Metal Mofos‘ Isaac Sauers recently spoke with Enslaved founding member and guitarist Ivar Bjørnson about what the band has been up to over the past month or so and their current 25th Anniversary Tour across Australia and Europe.
Prior to the kickoff of the 25th Anniversary tour, Enslaved did a stint touring through Norwegian schools promoting cultural education (metal is culture!) by performing a few songs and talking about Norse Mythology which Ivar discusses in detail in the interview.
Enslaved was initially founded in 1991 when Ivar was just 13 years old and vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson was 17. In the beginning the band was very much black metal style in music. Enslaved’s lyrics typically deal with Vikings and Norse Mythology. Their full length debut album Vikingligr Veldi was released in 1994 on the Deathlike Silence Productions label which was owned by Euronymous of Mayhem. The album was released after the death of Euronymous, and the album is dedicated to him. Vikingligr Veldi was just isued for the first time on vinyl this September.
Enslaved have evolved quite a bit since the early 1990s. The band have a unique extreme metal sound in which they have shifted away from solely playing black metal to mixing in other styles of hard rock and metal into their music. The band released their 13th studio album In Times in 2015. The band are releasing a new collection of songs titled The Sleeping Gods on November 11th. The songs were previously released on a very limited amount of EPs in 2011 but will now be released on a wider scale.
The band are currently playing shows in Australia this week as evidenced by this picture with Ivar and a koala bear.
Listen to the interview in full below. Even my dog Bailey wanted to get involved in this interview as evidenced by the first few seconds of the audio clip. She’s a big Enslaved fan too!
If you’re reading this in Europe make sure you make it out to a 25th Anniversary Tour show. Enslaved will be coming to North America in 2017.