The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Norwegian progressive black metallers ENSLAVED have been added to the bill for BOA as their ONLY UK SHOW in 2009.
Enslaved were formed in 1991 by Ivar BjÃ¸rnson and Grutle Kjellson. Joined by drummer Trym Torson, they released their first demo in 1992 followed by the mini-album Hordanes Land in â€™93. 1994 saw the release of both their debut album Vikingligr Veldi and its follow up Frost, as well as the bandâ€™s first tour which extended into 1995.
Returning in 1997 with Eld, Enslaved presented a sound which incorporated many more Viking metal elements than their earlier work, a theme which was rolled back somewhat on 1998â€™s Blodhemn. In 2000, they issued one of the most important albums of their entire career Mardraum (Beyond the Within). Fusing progressive rock elements to their established black and Viking metal hybrid, they established a new direction which would see them reach out to a much wider audience. 2001â€™s Monumension and 2003â€™s Below the Lights continued this progression, and following an overhaul of their line-up, the band began to develop as a powerful live act to match the ambition of their studio work.
The new line-up released ISA in â€™04 and Ruun in â€™06, both of which met with great critical acclaim and saw Enslaved scoop Norwegian Grammy awards. After a long run of highly-successful touring, the band once again returned to the studio for last yearâ€™s Vertebrae which looks set to continue a remarkable succession of albums which have done much to re-write the rules of extreme metal.
Guitarist Ivar BjÃ¸rnson sent this message:
â€œWe just got word that weâ€™re playing the 2009 edition of Bloodstock Open Air! It will be our first appearance at a UK festival ever â€“ what an absolutely great place to begin! The reception for both the Vertebrae album and its accompanying tour in the UK has been beyond anything we could hope for. Both writers and listeners have boosted our confidence through placing us at the top of their various polls, now it is our privilege to prove them right on stage; see you all at Bloodstock!â€
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ENSLAVED â€“ As Fire Swept Clean The Earth - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2009
Line up so far: AMON AMARTH, APOCALYPTICA, CANDLEMASS, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, KATATONIA, MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD, MUNICIPAL WASTE, SATYRICON, SAXON, TURISAS, THE HAUNTED, WINTERSUN, SABATON,
Date: 14th, 15th, 16th August 2009-01-26
Location: Catton Hall, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire
To purchase your tickets to the UKâ€™s biggest metal party of 2009 go to www.bloodstock.uk.com