Wardruna Shares New Standalone Single and Video- “Lyfjaberg” 

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!

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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

ALBUM REVIEW: Myrkur – Folkesange

Amalie Brunn is a chameleon of the most striking, variant shades, which makes the English transalation of her of her alter-ego Myrkur (‘Darkness’) something of a paradox. That darkness, of course, comes from the Dane’s lyrical content, and frequent Black Metal incursions into the Folk-based music she peddles with wondrous feeling. New album Folkesange (Relapse Records), however, eschews the usual harsh accompaniment: focusing purely on her Scandinavian Folk roots and delivering a set of softened, heartfelt songs. Continue reading

Hellfest 2020 is Officially Canceled, 2021 Fest Announced

Faith No More in Boston, by Meg Loyal Photography

Crushing news for the summer festival season in Europe, as France’s legendary Hellfest, has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival announced today it was unable to host the festival, which takes place in Clisson, France, outside of Paris. Hellfest 2021 is already announced for next summer. The 2020 edition was to have had Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast had an episode dedicated to the fest last summer. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: My Dying Bride – The Ghost Of Orion

Hot on the heels of ex-bandmate Hamish Glencross’s latest effort with new band Godthrymm comes The Ghost Of Orion (Nuclear Blast), the fourteenth full-length from Yorkshire Gothic Doom royalty My Dying Bride. This year celebrating 30 years as an entity, any pressure the band may have felt is counteracted by an expectedly assured, emotionally raw performance that comes with such craftsmanship and experience. 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

GIVEAWAY: Win a Pair of Tickets to See Wardruna on Their North American Tour

Wardruna has just announced their highly new album Kvitravn (translated to White Raven) coming out this June 5th via By Norse Music in the U.S. and Sony Music / Columbia Records (worldwide Excl. U.S.)! They also booked a world tour, including dates for North America! You can win a pair of tickets to any of the shows on the tour from Ghost Cult! To enter head to Ghost Cult on Facebook, post the name of your favorite Wardruna song, and tag at least one friend you want to bring with you! The winner will be chosen at random, and the contest ends March 1st! Enter to win now and also buy tickets to any of the Wardruna shows at this link!

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Wardruna Announces New Album “Kvitravn”, Books US Tour Dates

Wardruna has announced its highly anticipated new album Kvitravn (translated to White Raven) this June 5 via By Norse Music in the U.S. and Sony Music / Columbia Records (worldwide Excl. U.S.). A new single will release the first new music from the album will be revealed on February 21. In the meantime, pre-order bundles are now available in the U.S at the link below. Continue reading

Watch Wardruna Featuring Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) Perform “Kvervandi” Live

Wardruna has shared pro-shot video of the group performing in Kraków at Klub Studio, Poland earlier in 2019. The band performed their song ‘Kvervandi”, featuring Einer Selvik’s frequent collaborator Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved. Wardruna has a heavy 2020 schedule planned with headline shows, festivals and hopefully some new music. Einar and Wardruna’s music has been featured in the History Channel series Vikings, which has started its 6th and final season in November. Watch the video below! Continue reading

Hellfest 2020 Books Faith No More, Deftones, System of A Down, Korn, Judas Priest and More!

Hellfest has announced its 15th-anniversary lineup for summer 2020, and it looks like a dream! Already announced Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and many more. Hellfest takes place June 19-21 in Clisson, France near Paris and ticket info is coming soon! Continue reading