ESOTERIC to Embark on North American Tour

Legendary UK doom pioneers ESOTERIC have revealed more details about their forthcoming North American tour, and added additional dates. The tour, which starts on September 20 in Soda Springs, CA, will run for two weeks before ending on October 5 in Cambridge, MA. New tour dates have been announced in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s and Cambridge MA, at T.T. The Bear’s Place. The tour will see support from Saturnalia Temple (SWE) and Velnias (CO). A full list of tour dates can be found below.

ESOTERIC recently announced a rare appearance at this year’s Stella Natura Festival. The Stella Natura festival runs from September 20 through the 22 and is located in the Sierra Nevada’s Tahoe National Forest. The festival will see ESOTERIC perform alongside bands like WARDRUNA (NO), STARGAZER (AU), JARBOE, LOSS, WORM OUROBOROS, and more. Further information can be found at the Stella Natura website.

ESOTERIC is touring in support of their latest album, titled ‘Paragon of Dissonance’ (November,  2011) The album is streaming in its entirety at the official ESOTERIC Bandcamp page.

ESOTERIC trace their underground roots back to 1992. The Birmingham, UK-based outfit have been pushing the limits of sonic intensity for more than 20 years. From the mind-bending darkness of their 90’s double albums ‘Epistemological Despondency’ and the ‘Pernicious Enigma’, to the expansive epic doom found on their new album ‘Paragon of Dissonance’, ESOTERIC have never compromised their initial aim – to drown unsuspecting listeners in an oppresive ocean of distortion.

Updated ESOTERIC news and tour information available through the Season of Mist website, and the ESOTERIC website and Facebook page.


*All dates with Velnias (CO) and Saturnalia Temple (SWE)

9/20 – 9/22 : Soda Springs, CA (Stella Natura Festival)

9/23 : Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon

9/24 : Seattle, WA @ The Highline w/ Anhedonist

9/25 : Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Uzala

9/26 : Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe w/ Moon of Delirium

9/27 : Colorado Springs, CO @ The Zodiac w/ Stoic Dissention

9/28 : Chicago, IL @ Reggies

9/30 : Indianpolis, IN @ Beale Street Live w/ Black Goat of the Woods

10/1 : Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

10/2 : Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s

10/3 : Baltimore, MA @ The Metro Gallery w/ Oak

10/4 : New York City, NY @ St. Vitus Bar w/ Black Anvil and Evoken

10/5 : Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s Place w/ Evoken

WARDRUNA: Full Album To Be Featured On TWR Radio Tomorrow

The History Channel’s newest series, VIKINGS, a historical fiction series based on the reign of Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok directed by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors), features music by Norwegian heritage folk act WARDRUNA in several episodes. The series, which premiered earlier in March, licensed several songs from both albums in the group’s in-progress Runaljod trilogy — 2009’s Gap Var Ginnuga and the upcoming album Yggdrasil, due out April 2 in North America. Make sure to tune in to VIKINGS on the History Channel on Sundays at 10/9C to hear WARDRUNA!

You can hear a sample of the first seven tracks from the upcoming album Yggdrasil along with insight and commentary from founding members’ Kvitrafn and Gaahl (God Seed, ex-Gorgoroth) in the two teaser videos below.

ORDER Yggdrasil NOW!

Packages include options to purchase a regular jewel case CD, as well as a limited edition digibook including a specially designed bronze necklace and a 32-page booklet with extra artwork, translated lyrics and additional text on the album’s Runes concept.

WARDRUNA will make their American live debut at the Stella Natura Festival this fall.

Wardruna: Runaljod – Gap var Ginnunga (CD)

Wardruna: Yggdrasil (jewel case) (CD)

Wardruna: Yggdrasil digibook/necklace bundle (CD + Accessories)

Tune in to THE WELDING ROOM to hear Yggdrasil on release day, Tuesday, April 2 from 3:00pm-7:00pm EST on WRDR-DB.

WARDRUNA Release Live Video Footage






Viking neo-folk collective WARDRUNA released live video footage from their recent performance at Castlefest in Lisse, Netherlands. The video, found below, features a magical performance of the track Helvegen off of their upcoming album Yggdrasil.

The album, the second chapter of the band’s planned “Runaljod” trilogy (a musical interpretation of the runes of the elder futhark), will be available on April 2 in North America, March 15 in Norway and March 25 throughout mainland Europe. You can pre-order a copy of Yggdrasil directly at the Indie Merch webstore HERE. A special edition digibook, which also includes a unique bronze necklace and with a 32-page booklet filled with extra artwork, translated lyrics, and further reading on the Runes concept, is also available in limited quantities HERE.

Watch the Video

Featuring vocals by God Seed/ex-Gorgoroth singer Gaahl, WARDRUNA, whose music is currently featured on several episodes of the History Channel’s newest series Vikings, will be seen later this month at the annual Inferno Festival in Switzerland, where they’ll play alongside bands including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride and Aura Noir. They will also make their U.S. debut at the pagan/doom-focused Stella Natura Festival held in California’s Tahoe National Forest later this year.

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WARDRUNA Release New Single on iTunes

Viking neofolk act WARDRUNA released the first single, Fehu, from their upcoming album Yggdrasil exclusively through iTunes. The album will be the band’s second release in the planned Runaljod trilogy, a musical interpretation of the runes of the elder futhark. Yggradsil will be released on April 2 in U.S., March 15 in Norway, and March 25 throughout mainland Europe.

Yggdrasil pre-order packages available now

In addition to launching the aforementioned single, the band – which consists of multi-instrumentalist Kvitrafn, Gaahl (God Seed, ex-Gorgoroth), and Linda Fay Hella – also unveiled pre-order packages for their upcoming album, available through Indie Recording’s webstore by clicking HERE. Yggdrasil will be available as a regular jewel case CD, but also as a limited edition digibook (as pictured above) including a specially designed bronze necklace and a 32-page booklet with extra artwork, translated lyrics and additional text on the Runes concept.

Kvitrafn added,

“The design of the necklace is a combination of the Sun-wheel representing the turning bane of the sun and the mythological serpent Jörmungandr that circles the earth and holds it together.”

The album was recorded mainly in outdoor settings with the use of ancient Nordic instruments (deer-hide frame drums, mouth harp, clove and hoof rattles from deer and goats, bone flutes, goat and cow horns) and features guest appearances by renowned Icelandic composer Himlar Örn Hilmarsson and leading rímur singer Steindór Andersen. Preview the first four tracks of the album with exclusive commentary by Kvitrafn and Gaahl on the band’s YouTube channel HERE.

WARDRUNA will make their American debut at the pagan/neo-folk/doom-focused Stella Natura Festival in California’s Tahoe National Forest later this year. Additionally, they will appear at the annual Inferno Festival in Switzerland alongside acts including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride and Aura Noir.

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