Norway’s progressive metal legends ENSLAVED have travelled a long way since their origins in the extreme black metal scene of the early 1990s. This week sees them premiere a new live video performance of “Sacred Horse,” taken from their forthcoming package of live releases, “Cinematic Tour 2020,” out June 25th. For ENSLAVED, this performance represents a cherished career zenith, unapologetically translating their extreme metal roots into grandiose psychedelia.
“Sacred Horse” (live) is taken from their upcoming “Cinematic Tour 2020” recording: “The Rise of Ymir (Verftet Online Festival 2020).” Despite being locked down in space, ENSLAVED takes us on a tour through time, with classic tracks and fan favourites resurrected and revitalised by a formidable and accomplished live performance.
Many great bands struggle to walk the hard road between artistic evolution and staying true to themselves, but on “Sacred Horse” and “The Rise of Ymir,” ENSLAVED show how inspired composition and musicianship can bring an audience along with them, from the most abrasive depths to the most absorbing heights extreme metal has to offer.
Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson commented,
“‘Sacred Horse’ is probably one of our proudest moments in our now three-decade-long career, and that song pretty much sums up what ENSLAVED is all about; energy. A very aggressive song, yet also dynamic and mellow. Besides, it’s always a delightful experience to perform it on stage and to see how our audience absorbs it and enjoys it. We’ve even seen people crying at the front row while playing this song, and of course, beholding our fans unleashing such emotions, really lifts the whole experience to a pretty much divine level! Obviously, performing it without an audience at an online show wasn’t an easy task, but the memories of our previous endeavors playing it alongside our fans got us through. Thanks for watching!”
Watch “Sacred Horse” (live) video here:
ENSLAVED will be releasing four new live albums/DVDs on June 25th, with audio and visuals taken from their highly revered digital performances in 2020.
- The Rise of Ymir (Verftet Online Festival 2020)
- Chronicles of the Northbound (Cinematic Tour 2020)
- Below The Lights (Cinematic Tour 2020)
- Utgard – The Journey Within (Cinematic Tour 2020)
Ivar Bjørnson | guitars
Grutle Kjellson | vocals
Arve ‘Ice Dale’ Isdal | guitar
Håkon Vinje | keyboards, clean vocals
Iver Sandøy | drums