ENSLAVED Guitarist Featured In The Heart Is A Drum Machine Documentary

The Heart Is A Drum Machine, the eagerly awaited documentary film that explores the complex and critical relationship between humanity and music, will premiere in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25th at Nike’s Ricardo Montalbán Theater in the heart of Hollywood. Sponsored by L.A. Weekly and Nike, proceeds will benefit the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center in Watts, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Directed by Christopher Pomerenke and produced by Ryan Page, Joe Mundo, and Hans Fjellestad, The Heart Is A Drum Machine explores music’s role in shaping human history, the profound connection people have had to music throughout human history, how it has shaped our experiences, and its involvement in our daily lives. Tackling the topic is a who’s who of musicians including George Clinton, TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSJohn Frusciante, and JIMMY EAT WORLD’s Jim Adkins. Music historians and writers such as MTV’s Kurt Loder and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt were also interviewed, in addition to Carl Sagan’s widow and collaborator Ann Druyan, who discusses the Voyager Golden Record. THE FLAMING LIPSSteven Drozd created an original score for the film and covered Elton John’s “Rocket Man” with vocals by Maynard James Keenan.

ENSLAVED’s Ivar Bjørnson speaks about lucid dreams and music. He details how he became involved with the film here:

ENSLAVED went over to do three shows during South by Southwest 2008, in Austin, Texas. On the press schedule was My Heart is a Drum Machine, a constellation of words that caught my immediate interest. It turned out to be the shooting for a documentary on the complex relationship between music, humanity and psychology. I went to a villa outside Austin, sat down in a dark room, and started talking about these acutely huge issues: What is the essence of music? What does music mean to me? What can music do? It turned out to be an extraordinary session that seemed to be highly enjoyable for both me and the movie makers. Now, a year after, the movie has premiered in the United States, and hopefully it will make its way across the world. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, but the theme and the makers’ approach to it is truly interesting. I remember being brought back to the hotel and they told me the next guy to do a shoot was Elijah Wood, and thinking I was in good company. When I saw the final list, including TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan, George Clinton, Juliette Lewis and more, I realized the company was a lot more than merely ‘good’!”

Information about the screening day can be viewed here. Tickets are now on sale here. Parking information can be viewed here.

To view the film trailer for The Heart Is A Drum Machine, click here.

Please follow this link for more information: www.TheHeartIsADrumMachine.com

ENSLAVED to Release Vertebrae on October 28th

ENSLAVED will be releasing their new album Vertebrae on October 28th in North America.  The album has been exclusively licensed to Nuclear Blast from Indie Recordings in Norway, whom the band are signed to.

Founding member & guitarist Ivar Bjørnson shares his thoughts on the new partnership: “The U.S. and Canada have become increasingly important territories for ENSLAVED with their increasing sales and feedback from the fans and the scene both within and outside hard-line metal. The two tours we did in 2007 proved our live show qualities to the scene, and the scene proved its dedication to us. We are therefore extremely happy to be working with Nuclear Blast – a formidable force in the record industry.  Having met members of the U.S. staff on several occasions, we know that their dedication and professionalism will take ENSLAVED a great step further. Vertebrae is by far our strongest album, one that we are extremely proud to present to the U.S., to Canada, Mexico, and all other territories.  We are very pleased to present it in tandem with Nuclear Blast.”

Recorded in the first quarter of 2008, mixed by Evil Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE), mastered by the legendary George Marino (METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPLIN) at Sterling Sound, Vertebrae was produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Herbrand Larsen, and Grutle Kjellson themselves.  Considered by all band members to be their strongest album in the seventeen years of their existence, Vertebrae‘s sound, songs, seasoned guitar tone and time-travelling solos, and overall atmosphere marks a crowning achievement for the band and the genre as a whole.

Seasoned performers, ENSLAVED will be embarking on a European tour of 41 shows in support of Vertebrae that will launch in early November in Copenhagen, Denmark and end in late December in Bergen, Norway.

A tour for the U.S. is in the works and more details will be revealed soon!