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Wardruna

Formed: 2002
From: Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Wardruna News

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.

Indie Recordings Releasing Holiday Sampler

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...

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Wardruna Debut Reissued In North America

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
2. Hagal
3. Bjarkan
4. Løyndomsriss
5. Heimta Thurs
6. Thurs
7. Jara
8. Laukr
9. Kauna
10. Algir - Stien klarnar
11. Algir - Tognatale
12. Dagr More...

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Wardruna And More Confirmed For Roadburn

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...

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Svartidaudi Playing Roadburn Fest

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...

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Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson To Curate Roadburn 2015

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.

Enslaved's latest album "RIITIIR" was released on September 28th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast (reviewed here). More...

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Wardruna's "Løyndomsriss" Featured in "Vikings"

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:

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Wardruna To Be Featured In Vikings Season 2

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.

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Wardruna Streaming New Track "Fehu"

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:

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Warduna Posts New Video Teaser For "Yggdrasil"

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
2. Fehu
3. NaudiR
4. EhwaR
5. AnsuR
6. IwaR
7. IngwaR
8. Gibu
9. Solringen
10. Sowelu
11. Helvegen More...

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Wardruna Live Footage Available

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.

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Warduna Posts New "Yggdrasil" Trailer

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...

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Wardruna Reveals New Album Details

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
2. Fehu
3. NaudiR
4. EhwaR
5. AnsuR
6. IwaR
7. IngwaR
8. Gibu
9. Solringen
10. Sowelu
11. Helvegen More...

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Wardruna To Play Inferno Festival

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...

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Wardruna Issues Studio Report

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."

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Skitliv Signs To Season of Mist

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...

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New Wardruna Interview and E-Card Online

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.

You can preorder and prelisten to the Wardruna album on their newly released e-card. More...

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Indie Recordings Releases Free Christmas Comp.

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.

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Wardruna Signs To Indie Recordings

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.

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