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Dimu Borgir Announce Opening Acts For European Tour
July 28, 2010
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir proudly announce fellow countrymen Enslaved and Sahg as the opening acts on their headlining "Darkness Reborn World Tour" in support of their new studio album, 'Abrahadabra'.

Dimmu Borgir guitarist/songwriter Silenoz states:

"Parts of the European trek on our Darkness Reborn World Tour will come in support from our friends in Enslaved and Sahg! We're excited to share the stage with these great bands and finally again be able to perform new material for our fans, old and new alike!"

The members of Enslaved check in about the upcoming trek:

"We are glad to confirm that we have been invited to do direct support on Dimmu Borgir's European tour in September and October. We are delighted to announce these dates as the opening of Enslaved's touring for our new album 'Axioma Ethica Odini'. It will be great to be touring with another Norwegian band. High spirits should be a guaranteed; we're looking forward to this one!"

Sahg adds:

"This tour will prove that nothing exceeds Norwegian metal! Sahg is proud to be in this line-up of Norway's deadliest, with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved. We can't wait to perform the songs from our brand new album, 'Sahg III', to the European audience for the very first time."

Confirmed dates are as follows:
9/19 - HMH - Amsterdam, NE (w/ Korn)
9/21 - Forum - London, U.K.*
9/22 - Bataclan - Paris, FR*
9/23 - Eishalle Seutweg - Winterthur, CH (w/ Korn)
9/24 - Zenith - Munich, DE (w/ Korn)
9/26 - Gasometer - Vienna, AT (w/ Korn)
9/27 - Alcatraz - Milan, IT**
9/28 - Boogaloo Club - Zagreb, CRO**
9/30 - Den Atelier - Luxembourg, LU**
10/01 - Ancienne Belgique - BE (w/ Korn)
10/02 - Rosengarten - Mannheim, DE (w/ Korn)
10/03 - Palladium - Cologne, DE (w/ Korn)
10/05 - Haus-Auensee - Leipzig, DE (w/ Korn)
10/06 - C-Halle - Berlin, DE (w/ Korn)
10/07 - Progresja - Warsaw, PL*
10/08 - Studio - Krakow, PL*
10/09 - KD Vltavaska - Prague, CZ*
10/11 - Vega - Copenhagen, DK*
10/12 - Arenan - Stockholm, SE*
10/14 - Pakkahoune - Tampere, FI*
10/15 - House Of Culture - Helsinki, FI*
10/17 - Tragarn - Gothenburg, SE*
10/18 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NO*

* = Dimmu Borgir w/ Enslaved and Sahg
** = Dimmu Borgir Headline Show

'Abrahadabra'
will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th. View the artwork created by German artist / painter / graphic designer Joachim Luetke (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Sopor Aeternus) on the band's MySpace page.

Visit Dimmu Borgir online at www.dimmu-borgir.com, www.myspace.com/dimmuborgir, and www.facebook.com/dimmuborgir.
 
 
 
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Enslaved Announce European Tour
June 22, 2010
Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjornson of the Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metallers Enslaved has issued the following statement:

"It is with great enthusiasm we can announce these European dates of our 'Circling Above and Within Tour'! Ash clouds, however metal and majestic they might be, put a stop to our planned U.K. tour back in April. We started working on scheduling new dates immediately, and now we are ready to go! Enslaved is a band that enjoys being on the road like nothing else; we do take pride in being a hard working and increasingly energetic and focused live band. We are also very pleased with our new album (why be modest?) due to be out in connection with this tour - and cannot wait to perform the tracks live!"

Confirmed European dates include:

10/15 - Underworld - London, Great Britain
10/16 - Aeronel - Paris, France
10/17 - L'autre Canal - Nancy, France
10/18 - Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
10/20 - Kade - Zaandam - The Netherlands
10/21 - W2 - Den Bosch - The Netherlands
10/22 - Trix - Antwerpen - Belgium

Visit Enslaved online at www.enslaved.no, www.myspace.com/enslaved, and www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial.
 
 
 
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Enslaved Begin Recording New Album
January 26, 2010
Enslaved founding member/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Ivar Bjornson has sent in the following studio update:

"This is a short blog from the studio where we - Enslaved - have started to record our new album. We are doing the drums in Duper Studios here in Bergen - this time around we are recording everything in our hometown, something we last did with [2004's] 'Isa'. Iver Sandoy (Trinacria, Manngard, Emmerhoff & T.M.B.) is engineering the drum recording; and we feel we are in very good hands. The remaining instruments will be recorded in Herbrand [Larsen, keyboards] and [lead guitarist] Ice Dale's Earshot Studio, with a few small exceptions done in Peersonal Sound (my own studio). We're starting off as we always do: with me and [drummer] Cato [Bekkevold] going in first. The session started out beautifully with the perfect starting point for the drum sound and the first song being laid down by Cato. This song is a musical and lyrical contemplation on a rune - one associated with travel... We'll get back to more on the songs later!

After 'Vertebrae', it has been a hectic period, with shows, tours and everything that is going on around the band. Yet it has been a remarkably self-energizing process making this new album. For starters, the dynamics have never been better, both literally in the music - and metaphorically, meaning the working climate within the band. Writing music is rewarding when you know the other members will take your ideas seriously and give everything they've got to make the best out of every single idea. The amazing feedback we've gotten after 'Vertebrae' hasn't exactly made us more modest: We picked up some very valuable confidence from that. A third pillar of inspiration is the continuing ideological struggle against the dogmas: political, monotheistic, moral dogmas that keep getting a stronger and stronger chokehold on man. Some dangers are growing while others are on the rebound (for now). Enslaved is an ongoing project to channel alternative currents; resistance to those trying to force-fit the mind into the tiny squares of one-doms and tyrannies.

After all that hot air, I've asked Cato to provide some thoughts on the new material and the recording process:

"Hi there! We started yesterday to set the sound, and from there on the drums for two songs were nailed. Today, on the second day, we started at noon and worked our way through three more songs. Ivar is very easy (to work with) and we are really getting payback for the work put in advance of the recording. I am, in other words, getting close to finishing my part of the album, and that's fine by me - I would climb the walls if the whole session would take anything more than a week. The songs are, like always, pretty varied both in mood, speed and style. The cool thing is that none of us actually know how it's gonna turn out in the very end. What ideas Ice Dale has for guitar solos, only he knows. - Cato"

There's a long journey ahead before the release, we'll try and keep you posted on how it is coming along; including information about album title, track names, artwork, dates etc"

Stay posted on Enslaved's time in the studio at www.myspace.com/enslaved and at www.enslaved.no.
 
 
 
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Enslaved Announce In Store Signing Sessions
May 13, 2009
Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal, Enslaved, have scheduled the following signing sessions:

May 14 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Rasputin Music
69 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 1-800-350-8700

May 17 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Zia Records
3370 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 327-3340

Enslaved is currently on the road in North America as the support act for Swedish progressive metallers Opeth.

Ivar Bjørnson, Enslaved's songwriter and guitarist, previously stated about the trek, "I am stoked that we are going out with Opeth. We have been admirers of Opeth's work for years, especially the direction of their newer works. This is great news for us to take back to our loyal fans and friends in North America at this point; the reception for our newest album, 'Vertebrae', has been fantastic and unforgettable. We can't wait to present the songs live, we promise you won't be let down! Finally we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Opeth for giving us this opportunity."

For more info on Enslaved including tour dates, head on over to www.myspace.com/enslaved.
 
 
 
 
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Opeth Announce North American Headline Tour
January 29, 2009
After a stellar 2008 that found the band's most recent release, 'Watershed', atop many critical "best of" lists, Swedish metal gods, Opeth, will return to the US for a third tour run. The tour –their third in support of 'Watershed', which earned the band the best reviews of its career— will kick off on May 1 and will be sponsored by Decibel Magazine. Norwegian metallers, Enslaved have been confirmed as direct support.

The tour dates are as follows:
5/01 — Starland Ballroom, Sayerville, NJ
5/02 — House of Blues, Boston, MA
5/03 — Medley, Montreal, QUE
5/04 — Sound Academy, Toronto ON
5/05 — Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
5/06 — House of Blues, Chicago, IL
5/08 — Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
5/09 — Fox Theater, Boulder, CO
5/11 — Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
5/12 — Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
5/13 — Senator Theater, Chico, CA
5/14 — Regency Center at Grand Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
5/15 — The Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
5/16 — Avalon, Los Angeles, CA
5/17 — Rialto Theater, Tucson, AZ
5/19 — Scout Bar, San Antonio, TX
5/20 — Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
5/21 — New Daisy Theater, Memphis, TN
5/22 — Bijou Theater, Knoxville, TN
5/23 — Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
5/24 — Clutch Cargo's, Detroit, MI
5/26 — Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, New York, NY
5/27 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1991
HOME TOWN: Bergen, Norway
MEMBERS:
Grutle Kjellson - Voc & Bass
Ivar Bjørnson - Guitars & Fx
Ice Dale - Guitars
Herbrand Larsen - Keys & Voc
Cato Bekkevold - Drums

Enslaved was formed in 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson. Joined by drummer Trym Torson, they did their first demo in the summer of 1992. Enslaved released the legendary mini album “Hordanes Land” in 1993 (this was released also as a split-CD with Emperor’s self-titled MLP). Enslaved’s debut album “Vikingligr Veldi” came during the spring of 1994, at the same time the label base was moved to French Osmose Productions, and “Frost” was released late 1994. This all led to the “Winter War Europe Tour ‘95”, and the first Norwegian Black/ Extreme tour ever in the US, Canada and Mexico during ’95. The tours were successes, yet Trym Torson had to move on, and joined Emperor.

“Eld” was recorded with drummer Harald Helgeson and released in 1997. However, working with Harald was no permanent solution. Dirge Rep (then Gehenna) and R. Kronheim were hired, and became full members during the making of “Blodhemn” (’98).

Enslaved released an important milestone in 2000 with “Mardraum (Beyond the Within)”. This aural nightmare of an album sent shock waves through the Extreme Metal scene with their experimental, innovative approach. The band followed up with “Monumension” in 2001, and again the band was shocked to see the positive response to their “no rules” approach to Extreme Metal.

R. Kronheim had to leave in March 2002, while the band now saw a synthesis between the original thesis (the “Blacker” Enslaved) and the anti-thesis forming from “Mardraum” onwards (the progressive yet darker Enslaved) – “Below the Lights” was released in 2003, and presented the perfect blend of power, tradition, progressive elements and dark Psychedelia. The process and hard work had taken its toll on drummer Dirge, and he left the band.

A new line-up was put together after the recording of “Below the Lights”; introducing old-timer Cato Bekkevold (Red Harvest founder), Arve Isdal and Herbrand Larsen. In short, Enslaved started climbing new heights with their live performances, adding strong visual elements in the shape of video art and more. The new line-up released the album “ISA” in Oct/Nov ’04 (Feb ’05 in the US). The album put Enslaved at the very forefront of contemporary Extreme Metal, and the following European Tour was rewarded with great success. Enslaved received both the Norwegian Grammy and the independent Alarm Price for “ISA”. The band appeared at various festivals throughout 2005, and released a live-DVD “Return to Yggdrasil”.

The success of “ISA” and the new line-up inspired new material to arise, and plans were soon made to record a new album. The critically acclaimed “RUUN” was released in 2006, followed by a massive festival summer, and a European Tour including the UK in September. “RUUN” received numerous great reviews from magazines and websites worldwide, www.blabbermouth.com concluded that “The metal world needs more bands this willing to throw out the rule book and go wherever their mad Muse takes them.”

Early 2007 Enslaved set out on a month-long tour in USA and Canada, co-headlining with Dark Funeral. Meanwhile back home, “RUUN” was rewarded with another Norwegian Grammy for Best Metal Album 2006. The US-tour was so successful that another tour was booked immediately, and Enslaved World Tour Part II will visit the US in November 2007, after festival shows, a European follow-up tour and more to be announced throughout 2007.