Getting fully back into concert mode has been fun, but also scary on some levels as a fan. I need live music in my life, bad, but I am nervous around small clubs and tons of people right now, since the pandemic is still a thing. Nevertheless, I got the opportunity to cover legends like Black Label Society, Obituary, and Prong all at the same show, no less, and so I had to handle my emotions and nerves (I have pretty bad anxiety on the reg) and trooped out to Sacramento’s respected Ace of Spades club.
Whenever the subject of influential Viking metal rears its head from beneath freezing, storm-ridden waves, Dragons of the North (Napalm Records) by Norwegian act Einherjer usually finds its way into the conversation fairly quickly. Released in 1996, the record still remains a favourite among fans of the excessively hairy subgenre, and twenty-five years later the band are still going strong.
Viking Metal started out by combining the epic energy of Black Metal with the mystical grace of Folk music. Enslaved is a band at the pinnacle of this heavy, Nordic sound. Starting out as teenagers, this Norweigian act has successively enhanced the Scandinavian metal scene for nearly thirty years. Their beginnings were more in the realm of the extreme, but over time Enslaved has not been afraid to dip into other genres like Prog Rock and Jazz. It’s encouraging to witness their ability to be undaunted by their explorations while still being true to their Viking roots. Their new fifteenth full-length album, Utgard (Nuclear Blast) verifies their astute ambition of experimentmentation and expression.
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
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
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
Vocal teacher and YouTuber Beth Roars is back with another video analyzing singers and bands from across music. In this new video, she reviews and critiques Einar Selvik of Wardruna performing “The Vikings” Suite with the Krakow Symphony in Poland. In addition to Wardruna, Selvik is a composer, performer and makes an occasional cameo on the History Channel television series, Vikings.
For metal fans, the subject of Vikings is nothing new. From wondering why no-one seems to like ‘Invaders’ by Iron Maiden, or suddenly bursting into a frighteningly loud rendition of Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Immigrant Song’ at the merest mention of Thor: Ragnarok, those hairy little pillagers have been part and parcel of our music scene for decades.Continue reading
Swedish Black Metal band Fornhem has shared the audio of a new song. The two-piece Norse inspired band is working on a new album for 2019, due out on Trollmusic. Their new album will be the follow-up to their last album Ett fjärran kall, also released on Trollmusic. Continue reading
Einar Selvik of Wardruna has once again provided the soundtrack for the History Channel television series Vikings. Inspired by tales of Norsemen of Medieval Scandinavia, and Selvik’s original Norse inspired music and instrumentation lends historical authenticity and context to the episodes. We’re looking forward to Wardruna’s 2018 tour of the USA. Continue reading