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Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED will return to the U.S. and Canada in early 2013 for a headlining, 20-show “Winter Rite” tour joined by U.S. doom metallers Pallbearer and occult rockers Ancient VVisdom as openers.  Kick-off is in Philadelphia on January 30th with the tour closing in New York City on February 22nd.

ENSLAVED rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson checks in from Norway about the upcoming trek:

“North America has become like a second home-shore to us; the rising support we’ve been getting for the last albums and tours has been amazing! We’re more than ready to come over again and play our new album Riitiir live to show that the new material is extremely well-fitted for a live setting, and to reflect the enthusiasm and dedication we’ve been getting from the fans over there! See you on the road!”

Confirmed dates for ENSLAVED’s headlining “Winter Rite 2013” tour are:

01/30/13  Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
01/31/13  Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
02/01/13  Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
02/02/13  Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
02/03/13  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
02/04/13  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN02/06/13  Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
02/08/13  The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
02/09/13  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
02/10/13  Branx – Portland, OR
02/11/13  The Highline – Seattle, WA
02/12/13  Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
02/14/13  The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
02/15/13  Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB – CANADA
02/16/13  The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
02/17/13  Osborne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
02/19/13  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/20/13  Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
02/21/13  The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
02/22/13  Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

RIITIIR, ENSLAVED’s twelfth studio album, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in October with the band’s highest first-week sales in their career in the United States.  The album is already a contender for many “Best of” year-end lists around the world for 2012.  Pick up a copy at the Nuclear Blast Webshop, iTunes, or Amazon and see why that is.

ENSLAVED will be headlining Scion A/V’s Roadburn Records showcase on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at The Roxy in West Hollywood.  Also performing are White Hills, Scott Kelly, Earthless, and Astra.  RSVP to the All Ages event here:

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ENSLAVED will be on the Barge To Hell cruise; will you?

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