The organizers of Hellfest have been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead — but with a limit of 5,000 people, all of whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.This is a bad sign for the upcoming European festival circuit this year as other countries are likely to follow the same protocols. The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot. Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. Hellfest 2021 was to have featured Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.
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Wardruna celebrated the Winter Solstice, one of the most important ancient Pagan holidays yesterday with a surprise livestream performance by Einjar Selvik and the group of their new single, “Andvervarljod” (Song Of The Spirit-weavers). This surprise livestream yesterday was a “skaldic” version of the longer version of the song, now available, from their forthcoming new album, Kvitravn releasing January 22 via By Norse Music in the U.S. and Sony Music / Columbia Records (worldwide excl. U.S.). Watch it now and stream the tracks!
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.
Wardruna has announced they have rescheduled their highly anticipated North American tour to next fall, 2021. All dates are below. Their new album Kvitravn (translated to White Raven) is releasing this winter, via By Norse Music in the U.S. and Sony Music / Columbia Records (worldwide Excl. U.S.). Tickets are on sale and pre-order bundles are now available in the U.S at the link below.Continue reading
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
Hellfest Open Air recently completed its first-ever online streaming festival. Hopefully, the real thing is coming back next summer! The venerable metal and rock fest announced their lineup for 2021, with most of the bands slated to have played in 2020, but canceled due to COVID-19. Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and many more will perform. Ten more bands will be added soon. Thirteen bands slated to play in 2020, but cannot attend 2021 include Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red.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
Wardruna will release their new album Kvitravn on January 22nd, 2021 via ByNorse/Sony Music. Today the band has shared their new single-video ‘Lyfjaberg’ today; a non-album track to fill up the gap until the release of the new album. The clip for ‘Lyfjaberg’ was mainly filmed in the mountains at Tustna in Norway. The band shot the video in early May of this year when all of a sudden winter decided to return with full strength and they ended up wading in half a meter snow for three days and nights. Watch the video now!
Exciting news from the gaming world as world-renowned musician and composer Einar Selvik of Wardruna is working on the score to the upcoming gameAssasin’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’sIvar 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 haveinterviewed Einar several timeson the subject of his composing work. Continue reading