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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...
Wardruna's Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth vocalist Kristian Eivind Espedal) will no longer be performing with the band live. The band posted this brief message to social media today:
Gaahl has by his own choice decided to stop performing live with Wardruna and we have of course willingly and without any hard feelings relieved him from these duties. We respectfully thank him for his unique qualities and powerful contributions on stage for Wardruna!
Containing former members of Gorgoroth, Wardruna has more recently become known for their music's appearance in the History Channel's television series "Vikings." Wardruna's Kvitrafn will also appear in the show in season 3.
Wardruna's multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Kvitrafn Selvik will speak at the Mythicworlds Convention in Seattle, Washington this weekend.
Created by the producers of Faerieworlds and FaerieCon, MythicWorlds celebrates diverse international myth, legend, and folklore and is inspired by people who create and live their own unique realms.
At MythicWorlds, attendees meet and listen to internationally acclaimed artists, authors and designers, all of whom are myth-inspired makers in a variety of popular media. The convention includes workshops on international folklore and legend, writing and art making, traditional music and instruments and the exploration of ancient wisdom philosophies and practices.
Selvik will be speaking at the Graphical And Oral Magic workshops throughout the weekend. The course takes place over three days and will serve as a practical and theoretical introduction and initiation to the northern esoteric arts of Runes, Galdr and Seidr and how they interact. The workshop will guide its attendees through the vast and fragmented historical sources on the subjects in order to deliver a solid ground to further initiate the practical approach. The power of will and strong emotions entwined with the power of words and voice are key elements of Northern witchcraft and essential in this course. Selvik has studied and practiced these arts since his early teens and will share of his own personal experience on the themes. Each session will contain both theoretical and practical work.
Additionally, Selvik will appear in History Channel's "Vikings" series in the upcoming third season, which is scheduled to begin tonight, February 19th, 2015.
Initially released in 2014, "Yggdrasil" is the second release of the "Runaljod" trilogy from Norwegian heathens Wardruna.
The ongoing trilogy, which began with 2009's "Gap Var Ginnunga," is a musical rendition of the twenty-four runes in what is often referred to as the "elder futhark." Some of the oldest of Nordic instruments such as primitive deer-hide frame drums, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur are implemented, while poetic metres and lyrics are written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue.
Some of the recordings are captured outdoors or under circumstances of significance to each rune while other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are used. All of these elements are carefully woven into a rich musical landscape and complemented with whispering voices, melodic song and mighty choirs.
"Yggdrasil" was written and recorded by Kvitrafn from Spring 2010 to Winter 2012 at his own Fimbulljóð studio and various outdoor locations and will be made available for the first time in CD-digibook format via Indie Recordings on February 24th, 2014. The Yggdrasil digibook is the only version where you can find complete lyrics with English translations as well text on the runes. More...
Roadburn Festival is pleased to announce new additions to the 20th edition of the festival. The festival will take place April 9th - 12th in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Both day tickets and weekend tickets are currently on sale.
Roadburn 2015's curators - Wardruna's Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik and Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson - have almost completed the lineup for their event on Friday April 10th. Loop main man, Robert Hampson and Swedish psych heroes, Agusa will both perform alongside Focus, Death Hawks, Sólstafir and others.
BardSpec - the ambient project/band from Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar - will also perform at the event. Einar will present a workshop which will delve into his approach to music and the extensive creative concept behind Wardruna's ongoing "Runaljod" trilogy as well as his approach and study of the runes and other Norse esoteric arts. He will demonstrate a selection of the oldest Nordic instruments, play fully acoustic Wardruna music, and there will also be time for questions from the audience. More...
Just in time for the holidays, Scandinavian hard rock/heavy metal powerhouse Indie Recordings looks back on a delightfully debaucherous 2014 with the Christmas Carnage sampler.
The collection includes sonic devastation from the likes of Viking metal behemoths Einherjer, Pagan extreme metallers Kampfar, avant Norse folk duo Solefald, and more. The compilation is due out tomorrow and will be available at iTunes here. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Einherjer - Nidstong
2. Kampfar - Mylder
3. Wardruna - Løyndomsriss
4. Tnt - 10,000 Lovers (in One) Live
5. Oslo Ess - Midnatt
6. Vredehammer - Cthulhu
7. Solefald - Songen: Vargen
8. Iskald - A Fading Horizon
9. Patria - Blood Storm Prophecy
10. Blodhemn - Evig Heder
11. Extol - Sting Of Death
12. Oslo Faenskap - No Skin, No Armor
14. Woland - Conquer All
15. Jack Dalton - 8 Times X Equals This
16. Riwen - Karlsgrundet
17. Posthum - The Black Northern Ritual
18. The Osiris Club - Mystery Sells
19. Deathbed Reunion - Bad Phase More...
Norway's Wardruna, featuring ex-Gorgoroth vocalist Kristian Eivind Espedal (a/k/a Gaahl), had it's mesmerizing debut full-length, "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga," reissued in North America, and is available now via Indie Recordings. Originally released in 2009, the album is the first in the band's stunning "Runaljod trilogy," a musical rendition of the twenty-four runes in what is often referred to as the "elder futhark."
"Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" incorporates some of the oldest of Nordic instruments such as primitive deer hide frame drums, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur, poetic metres and lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue. Some of the recordings are captured outdoors or under circumstances of significance to each rune while other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are 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 sound shares characteristics with music typically labeled as folk, world and/or ambient, none of these genres can accurately describe their unique style. It truly must be experienced. Music from "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" is featured in the soundtrack to both seasons of The History Channel's "Vikings" series.
The track listing for the release is:
1. Ar var alda
5. Heimta Thurs
10. Algir - Stien klarnar
11. Algir - Tognatale
12. Dagr More...
Roadburn is very pleased to announce Wovenhand, Russian Circles, Wardruna, and a second Enslaved performance among the latest additions to the 20th edition line up of the festival, which will take place in April 2015. The festival organizers had this to say:
"Wovenhand’s incendiary performance at Roadburn 2011 remains one of the most talked-about shows in the festival’s history, and it’s a great pleasure to have David Eugene Edwards and his band back at the festival for what should be another thrilling, transformative concert. The band will reignite the 013 stage as the headline act on Thursday April 9.
"Led by former 16 Horsepower frontman Edwards, Wovenhand similarly delves deep into the darker, more gothic side of Americana, only on a much more personal, introspective level. The latest album ‘Refractory Obdurate’ is the band’s most visceral work yet, with its heavier arrangements packing a devastating punch.
"Already veterans of Roadburn, Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles will return to the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival for a much anticipated main stage performance on Thursday, April 9, filling the main hall with their spacious, tonally lavish sound. More...
Svartidaudi has checked in with the following announcement about playing the upcoming Roadburn Festival:
"We are extremely proud to announce that Svartidauði will break bones and slit throat at next year's installation of Roadburn Festival. Handpicked for the curated night 'House of the Holistic' by Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Einar 'Kvitrafn' Selvik of Wardruna."
Einar had this to say about the band: "Svartidaudi is for me the most interesting Black Metal band I´ve heard in a very long time coming from the North which makes it a very natural choice to welcome them into our curated night!"
Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson also adds: "What happened with black metal? Whatever it was, you can't blame Svartidauði. They're making interesting, weird and dark music instead of being sexy and circusy. They embody the spirit that once bound me to the genre, and we are very proud and privileged to have them as part of Houses of the Holistic!” More...
Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson has been announced as one of the curators of Roadburn Festival 2015 alongside Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik.
As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for this curated Roadburn event, named "Houses of the Holistic," and play special shows with Enslaved and Wardruna respectively as well.
The Norwegian pair, both former Roadburn performers, have played an important role in bringing together the past, present and future sounds of hard rock, progressive metal, and alternative scenes, which makes them the ideal choices to carry on the tradition that began in 2008.
Enslaved's performance, dubbed "House of Northern Gods," will consist of a set list specially put together for "Houses of the Holistic," featuring songs from the band's entire catalogue, with accompanying visuals created by Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu.
Ivar Bjørnson comments: “To say that my dream as a kid was to one day curate the Roadburn Festival would perhaps be to take it a tad too far – but it isn’t that far from the truth. There’s some ridiculously big shoes to fill, but luckily negative pressure, idea draught and performance anxiety aren’t something I’m into. It is my favourite festival in one of my favourite parts of the world; so this is nothing short of one the biggest honours I’ve been given! It is a privilege to undertake this challenge in twosome with Einar; an artist I truly feel in tune with artistically and philosophically – now it is all about hard work and dedication to ensure that the audience and the festival itself is given a Friday to enjoy, experience and remember. I for one can’t wait!”
Roadburn Festival 2015 will run for four days from Thursday, April 9th to Sunday, April 12th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. "Houses of the Holistic," co-curated by Ivar Bjørnson will take place on Friday, April 10th, 2015.
As previously reported, Wardruna, the Norwegian folk act featuring ex-Gorgoroth members Kvitrafn and Gaahl, has their music featured in season two of The History Channel's "Vikings" TV series. "Løyndomsriss," which is from the band's 2009 album "Runaljod -- gap var Ginnunga," is one of the songs that was featured in episode 7 of season 2 of "Vikings." Listen for it if you watch the show. Check out the official video for the song below:
Wardruna, the Norwegian folk act featuring Ex-Gorgoroth members Kvitrafn and Gaahl, has posted an update online about their involvement in season two of The History Channel's "Vikings" TV series:
With the premiere of Vikings - season 2 just around the corner it is a great pleasure to announce that the Norse sounds of Wardruna will be present this season as well. In addition to the use of Wardruna songs, I'm [Einar] also taking part in the actual score for the series and I have been collaborating with the award winning Vikings composer Trevor Morris since the autumn of 2013. I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Vikings production and to Trevor Morris for welcoming me and Wardruna more into the heart of the show this season.
Norwegian folk act Wardruna, featuring Ex-Gorgoroth members Kvitrafn and Gaahl, is streaming the new track "Fehu." The song was taken from the band's latest LP "Runaljod - Yggdrasil," which was issued in March via Indie Recordings.
Check out "Fehu" here:
The third teaser has now been posted online for Wardruna’s upcoming album "Yggdrasil," which can be viewed below. The teaser previews the four last songs on the album and includes comments by band members Kvitrafn and Gaahl.
"Yggdrasil" is set to be released March 15th in Norway, March 25th in Europe, and April 2nd in North America. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Rotlaust tre fell
11. Helvegen More...
Footage has been posted online of Wardruna performing "Helvegen" from upcoming "Yggdrasil" album for the first time at Castlefest in Lisse, Netherlands this past August. Check out the clip below.
Wardruna will release the new album ”Runaljod – Yggdrasil” through Indie Recordings on March 15th in Norway, March 25th in Europe, and April 2nd in North America.
Today Wardruna releases the second trailer from the upcoming album “Yggdrasil." This trailer, available below, gives you a preview of tracks 5 - 7: "Ansur," "IwaR," and "IngwaR," including comments by band members Kvitrafn and Gaahl.
”Yggdrasil” can also now be pre-ordered from Wardruna’s own webshop right here. The album will be available as regular jewel case CD, digibook CD with an exclusive 32 page booklet, and as a very limited digibook version including a necklace. A vinyl version will also be available through Back On Black.
The "Yggdrasil” album will be released by Indie Recordings this coming March 15th in Norway, March 25th in Europe, and April 2nd in North America. More...
Wardruna is excited to announce that the new album ”Runaljod – Yggdrasil” will be released by Indie Recordings this coming March 15th in Norway, March 25th in Europe, and April 2nd in North America.
Today the band reveals the cover art and track listing for the upcoming album, which can both be viewed below. Wardruna's Kvitrafn comments: ”The cover artwork and design is like on the previous album masterly done by Øivind who handles most visual art for Wardruna.”
1. Rotlaust tre fell
11. Helvegen More...
Indie Recordings has checked in with the following announcement about Wardruna and Aura Noir playing the upcoming Inferno festival:
"Wardruna and Aura Noir are confirmed to perform at the Inferno Metal Festival in Switzerland from March 14th to March 16th. Get your tickets right here.
"Wardruna is a musical project based on ancient Nordic beliefs and rune traditions. This project, led by Einar Selvik and Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed), is particularly focused on the runic alphabet. Their music is played with traditional instruments and sends us back to Viking legends and poems. At the Inferno festival, the band will present the world premiere of their new album 'Yggdrasil' on stage!
"Aura Noir is one of the best Norwegian black thrash bands. Composed of seasoned musicians such as Ole Jørgen Moe (Immortal, Dødheimsgard, Gorgoroth), Carl-Michael Eide (Satyricon, Ulver, Ved Buens Ende, Cadaver) and Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem), they will blast crowds with their heavy riffs!" More...
Wardruna is currently working intensely on the new album "Yggdrasil," which will be released in the spring of 2013. Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik offers this update:
"A lot has happened since the release of our debut album in 2009. We have been lucky enough to be able to perform at some really special places and interesting festivals. A concert with Wardruna is in my view two-way communication, and meeting our audience has been both overwhelming and very inspiring for us.
"Judging from the amount of comments and questions we get at our shows or by e-mail it seems clear to me that it is due time for more Wardruna music.
"It has taken me quite a while to find the necessary calmness and time needed in order to create the way I do. Last year in November, I began recording for ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’, which will be the second part of the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy. The creative process has been time-consuming and demanding, but I am very happy to say that I am now in the final stages of recording ‘Yggdrasil’. Like our previous album, it is partly recorded outdoors and in places or situations relevant to the given song.
"Although the instruments are more or less the same as on ‘gap var Ginnunga’, the nature of the set of runes featured on ‘Yggdrasil’ have naturally made it a very different album. It is also worth noting that this time I’ve been working more closely with Lindy and Gaahl during the creative process. We are all very satisfied with the result so far, and we are looking forward to presenting this new piece of old-rooted culture!
"Together with Indie Recordings we are aiming for a spring release (March/April) both in Europe and in the US."
Season of Mist has announced the signing of former MAYHEM frontman, Maniac’s new black/doom band SKITLIV, to their roster.
Together with members of SKITLIV, Maniac will be present at a listening session at this year's Inferno Festival in Oslo, which will showcase "Skandinavisk Misantropi." The album will receive its first public hearing this Thursday, April 9th, at 20:30 in the "Anneks" room of the Rockefeller venue, where attendees at the Inferno Festival will be able to meet Maniac and the guys. More...