wardruna's NEW ALBUM "RUNALJOD - RAGNAROK" out now!
VIA BY NORSE MUSIC
SEVEN years has passed since Wardruna enchanted their listeners with their mesmerizing debut album ‘RUNALJOD - gap var Ginnunga’.
winner of best undergRound band at the meTAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS in 2014. PART OF THE SOUNDTRACK to the sucCessful tv-series "vikings"!
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"It is exceptionally rare for me to award an album a full 10/10, but this is a masterpiece that more than warrants full marks. As with many things in life, beauty is fleeting, so if you missed the album the first time round, be sure not to let this second press elude you too." - Metal Temple 10/10
"If your only exposure to Wardruna is through the History Channel’s hit series Vikings, now is an excellent chance to dive into the primordial void of Runaljod. In fact, everybody ought to hear this masterpiece at least once." - Metal Observer 9.5/10
"For those who already have some sort of appeal towards Norway and its culture, mythology and language, “gap var Ginnunga” is proof that the runes, one way or another, still hold an incredible power even today." - Femme Metal Webzine 90/100
"Yggdrasil lives up to its name - that of the giant tree central to Norse mythology - by stretching out into both darkness and light, a musical ying and yang, like branches creeping into sunlight as they grow up out of a shadowy forest." - The Quietus
With their magical Norse tunes, Wardruna has mesmerized the entire world. In 2014 they won the price for Best Underground Band at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, and their music is the official soundtrack to the successful History Channel TV-series "Vikings", where Wardruna main-man Kvitrafn also joins in on the list of actors. Wardruna is, simply put, the musical bond between our modern world and the Norse roots to the Vikings.
In the ensuing years, the group have spent a lot of time on adapting their music to a live format and establishing a live band. This resulting in a handful of very special concerts, perhaps most notably when they performed in front of the majestic 1100-year-old Gokstad ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Norway.
With the use of the oldest of Nordic instruments and poetic metres, as well as lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue, Wardruna has released the two first albums in the Runaljod trilogy; gap var Ginnunga and Yggdrasil. With the latest release Yggdrasil, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Kvitrafn Selvik has together with vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella, managed to make strikingly beautiful and intense continuation of what started with their first album, but without falling into the trap of merely repeating themselves. Yggdrasil is also graced with guest appearances by renowned Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Iceland’s leading rímur singer Steindór Andersen.
The ongoing ‘Runaljod’ trilogy is a musical rendition of the 24 runes in what is often referred to as the elder futhark. Some of the recordings are done outdoors in places or under circumstances of significance to each rune. Wardruna primarily use old and historical instruments such as primitive deer-hide frame drums, Kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, lur and more. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are also used.
All of these elements are carefully woven into a rich musical landscape and complemented with whispering voices, melodic song and mighty choirs. Although Wardruna’s music share characteristics with music typically labeled as folk, world and/or ambient, none of these genres can really describe their unique style. It truly must be experienced.