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Hailing from the frostbitten and legendary black metal scene
of Norway, Enslaved were part of what kvltists refer to as “The Second Wave” of
the infamous subgenre. Hanging out as youngsters at the now-mythical Helvette
Records, run by the late Euronymous of Mayhem (who was murdered by the recently
released Varg Vikernes, the man behind the elite BM project Burzum), they lived
through and contributed to what is now inarguably part of rock history, along
with the two aforementioned bands as well as neighbors and fellow countrymen Darkthrone,
Immortal and Emperor.
With a lyrical bent that embraces Odinism rather than cowing
to the Horny One, and a musical style that at times has as much to do with bands
like Tool and Deep Purple as it does with tremolo-picked powerchords and harsh
lyrical delivery, Enslaved has been consistently breaking out of the box, each
album an outgrowth and expansion of their last—heavy as hell, with massive doses
of experimentation and texture augmenting the expansive yet crushing sonic
backdrops. Add in the clean vocals, majestic keyboards, precise arrangements
and fully formed melodies, and you have a band pretty much ready to take over
Enslaved members Grutle Kjellson (bass/vocals), Ivar
Bjornson (guitar) and Cato Bekkevold (drums) were kind enough to take a break
during their Darkness Reborn tour (sponsored by FANGORIA and Decibel magazines)
with fellow purveyors of sonic dischord Dimmu Borgir, and talk with us about
their new album AXIOM ETHICA ODINI, progressive music and taking a good old-fashioned
swim in corpsepaint. Beware the “Otter of Evil”! That’s all I’m sayin’…
Now,watch and bow to my epic Viking
metal brothers Enslaved!
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