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The Viking gods of progressive black metal, ENSLAVED return to herald the coming of Spring along Australia’s East Coast this August.
Casper sat down with Enslaved Vocalist/Bass Player, Grutle Kjellson about their plans for the tour thanks to David Roy Williams.
Fresh from delivering the outstandingly heavy powerhouse of an album ‘E’, ENSLAVED is bringing the brutal beauty of their doom-laden drums and sledgehammer guitars to deliver a glimpse of metal Valhalla in the blood pounding manner that only they can.
“Grutle Kjellson growls and rasps to a deceptively wide range while his bass stomps through the Concert Hall. The music is magnificent, with ten-minute songs vanishing in what feels like a matter of seconds.” Hellbound – Feb 2018
As well as the Norse magnificence of new works “Sacred Horse” and “Storm Son” fans will be treated to epic songs from throughout the band’s outstanding career including such intense classics as “Roots Of The Mountain”, “Vetrarnótt” and “Isa”.
“In their twenty-seventh year as a band and touring in support of their fourteenth studio LP, they have not lost one ounce of inspiration, energy, or excitement.” Heathen Harvest – March 2018
The last time ENSLAVED toured Australia it felt like the closing of a chapter. Instead of winding down, however, the band has found new inspiration, and this re-energized ENSLAVED is truly something to behold.
“With the dual guitar combinations of Ivar Bjørnson and Arve Isdal creating plenty of hard-hitting riffs to keep the crowd enthused, Grutle Kjellson‘s shrieks were completely mesmerizing. It takes a huge challenge for progressive metal bands to deliver memorable performances but ENSLAVED raised the bar and showcased why they are a leader in extreme metal.” Distorted Sound
Don’t miss what are guaranteed to be ENSLAVED’s finest Australian shows ever.
“I have seldom seen more ecstatic fans than at this ENSLAVED show. ENSLAVED are as energetic, boundary pushing, dark and heavy as ever, embracing their history and thundering into the future.” Metal As Fvck”
Enslaved Australian Tour Dates
Thursday 30th August – Sydney, Factory Theatre
Friday 31st August – Brisbane, The Zoo
Saturday 1st September – Melbourne, Max Watts
Pre sale: Thursday 10th May 10am – 11:59pm
General Sale: Friday 11th May 10am
As you know SÓLSTAFIR are one stunning band and blend post-rock majestic intensity with beautiful melodies, progressive and psychedelic passages, and a strong undercurrent of hard rock! Well, we are lucky they are headed here this month with the mighty ENSLAVED!
SÓLSTAFIR are different. With their roots heavily embedded in metal, SÓLSTAFIR blend post-rock majestic intensity with beautiful melodies, progressive and psychedelic passages, and a strong undercurrent of hard rock, which comes as varied and at times appealingly bizarre as the white glaciers, moss-green bubble-fields, deep fjords, black beaches and frost-cracked mountain landscapes of their native Iceland.
Finally, 20 years into their astonishing career, and riding high on the five-star reviews for their Berdreyminn album, SÓLSTAFIR are coming to Australia, joining Enslaved on their forthcoming spring sojourn.
“Sólstafir are on a mission to re-imagine the idiosyncratic grandeur of Icelandic landscapes in vivid sonic shades. Total immersion is compulsory.” The Guardian
SÓLSTAFIR take their already impressive evolution ever further to embody the ever-turning wheel of seasons with their shifting light, darkness, and colours, extreme Northern climate, the stark contrasts, the closeness of beauty and deadly forces of nature, the impressive sceneries that have the bones of ancient gods enshrined in them like hardly any other band in every aspect of their existence.
NEWS JUST IN – ENSLAVED & SÓLSTAFIR hit the West Coast! Yes it’s true – a Perth show has been added to the tour.
Perth – Wednesday 29 August – The Rosemount
Sydney – Thursday 30 August – Factory Theatre
Brisbane – Friday 31 August – The Zoo
Melbourne – Saturday 1 September – Max Watts
Tickets on sale NOW via:
As you know ENSLAVED will be here in October for their 25th Anniversary tour.
Rohan had an amazing chat with Grutle Kjellson regarding what to expect and he even told us his favorite song from each of their albums over the years.
An Evening With Enslaved 25th Anniversary Australian Shows Announced.
Just when you visit the thought that a band couldn’t possibly get any better… undoubtedly one of the finest bands known to mankind – Metal Obsession
Extreme Metal artisans ENSLAVED will be bringing their 25th-anniversary celebrations to Australia in October 2016.
The Norwegian blackened progressive metal band are proof that metal can be both abrasive and completely stunning. Every aspect of Enslaved live was nearly flawless – The New Fury
The format for these Exclusive Australian Only shows will see ENSLAVED presenting two full sets over the course of the evening. Furthermore, fans can get involved in the song selection process!
Set One: Tales From Mythological Forests: a collection of material from the earlier chapters of ENSLAVED’s career. The set will commence with an earth shuddering start to proceedings by drawing on early albums such as ‘Frost‘ and ‘Eld‘. With the foundations destroyed, the band will progress into the heart of their career, focusing on the period when ENSLAVED uprooted and developed their sound – songs from ‘Below the Lights‘ and ‘Isa‘ will keep fans’ heart racing and fists pumping. In many respects, whilst centered on earlier material, this is a brand new show for Enslaved.
Set Two: Spinning Wheel Ritual: Enslaved look firmly to the future, visiting the more recent chapters of the Enslaved story. Their progressive nature will take centre stage, with songs from albums ‘Vertebrae‘, ‘RIITIIR‘ and ‘In Times‘ arranged together for the first time. The focus here will be a redefinition of ENSLAVED’s creative force, with the band pushing towards new boundaries and reaching new audiences whilst staying true to the band’s principles, and to those fans who have followed Enslaved since the very early days.
ENSLAVED’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations will deliver Australian fans a chance to witness ENSLAVED at the peak of their prowess in shows they have never seen before and will never see again. Whatever you do… don’t miss this!
VIP M&G TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SHOWS.
With the dual guitar combinations of Ivar Bjørnson and Arve Isdal creating plenty of hard-hitting riffs to keep the crowd enthused, Grutle Kjellson‘s shrieks were completely mesmerising. It takes a huge challenge for progressive metal bands to deliver memorable performances but ENSLAVED raised the bar and showcased why they are a leader in extreme metal. – Distorted Sound
Setlist selection: 16 old school and 16 new school songs will be selected by the band and fans that purchase tickets before the end of June will be able to vote on which songs make the final cut. There’ll even be a track from 2003’s ‘Below the Lights’ on offer in each set… Finally, one lucky fan will win the ability to attend the band’s soundcheck.
To put it simply, Enslaved are pretty phenomenal live – the atmosphere was set immediately. A mesmerizing prog vibe coupled with some extreme vocals and smooth riffs had the audience hypnotized throughout. – Metal Storm
Enslaved frenzy about in a hysteria of hair and sweat. Songs like ‘Death In The Eyes Of Dawn’ and ‘The Watcher’ sound absolutely huge. That a band can be so far into their career and still play with this level of urgency is a testament to their quality. – One Metal
Enslaved can do no wrong. – Cryptic Rock
ENSLAVED TOUR DATES
Wednesday 5th October – BRISBANE, Crowbar
Thursday 6th October – MELBOURNE, Prince Bandroom
Friday 7th October – SYDNEY, Manning Bar
Tickets via: http://tombowler.com.au/tours/enslaved/
Pre-Sale: 26th 9am – 29th 5pm local time
General Sale: 30th 9am local time