02.10.2018 · ENSLAVED & HIGH ON FIREEuropean Tour 2018 Präsentiert von: RockHard, metal.de UT Connewitz, Leipzig Einlass: 19:00 · Beginn: 20:00 · Preis: 28 € zzgl. Geb. Tickets Teilnehmen
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The history of heavy music is littered with the corpses of bands that had neither the stamina nor the creativity to stay the course. Over the course of more than 25 years, Enslaved have proved themselves to be among the most prodigious and original artists of the modern age.
Formed in Bergen, Norway, in 1991, Enslaved followed their own singular path from the very start. As they emerged from the nascent Norwegian black metal scene of the early‘90s, guitarist Ivar Bjornson and vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson exhibited a uniquely eccentric approach to making extreme music. Adventurous and progressive where manyof their peers were insular and restrained, Enslaved’s reputation grew rapidly in the wakeof extraordinary, epic albums like their debut Vikingligr Veldi and its strident follow-upFrost (both 1994). By the late ‘90s, the band had morphed into a much more ingeniousand ground-breaking beast: always retaining that essential link to their extremist roots but fearless in their pursuit of new ways to express their wildest ideas.
Routinely acclaimed as a powerful and ferocious live band, Enslaved entered the 21stcentury by flexing new muscles on the acclaimed likes of 2003’s Below The Lights and its groundbreaking successor, Isa (2004) – for which the band won a Norwegian Grammy award. Increasingly admired in the prog rock world while never losing that all-importantbedrock of metalhead support, Bergen’s finest hit a rich vein of form as the years passed, with albums like 2008’s post-rock-fuelled Vertebrae and 2010’s elegant andgrandiloquent Axioma Ethica Odini gleefully redesigned the Enslaved musical universe.
In 2015, Enslaved released their 13th studio album, In Times. A tour-de-force of hypnotic prog intensity and scabrous, blackened pomp, it exuded an air of completion and finalitythat led perfectly into 2016’s extravagant celebrations, as Enslaved marked their 25thanniversary with some truly life-changing shows that explored all shadows and hiddencorners in the band’s colossal catalogue. Two years later, they released the universally praised E: a typically bold and fearless statement from this most inventive of modern metal bands and a thrilling sideways step that harnessed the spirit of old and set it loose in a whirlwind of stormy imagination. Universally praised, it duly earned Enslaved theirfifth Norwegian Grammy win.
Since the release of E, Enslaved have been dedicated to spreading their gospel of musical fearlessness around the world. They once again conquered Europe and North America during late 2017 and early 2018, and will be performing at festivals throughout the summer, including appearances at CopenHell, Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, Beyond The Gates and Psycho Las Vegas. Determined to keep everyone happy, they will also be hitting Australia and Japan for a handful of dates in the autumn, with further plans to explore more of the planet in the very near future.
March 15, 2018 — Legendary metal band HIGH ON FIRE have wrapped production on their eighth studio LP and is gearing up for its release later this year. The band has been busy in the studio since February putting the finishing touches on yet another blistering album.
„We are pretty happy with how the new material came together on this one,“ says drummer Des Kensel. „We usually go into the studio with about two-thirds of the record done which can be a little stressful but it forces us to make final arrangement decisions which would normally be put off in a rehearsal studio atmosphere. It also puts some pressure on us to perform at a higher level.“
„The bar has definitely been raised on this one, at least for me. There’s a good mix of fast and slow. The fast has gotten faster and the slow is…still slow.“
Bassist Jeff Matz adds, „We’ve definitely pushed ourselves musically on this album. The material covers a broad range of tempos and styles, but the overall sound and vibe are unmistakably High On Fire.“
And finally, vocalist and lead guitarist Matt Pike declares, „hold on tight! You’re in for a ride!“
HIGH ON FIRE again teamed up with producer Kurt Ballou and God City Studios (http://www.godcitystudio.com/) where the last two LPs were created. Additional tracking was done by Bryan Sours of Sour Sound (https://soursound.com/) .
The as-yet-unnamed release will serve as the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Luminiferous, which garnered its own massive critical acclaim. NPR claimed that it „vividly captures High On Fire’s unique chemistry, presenting it in a tone that’s both warm and aggressive to the point of leaping out at the listener.“
The AV Club said the LP „aggressively illustrates that High On Fire still deserves its place at the top of underground metal’s food chain. It’s hard to think of another band with this much-staying power.“
HIGH ON FIRE has also been confirmed for the 2018 PSYCHO LAS VEGAS (https://www.vivapsycho.com/) Festival taking place August 17-19 at the famed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
„HIGH ON FIRE is the sludgy resin from 30 years of super-hard-rock history transubstantiated into three men from Oakland with low-slung jeans“ THE NEW YORK TIMES
HIGH ON FIRE features Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass).
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