Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED will continue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band with a European tour in the fall. The more progressive-minded set "Spinning Wheel Ritual" will be the focus of the trek, which is scheduled to kick off at the end of September.
According to a press release "'Spinning Wheel Ritual' is looking firmly to the future and the most recent chapter in ENSLAVED's story. Their progressive nature will take centre stage, as more recent albums like 'Vertebrae', 'RIITIIR' and 'In Times' are placed together for the first time. The focus here will be a reimagining of sorts — the emphasis on the band being viewed in a new light, touching potential new audiences as well as those who have followed the band since the early days."
To help set the tone, ENSLAVED will be bringing one of the most exciting progressive metal artists out as special guest on this run: Australia's NE OBLIVISCARIS. This band should need no introduction having gained widespread attention with 2014's "Citadel" album and a festival run in 2015 that saw tents packed at Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Resurrection and more.
Currently confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 29 - CH - Aarau - KiFF
Sep. 30 - DE - Stuttgart - Club Cann
Oct. 15 - DE - Berlin - BiNuu
Oct. 16 - PL - Warsaw - Progresja
Oct. 17 - PL - Wroclaw - Firlej
Oct. 18 - CZ - Prague - Nova Chelmnice
Oct. 19 - DE - Munich - Backstage
Oct. 20 - AT - Vienna - Szene
Oct. 22 - H- Brasov - Club Rockstadt
Oct. 24 - SLO - Ljubljana - Kino Siska
Nov. 02 - FR - Toulouse - Metronum
Nov. 03 - FR- Rennes - Antipode
Nov. 04 - FR - Paris - Divan du Monde
Nov. 05 - UK - Leeds - Damnation Festival
Nov. 09 - DE - Hanover - Musikzentrum
Nov. 10 - DE - Dresden - Beatpol
ENSLAVED's thirteenth studio album, "In Times", was produced by bandmembers Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
The main recording sessions for "In Times" took place at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson's Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.