and it essentially unbridled by limitations. The music pairs well with Espedal’s art as it is real and somehow frozen and yet evolving. It was a rare treat to get to discuss nature, art and music with Truls Espedal. Read the whole interview BELOW.

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Ivar Bjørnson picks Skeletonwitch for Roadburn 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM (PST)

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Today, the prestigious Roadburn Festival announced that SKELETONWITCH has been invited to perform at the 2015 edition of the event, which takes place in Tilburg, Holland next April. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Oct. 16.

 “Simply put: if you want blackened thrash (or whatever you want to call it – everybody has their own definition of what these Ohio rednecks are supposed to be defined as) of the absolutely highest order, these are your guys,” proclaimed Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, who alongside Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik (Wardruna) has curated the line-up for Roadburn 2015.

Having hand-picked SKELETONWITCH to play, Bjørnson — who toured alongside the group earlier this year — added, “Okay, I’ve gotta admit that once again sharing a backstage area with these wonderful specimens of the human variety is a motivation in itself – but it is of course first and foremost the music that brought about the invite. This is the perfect band to tear down the walls at Roadburn 2015 and seriously shake things up/slap us silly. If ‘Witch’s high-octane metal doesn’t make you headbang like there’s no tomorrow, you’re probably dead.”

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Really funny Enslaved meme

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM (PST)

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Enslaved fans’ #metalheadproblems

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Deep Cuts: Enslaved

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 3:50 AM (PST)

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Whether thrilling with a recent philosophical game changer like Axioma Ethica Odini or setting the scope for viking metal and black metal’s long dialogue beyond the Bathory-scope via their early material, dark metal godfathers Enslaved are one of a fucking kind. Never to be cloned with justice or matched in earnest bravery, this band has never released a poor record and dodge the missteps that hinder many artists this late into their careers by simply always evolving in a way that still holds up next to the quality of what has come before. As it stands in 2014, in order for something to get the Enslaved name stamped on it with Mjolnir’s clang of approval, it has to really have integrity. How many bands can say that they have held things up to such a standard while still growing?

This is not a band with hits. It couldn’t matter less. But they are vital and crucial for an understanding of the language and development of metal. And they have never ceased to be incredibly relevant to this day, to this very breath that the members are currently drawing into their hearty lungs somewhere. Maximum hails and thanks to true kings of the heavy arts.

Think of this less as a “rarities” version of our Deep Cuts series as a humble holding up of a lens to a few facets of this band’s massive influence on the underground, with many a tendril in the mainstream as well. Like Thor unwittingly draining the seas lower with a trick drinking horn , you could fill yourself on the unquenchable heady waters of Enslaved’s songs and still have more powerful waves left over to slake your thirst next time.

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Cover Art Battle: October Cover Art Showdown

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

I say this every month but October was pretty awesome. I say it every month because it’s true. That’s why metal is so damn awesome. Here’s your opportunity to show us why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Check out September’s winners and nominees for this Ultimate Cover Art Showdown and get to voting!

Week 1 Winner: AxeWound – Vultures (The End)
Week 2 Winner: Enslaved – RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast)
Week 3 Winner: Darsombra – Climax Community (Exile On Mainstream)
Week 4 Winner: Evocation – Illusions Of Grandeur (Century Media)
Week 5 Winner: Ichabod – Dreamscapes From Dead Space (Rootsucker)

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Cover Art Battle: Earth, Fire, & Sky

Posted by JDKleinhans on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Another week, more album cover art to discover. New bands. Tenured bands. Enough shenanigans. Time for you to go and vote.

That is all.

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Video: Enslaved – “Thoughts Like Hammers”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM (PST)

Swedish progressive black metal band Enslaved have released the official video for the song “Thoughts Like Hammers” off of their recent release RIITIIR. The video looks like a travel guide to Hawaii but the song is awesome.

You can view it here.

RIITIIR is Enslaved’s 12th studio album and is a follow up to their 2010 album Axioma Ethica Odini. The album was released earlier this month via Nuclear Blast.

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New Music: Enslaved – “Veilburner”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:53 AM (PST)

Norwegian progressive black metal legends Enslaved are streaming a new song from their upcoming album RIITIIR.  The song is called “Veilburner” and can be found streaming by clicking right here.

RIITIIR will be Enslaved’s 12th studio album and is due to be released October 9, 2012 under Nuclear Blast.  If you would like to check out some in studio video along with statements on the album click here.

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Video: Enslaved’s making of “RIITIIR”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM (PST)

Prolific Norwegian black metal band Enslaved have released a video of bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson talking about the making of the bands twelfth studio album RIITIIR. The album is set for release in the States on October 9th via Nuclear Blast.

You can watch the video here.

Guitarist/Vocalist Ivar Bjørnson commented:

“It has been only two years since we last released an album, and we’ve been touring Europe and North America several times since then. Some might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end. Nah. Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard. It is easy because it sounds like Enslaved, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

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Lyric Video: Enslaved – “Thoughts Like Hammers”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM (PST)

True Norwegian extreme/progressive metal lords Enslaved have unveiled a lyric video to go along with their new single “Thoughts Like Hammers.”  You may have heard the song already since it’s been out for a while, but you should listen to it again.  Plus, if you wanted to know the lyrics now you can watch them in video form.

Click here to find the video.

“Thoughts Like Hammers” comes from Enslaved’s soon to be released 12th album RIITIIR.  It’s due out in Europe September 28, 2012 and North America October 9 on Nuclear Blast.  Recording was handled in Bergen, Norway at Duper Studios, Earshot Studios, Solslottet Studios, and Peersonal Sound.  Jens Bogren was in charge of mixing with Tony Lindgren was in charge of mastering at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.  Producers include Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Herbrand Larsen, and Iver Sandøy.

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Enslaved release video trailer for upcoming album “Riitiir”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM (PST)

The Norwegian extreme/progressive metal lords Enslaved have released a 1 minute trailer for their upcoming studio release Riitiir.  This will be Enslaved’s 12th studio album and means “the rites of man.” It is due to be released September 28, 2012 in Europe and October 2 in North America on Nuclear Blast.

You can find the trailer by clicking right here.  There is also a track-by-track review on Terrorizer.com that you can find over right over here.

Enslaved guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson recently commented on the album:

“It has been only two years since we last released an album, and we’ve been touring Europe and North America several times since then.  Some might think that this schedule, and the fact that we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, should result in some time off in the end. Nah. Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction, and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.”

“Describing the sound on the new album is both easy and hard.  It is easy because it sounds like Enslaved, whatever that means. It is hard because there are so many layers and different focal points. I have a feeling that it has a deeper complexity than our previous efforts, but at the same time, I do find it more catchy and moving. Then again, I am the opposite of objective in this, so again I’ll leave it up to the people outside the band to make up their mind.”

If you so desire you can also find the first single called “Thoughts Like Hammers” streaming right here.

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New Music: Enslaved – “Thoughts Like Hammers”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 6:03 AM (PST)

The ever evolving Norwegian progressive black metal gods Enslaved have released the first single from their upcoming album Riitiir.  The song is titled “Thoughts Like Hammers” and can be found streaming on NPR of all places by clicking right here.

Riitiir will be Enslaved’s 12th studio album and means “the rites of man.”  It is due to be released September 28, 2012 in Europe and October 2 in North America on Nuclear Blast.  In a recent statement guitarist (and original member) Ivar Bjørnson had the following to say:

“Like a space vessel that gains momentum by entering slingshot-orbits on its way through space, we seem to gain speed, direction and strength on our journeys, through new releases and subsequent tours.”

Beautifully put.

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Enslaved announce track listing for upcoming album Riitiir

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM (PST)

Norwegian black metal band Enslaved have announced the track listing for their upcoming album Riitiir. Riitiir is set for release in the states on October 2nd via Nuclear Blast and will be a follow up to their 2010 album Axioma Ethica Odini. Click here to read some quotes from Ivar Bjørnson and see the track listing.

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