Since “Record Store Day” is a pretty big deal for our friends who still champion the cause by having establishments where one can peruse and purchase physical music, I felt its super important to point out some items of interest to the Metal and Hard Rock fans that are reading our website. Truth be told, a very big number of my real life friends are vinyl collectors so this is geared directly at them. It’s for you too of course and that being said, here is the low down on a special edition live album that is going to be released on RSD by the band Enslaved. Read on.
The Press Release:
“Roadburn Live” is ENSLAVED’s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band’s headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED’s guitar player Ivar Bjørnson. Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED’s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED.”
“Roadburn Live” will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop Gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers! To celebrate the release, what better way than to hold a playback session with the
members of Enslaved at the Roadburn Festival 2017. Becky Laverty of Roadburn Festival comments: “ENSLAVED and Roadburn share a history that is entwined and their 2015 performance on the main stage was such a fantastic milestone for both parties, that it makes perfect sense for the show to be released as a live album. As the album will be released during Roadburn 2017, it seemed fitting to invite attendees and the band alike to join us for a playback session at the festival as part of our popular side program.”
More information about the playback session to be revealed soon. Roadburn Live also features a brilliant layout created by highly respected artist and Roadburn’s regular graphic designer Costin Chioreanu. The album was mixed by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio and mastered by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Opeth, Sepultura) in Fascination Studios. It is also the last official release with Herbrand Larsen on keys and vocals.
After celebrating their twenty-five year anniversary in 2016 showcasing a majority of older material, Roadburn Live displays songs mainly from the “newer” and more progressive era of ENSLAVED’s career, with songs from “In Times,” “Riitiir,” “Isa,”, “Below The Lights,” and “Monumension.” Featuring guest appearances of Einar Selvik (Wardruna), Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (Sólstafir), Per Wiberg (Opeth, Candlemass), and Menno Gootjes (Focus) on “Immigrant Song,” the first cover song by ENSLAVED to appear on any record ever.
View the “Death In The Eyes Of Dawn” video by Costin Chioreanu on YouTube below:
Grutle Kjellson comments on the album: “I’m generally not a huge fan of live albums. I like to be present at a show, to grasp the energy of the band, and to witness the sometimes magical symbiosis that occurs between the band and the audience. I am, however, a huge fan of the Roadburn Festival! I consider this to be my all-time favorite, both as a musician and as a guest. Therefore, if ever ENSLAVED were to release a live album, it had to be from a Roadburn show! I hope you will enjoy listening to this piece of wax as much as we did recording it!”
Release date and format: April 22nd: Record Store Day limited color editions and Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop gold edition. Standard vinyl, CD, and digital. More information soon!
1. Building With Fire
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. In Times
5. Convoys To Nothingness
6. As Fire Swept Clean The Earth
8. Immigrant Song*
* Roadburn Live exclusive song originally by Led Zeppelin
Roadburn Live Lineup: Ivar Bjørnson – guitars, keys; Grutle Kjellson – vocals, bass; Arve Isdal – guitars; Cato Bekkevold – drums; Herbrand Larsen – keyboard, keys.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I might have said in other narratives how I wasn’t 100% on point about Enslaved way back in the day but this is because I wasn’t listening to this sort of music back then. Since opening my mind to many more formats and incredible groups I have made sure to keep on point with bands like this since their output is absolutely throttling for the Metal senses. I’ve seen them live a whole bunch of times and its something else for sure. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a copy of this LP even though I don’t currently have a working turntable because this is something that I want to blast at top volume. Maybe the band will even grace us by offering this on CD in the coming future once the vinyl has long been sold out. What do you think about this LP and it being offering on Record Store Day? Will you be contacting your local retailer for a copy to save it or lining up and hoping that you get one before it sells out? Let me know in the comments below and as we find anything else that is Rock or Metal related coming for this year’s RSD I’ll try to post it.
Official Website: http://www.enslaved.no