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Enslaved’s “Riitiir” comes out in North America in one week

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Enslaved‘s last few efforts have been so magnificent, so perfect and complex, that I’m very excited to hear their new release entitled “Riitiir.”

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Happy Birthday to Ivar Bjørnson!

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Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved at Getaway Rock Festival 2011

Born on this day in 1977, the great guitarist for Enslaved, Ivar Bjørnson. Ivar started Enslaved when he was just 13 years old and Enslaved recently celebrated their 20 Year Anniversary.


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Enslaved @ Getaway Rock Festival 2011


Grutle Kjellson and Arve Isdal of Enslaved

Grutle Kjellson and Arve Isdal of Enslaved

Another photo today of Enslaved

If all goes well, I’ll be leaving Norway soon, and I will have a fresh, new band from the Getaway Rock Festival for you tomorrow once I’m reunited with my computer in Copenhagen. Who would you like to see next? Alice Cooper? Kreator? Accept? Danzig? Opeth? F.K.Ü.? Ghost? I have more bands as well, almost too many to contemplate processing. I still haven’t looked at most of the photos I took in Sweden.

Enslaved at Getaway Rock Festival 2011


Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved

Enslaved are, to put it simply, the best band on the planet right now. Their last few albums, in particular, are absolute works of art. They mix the heavy with the softer sounds in such a delicate and breathtaking way that words can’t describe their creations. Their songs are complex and age well. Probably on the third or fourth listen their songs sound best, but they don’t get tiring after dozens or hundreds of listenings either.

Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved at getaway rock festival 2011

Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved at the Getaway Rock Festival

Today I will visit their home base of Bergen, Norway for the first time. It rains most days in Bergen, but I hope the weather is good today.

Enslaved played inside the Gasklockorna, a building more than 100 years old that was once used for storage of the city’s supplies of gas and reminded me a bit of the Roman Pantheon.

Getaway Rock Festival 2011 (Gävle, Sweden)

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Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden - home of the Getaway Rock Festival

I just returned to Copenhagen after four days in Sweden. I spent most of the time in a place north of Stockholm called Gävle where the Getaway Rock Festival 2011 took place. Today is just a preview, as I have loads of photos (about 3,000) and video (half a dozen or so) from the event (most of which I haven’t even looked at yet).

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Rob Cavestany and Mark Osegueda of Death Angel at Getaway Rock Festival 2011

I was supposed to have a photo pass for just Death Angel and Opeth, but they gave me a press pass with access to the front of the stage for all of the bands. I didn’t protest. Nor did I abuse the priviledge. I used it only for the ten or so bands (of 70 performing) I wanted to see.

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Enslaved at Getaway Rock Festival 2011

I think I’ll break things down by band and feature a band a day, starting tomorrow, for a week or two.

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Wolf Hoffmann of Accept

Gävle is a nice place. I’ll have some photos of it as well at some point.

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Abbath Doom Occulta of Immortal