Viking Metal started out by combining the epic energy of Black Metal with the mystical grace of Folk music. Enslaved is a band at the pinnacle of this heavy, Nordic sound. Starting out as teenagers, this Norweigian act has successively enhanced the Scandinavian metal scene for nearly thirty years. Their beginnings were more in the realm of the extreme, but over time Enslaved has not been afraid to dip into other genres like Prog Rock and Jazz. It’s encouraging to witness their ability to be undaunted by their explorations while still being true to their Viking roots. Their new fifteenth full-length album, Utgard (Nuclear Blast) verifies their astute ambition of experimentmentation and expression.
Progressive Metal legends Enslaved have entered the studio, working toward new material for their upcoming album. This new album will see its release via Nuclear Blast Records and has a tentative release date of May 2020. Continue reading
Enslaved has been announced for a huge collaboration with the uniquely awesome Fire in Mountains Festival. The band is the first band announced for 2020 and Guitarist Ivar Bjornson will also be the first guest curator ever organizing elements of the festival overall. The“Fire In The Mountains” festival takes place before the Grand Tetons at Heart Six Ranch in Moran, Wyoming on 11th and 12th July. Enslaved continues to support their acclaimed 2017 album E (Nuclear Blast Records) and are said to be working on new music. Continue reading
Progressive Metal legends Enslaved have announced they have re-signed to Nuclear Blast Records, continuing the relationship they have had for the last decade. The band continues to work towards the follow-up. The band also released a new music video for the bonus track from their acclaimed last album E. Check out this cool clip for the song, ‘What Else Is There’, a cover of an electro-pop song by Röyskopp. The song is featured as a bonus track on the digipack CD and digital version on E. Continue reading
A project originally conceived to celebrate 2014’s bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution, Skuggsjá – A Piece For Mind and Mirror (Season of Mist) was a collaborative record from Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved, and Einar Selvik of Wardruna. After the success of that 2016 release, the pair rekindled their partnership and have now written follow-up piece Hugsjá (By Norse Music).
Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) are releasing their new collaboration album titled Hugsjá later this week on 20th April via By Norse Records. The piece will debut at this weeks’ Roadburn Festival. The duo have shared a new video discussing the project and the debut of the title track below. Continue reading
Blackened prog metallers Enslaved has begun touring in support of their killer release E (Nuclear Blast/ByNorse). The band has released a video of band leader Ivar Bjørnson discussing tour stories about Opeth and other lighter moments. Watch it below. Continue reading
When it comes to talking about the truly great modern day progressive rock bands, both in terms of excellence and in genuine evolutionary steps, Enslaved are arguably one of the most overlooked. Even during their root years in the early 90’s, within the hotbed of ideas and directions that was the second wave of black metal, Enslaved began to stand out from many of their peers, in part due to their, at the time, unusual song structures and their more overt Viking influences. Cut to present day and recent albums such as RIITIR and In Times (Nuclear Blast) showed much greater prog influences, whilst retaining much of their extreme metal heritage (take the blistering ‘Thurisaz Dreaming’ off of the latter, which is arguably the most ‘typical’ black metal song in their canon for many years). Continue reading
BardSpec the avant-garde and ambient project from Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved, Skuggsjá) recently released its début album Hydrogen on ByNorse Records. Now the project has booked two more live appearances for late this summer. Continue reading
Progressive black metal legends Enslaved have entered the studio in their home of Norway to begin writing album #14! They have entered Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen and plan to work throughout April. The album will then be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. Artwork for the album will be once again created by renowned designer and painter Truls Espedal (In Times, RIITR). More details below: Continue reading