ENSLAVED Announce Cinematic Summer Tour 2020
June 3, 2020, a year ago
Norway's avantgarde metal heroes, Enslaved, have announced their Cinematic Summer Tour 2020. A message from the band follows:
"‘We must stick apart’ is a proverb of Discordianism (a religion I [Ivar Bjørnson] might or might not have just made up) that might fit the situation we are all in now. We are all isolated in various degrees; and we all miss live music. So, we have stuck apart and with our fantastic team of super-people in management, label and booking, plus three of our best friends who happen to be the very creme de la creme of European Festivals; we are now able to present this digital festival-tour. We are already hard at work preparing sets and shows that will make this one for the (e-)books.
"A cinematic Northern light arises!
"We are stoked to announce our upcoming “Cinematic Summer Tour 2020” today! After the great experience of our first streaming event on April 1st from Verftet Online Music Festival, we decided to take it one step further to enlighten our concertless summer with a series of high-end online events - a cinematic tour experience!
"For this forward-thinking concept, we are joining forces with three festivals that present one of the three different shows each: In cooperation with Roadburn, the tour starts July 30th, with the “Chronicles Of The Northbound” show. Fans will be invited by the festival to choose their favourite Enslaved songs to create a career spanning set. The second show will be a “Below The Lights” set on August 20th, presented by Beyond The Gates festival. We will end their virtual tour at the Summer Breeze festival on September 30th, with the presentation of their new album in its entirety: “Utgard - The Journey Within“.
"Each individual event will be accompanied by different side happenings, on which we will shed more light separately.
"All events will be streamed on our YouTube channel!
"To give everyone the chance to be part of this, all three shows will be accessible free of charge. There will be a donation option and special merch for the Cinematic Summer Tour.
"Thank you for your support, faith in us and patience - to have fans like you is an absolute privilege. See you in the Ether!" - Enslaved
Enslaved recently release their new single, "Homebound", from the upcoming record, Utgard, that will be released in fall 2020. Get the new single here.
The single will be available as a Limited Edition 7" vinyl format, limited to 500 pieces. The single will be out on June 26 and can be pre-ordered here.
"Knights Of The Thunder" (TNT Cover - B-side)
The band states: "Homebound' is about the greatest reward of exploring and travelling into unknown territory - to "go viking" if you will, turning homebound at the end of the journey. It is a song that takes Enslaved on a musical journey that is as much an homage to those who dared so we could play our very own style of music: from nurturing blackened roots to nodding at zeppelins in the sky, beholding teutonic thrash titans and watching speeding motorpsychos take off into the futures."
Enslaved previously issued the following statement regarding the new album: "Utgard bears countless meanings to us; an image, metaphor, an esoteric 'location', a word on its own etc. - on different levels and layers. From Norse mythology we know it as a landscape were the giants roam; where the gods of Asgard have no control; dangerous, chaotic, uncontrollable and where madness, creativeness, humor and chaos dwells.
"The album is a journey into and through Utgard. It is a place of unification of that which is above and that which lies below. It is not about avoiding fear of the pitch-black darkness (it will keep on growing until the next confrontation), but to go into the darkness itself. This is the rebirth of the individual. In a world that has become so obsessed with the false lights of greed, jealousy and egotism this is a necessary journey.
"Utgard is not a fairytale, it is a vital part of both your mind and your surroundings, and it has been since the dawn of mankind. Acknowledging that this realm exists and is a vital part of the self, has inspired us deeply since the early days of our lives. Enjoy our journey to the outer limits."
"Fires In The Dark"
"Flight Of Thought And Memory"
"Storms Of Utgard"
(Photo - Roy Bjørg)