ALBUM REVIEW: Wardruna – Kvitravn – First Flight of the White Raven

Kvitravn — First Flight of the White Raven (ByNorse / Sony / Columbia Germany) is a special release for Norwegian dark folk outfit Wardruna; it follows in the footsteps of 2021’s studio release Kvitravn  (“white raven”) and documents a live-streamed lockdown concert that took place in the same year. The live album’s setlist contains only four tracks from Kvitravn itself, with the remainder of the 74-minute record comprising pieces from Wardruna’s earlier output.Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Wardruna – Jo Quail: Live at Manchester Albert Hall

It’s a sight to behold the lengthy queue of hairy Viking looking metalheads snaking around Manchester Albert Hall, assuming of course the snake in question was quite hairy and dressed like a Viking, which I feel is probably stretching the metaphor a bit too far. You’d assume that said hairy, mead quaffing snake (alright, I’ll stop now) was going to be finding its way inside to some sort of very loud and very metal sort of gig. You’d be wrong, as indeed despite the roots of the headliners in Black Metal group Gorgoroth the queue is in fact for the mesmerizing solo cellist Jo Quail, and Nordic Folk legends Wardruna. 

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Wardruna Shares New Video for “Kvitravn” 

Wardruna has released a cinematic music video for their new single Kvitravn” which is the title of their forthcoming album, due out on January 22nd, 2021 via By Norse Records. “Kvitravn” (meaning White Raven) show the video from a birds-eye view and features Wardruna founder Einar Selvik and vocalist Lindy Fay-Hella. Watch it now. 

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Watch a Lyric Video for Einar Selvik’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Track “Hrafnsmál – The Words of the Raven”

Acclaimed Norwegian dark folk outfit Wardruna’s Einar Selvik’s recent single from the  have shared a lyric video from Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla –  “Hrafnsmál – The Words of the Raven”. The track is from the recent EP   Out of the North, which features seven tracks from the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla soundtrack including Selvik’s track. The lyric video premiered at Revolver which you can see below with Selvik’s commentary. Out of the North was released digitally by Lakeshore Records on July 17th and also includes music by the Assassin’s Creed franchise’s core composers Jesper Kyd and Sarah Schachner..Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Out Of The North EP ft Einar Selvik of Wardruna Out Today

Wadruna mastermind Einar Selvik– the Norwegian composer, musician who use of a wide range of old Nordic instruments and lyrics placed in a contemporary soundscape to musically interpret Old Norse and Nordic traditions-was enlisted to work on the score for the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla alongside BAFTA Award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed, Ezio Trilogy) and American composer Sarah Schachner (Assassin’s Creed Origins). In partnership with Ubisoft, Lakeshore Records today (July 17) have released a seven-track EP of original music taken from the forthcoming official soundtrack Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla-Out Of The North which features SELVIK‘s track “Hrafnsmál – The Words of the Raven.” The track was premiered yesterday (July 16) via Loudwire who lauded its “stirring musical soundscape.Continue reading

Wardruna To Release New Song, “Lyfjaberg” Next Week

Wardruna, the legendary Nordic Folk Music act led by Einar Selvik, has announced they will share a new song next week, ‘Lyfjaberg’, on June 5th. The band released a statement about it to social media. “When circumstances forced us to postpone the release of our upcoming album “Kvitravn”, it was clear to us that we still wanted to release new music. Music and art can potentially carry great meaning in times of uncertainty. We decided that now was not the time to stay silent and headed straight back into creative mode and the studio to write and record the song Lyfjaberg.”

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Einar Selvik of Wardruna is Working on the Soundtrack to “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”

Exciting news from the gaming world as world-renowned musician and composer Einar Selvik of Wardruna is working on the score to the upcoming game Assasin’s Creed Valhalla, due out in time for the holidays, 2020. Selvik announced he would co-compose the score, alongside the game’s composers Sarah Schachner and Jesper Kyd. Metal fans who gravitate to all things Norse will love the new game’s direction. In addition to Wardruna and collaborative projects with Enslaved’s Ivar Bjornson, original music by Selvik and Wardruna have both been used on History’s Channel’s hit series Vikings, which Einar is a composer on. He has also appeared on the show in the past.  New music and tours are coming from Wardruna as well. We have interviewed Einar several times on the subject of his composing work. Continue reading

Wardruna Postpones New Album “Kvitravn” Album Release to 2021, North American Tour Still On

Wardruna, the legendary Nordic Folk Music act led by Einar Selvik, has been forced to postpone the release of their new album due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic forcing the closure of warehouses and production facilities. Kvitravn which translates to ‘White Raven’–from its originally scheduled release date of June 5, 2020 until January 22, 2021 via By Norse Music In the U.S. and Sony Music / Columbia Records (worldwide excl. U.S.). As of now the band will proceed to keep plans for their anticipated return to North America this Fall on a solo run from September 24 to October 20, dates of which are listed below. The band will continue to reveal new music throughout the year.Continue reading

Wardruna Shares New Single and Video – “Grá”

Wardruna has shared its first new music and video from its new album! ‘ Grá’ comes from Kvitravn due out June 5th via By Norse Music. The video features Einar Selvik and Tihu, the wolf!  The band had previously announced a new headline tour of North America, and you can win tickets to any show from Ghost Cult! Watch the clip and pre-order the album below! Continue reading