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Enslaved

'Yggdrasill' was the band's second demo (following 1991's feet-finding 'Nema'), showing a young band with great passion & creativity. The songs were understandably raw & contained some traits of the Norwegian wave of black metal sweeping the region at the time, along with their own individual touch. Although more focused on Viking/Norwegian lore than anything satanic, Enslaved's signature sound still captured the magic of the genre with long, hypnotic compositions losing the listener within their vast sonic landscapes.

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Biography

Enslaved was formed in June 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson when they were 13 and 17 years old, respectively. The band name was inspired by an Immortal demo track, "Enslaved in Rot". After many line-up changes throughout their career, Bjørnson and Kjellson are the only remaining original members. By 2004 the line-up solidified with guitarist Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal, drummer Cato Bekkevold, and keyboardist/vocalist Herbrand Larsen.

Bjørnson and Kjellson had been playing in a death metal band called Phobia, but like many in the burgeoning extreme metal movement, they were looking for new sources of inspiration and expression. Though Enslaved began as a prototypical Norwegian black metal band, they always incorporated song structures unusual for the genre, with several of their early songs expanding past the ten-minute mark. As such, the band has rejected the black metal genre label and prefers the term 'extreme metal'. The album Eld (1997) is often considered to be the beginning of the band's shift towards progressive metal. The band's shift toward progressive viking metal was rendered complete with Mardraum (2000), which contained several multi-part epics such as "Større enn tid - Tyngre enn natt" and "Entrance - Escape"; from that point onward, the band's influence from progressive rock became stronger on each successive record, with several tracks (most prominently, "As Fire Swept Clean the Earth" from Below the Lights) even using mellotron. Mardraum, Monumension (2001), and Below the Lights (2003) can be regarded as having somewhat similar styles, although there is a clear progression of sound between the albums regardless; however, Isa (2004) and Ruun (2006) show a marked departure from previous sounds, most notably, with inclusion of sharp dynamic shifts.

Although the band has used mainly English lyrics since Monumension, their albums before that were mostly recorded in Norwegian except on their first full-length album, where three songs had Icelandic lyrics, while the lyrics on Heimdallr was an Old Norse excerpt from Gylfaginning by Snorri Sturluson. Most of their lyrics relate to Norse mythology.

Enslaved released the album Vertebrae in September 2008. On this particular album, many of their techniques, particularly harmonies, have been compared to Pink Floyd. After touring Europe extensively, Enslaved embarked on a North American tour with the progressive death metal band Opeth in May 2009. Enslaved released their eleventh studio album, Axioma Ethica Odini, on September 27, 2010 in Europe and the following day in North America.

 

Enslaved was formed by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson in 1991, & are based in Bergen, Norway. Ivar & Grutle had previously played together in the death metal band, Phobia. Taking a different route to many of the extreme metal Norwegian bands of the early 90's, Enslaved embraced their Viking history & culture, composing ferocious epics of extreme metal combined with hypnotic riffs & repetitious structures; Enslaved even becoming signed to Euronymous' Deathlike Silence label early in their career. 
'Yggdrasill' was the band's second demo (following 1991's feet-finding 'Nema'), showing a young band with great passion & creativity. The songs were understandably raw & contained some traits of the Norwegian wave of black metal sweeping the region at the time, along with their own individual touch. Although more focused on Viking/Norwegian lore than anything satanic, Enslaved's signature sound still captured the magic of the genre with long, hypnotic compositions losing the listener within their vast sonic landscapes. 
Over the years, the band has integrated strong elements of progressive music into their compositions & Enslaved has gone on to worldwide notoriety for their stunning live shows & accomplished blend of atmospherics & sumptuous, powerful riffs, receiving numerous accolades along the way, including Norwegian Grammys. 
This limited black vinyl edition of 'Yggdrasill' features the bonus track 'Enslaved' plus new liner notes written by the band. 
Preorder now for 31st October 2011 release date
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TRACKS
SIDE A 
1. Heimdallr 
2. Allfǫðr Oðinn 
3. Hal Valr 
SIDE B 
4. Niunda Heim 
5. Resound of Gjallarhorn 
6. Enslaved (bonus tr

 

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Live Dates

March 2015

  • 05/03, Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA, US
  • 06/03, El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, US
  • 07/03, Slim's - San Francisco, CA, US
  • 09/03, Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR, US
  • 10/03, Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 11/03, El Corazon - Seattle, WA, US
  • 13/03, Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT, US
  • 14/03, Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO, US
  • 16/03, Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN, US
  • 17/03, Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL, US
  • 19/03, The Opera House - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 20/03, Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 21/03, Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY, US
  • 22/03, Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA, US
  • 23/03, Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD, US
  • 24/03, The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA, US

April 2015

  • 01/04, Unknown venue - Oslo, Norway
  • 09/04, 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands

August 2015

  • 12/08, Rockstadt - Braşov, Romania

Latest News


06/12/2011

Enslaved - 'Yggdrasill' CD edition coming January

Enslaved's classic 1992 demo of viking/black metal, 'Yggdrasill', is due to be released January 30th on CD, now with bonus track, plus lyrics & new band liner notes. Pre order HERE. ...

16/09/2011

Enslaved - Yggdrasill vinyl reissue due for release on October 31st

October 31st sees the release of Enslaved’s ‘Yggdrasill’; their classic 1992 demo on limited vinyl, featuring new liner notes written by the band. ‘Yggdrasill’ is a stellar example of the e ...