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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

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
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Close-up Båten 21 in Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Logo in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ NUKE in Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Underground in Koln, Germany Koln, Germany
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Tivoli in Utrecht, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ O2 RITZ in Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Barrowlands in Glasgow, United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ The Limelight in Belfast, United Kingdom Belfast, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ The Academy in Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Rock City in Nottingham, United Kingdom Nottingham, United Kingdom
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ O2 Academy in Bristol, United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ O2 Institute in Birmingham, United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Islington Assembly Hall in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Trabendo in Paris, France Paris, France
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium Vosselaar, Belgium
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ BARAKASON in RezÉ, France RezÉ, France
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ CCO Villeurbanne in Villeurbanne, France Villeurbanne, France
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Circolo Colony in Brescia, Italy Brescia, Italy
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland Pratteln, Switzerland
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Das Bett in Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Chelmnice in Prague, Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Volta in Moscow, Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ Club Val in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Enslaved @ 70000 Tons Of Metal in Miami, FL Miami, FL

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