Wardruna is Writing Their Next Album Right Now! Announces New Record Deal and 2020 Tour Dates

Globally acclaimed Norse music act Wardruna has shared the news via Facebook that they are working on new music! According to leader Einar Selvik (Vikings on History Channel), they are “deep in the writing process for their new album”. Their new album due in 2020 will appear on their new label, Sony/Columbia which they also just announced. The band has also booked further 2020 tour dates, including the UK. They will continue their world tour in 2019 with a date in a few weeks at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, followed by more European tour dates to close out the year. We are stoked for new Wardruna music, as we have covered them from the very beginning of Ghost Cult in 2012! You can check out our most recent interview and live coverage from the band. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Byrdi – “Solsnu”

Today Ghost Cult proudly brings you the première of the brand new song from Norway’s mystic folk prophets Byrdi, ‘Solsnu’. With a reputation that has been rising for years in the underground, they are back with the entrancing first track from their forthcoming new album Byrjing (Trollmusic). Check it out now!

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Einar Selvik Talks First Wardruna Tour Of the USA, Vikings And More

Though his musical output with Wardruna, his work on the score of History Channel’s hit show Vikings, his many collaborations with other bands and his solo work Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik has helped keep traditional Norse music alive. With Wardruna’s “Rune Trilogy” and most recently through his solo EP release Snake Pit Poetry (By Norse), Selvik continues to explore these ancient themes, but still relevant to our modern world through lyrics and instrumentation. By keeping some piece of this art in both worlds, he is also creating something new and fresh in the world of heavy music. Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Einar before Wardruna’s New York City début at the prestigious Town Hall venue. He spoke of Wardruna fans, touring with fickle centuries-old instruments, his solo music, creating music for and appearing on Vikings and the next Wardruna album! Thanks to Heather Wilkerson for her Vi

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Wardruna: Live At The Town Hall

In life as a music fan, and my career in music journalism I have seen countless shows. Add in the number of concerts I played in my feeble attempt at a music career, and that number jumps up a few notches. In that time I have been lucky to witness most of my favorite artists of all time in some shape or configuration. There are only a few of them left on the bucket list that I haven’t yet seen, or may never get to. However, I got to scratch a big one for me when Wardruna embarked upon their recent tour of the USA, only their second string of dates ever. Continue reading

Runeology – Einar Selvik Of Wardruna Interviewed

Wardruna, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Wardruna, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

 

In light of their most recent album, Runaljod – Ragnarok, Wardruna went on a European tour, playing two sold-out shows at Tivoli Vreedenburg in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Ghost Cult journalists Suzanne A. Maathuis and Lorraine Lysen went to Utrecht on Sunday the 30th of November to find out more about the latest album and some of the academic background of the project from Einar Selvik of Wardruna. He is also participating in this weekend’s New York By Norse event in partnership with Enslaved’s 25th year celebration. Einar talked with us about songwriting, the Rune Trilogy, Norse history and lore, the next Wardruna album, and much more. Continue reading

Wardruna – Runaljod – Ragnarok

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Wardruna’s Runaljod – Ragnarok (Indie Recordings/Norse Music), the cataclysmic end-of-the-world event of Norse mythology, is the third album in the “Runaljod” trilogy, following Gap var Ginnunga (Indie Recordings/Fimbulljóð Productions), the yawning void that existed before creation began, and Yggdrasil Indie Recordings /Fimbulljóð Productions, 2013), the tree of knowledge that spans the world. The title of the trilogy is Runaljod, rune-song or spell, and the runes of the elder fuþark, the rune-row or alphabet used in Germanic lands from roughly 100-700 AD, compose the overarching theme on all three albums. Continue reading