ABOVE: Original 1994 DSP mix of Enslaved’s debut, Vikinglirg Veldi

Norwegian extreme metal horde Enslaved initially came together in 1991, immediately forging a new epoch in frost-and-fire and vision-inducing black metal. Three years later, carrying the torch for their fallen mentor Euronymous of Mayhem, Enslaved set sail into recording history with an operatically entrancing debut, Vikinglirg Veldi, on the Deathlike Silence Productions label.

The early saga is savored from the absolute frontline by Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen, the man Enslaved call “the godfather of Norwegian black metal,” in his immense book METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries.

Kicking off the band’s quarter-century anniversary, a remastered Vikinglirg Veldi will makes its first-ever official vinyl debut on September 23 in a deluxe LP package with an exclusive T-shirt. Only 150 copies of Vikinglirg Veldi will be pressed, (same goes for the shirts), so PREORDER NOW at this location.

Then raise your ale-horn higher for ENSLAVED 25, the band’s celebratory tour. The band’s dragon-boat disembarks for Aarau, Switzerland, on the mighty Aare River on September 29, and by the end of the year the horde will be dispatched to headbanger-packed ports in Australia, Japan, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, France, Netherlands, the UK, before landing in a blaze of fire on December 10 at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. Follow the fracas and cheer the unstoppable fury, wisdom, good cheer, and longevity of this most valuable of Norway’s many impressive metal exports.


And read METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries to prepare your soul for its journey.


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