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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Norway Endorses Our Music Unlike Other Countries, ENSLAVED Are Nominated For a Spellemann Award (their version of The Grammy's)!

What a total mind fu*k! While here in the U.S. The Grammy's don't give a crap about our music, in Norway The Spellemann Awards (their version of The Grammy's) celebrate our music!

It has been announced that
NORWEGIAN progressive extreme Metallers ENSLAVED have just received word of their nomination for the 2012 Spellemann Award in the category “Best Metal Album” with their most recent release, 'RIITIIR'. This prestigious music award is the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy. Ceremonies will take place at the Stavanger Concert Hall in Oslo on Saturday, March 23rd and will be broadcast live on NRK 1.

ENSLAVED - who just performed in Seattle, Washington last night and continue their trek through the U.S. and Canada - offer the following statement:

“By the hammer, saw, and grinder of Thor! What an incredibly pleasant surprise to be getting on the road, being nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy)! Having that many people interested & versed in music liking our album is simply overwhelming. We’ll miss the party, but feel confident that others will take care of the scandalous behavior. Thank you jury, this means a lot to us no matter the outcome of the ‘final’!”

This is the seventh time ENSLAVED have received a Spellemann Award nomination. They have won four consecutive times in a row for their previous four studio albums:

·         2010: Axioma Ethica Odini - WINNER
·         2008: Vertebrae - WINNER
·         2006: Ruun - WINNER
·         2004: Isa - WINNER
·         2003: Below The Lights - Nominated
·         2000: Mardraum – Nominated

ENSLAVED’s 'RIITIIR' debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October of last year and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012” lists around the world.

Recorded in Bergen, Norway at Duper Studios, Earshot Studios, Solslottet Studios, and Peersonal Sound, the album was mixed by Jens Bogren and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The team of producers includes Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Herbrand Larsen, and Iver Sandøy. Artwork is once again by talented Norwegian artist Truls Espedal. Total running time is 67 minutes.

'RIITIIR; is available on iTunes at the special pre-order pricing of $8.99 for all U.S. residents (special pricing also extends through the week of release). Visit iTunes to preview 90 seconds of every single thought-altering NEW song.

Remaining dates on ENSLAVED’s “Winter Rite 2013” tour – with Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, and Ancient VVisdom opening – are:

02/12/13  Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
02/14/13  The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
02/15/13  Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB – CANADA
02/16/13  The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
02/17/13  Osborne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
02/19/13  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/20/13  Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
02/21/13  The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
02/22/13  Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

Related links:
ENSLAVED on Facebook
ENSLAVED on Twitter

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