Char Tupper of MetalTitans.com conducted an interview with Grutle Kjellson (vocals/bass) of progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metallers ENSLAVED on October 15, 2011 on the tour bus outside the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
ENSLAVED earlier in the year released “The Sleeping Gods” via Scion A/V as a free downloadable five-song EP. Following up on last year’s near-universally praised “Axioma Ethica Odini”, the EP finds the quintet once again expanding the boundaries of what metal can be, deftly incorporating influences from across the musical spectrum. Mainly recorded in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, and partly in the band’s own home studio, the effort finds the group sounding leaner and more confident than ever, part and parcel of maintaining a presence at the foreground of the international metal movement for 20 years.
Throughout its 30-minute playing time, the EP sways and punches in equal measure, in no small part due to the dexterous and powerful rhythm section of vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson and drummer Cato Bækkevold. Herbrand Larsen‘s swirling keyboard textures form an ether around Ice Dale and Ivar Bjørnson‘s guitars, which ooze tasteful sophistication and melodic sensibility in equal measure with their crushing, impenetrable force.
ENSLAVED was honored in the “Metal” category at the 39th annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held on March 5 at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel TV2.
This marks the fourth consecutive time that ENSLAVED won the Spellemann award in the “Metal” category.