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Enslaved To Release “Roadburn Live” 2XLP For Record Store Day 2017

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.”
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Enslaved Reveals “In Times” Tour Dates For 2015

Monday. It’s not usually my favorite day of the week and this is especially the case when you had both concerts and conventions to attend like I did but when the email arrived that discussed the 2015 touring plans for Enslaved; Suddenly all was properly aligned in the Metal Cosmos. I’ve copied the press release for you to get the full scoop and then we can talk about it a little more.

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Scion A/V and Enslaved awaken “The Sleeping Gods”

This was just too cool to leave alone and not make a mention of in some fashion. It was also the perfect chance to continue to use the official blog for PiercingMetal.com in an engaging way and let it adventure bravely into new and exciting Metal territory a little more than I allow it. So here is the scoop. A couple of months ago those fine folks at Scion A/V offered up a free EP by the legendary Enslaved called “The Sleeping Gods” and this five song opus is a perfect continuation of their latest full length release Axioma Ethica Odini which can be found on their label Nuclear Blast Records. These two albums when listened to in sequence will prove how the group has transcended the role of being just a Black Metal band into something that delves into both the Progressive and the Psychedelic as well. The interesting thing about this is how they do not lose an ounce of their power by doing so and can now bring in a new legion of fans and believers around the world. Nice work.
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Opeth & Enslaved @ The Grand Ballroom (5/26/2009)

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Artist: Opeth
Venue: The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center (New York, NY)
Opener: Enslaved
Date: 5/26/2009
Label: Roadrunner Records

Having just seen the mighty Opeth back in September of 2008 I admit to being a little bit surprised to find them returning to our fair city so soon but with the amount of material that they have under their belt this is always a welcome visit when it comes down to it. They have been touring relentlessly for their latest album “Watershed”, and the positive reception that the album has received finds them snaring new fans with each and every stop that they make. What made this show very special times two would be the fact that supporting Opeth on their continued aural assault would be the mighty Enslaved. Tonight’s show would take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center and many of you readers might know the spot I am talking about based on its first floor venue The Hammerstein Ballroom. The Grand Ballroom is located a full seven floors above that space and we will get a little more into the logistical nightmare that it adds to the enjoyment of a Metal show a little later on in the commentary but first I wanted to heap some praise on the band Enslaved.
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“Vertabrae” by Enslaved

Artist: Enslaved
Title: Vertabrae”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 10/28/2008
Genre: Viking/Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

The moment you start spinning “Vertabrae”, the newest release by Norway’s legendary Enslaved, you will be hit by waves of Atmosphere that are stronger than gale force winds and stand to knock you off of your feet in short order. It sounds a little dramatic but this was the exact feeling that hit me when I began playing this disc for while intrinsically dark in overall texture the band was really touching upon their progressive side a whole lot more than they ever dared to before. It begins with “Clouds” and there are a number of Pink Floyd feels and valleys being explored as soon as the album begins. From the onset we find dreamy and airy vocals from keyboardist Larsen that work in tandem to the Pagan shrieks of Kjellson, and in the end this becomes a duality of light and darkness all during the same tracks which makes it an almost intoxicating listening experience. The albums title track comes off as something that one would typically find in the Opeth set list and I am impressed to find more bands of note daring to explore and push aside the boundaries so to better deliver their true musical expressions. Lyrically this is very strong and works within the subject matter of their past releases by dealing with topics relating to Viking culture and its philosophy. My first recommendation on how to play this would be to let it start and then complete without jumping around because I felt that doing so will cheat you out of the experience meant to be received with this one. Of course there are heavy and crushing riffs to be found as well and this is not only to be viewed as “Head Metal” and we find this during “New Dawn” which is a number that delivers thundering double kick drums and blast beat drumming that push you to the ground while the vocals and guitars twist you around and offer up some roller coasting in terms of the various tempo changes. It’s impressive to say the least and an album that I think those who have been following the band over the last few years will be proud of. The album only holds eight tracks but you shall not feel cheated at all since the larger portion of them surpasses the six minute mark with two coming close to eight minutes. Oddly enough, despite the length of the track the song seems to move fast and not bore you. This is always a good thing.
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