By: Jeff Rating: 9/10 Release: 13 October 2017 Label: Nuclear Blast Records No one comes outright and says it but I believe there are definitely two eras in Enslaved history….. primarily Viking metal up until let’s say 1998’s “Blodhemn” and then a transition into much more diverse and progressive material …Continue reading →
By: Nick Rating: 9,5/10 Release: 6-3-2015 Label: Nuclear Blast Enslaved is back, and how! After the marvelous RIITIIR, originating from 2012, it would be hard to match this work of art. However, Enslaved managed to do it. The Norwegian band which started out as a pure black metal band came …Continue reading →
By: Nick Location: W2, Den Bosch Date: March 2013 At what should be a typical spring day at the 23th of March, I fought myself through the ice and cold towards the W2 in Den Bosch. Enslaved and Winterfylleth together on stage. It promised to be a night filled with …Continue reading →
By: Thijs Score: 8/10 There aren’t many bands which affect me as much as Enslaved does. Since Axioma Ethica Odini the Norse have a well deserved fixed place in my play-list and not much later I was addicted to the thing called ‘Enslaved’. It’s not surprising I jumped almost though …Continue reading →
When we did the request for an interview, the answer was that Enslaved probably doesn’t belong on our website since it’s not folk-metal. But together with Bathory you are seen as one of the founders of the Viking metal. Then why don’t you belong on the website?
Oh well that’s a big generalization. It’s just more for the magazine reader than for us. I would say that what we have in common with Bathory is the use of Norse mythology or the folk element is more in the philosophy and the lyrics and not so much in the music. While today the folk scene is, you don’t need to have a relation to what’s going on behind it. It’s not about culture and history, nowadays it’s about the music, the humpa the party thing. If people want to know about that they normally get disappointed when they get enslaved.