News from ENSLAVED

ENSLAVED: STUDIO TALK & NEW AUDIO CLIP

ENSLAVED: STUDIO TALK & NEW AUDIO CLIP - 2012-05-24

2012-05-24 - Castanets on the new ENSLAVED album? REALLY? When it comes to this Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metal band from Bergen, anything is possible.

Norwegian press outlet Lydverket paid an exclusive studio visit to ENSLAVED’s Men In Black (and hats!) - bassist/frontman Grutle Kjellson and guitarist Ivar Bjørnson - before the mixing phase began on the as-yet-untitled album, due out later this year.

Lydverke: It’s time to ask about musical direction this time around. ENSLAVED have in recent years become less and less extreme, but then again more exploratory.

Bjørnson: We’ve given more space to it all this time around. More space to the melodic stuff, more space to the prog flavor and ’70s-inspiration, there are glimpses of some doom, some good Voïvod-style thrash, some cool guitar solos. All the little things that we like we have provided even more room for. It’s the “more is more”-philosophy. We’ve given up on the structural stuff once and for all. It’s not for us. So there’s not much verse-chorus-verse on the new record. We have tried a few places, but no one even hears that it is an attempt at a chorus. Haha.

Lydverke: Some bands go into the studio and do everything in seven days, and it can sound a little dirty and that’s intended. But you work in a completely different way. Is making a record a kind of jigsaw puzzle for you?

Bjørnson: We keep on for months and months and it still sounds like shit. Haha. It’s a little like a puzzle, yeah. It’s a mixture. It’s the strange ENSLAVED-mixture of rock and prog. We started out doing the songs live in the studio, and did all the songs that way. As such, it’s maybe a bit less perfectionist than before. We left some of the wobbly sounds that occur in the live setting to retain a bit of nerve, but then we have added a lot afterwards, and that is when it becomes a little like a puzzle.

Listen to an excerpt from a brand-new song & find out the truth about those castanets here.

ENSLAVED are currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up album to Axioma Ethica Odini, which won the 2010 Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of a U.S. Grammy Award) in the category “Best Metal Album,” won Terrorizer Magazine’s Reader’s Poll for “Best Album of 2010,” ranked #5 in Decibel Magazine’s “Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2010” list, and appeared on over 65 “Best Albums of 2010” lists in North America, repeatedly ranking in the Top 10. In Germany, Metal Hammer Magazine awarded ENSLAVED the “Album Of The Year” title and the Dutch magazine Aardschok ranked Axioma Ethica Odini at #9.
Axioma Ethica Odini also debuted in North America at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its September 2010 release.

The Norwegians will be participating in this year’s Barge To Hell cruise from Miami to the Caribbean, beginning on December 3rd. States the band: “A metal cruise?!?! How nuts is the idea of a metal cruise? Of course we had no doubts; metal is about going nuts, isn't it?”

Bands
Linked bands
ENSLAVED
Related News
ENSLAVED - unveil stunning music video!

ENSLAVED - unveil stunning music video!

2017-10-06 17:00 - ENSLAVED unveil stunning music video for 'The River's Mouth' which was once again created by Josh Graham (SOUNDGARDEN, NEUROSIS)! Details

ENSLAVED - about the album artwork

ENSLAVED - about the album artwork

2017-09-28 15:30 - ENSLAVED have unveiled the fourth album trailer, in which bassist Grutle Kjellson explains the concept behind the cover artwork of their new album »E«! Details

ENSLAVED - speak about the recording process!

ENSLAVED - speak about the recording process!

2017-09-20 15:30 - Today they unveil the third album trailer, in which guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjørnson guides you through the recording studio where »E« was created! Details

ENSLAVED - discuss finding new members!

ENSLAVED - discuss finding new members!

2017-09-05 16:00 - Today, singer and lyricist Grutle Kjellson discusses finding their new keyboarder and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. Details

ENSLAVED - unveil first album trailer and ann

ENSLAVED - unveil first album trailer and ann

2017-08-24 16:00 - ENSLAVED have unveiled the first album trailer from their upcoming album »E«. The band has also announced a collaboration with BMG! Details

ENSLAVED - premiere video clip!

ENSLAVED - premiere video clip!

2017-08-11 16:00 - To provide a first taster of what's to come, the band now unveils their debut music video for the 10 minute long single 'Storm Son'. Details

ENSLAVED - album details & pre-order!

ENSLAVED - album details & pre-order!

2017-08-07 17:00 - True Norwegian black avant-gardists ENSLAVED have announced the release of their epic new studio album for October 13th, 2017. Details

ENSLAVED - finish recording!

ENSLAVED - finish recording!

2017-07-04 18:00 - It is accomplished - the Norwegian Progressive Black avantgardists ENSLAVED have finished the recording process of their 14th full-length masterpiece! Details

ENSLAVED - enter the studio again!

ENSLAVED - enter the studio again!

2017-04-20 17:00 - It’s been over two years since the release of critically acclaimed album »In Times«, and now Norway's progressive metal legends ENSLAVED have entered the studio again. Details

BY NORSE Announce NEW YORK BY NORSE Showcase

BY NORSE Announce NEW YORK BY NORSE Showcase

2016-06-22 00:00 - By Norse is very proud and happy to announce New York By Norse happening December 9th & 10th! By Norse, known as a Details

Back to bands
Quick access