Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metal ENSLAVED will return to North America in May 2009 with SWALLOW THE SUN and KEEP OF KALESSIN as support. Confirmed dates are as follows:
May 01 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
May 02 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 03 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
May 04 - Regina, SK - The exchange
May 05 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
May 06 - Calgary, AB - Warehouse
May 07 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
May 08 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
May 09 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 11 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
May 12 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
May 13 - San Marcos, CA - Jumping Turtle
May 15 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
May 16 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
May 18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 19 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
May 20 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 21 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
May 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar - Maryland Deathfest
May 23 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
May 24 - New York, NY - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy
May 25 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électriques
May 26 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
May 27 - Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade
May 28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 29 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
May 30 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Tickets are on sale now exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until November 26, at which point they will go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.
"Vertebrae", the new album from ENSLAVED, recently entered the national chart in the band's home country at position No. 20.
"Vertebrae" was released in Europe on September 29 via Indie Recordings and was made available in North America on October 28 through Nuclear Blast Records (via a licensing arrangement with Indie Recordings).
"Vertebrae" was recorded during the first months of 2008 — then mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and mastered by the legendary George Marino in Sterling Sound. Produced by Ivar Bjørnson, Herbrand Larsen and Grutle Kjellson, "Vertebrae" is "one of the strongest albums to emerge from the extreme metal scene," according to a press release. "The sound, songs and atmosphere mark a great leap for the band and genre as a whole."
The album will be supported by extensive touring starting with the the "Vertebrae European Tour" in November/December 2008 also featuring STONEGARD and KRAKOW.
ENSLAVED performing live in Berlin, Germany - October 9. 2008: