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Enslaved is a metal band from Bergen, Norway. Their style has changed over the years. Originally being an old-school black metal/viking metal act, they now perform a slightly more experimental and progressive form of black metal which has elements of 1970's progressive rock. The name was inspired by an Immortal demo track, Enslaved in Rot.

Enslaved was formed in 1991, by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson. Joined by drummer Trym Torsson, they did their first demo in the summer of 1992. While working with the first full length, there came a call from England, resulting in the two 1993 legendary mini albums; Hordanes Land and Emperor These two mini-albums was released as a split-record "Emperor/Hordanes Land". Due to tragic circumstances, Enslaved’s debut album Vikingligr Veldi was held back until the spring of 1994. Enslaved moved their label base to French Osmose Productions, and Frost were released late in the 1994. Enslaved were now known outside the Black / Extreme circles of Northern Europe. This 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 a great success; but Trym Torson moved on to join Emperor as a drummer.

Eld was recorded with drummer Harald Helgeson in 1996, and released the year after. However, working with Harald was no permanent solution, so Dirge Rep (then Gehenna) and R. Kronheim were hired, becoming integral parts during the recording of Blodhemn (’98).

Enslaved released an important milestone in 2000 with Mardraum: Beyond the Within, which marked a turning point for the band; and sent shock waves through the Extreme Metal scene with a revolutionary experimental and innovative approach to their genre. The band kept adding fuel to the fire, and released Monumension in 2001, and again the band was shocked to see the positive response to their "no rules" approach to Extreme Metal. Gigs were still being played in Norway, Europe and the States, in front of a faithful and ever increasing audience.

After returning from the UK in March 2002, R. Kronheim had to leave the band. The band kept on working with new material, in which they now saw a synthesis between the original thesis (the "Blacker" Enslaved) and the anti-thesis forming from Mardraum onwards (the experimental, progressive and gloomier Enslaved) – Below the Lights was recorded in 2002 and released the year after, 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 were put together during and after the recording of Below the Lights, including old-timer Cato Bekkevold (Red Harvest founder), Arve Isdal (aka. Ice Dale) and Herbrand Larsen. With all the changes left behind, Enslaved reached new heights with their live performance, also adding strong visual elements in the shape of video art and more. English market leader Kerrang! rewarded their Inferno 2004 performance with a full house: 5 K!’s.

The new line-up recorded ISA during the autumn of 2004, and was released in Oct/Nov ’04 (Feb ’05 in the US). The album received raving reviews in all territories (except Finland obviously), and put Enslaved at the very forefront of contemporary Extreme Metal. A European Tour with fellow Norsemen Vreid took place in February and March 2005. The tour was rewarded with both great reviews and great turnouts. In absentia, during the tour, Enslaved also received both the Norwegian Grammy and the independent Alarm Price for ISA.

The band released the full length album Ruun in 2006, which received great critics world wide and Enslaved received the Norwegian Grammy (Metal) for the second time in a row. Ruun is an extreme progressive metal record with growl-vocals and quite different from the bands first records.

Enslaved released the album Vertebrae in 2008, which gained wide critical acclaim, including Terrorizer Magazine's album of the year and critic's choice album of the year award for 2008. Many of their techniques on the album, particularly harmonies, have been compared to Pink Floyd

Although the band now records in English, their early songs were mostly recorded in Icelandic or Old Norse, with one track on their first full-length album being performed in ancient Norwegian. Lyrics from Frost to Mardraum were mainly in their native Norwegian. Most of their lyrics relate to Norse mythology or history.

They have also recorded a collaboration with the Norwegian noise duo Fe-Mail, under the name Trinacria.

Current members: * Ivar Bjørnson - guitar, keyboards (1991-) - (Desekrator, ex-Borknagar, ex-Phobia, Obnoxious, ex-Gorgoroth (as "Daimonion"), live session guitar for Taake) * Grutle Kjellson - bass, vocals (1991-) - (Desekrator, ex-Phobia, guest for V:28, Insanity) * Arve Isdal - guitar (2002-) - (Malignant Eternal, Audrey Horne, I) * Cato Bekkevold - drums (2003-) - (Demonic, ex-Ashes to Ashes , Sirius, ex-Red Harvest, Dunkelheit) * Hakon Vinje - keyboards, vocals (2017-)

Former members: * Trym Torson (Kai Johnny Mosaker) - drums (1991-1995) - (Emperor, Zyklon, Imperium, Tartaros, Shadow Season, Paganize) * Richard Kronheim - guitar (1997-2002) - (ex-Subtitles, ex-St. Satan, ex-Kliftones, ex-Desekrator) * Per Husebø (aka. Dirge Rep) - drums (1997-2002) - (Gehenna, Orcustus, Gorgoroth, ex-122 Stab Wounds, Desspo Hallelujah, Neetzach, ex-Aura Noir, Secht) * Harald Magnus "Rivheim" Helgeson - drums (1995-1997) - (Thundra, Zeno Morf, ex-Dwelling Souls, session for Evig Natt) * Freddy Bolsø - drums (2003) - (ex-Blood Red Throne) * Herbrand Larsen - keyboards, vocals (2004-2016)

  • Øyvind Madsen - keyboards (live only) - (Sulphur, Vulture Industries, live for Black Hole Generator)

Discography:

Full-Length Albums: 1994 - Vikingligr Veldi 1994 - Frost 1997 - Eld 1998 - Blodhemn 2000 - Mardraum: Beyond the Within 2001 - Monumension 2003 - Below the Lights 2004 - Isa 2006 - Ruun 2008 - Vertebrae 2010 - Axioma Ethica Odini 2012 - RIITIIR 2015 - In Times 2017 - E (note that the official title of the album is actually the Elder Futhark rune ᛖ, or Ehwaz, which looks like the roman letter M, but the album title is often written as E for simplicity, including in official sources)

Demos: 1991 - Nema 1992 - Yggdrasill

Splits: 1994 - Emperor/Hordanes Land (split with Emperor)

Live albums: 2009 - Live at the Rock Hard Festival 2017 - Roadburn Live

DVDs: Enslaved also has two DVD releases, primarily consisting of concert footage.

2003 - Live Retaliation 2005 - Return to Yggdrasill

Trivia: * Grutle Kjellson and Cato Bekkevold are avid sport fishing enthusiasts; in fact, the two met at a related event. * The band's song Havenless from Below the Lights was featured in the film "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey". * The band were also reported to have appeared in an episode of the American cartoon series South Park, but this later transpired to be a practical joke at the expense of the Norwegian press. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Metro in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ Granada in Lawrence, KS Lawrence, KS
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO Englewood, CO
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ MACEWAN BALLROOM in Calgary, Canada Calgary, Canada
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ The Starlite Ballroom in Edmonton, Canada Edmonton, Canada
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, Canada Vancouver, Canada
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ El Corazon in Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR Portland, OR
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:00PM Enslaved @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA Santa Ana, CA
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Mixtape 5 in Sofia, Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Zorlu PSM - STUDIO in Istambul, Turkey Istambul, Turkey
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Ragnarök Festival in Lichtenfels, Germany Lichtenfels, Germany
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ DURBUY ROCK FESTIVAL in Bomal Sur Ourthe, Belgium Bomal Sur Ourthe, Belgium
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in Karmøy, Norway Karmøy, Norway
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France Clisson, France
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany Wacken, Germany
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Beyond the Gates Festival in Bergen, Norway Bergen, Norway

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