Last night, ENSLAVED premiered their second show of their Cinematic Summer Tour. This special performance is called ‘Below The Lights’ — named after their 2003 ground-breaking 7th studio album which they’ll be playing in full for the very first time! It’s a collaboration with Bergen’s infamous Beyond The Gates Festival.
Enslaved commented: “Below The Lights is a special album to us, a stint between two eras in our career. It was the last to feature Dirge Rep on drums, the first since Roy Kronheim left the band, the first album with guitar leads by Ice Dale and the most focused album in many, many years! We were very proud of the final result… and nobody seemed to care, hahaha! At least not at the time of its release.
“But, in the following years, we recognised an ever increasing horde of people suddenly embracing it. Fans started shouting: “Play ‘Havenless’!” or ‘As Fire Swept Clean The Earth!’ at gigs. We were a bit puzzled by this sudden praise for the album, but decided to include some of the songs in our set lists.
“Now, almost two decades later, we are proud to finally perform the album in its entirety though the ether at Beyond The Gates Festival 2020 — a festival that we feel a close connection to; and that we have worked together with fruitfully many times in the past. Beyond The Gates always goes its own way, pushing the boundaries and sharing their unique ethos alongside a dedication to their ourite music like we also do in ENSLAVED.”
ENSLAVED will release their new album, Utgard, on October 2nd via Nuclear Blast Records.