Natalie of Onslaught Radio conducted an interview with Ivar Bjørnson (guitar) of progressive/psychedelic Norwegian black metallers ENSLAVED prior to the band’s March 10 concert at HMV Forum in London, England with CANNIBAL CORPSE, TRIPTYKON and JOB FOR A COWBOY. You can now watch the chat below.
ENSLAVED were the recepients of last year’s Norwegian Artists And Songwriters Association honorary award. The award was presented to the band by the Norwegian minister of culture Anniken Huitfeldt on October 31.
ENSLAVED last year released “The Sleeping Gods” via Scion A/V as a free downloadable five-song EP. Following up on 2010’s near-universally praised “Axioma Ethica Odini”, the EP found 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.