March 1, 2024

One year ago, cosmic pioneers Enslaved released their latest avant-garde creation Heimdal. To celebrate the studio album’s first year of existence, the band announced the Heimdal (Deluxe) digital album, which is out today! As well as a UK and European tour with British post-hardcore quartet Svalbard and US metallers Wayfarer this month. 

Also today, Enslaved are thrilled to announce that internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail will make a special appearance at the first show of the tour, on March 6th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.

Photo: Roy Bjørge
Photo: Morris Longfellow

To celebrate this news, Enslaved have released an electrifying alternative version of their track Congelia, featuring Jo Quail, alongside a beautiful lyric video created by Kolibri Media.

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson commented, “London has a very special place in the history of our band, since the very first live shows we ever did outside of our home town(s) – the city has supported us through it all. We have a huge part of our extended family and tribe here; it is always like coming home. Just with better Indian food and worse traffic. This time London seems set on outdoing its welcome of us; Jo Quail will join us on stage to perform Congelia with us! We are so proud and eager to show you how absolutely crushing that sounds. See you very soon. Baah!”

Jo Quail commented, “I am thrilled to be joining forces with Enslaved once again on stage! It was such a wonderful experience in Bergen last year and I am honoured to be able to do this again in London – I hope you’ll enjoy this moment as much as I will.”

Heimdal (Deluxe)includes the studio album in full, as well as alternative versions of two album tracks Forest Dweller and Congelia, both with sublime performances from renowned cellist Jo Quail, bonus track Gangandi, plus the entirety of The Otherworldly Big Band Experience – Enslaved‘s stunning 2022 streaming event featuring fellow psychedelic Norwegian prog band Shaman Elephant.

Enslaved‘s latest studio album Heimdal (released March 2023) is both a departure and a communion with roots forged over three decades ago in the turbulent birth throes of Norway’s black metal scene. It’s a record that points towards new beginnings, and a dawn that’s on the other side of the apex of the land. A psychedelic journey through arcane Norse folklore, connecting with one’s ancient ancestors and our future selves.

The Otherworldly Big Band Experience was an Enslaved show like none other, their biggest, boldest project to date – a colossal, kaleidoscopic stage show featuring a stellar setlist covering their career, both past and present. Including some tracks never previously performed live. 

Enslaved will be touring the UK and Europe this month. The 16-date run will take the band across 10 different countries, with support coming from Svalbard and Wayfarer.

  • 06/03 – UK  London, Islington Assembly Hall 
  • 07/03 – UK  Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 08/03 – UK  Manchester, Club Academy
  • 09/03 – UK  Glasgow, Slay 
  • 10/03 – IE   Dublin, Opium 
  • 12/03 – NL  Helmond, Cacaofabriek 
  • 13/03 – FR  Paris, La Machine 
  • 14/03 – CH  Geneva, PTR/l’Usine 
  • 15/03 – FR  Montpellier, Victoire 2
  • 16/03 – IT   Milan, Legend 
  • 18/03 – CZ  Prague, Futurum
  • 19/03 – AT  Vienna, Szene 
  • 21/03 – DE  Cologne, Club Volta 
  • 22/03 – DE  Leipzig, Taubchenthal 
  • 23/03 – DE  Berlin, Hole44
  • 24/03 – PL  Warsaw, Proxima

Enslaved have also been announced for some festivals in 2024:

18/05-19/05   BE  Thronefest *Vikingligr Veldi set
31/07-03/08   NO  Beyond The Gates, Bergen
11/08             UK  Bloodstock Festival, Derby
14/08-17/08   DE  Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl
16/11-17/11   MX  Mexico Metal Fest, Mexico City

Never faltering, Norway’s iconic Enslaved continue to exist as one of the most original and dependable components in our scene’s indestructible backbone. Possessing the reputation as one of the most riveting live acts around, they never fail to offer us talent of the highest calibre, always doing justice to their signature black/progressive sound. Enslaved was formed in 1991 by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson, releasing their first demo Yggdrasill in the summer of 1992, their legendary mini-album Hordanes Land coming out in 1993, and with their debut full-length Vikingligr Veldi arriving in the spring of 1994.

Enslaved are a band in stellar form – a band at its most existentialist and self-conscious, proud Bergeners bearing the torch of their hometown’s extraordinary musical history. Their most recent material shows Enslaved at their most unleashed and thought-through – a lethal combination unfurling a potential that’s easily rekindling the furor of their early works while dancing gracefully through their most ambitious, most haunting and most musical tunes yet. A contradiction? Life itself is a contradiction. And yet we all live to prove it wrong.


Enslaved is:
Ivar Bjørnson | guitars 
Grutle Kjellson | vocals
Arve ‘Ice Dale’ Isdal | guitar
Håkon Vinje | keyboards, clean vocals
Iver Sandøy | drums


Online:

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