Blackened avant-gardists Enslaved have launched into their30th year with thunder and flames. Although their Utgard European Tour will now take place in spring 2022, with support coming from Intronaut, Obsidian Kingdom and Crown, the band are proud to announce four new live albums/DVDs. Out June 25th, the audio and visuals for these releases have been taken from their revered Cinematic Tour 2020,with physical pre-orders launching today.
Ivar Bjørnson commented, “We are so stoked about how these Cinematic Tour releases turned out; the sound is great and the packaging is beautiful and unique like the shows themselves. The crown jewel for old vinyl collectors like ourselves has got to be the wooden box – handmade, numbered and named individually. That is simply… metal!”
Enslaved will be releasing four new live albums/DVDs on June 25th, with audio and visuals taken from their highly revered digital performances in 2020.
|The Rise of Ymir (Verftet Online Festival 2020) |
Chronicles of the Northbound (Cinematic Tour 2020)
Below The Lights (Cinematic Tour 2020)
Utgard – The Journey Within (Cinematic Tour 2020)
|Wooden Boxset (ltd. edition 300 copies – handcrafted, personally named & numbered)|
Splatter Vinyl (ltd. edition 300 copies)
4 x CD/DVD boxset (ltd. edition 1000 copies)
4 x DVD (ltd. edition 1000 copies)
Digital pre-order will be launched on 7th May, but you can already pre-save
The Rise of Ymir chronicles Enslaved‘s debut digital show, which took place on April 1st 2020 at USF, Bergen, as part of the Verftet Online Music Festival. Chronicles of the Northbound, Below The Lights and Utgard – The Journey Within detail their Cinematic Summer Tour digital shows which took place last summer. The events were collaborations with respected European festivals Roadburn, Beyond The Gates and Summer Breeze.
Enslaved’s upcoming tour dates, set to celebrate their acclaimed new studio album Utgard, will now take place in February and March 2022. The live run will include nineteen dates taking the band across seven countries.
ENSLAVED – UTGARD EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
w/ Intronaut, Obsidian Kingdom, Crown
13/02 – DE Berlin, Hole44
14/02 – NL Utrecht, De Helling
16/02 – UK Birmingham, 02 Institute
17/02 – UK Glasgow, Classic Grand
18/02 – UK Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
19/02 – UK London, 229
21/02 – FR Paris, La Machine
22/02 – FR Toulouse, Le Metronum *new city
23/02 – ES Madrid, Caracol
24/02 – ES Barcelona, Boveda
25/02 – FR Lyon, CCO Villeurbanne
26/02 – CH, Aarau, KiFF
28/02 – DE Munich, Backstage Halle
01/03 – DE Stuttgart, Wizemann
02/03 – DE Cologne, Luxor
03/03 – DE Frankfurt, Das Bett
04/03 – DE Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich
05/03 – DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
Previously purchased tickets remain valid. Please contact your ticket office/provider if any further information is required.
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 with debut full length Vikingligr Veldi arriving in the spring of 1994.
Enslaved in 2021 is 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. Latest album Utgard has shown them at a stage where simply everything they touch turns to gold. Icy black metal anthems walk hand in hand with refined prog rock gems and primordial, dark folk sorcery. It’s Enslaved to the bone. And yet again a band that cast off its old skin, delivering some of their shortest songs in years while still packing them with glimmering detail.It is a journey into and through scary Utgard, showing Enslaved both 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.
Ivar Bjørnson | guitars
Grutle Kjellson | vocals
Arve ‘Ice Dale’ Isdal | guitar
Håkon Vinje | keyboards, clean vocals
Iver Sandøy | drums