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Below is our complete Wardruna 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.
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
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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
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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...
Warduna's debut album "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" will be released this upcoming Monday, January 19th. Singer, Gaahl found time to speak to Dutch television about his participation on the album on his current Gorgoroth tour. You can watch the interview below.
Indie Recordings has released a free compilation, entitled "Christmas Carnage Vol. 1," for download. "Christmas Carnage Vol. 1" contains 14 tracks of metal with songs by Satyricon, Enslaved, Keep Of Kalessin, Audrey Horne, Stonegard and more, and will be available from December 24th to January 1, 2009. The entire album will be streamed in the player, and next to it you can choose to download either a package with mp3s or one with all the songs in lossless format. The downloads include complete artwork for the CD as well.
Indie Recordings recently announced the signing of Wardruna for the release of their debut album, "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga," which is due out on January 19, 2009.
The idea of Wardruna began to take shape in 2002 as a project where founder and main man Einar Kvitrafn Selvik (Jotunspor, Gorgoroth, Sahg etc.) could work with a musical expression and instrumentation very different from what his involvements in various metal bands would allow. Naturally, it also became a place where his passion for and practice of Norse paganism and runes could be combined with music.
In the spring of 2007 the project started to attract attention after it was featured on the soundtrack of the much publicized "True Norwegian Black Metal" documentary about Gaahl (Trelldom, Gorgoroth etc.) by Peter Beste and Vice Films. Despite no releases or live appearances, Wardruna has since then gathered a respectable and perhaps surprisingly diverse following.
Now, after nearly six years in the making, the long awaited debut album of Wardruna is finally finished. It is the first album in the planned "Runaljod" trilogy, which will musically interpret the runes of the elder futhark. This highly visual music is hard to place into any specific genre. The style can perhaps be described as a curious blend of folk, world and ambient music, but without being limited by the sometimes restricted scope of these genres.
"Runaljod - gap var Ginnunga" has a very profound and unique sound that consist of a wide array of instruments, some of which are seldom used nowadays. A few examples include deer hide frame drums, mouth harp, goat horns, lur, Hardanger fiddle and tagelharpe ("Viking fiddle"). Sounds of more unorthodox "instruments" like trees, stones and fire are also incorporated into the music, and it's all topped off with powerful vocal performances from no less than three vocalists.
The album was produced and engineered by Kvitrafn himself in his own, aptly named, Fimbulljóð studio. Many of the recording sessions were executed outdoors at carefully selected locations with instruments or natural sounds that are relevant to the different runes.
The band's new label, Indie Recordings, comments: "Working with Wardruna has proven to be extremely rewarding, and their friendly and professional attitude is an example for others to follow. It is an honour for Indie Recording to have this special act on our roster, bringing depth and meaning to our catalogue by putting in context the very origin of Black Metal."
In a press statement the band comments the signing and the upcoming album:
"This is an ideal partnership for Wardruna; not only will the music be distributed and promoted in the manner it deserves, we also get to work with the fine people at Indie Recordings here in ....Norway..... They have proven themselves to be very professional and dedicated to their work and I am very pleased to be able to work with them and totally confident that this is the right label for Wardruna."
You can check out some of Wardruna's material on their MySpace page.