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Bergen, Norway (1991 – present)

Enslaved is a metal band from Bergen, Norway. Their style has changed over the years. Originally being an old-school / act, they now perform a slightly more experimental and progressive form of black metal which has elements of 1970’s . The name was inspired by an Immortal demo track, Enslaved in Rot.

Enslaved was formed in 1991, by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson. Joined by drummer Trym Torsson, they did their first demo in the summer of 1992. While working with the first full length, there came a call from England, resulting in the two 1993 legendary mini albums; Hordanes Land and Emperor These two mini-albums was released as a split-record “Emperor/Hordanes Land”. Due to tragic circumstances, Enslaved’s debut album Vikingligr Veldi was held back until the spring of 1994. Enslaved moved their label base to French Osmose Productions, and Frost were released late in the 1994. Enslaved were now known outside the Black / Extreme circles of Northern Europe. This led to the “Winter War Europe Tour ‘95”, and the first Norwegian Black / Extreme tour ever in the US, Canada and Mexico during ’95. The tours were a great success; but Trym Torson moved on to join Emperor as a drummer.

Eld was recorded with drummer Harald Helgeson in 1996, and released the year after. However, working with Harald was no permanent solution, so Dirge Rep (then Gehenna) and R. Kronheim were hired, becoming integral parts during the recording of Blodhemn (’98).


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  • Russian_Wolf

    позднее творчество, конечно, вызывает вопросы, но тоже ничего

    6 Apr 3:15pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Right on with the Monumension shout. 'Convoys to Nothingness' has possibly the best opening riff/rhythm of all time.

    4 Apr 1:30pm Reply
  • Henrii_Rose

    Original "Vikingligr Veldi" For Sale!

    2 Apr 7:22pm Reply
  • Soulofsteel820

    Monumension is a fucking classic. I swear that album gets no love.

    31 Mar 7:14pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    I kinda [5] "All Enslaved". I love both their old and new stuff equally to be honest, but I can't say "all" because Eld was a really weak album and Bloodhemn wasn't nothing too special either. Nonetheless, yeah, Enslaved's old stuff is wicked and so is their new stuff. I understand why people don't like their new style though, but 'to each their own' works perfectly in this case.

    24 Mar 7:52pm Reply
  • Romulus666

    Axioma Ethica Odini > RIITIIR

    21 Mar 11:41pm Reply
  • captaincrunchey

    All Enslaved |m| [4] I don't care if it's Ruun or Below The Lights or Frost or RIITIIR, it's fucking Enslaved.

    9 Mar 7:04am Reply
  • brausd

    great, great band! love it since there first LP.

    4 Mar 5:37pm Reply
  • etherealbondage

    Early Enslaved is the better half. I can get into the new albums since they do have good riffs but are still circular in song structure which is unfortunate. The rock influences do show.

    24 Feb 10:06pm Reply
  • matliber2

    (-_ -) \m/

    23 Feb 8:59pm Reply
  • s_mars

    Too boring, what the fuck!

    12 Feb 2:55pm Reply
  • SabreWolf111

    Enslaved was fucking great in Chicago yesterday \m/

    8 Feb 3:20pm Reply
  • vinterskogen2

    Not a fan of the last couple of albums but Enslaved are fucking awesome none the less.

    8 Feb 12:16pm Reply
  • mauesndkj

    "With "RIITIIR" is the same as with "Axioma Ethnica Odini". It contains 2-3 songs that are indeed REALLY good, but rest seems to be a filler songs." I don't agree completely. For me, RIITIIR is a very good album. I don't find any fillers at all, but i certainly find filler moments (that's where we coincide). Otherwise, i feel AEO not so good at all. They tried to be heavier than before, and they failed IMHO, although Lightning is one of my favourite Enslaved songs ever. I think that the best Enslaved's effort is Vertebrae. It's a very balanced record; everything is in its right place, and for me, that's Enslaved's strongest point. That's the reason why i love Opeth, Ihsahn, and, obviously, Enslaved. All of them are incredible with the dynamics between the heavier and the mellow side.

    25 Jan 6:53am Reply
  • ironhedd

    Enslaved is fucking awesome! Goddamn I love this band!

    22 Jan 4:30pm Reply
  • dAziks

    "Roots of the Mountains" ending is best thing I've heard in weeks.

    11 Jan 9:06pm Reply
  • dAziks

    With "RIITIIR" is the same as with "Axioma Ethnica Odini". It contains 2-3 songs that are indeed REALLY good, but rest seems to be a filler songs.

    11 Jan 9:14am Reply
  • defnoob

    I thought about seeing these guys with Amon Amarth, but then realized the clusterfuck that is their post-Below the lights era material.Their setlist was almost 100% prog/whatever the fuck nonsense they play now. Their prog material is shit

    10 Jan 9:46am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    " Originally being an old-school black metal/viking metal act, they now perform a more experimental and progressive form of black metal." Marketing aside, it's kind of the other way around. Experimental at first (like all early BM), "neat" wacken-fodder later.

    6 Jan 8:05pm Reply
  • Carnivorex

    All Enslaved |m| [3]

    5 Jan 8:26pm Reply
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