ENSLAVED Announces Fan Video Contest

Norway's renowned progressive/psychedelic black metallers ENSLAVED have launched a worldwide fan video contest for the track "Ethica Odini", off their new album, "Axioma Ethica Odini".

States guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson: "We wanted to do something else for the album video this time around.

"The track 'Ethica Odini' opens the album and stood out as the choice for making a video.

"Earlier, we have done videos more or less by ourselves ('Isa'), semi-professionally ('Path To Vanir', 'Essence'), and all-the-way-glossy-pro ('The Watcher'). Now we are really curious to see what our listeners can conjure up out there: an entire new angle and blank sheets is always a good thing in the ENSLAVED universe!

"This is a way to interact directly with our listeners, which feels very right — as we seem to have the most involved listeners in the first place.

"We can't begin to express the appreciation for the support we have been shown through the run-up to this release! May the best director win!"

Interested fans can obtain details here. Contest ends Thursday, September 30.

First-Place Prize

* Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED's YouTube channel and branded as an "official" video for "Ethica Odini".
* ENSLAVED will use the video in a live setting.
* Winner will receive ALL VERSIONS of "Axioma Ethica Odini", including the limited-edition wooden box, autographed by the band.
* Two guest list spots + a meet-and-greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert nearest to the winner's city of residence.
* Band merchandise.
* A special "thank-you" video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner.

Second-Place Prize

* Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED's YouTube channel and branded as an "official" video for "Ethica Odini".
* A special "thank you" video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner..
* Two guest list spots + a meet-and-greet session with ENSLAVED at a live concert nearest to the winner's city of residence.
* Band merchandise.

Third-Place Prize

* Video will be uploaded to ENSLAVED's YouTube channel and branded as an "official" video for "Ethica Odini".
* A special "thank-you" video from ENSLAVED sent directly to the winner..
* Band merchandise.

Audio samples of all nine tracks that are set to appear on "Axioma Ethica Odini" are available for streaming on Amazon.co.uk.

ENSLAVED's Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson recently gave an in-depth explanation of the "Axioma Ethica Odini" artwork to the visitors of the web site of the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine. You can watch the clip at this location.

"Axioma Ethica Odini" will be released in Europe on September 27 and in North America on September 28. The CD's cover artwork was created by the Norwegian artist Truls Espedal, who has painted every ENSLAVED album cover since 2001's "Monumension".

"Axioma Ethica Odini" track listing:

01. Ethica Odini
02. Raidho
03. Waruun
04. The Beacon
05. Axioma
06. Giants
07. Singular
08. Night Sight
09. Lightening

"Axioma Ethica Odini" will be made available as a special edition in gatefold seven-inch format with the entire album on CD and a seven-inch vinyl single as a bonus, as well as a regular jewel case and double vinyl. The bonus seven-inch single will include the songs "Jotunblod (Doom)" and "Migration".

ENSLAVED's eleventh studio album was recorded at three different studios in Bergen, Norway: 1) Duper; 2) Earshot (belonging to ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen [keyboardist/backing vocalist] and Ice Dale [lead guitarist]); and 3) Peersonal Sound (owned by rhythm guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson). It is the follow-up to 2008's "Vertebrae", which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release in North America and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. In ENSLAVED's native country, "Vertebrae" entered the official chart at #20 and earned the band its third consecutive Spellemann award (the largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show, which is often referred to as the country's equivalent to the American Grammy Awards). "Vertebrae" also won Terrorizer magazine's coveted "Album of the Year" award for 2008.

ENSLAVED will support the Norwegian symphonic black metal band DIMMU BORGIR on a European tour in September and October. Also appearing on the bill is SAHG.

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