In celebration of their recent EP Caravans To The Outer World, metal band Enslaved is holding a live stream event on Dec. 21 titled “The Otherworldly Big Band Experience.” They will be joined by psychedelic Norweigan prog band Shaman Elephant, as well as Norweigan filmmakers to put together the event. The live stream intentionally lines up with the Winter Solistice, which the band believes to be a transition to brighter days ahead.
“We are many who wish to see this coming Winter Solstice mark a lasting turning away from dark days behind us,” Ivar Bjørnson said in a press release. “We have kept it up all along; virtual tours, rehearsing, writing, and releasing an album and an EP. You heard us when we said, “this will not stop us!” – the Enslaved Community has grown stronger through the crisis.”
The band has made a tradition out of celebrating the solstice: last year, they held a similar live stream event on Dec. 19 as a testament to the better days to follow the year of the pandemic. It was also a celebration of their 2020 album Utgard, which was “far colder and distant than their earlier brand of engaging, energetic, extreme progressive metal.”
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