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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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  • Kivul

    They are one of those few bands I can always come back to and be amazed, for different reasons. My preferences shift rather rapidly, but I can always find what I want with Enslaved.

    15 Oct 4:31am Reply
  • necro_daemon

    fucking fucking fucking best band

    6 Oct 8:16pm Reply
  • roadkillfacepnt

    only just recently realized just how good of an album Frost is

    30 Sep 10:45am Reply
  • necro_daemon

    Best viking metal band!

    27 Sep 8:32pm Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    Vikingligr Veldi is the best of their old style, while Below the Lights is the best of their newer, progressive metal style, in my humble opinion. Isa has heavy nostalgia value for me since it was the first album I ever heard by them in full back in high school, but it's all around a solid and entrancing effort regardless.

    26 Sep 3:00am Reply
  • JBThazard

    My personal favorite is Axioma, but Ruun and Below the Lights are also great all around albums for me. Stuff like Isa and Riitiir works better for me when I just revisit the couple songs on each of them that are more addictive.

    23 Sep 8:17am Reply
  • eternal_absence

    What do you people think is their best all-around album? I know that is kind of hard because of the style changes throughout their discography, but all around, what album do you feel is the strongest?

    22 Sep 5:36pm Reply
  • noisefiend

    listening now, surprised Eric just did awhile back.

    22 Sep 3:23am Reply
  • necro_daemon

    Brazil waits you!

    14 Sep 1:47am Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    Revisiting Below the Lights never fails to remind me of this band's absolute musical brilliance

    8 Sep 3:40am Reply
  • BobiScarecrow

    Truly a very consistent band.

    5 Sep 12:08am Reply
  • versionfiv

    does anyone know WHERE we cn buy that vikingligr veldi record? i dont see anything on their facebook and no webshops are carrying it, even high roller...

    29 Aug 5:53pm Reply
  • reyklam

    The Crossing. :D

    23 Aug 3:39pm Reply
  • HKProxyOne

    Frost <3

    15 Aug 9:56am Reply
  • versionfiv

    vikingligr veldi finally getting official vinyl release, September.

    16 Jul 6:00pm Reply
  • AlexanderDreams

    Позднее творчество так себе на самом деле, хотя слушателей нашло

    16 May 5:30pm Reply
  • M0rbidBoy

    One of the few bands that never disappoint!

    16 May 1:43pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    The only Enslaved albums I find to be less than consistently amazing are Blodhemn and Monumension, which still have enough interesting moments to be worthwhile records. Mardraum is still my favourite though.

    4 May 8:24pm Reply
  • CraigHwk

    These guys are so fucking good it's out of hand. Can't get enough. I don't care what genre they fall under these days. Great music is great music, regardless of your stuck up snobbery genre warrior attitude. .

    24 Apr 3:46pm Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    позднее творчество, конечно, вызывает вопросы, но тоже ничего

    6 Apr 3:15pm Reply
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