Norway’s ENSLAVED began their musical journey back in 1991 and have perserved through, arguably, a more difficult path to success than some of their Norwegian brethen. Through numerous line-up changes, record labels, and distribution problems, they continue to triumph with an unwaivering artistic vision and subsequent, ever growing success. APESHIT spoke to ENSLAVED vocalist/bassist Grutle Kjellson during their most recent U.S. tour earlier this year about critical acclaim, winning Norwegian grammys, progressive rock, and what makes the current line-up of the band so special.
MANNGARD entered Lydriket (The SoundREICH) today in order to start recording their sophomore album, title TBA. The band will update their MySpace site with studio reports and pictures from the sessions along the way.
The band states: “In the years that have passed since we originally released Circling Buzzards,” we’ve all been busy in the metal field, it not necessarily keeping MANNGARD in the public eye at all times.”
Vocalist Olav Iversen has seen major exposure and massive gigging activity with his doom outfit SAHG, also featuring members of AUDREY HORNE and GORGOROTH. Guitarist Olav Kristiseter has made his Norwegian debut as a novelist with “Blodlenka” (The Bloodchain), a morbid tale of Norwegian backwood monstrosity, largely based on the lyrical themes from Circling Buzzards, as well as appearing on the JAZKAMER album METAL MUSIC MACHINE, alongside Ivar BjÃ¸rnson and Iver Sandoy. Drummer Iver Sandoy has seen his services being utilized by ENSLAVED (the Terje Vigen movie project), more JAZKAMER recordings and gigs around Europe, and is now also a member of TRINACRIA, the new band featuring Ivar BjÃ¸rnson, Grutle Kjellson and Arve “Ice Dale” Isdal of ENSLAVED, Hild Sofie Tafjord and Maja Ratkje of FE:MAIL and Espen Lien (SLUT MACHINE, BARBIE BONES).
While staying busy with other projects, MANNGARD have kept writing new material and fine tuning it in rehearsals. Their considerable collective energy is now focused on the recording of the new MANNGARD album, which promises to be even more massive, twisted and evil than the debut.