Wardruna’s new album ”Yggdrasil” is out now! This is the second album in the Runaljod trilogy, a musical rendition of the 24 runes in the elder futhark, by Kvitrafn and Gaahl. With the use of the oldest of Nordic instruments and poetic metres as well as lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue, Wardruna is now, after nearly three years in the making, finally ready to return with the second album in the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy entitled ‘Yggdrasil’. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Kvitrafn Selvik has, together with vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella, managed to make a strikingly beautiful and intense continuation of what was started with their first album, but without falling into the trap of merely repeating themselves.
In diesem Buch schafft es die Autorin, Nordische Mythologie und Runen gut verständlich in Theorie und Praxis zu verknüpfen. Es ist spannend, wie sie die Runen beschreibt und ein zusammen hängendes Weltbild des nordischen Spirituellen Weges vermittelt. Die Runen werden sehr vielseitig beschrieben, so dass sowohl die Anwendung als Orakel mit mehreren Schwerpunkten so gut wie in keinem anderen mir bekannten Buch dargestellt wird, als auch ihre magische Anwendung profund vermittelt wird. Freya Aswynn ist offensichtlich sehr undogmatisch und entnimmt das, was sie lehrt, ihren persönlichen Recherchen und Erfahrungen…
Yggdrasil from Munich named themselves after the world ash or yew tree of the Germanic tribes and played progressive rock of a calmer nature, with flute, violin, and English lyrics. They are hardly known, as their own LP, recorded in the Robert Meilhaus Studio, didn’t get beyond the so-called metal acetate, a pre-state which can be played. In summer 1972, only 10 copies were produced by Meilton; they have never appeared in collector circles. These records could probably be sold for a four-digit amount today. The CD contains the five LP tracks plus eight instrumentals from 1970, then soundtrack to the TV series “Sommer in Sizilien”, as well as five demo tracks recorded in the rehearsal room.
Swedish folk metal masters YGGDRASIL released their new album, "Irrbloss" (English translation: "Will-o-wisps") on April 25 via Grand Master Music. The long-awaited follow up to 2008's "Vedergällning" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Grand Master Audio in Sweden.
Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED will release their tenth full-length album, "As Yggdrasil Trembles", on March 19 in Europe and April 6 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast Records. According to the band, the musical direction of the forthcoming CD, which was recorded at guitarist Fredrik Folkare's Chrome studio, is "the logical continuation from 'Midvinterblot'  and 'Hammer Battalion' . Lyrically, you will recognize what has become the UNLEASHED trademark since more than 20 years, the combination of the past, present and future of viking struggle and way of life. A few of the songs also mark the beginning of a story never before told."
Yggdrasil is finally back with a new album, for a long time this album has been anticipated by many of you, and it is up to you to decide whether or not it meets your expectations, but I will still review it for you as always.
For those of you who have not yet heard Yggdrasil, they play Swedish Folk Metal, melodic and perfect for head banging, though they sound quite raw at some points. They play fast and hard, sometimes accompanied by traditional folk instruments. The vocals change between raw and clean. Most of the songs have fast drums and guitars that play more melodic, accompanied by a violin and the voice of Gustaf Hagel, this is a setup that works quite well and manages to make eight good songs.
The album is very good, and I advice all of you to get this, my expectations were met, and I think most of you will be satisfied with the result as well.