The German edition of Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with Ivar Bjornson (guitar, keys) and Grutle Kjellson (bass, vocals) of Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal ENSLAVED. They talk about being featured in the New York Times, the differences between touring in the USA and Europe, the fact that the conditions for touring bands is sometimes worse in the U.S. than in the Ukraine or Russia, and much more.
Watch the chat at this location.
As previously reported, ENSLAVED will support Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on their upcoming North American tour. The 23 shows will take place between May 1 and May 27.
Ivar Bjørnson, ENSLAVED's songwriter and guitarist comments: "I am stoked that we are going out with OPETH. We have been admirers of OPETH's work for years, especially the direction of their newer works. This is great news for us to take back to our loyal fans and friends in North America at this point; the reception for our newest album, 'Vertebrae', has been fantastic and unforgettable. We can't wait to present the songs live, we promise you won't be let down! Finally we wish to express our sincere gratitude to OPETH for giving us this opportunity."
For the third time in five years, ENSLAVED was honored in the "Metal" category at the Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held this past Saturday, January 24 at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.
ENSLAVED was previously honored for the "Ruun" (2006) and "Isa" (2004) albums.