Norway’s progressive metal legends Enslaved have travelled a long way since their origins in the extreme black metal scene of the early 1990s. This week sees them premiere a new live video performance of ‘Sacred Horse‘, taken from their forthcoming package of live releases, Cinematic Tour 2020, out June 25th. For Enslaved, this performance represents a cherished career zenith, unapologetically translating their extreme metal roots into grandiose psychedelia.
‘Sacred Horse’ (live) is taken from their upcoming Cinematic Tour 2020 recording: The Rise of Ymir (Verftet Online Festival 2020). Despite being locked down in space, Enslaved take us on a tour through time, with classic tracks and fan favourites resurrected and revitalised by a formidable and accomplished live performance.
Many great bands struggle to walk the hard road between artistic evolution and staying true to themselves, but on ‘Sacred Horse‘ and The Rise of Ymir, Enslaved show how inspired composition and musicianship can bring an audience along with them, from the most abrasive depths to the most absorbing heights extreme metal has to offer.
Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson commented,
“Sacred Horse is probably one of our proudest moments in our now three-decade long career, and that song pretty much sums up what Enslaved is all about; energy. A very aggressive song, yet also dynamic and mellow. Besides, it’s always a delightful experience to perform it on stage and to see how our audience absorbs it and enjoys it. We’ve even seen people crying at the front row while playing this song, and of course beholding our fans unleashing such emotions, really lifts the whole experience to a pretty much divine level! Obviously, performing it without an audience at an online show wasn’t an easy task, but the memories of our previous endeavours playing it alongside our fans, got us through. Thanks for watching!”
Watch ‘Sacred Horse’ (live) video here: https://youtu.be/-lRE8RUJ0PE
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)
The releases will be available via the following formats:
- Splatter Vinyl (ltd. edition 300 copies)
- 4 x CD/DVD boxset (ltd. edition 1000 copies)
- 4 x DVD (ltd. edition 1000 copies)
- Digital albums
For more information on physical formats head to the By Norse Store
Physical pre-order available here: bynorsestore.com
Digital pre-order now available here: http://nblast.de/Enslaved-CinematicTour
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 – 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
Tickets for Enslaved’s upcoming 2022 tour dates are on sale now from: http://enslaved.no/
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