Perhaps one of the most intriguing bands out there at the moment, Wardruna came out of black metal bands like Gorgoroth and took an intriguing swerve towards the folk music of their home country Norway but going far deeper than most bands, creating a brooding and rain swept dark take on Viking music with their own home made instruments.
Their debut album, Gap Var Ginnunga, released a couple of years ago was a highly original, great, sombre yet uplifting work built around runes with the songs inspiration coming from the ancient songs.
They have just released the following statement on their website about a new album that is rumoured to be coming out in the spring.
An Update on âRunaljod â Yggdrasilâ â¢ 9 Nov. 2012
A lot has happened since the release of our debut album in 2009. We have been lucky enough to be able to perform at some really special places and interesting festivals. A concert with Wardruna is in my view two-way communication, and meeting our audience has been both overwhelming and very inspiring for us.
Judging from the amount of comments and questions we get at our shows or by e-mail it seems clear to me that it is due time for more Wardruna music.
It has taken me quite a while to find the necessary calmness and time needed in order to create the way I do. Last year in November, I began recording for âRunaljod â Yggdrasilâ, which will be the second part of the âRunaljodâ trilogy. The creative process has been time-consuming and demanding, but I am very happy to say that I am now in the final stages of recording âYggdrasilâ. Like our previous album, it is partly recorded outdoors and in places or situations relevant to the given song. Although the instruments are more or less the same as on âgap var Ginnungaâ, the nature of the set of runes featured on âYggdrasilâ have naturally made it a very different album. It is also worth noting that this time Iâve been working more closely with Lindy and Gaahl during the creative process. We are all very satisfied with the result so far, and we are looking forward to presenting this new piece of old-rooted culture!
Together with Indie Recordings we are aiming for a spring release (March/April) both in Europe and in the US.