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.

ESOTERIC TOUR DATES

*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 Announce Appearance in Norway

Norwegian viking neo-folk group WARDRUNA announced they will return to Oslo, Norway for an appearance at Riksscenen on Friday, October 18.

Multi-intrumentalist Kvitrafn commented,

“It’s been a long time since Wardruna performed in Oslo, so we are very excited to be presenting the songs from our new album Yggdrasil for our fans in Oslo!”

The band, additionally featuring vocalists Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed) and Linda Fay Hella, will also be seen making their debut live performances in the US and the UK; appearing at the Stella Natura Festival in California’s Tahoe National Forest in September and at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London later in October.


Yggdrasil is the second release in the band’s “Runaljod” trilogy, which interprets the runes of the elder futhark. Much like the first album in the series, gap var Ginnunga, the recording took place at locations relevant to the different runes using outdoor locations along with old and historical instruments such as deer-hide frame drums, mouth harp, clove and hoof rattles from deer and goats, bone flutes, goat and cow horns, Hardanger fiddle and bowed lyres. 

Yggdrasil, which has been praised for it’s “gut-wrenchingly authentic riffage,” (Alibi) is currently available digitally on iTunes or in jewel-case cd format from the Prosthetic webstore! A limited edition bundle pack featuring the album along with a custom designed bronze necklace and a 32-page digibook containing extra artwork, translated lyrics, and further reading on the Runes concept is also available for pre-order HERE.

Experience WARDRUNA’s captivating live show here:
9/20-22   Nevada City, CA – Stella Natura Festival @ Shinnyboo Creek Resort
10/18      Oslo,NO – Riksscenen
10/24       London, UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall
10/25       Tilburg, NL – 013

For more information on the band, please visit:
Wardruna.com

 

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.

For further information on the band, please visit:
www.wardruna.com 

WARDRUNA Reveal Second Album Trailer

Norwegian neo-folk group WARDRUNA unveiled the second in a series of album trailer videos in which they preview additional tracks from their new album, Yggdrasil.

Watch the Video

 

The trailer includes snippets of the new tracks Ansur, IwaR and IngwaR, also features commentary by the band’s founders, multi-instrumentalist Kvitrafn and vocalist Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed).

Yggdrasil will be released on April 2 in U.S., March 15 in Norway and March 25 throughout mainland Europe. Pre-order packages are now available through INDIE RECORDING’s web store HERE. The album is available as a regular jewel case CD, but also as a limited edition digibook which includes a specially designed bronze necklace along with a 32-page booklet that contains extra artwork, translated lyrics and additional text on the album’s Rune-based concept.

WARDRUNA will soon appear at the prestigious Inferno Festival in Switzerland alongside acts including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride, and Aura Noir. The band will also make their debut American performance later this year at the annual Stella Natura Festival in California’s Tahoe National Forest.

Keep track of the band by visiting:
www.wardruna.com
www.facebook.com/wardruna

 

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.

For more information and updates on the upcoming album, make sure to visit:
www.wardruna.com
www.facebook.com/wardruna

 

WARDRUNA Reveal Album Teaser Video

Viking neo-folk collective WARDRUNA released a teaser video featuring samples of the first four tracks from their new album Yggdrasil – due out April 2 in North America – along with exclusive commentary by members Kvitrafn and Gaahl (God Seed, ex-Gorgoroth). You can view the video below.

Watch the Video

Yggdrasil is the second release in the band’s Runaljod trilogy, which interprets the runes of the elder futhark. Much like the first album in the series, gap var Ginnunga, the recording took place at locations relevant to the different runes using outdoor locations along with old and historical instruments such as deer-hide frame drums, mouth harp, clove and hoof rattles from deer and goats, bone flutes, goat and cow horns, Hardanger fiddle and bowed lyres.

VIKING NEO-FOLK ACT WARDRUNA REVEAL ALBUM TEASER VIDEO

 

Kvitrafn comments,

“Although the instruments are more or less the same as on gap var Ginnunga, the nature of the runes featured on Yggdrasil have naturally made it a very different album.”

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, the band will appear at the annual Inferno Festival in Switzerland where they will share the stage alongside acts including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride and Aura Noir.

For more information and updates on the upcoming album, make sure to visit:
www.facebook.com/wardruna