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Below is our complete Skuggsja news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

New Bjørnson and Selvik Collaboration Streaming

After the success of their previous collaboration under the moniker of Skuggsjá, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) are now following up with an imposing new piece entitled "Hugsjá," which can be streamed in full or purchased via bandcamp. The word "Hugsjá" means to see with, or within, the mind - and it reflects the idea that one's mind has the potential to see further than the eyes can reach. By weaving together indigenous and contemporary thoughts, sounds and instruments, they are inviting you on a vivid journey - exploring the distant history and traditions along coastal Norway.

"Hugsjá" was first commissioned by, and performed at, Bergen International Festival in 2017, as part a series of concerts named Nordvegen ("the northern road"); inspired by local history and traditions in each of the places visited. Ultimately the material was recorded and became this full-length album.

The songs "Ni Mødre av Sol" and "Um Heilage Fjell" feature a mixed choir under management of Stine Kobbeltvedt with the voices of Anna Lisa Lekven, Laila Moberg, Marianne Evensen Østrem, Lisa Nøttseter, Lise Renee Aase, Kristine Bjånesøy Tikkanen, Linda Nytræ, Leif Østrem, Brede Lærum, Jan Helge Kordts, Jan-Ove Hansen, Richard Myhre Gåssand and Stine

The full tracklisting for "Hugsjá" is as follows:

1. Hugsjá (4:35)
2. WulthuR (4:16)
3. Ni Døtre av Hav (6:02)
4. Ni Mødre av Sol (5:55
5. Fornjot (4:41)
6. Nattseglar (7:06)
7. Nytt Land (7:48)
8. Nordvegen (3:41)
9. Utsyn (5:23)
10. Oska (7:29)
11. Um Heilage Fjell (5:26)

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2016 Metal Newcomers Explored, Part III

Our annual staff awards were recently announced, but each year we delve into some of the newcomers a little more in-depth to help our readers discover new metal bands. I have not been on the pulse of metal as much as in years past, but I still discovered a few new bands to enjoy in 2016. While my best-of picks were all folk metal and thrash, the newcomers I enjoyed were a little more varied, but some still falling into those categories. Here were my top five metal newcomer picks for 2016:


I enjoy folk metal a lot and with the shakeup in Eluveitie's lineup, I was especially happy to discover another excellent folk metal alternative in Huldre, who released "Tusmørke" this year. While not officially the band's first album, until hitting bandcamp just recently it was extremely difficult to get a copy of the band's music in the States. Huldre varies things quite a bit on "Tusmørke," going from soothing folk with female vocals to heavier, chugging riffs. "Hindeham" is a decently heavy track throughout and is a good place to start, while "Underjordisk" is a bit faster paced overall.


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Skuggsja Posts Full New Album Online

Norway's Skuggsja, the new band led by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Vikings' score composer Einar Selvik (Wardruna), today streams debut album "A Piece for Mind & Mirror" in full.

Regarding "A Piece for Mind & Mirror," Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik comments: "So here it is in its entirety! There are many things I could say about the album and its diverse material, but in the end I think it is best to let the music speak for itself. Writing these songs together with Ivar has truly been a highly inspirational and fruitful journey for me and I can only hope that it comes across and is notably reflected in the music also."

Ivar Bjørnson adds: "Turning the live piece Skuggsjá into an album has been an amazing journey. I am privileged to have made it alongside Einar and the team that has helped us fulfill our common vision. I am immensely proud of the conceptual and musical story we have made. It has become something more than the sum of the pieces added together; that alone feels like an achievement. Cheers!""

New album "A Piece for Mind & Mirror" will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on March 11th and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ull Kjem
2. Skuggsjá
3. Makta Og Vanæra (I All Tid)
4. Tore Hund
5. Rop Frå Røynda - Mælt Frå Minne
6. Skuggeslåtten
7. Kvervandi
8. Vitkispá
9. Bøn Om Ending - Bøn Om Byrjing
10. Ull Gjekk More...

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Skuggsjá Premieres New Song "Kvervandi"

Norway's Skuggsjá (Enslaved, Wardruna) premieres a new song entitled "Kvervandi", taken from the upcoming new album "A Piece For Mind & Mirror", which will be out in stores March 11 via Season Of Mist.

Check out now "Kvervandi" below.

Says Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) of this latest song: More...

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Skuggsjá Unveils New Album Details

Norway's Skuggsjá, the new band led by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna), today revealed details on a debut album.

The release, titled "A Piece for Mind & Mirror," will drop through Season of Mist worldwide on March 11th and pre-orders are live right here.

The first new track off "A Piece for Mind & Mirror," titled "Vitkispá," can be heard in the player below. Regarding the track, Ivar Bjørnson comments on behalf of the band:

"It was not easy to pick one song to reveal as we are extremely proud of them all. We chose 'Vitkispá,' because this song represents the sound, the atmosphere, and energy on the entire album very well. It flows and ebbs, with Einar's signature vocals and my wall-to-wall guitars. 'Vitkispá' is sung in archaic Norse tongue, and deals with the cyclical nature of Norse mythology and existence; ebbing and flowing like nature and life itself. Check it out, you will not be disappointed!" More...

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Enslaved Announces "Enslaved 25" Events

Enslaved is very proud to announce the band will be playing three special shows entitled "Enslaved 25" as part of London By Norse 2016.

These special shows by the Bergen five-piece are to commemorate a quarter-century’s worth of cultural and spiritual invocations and ever-expanding musical horizons. The first show of "Enslaved 25" will be at The Dome on March 17, with support acts to be announced, and the journey will continue the following night at The Underworld. This rare event will culminate with a night at Shepherds Bush Empire on March 19, which includes a performance by Skuggsjá (the new band from Enslaved and Wardruna members) and feature Wardruna’s second ever appearance in the U.K. plus a rare art exhibition by former Gorgoroth and God Seed vocalist Gaahl.

On March 18, The Forge in Camden will see Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson presenting his immersive electro-ambient project Bardspec, while Einar Selvik will be presenting his workshop, a spellbinding solo performance and wide-ranging talk that takes in the philosophy of Wardruna, the background to the ancient instruments he uses, and on the historical background to Skuggsjá.

Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson had this to say about the events: “That London By Norse is taking place is just epic! It is truly a wish list of an event, encompassing all the elements I could hope for during the course of a London weekend: playing with my own band(s) and performing with my friend and brother-in-arms Einar Selvik and his Wardruna warriors. This will be one for the history books, I simply cannot wait!”

Wardruna’s Einar Selvik said: “The last time we performed in London was a fantastic experience, and so when finally returning to the British Isles we really wanted to do more than just play a single concert. So in the spirit of old Norse tradition on western travel and trade we hope to make more of a cultural imprint with the London By Norse event and can only hope that this time the tales of our visit will not only be recorded by Christian monks with a political agenda. I really look forward to celebrating the spring equinox in London and present a broad cultural event together with some of my favourite people!” More...

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Skuggsjá Announces Debut Album, Signs Record Deal

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Norway's Skuggsjá. The band, led by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Warduna), will release a debut album worldwide in early 2016.

Skuggsjá was originally conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Bjørnson and Selvik. The arrangement was performed by Enslaved and Wardruna in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the 2014 edition of Norway's Eidsivablot festival.

The growing desire to present Skuggsjá to a broader audience led Bjørnson and Selvik to headline Roadburn Festival 2015 and record a full album. Details regarding this debut release will be available soon. Regarding the signing, Skuggsjá comments:

"When we were asked to write a joined convert piece by the Eidsivablot festival for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, we both immediately saw the outline of something massive and important.

"Our performance confirmed that this project should live on, develop and thrive. During 2015 we have performed the piece once more at the Roadburn festival, and have also discreetly slipped in and out of studios around Norway to record what is to become our debut album. More...

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