Enslaved Hit The Studio For New Album

Enslaved have officially entered the studio to begin the recording process for their new album. The band are hoping to release the effort in May.

Ivar Bjørnson commented:

“The days are growing darker in the Northern hemisphere – and Bergen is covered in a blanket of frost. This sets the scene as we have entered the studio to record the new Enslaved album. Since our last album, we have a “new” drummer – in quotation marks, since he has been with us behind the scenes for more than a decade.

Together with me (Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson) he constitutes the production team on this new album – and as before we will record in Bergen in Duper Studio and next door at Iver‘s Solslottet Studio. Before crossing the mountains eastwards to Örebro into Fascination Street where Jens Bogren will handle the mix.

The new material I feel is very powerful. The Enslaved signature is there, but there is a wild drive and a level of energy that makes me extremely excited. All five members have poured their dedication and souls into the preparations, and there are new sides to the band shown that will elevate this album.”

Enslaved To Headline 2020 Fire In The Mountains, Guitarist Ivar Bjornson To Curate The Festival

Enslaved have announced that they will be headlining next year’s Fire In The Mountains festival. Guitarist Ivar Bjornson has also been recruited to serve as a curator at the event, which is set to take place at the Heart Six Ranch in Moran, WY on July 11-12.

Bjornson commented:

“Our Northern hearts rejoice as we are part of this announcement for Fire in the Mountains 2020! To come to these beautiful parts of good ol’ Vinland and headline an outdoor festival is nothing short of a dream come through. We will present a very special show and cannot wait to share this weekend with the other artists, audience and the hard working folks behind the festival! To the mountains!”

“It is a massive honor to be asked to be the first guest curator for the Fire in the Mountain festival. I have decided to name my curator showcase “On Wings Over Utgard”; inspired by the thematic from the coming ENSLAVED album. Modern man is a being that has forgotten how chaos, darkness and decay are as important and beautiful parts of existence as all the bliss, youth and light we over-feed ourselves in the (dis-)Information Age. What better scenic metaphor to realize this part of the overall vision than at Fire in the Mountains; surrounded by wild, chaotic nature. Where life is how it was meant to be; uncontrolled, balanced and unified. I cannot wait to start showing you all the artists I am inviting to sonically and lyrically illustrate all this! Thank you Shane and festival team for giving me this opportunity.”

Enslaved Re-Sign With Nuclear Blast, Premiere “What Else Is There?” Video

Enslaved have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. With this news, the band have also premiered a new video for their cover of Röyskopp‘s “What Else Is There?“.

Ivar Bjornson said the following about re-signing with Nuclear Blast:

“It is with great pleasure we re-sign our record deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide! We have been working together for more or less a decade, and it has been an individed positive experience. They have both the heart to grasp our musical visions, and the business-muscles to spread them out into the world. When you add personal friendships with the wonderful people in America, U.K. and Germany it is simply an ideal situation for us to be in. Onwards, forwards and in all directions!”

Enslaved To Reissue “Vertebrae” & “Axioma Ethica Odini” In November

Enslaved will be reissuing “Vertebrae” and “Axioma Ethica Odini” on November 8. The albums have been remastered and they will be available on CD digipak and limited edition vinyl. Furthermore, “Vertebrae” will feature live covers of King Crimson‘s “Red” and Rush‘s “Earthshine” as bonus tracks, while “Axioma Ethica Odini” will feature “Jotunblod (Doom)” and “Migration” as bonus tracks. North American pre-orders can be found HERE and European pre-orders can be found HERE.

Drummer Cato Bekkevold Exits Enslaved

Drummer Cato Bekkevold has announced that he will be leaving Enslaved. You can watch him discuss that in the below video. Bekkevold’s last live performance with the group will take place at the Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, FRA on June 23. On another note, Enslave previously announced a European/UK tour with High On Fire earlier today.

Enslaved & High On Fire Announce Fall European/UK Tour

Enslaved and High On Fire have announced a fall European/UK tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

09/30 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla
10/01 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
10/02 Leipzig, GER – Ut Connewitz
10/03 Esch, LUX – Kulturfabrik
10/04 Breda, NET – Mezz Jupiler Zaal
10/08 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
10/09 Dublin, IRE – Tivoli
10/10 Belfast, UK – Limelight 2
10/12 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
10/14 Bristol, UK – SWX
10/15 London, UK – The Dome
10/16 Paris, FRA – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge

Enslaved To Reissue “Hordanes Land”

Enslaved will be reissuing “Hordanes Land” digitally and on CD digipack on March 2, and on black, swamp green (limited to 333), and white (limited to 666) vinyl on April 20. The effort has been remastered by Iver Sandøy, and it will feature a reassembled layout done by Marcelo Vasco. The digipack will come with a 20 page booklet full of unpublished pictures and more. All formats will also come with the bonus track “Enslaved,” and new liner notes and interviews from Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), Lee Barret (Candlelight), Hrymr (Helheim), etc.

The band commented:

“Hi to all! We’re really happy to announce today the re-issue of our historical album “Hordanes Land” on ByNorse Music, which is Ivar’s own label as many of you know! The CD and digital will be released on March 2nd and the LPs on April 20th.

We are really proud to have fellow musicians such as Faust, Fenriz or Silenoz adding liner notes and even interviews to our release. We gathered this in a beautiful CD digipack with 20-pages booklet that also includes unpublished pictures and other cool stuff. On top of that, we included on all formats the bonus track ‘Enslaved’, which many of you probably know already, from back in the day! Collectors as we are, we made 333 copies of a limited swamp green LP and 666 copies of a limited white LP. These limited editions all come with embossed logo and title on the cover. We’re super stocked on this, they look really cool! The reassembled layout was respectfully done by Marcelo Vasco Arts, thanks again for the amazing work!

We also worked hard to preserve the character of the classic release. We have decided to have Iver Sandøy re-master “Hordanes Land” because of the great job he did with “Vikingligr Veldi” finally being released on vinyl in 2016 (also on ByNorse Music). His philosophy is not so much to remake anything with the remaster; but to emphasize and highlight the strengths of the original mastering. The original album is a milestone and a document from a historical moment in modern Metal, so the spirit and atmosphere needs preservation – not alteration.

We hope you like what you see and read!”