WARDRUNA Viking Invades Seattle

WARDRUNA’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik To Speak At MythicWorlds Convention This Weekend + History Channel’s Vikings Series Season Three Debut

WARDRUNA 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 efficiently 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. For more information, go to THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, Selvik will appear in History Channel’s Vikings series. Inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known mythological Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France, Vikings portrays Ragnar as a former farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England with the support of his family and fellow warriors. WARDRUNA’s music has appeared widely in the series previously, and will also be found extensively in the series’ forthcoming season. Selvik will appear in the third season, which to aired February 19th, 2015.

In related news, WARDRUNA’s Yggdrasil, the second release of the stunning Runaljod trilogy, will be made available for the first time in CD-digibook format via Indie Recordings on February 24th, 2015. The ongoing Runaljod 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. With Yggdrasil, Selvik, alongside vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella, managed to create a strikingly beautiful and intense continuation of what was started with their first album, without falling into the trap of merely repeating themselves. The Yggdrasil digibook is the only version where you can find complete lyrics with English translations as well as text on the runes. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

“Yggdrasil lives up to its name – that of the giant tree central to Norse mythology – by stretching out into both darkness and light, a musical ying and yang, like branches creeping into sunlight as they grow up out of a shadowy forest.” — The Quietus

“…something quite remarkable, and nothing quite like you’ve heard before.” — Echoes And Dust

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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: 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.

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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.

For further information on the band, please visit:
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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.

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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:
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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.

For more information and updates on the upcoming album, make sure to visit:
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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.

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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