The History Channel's newest series, "Vikings", a historical fiction series based on the reign of Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok directed by Michael Hirst ("Elizabeth", "The Tudors"), will feature music by Norwegian heritage folk act WARDRUNA in several episodes. The series, which premiered earlier this week, has licensed several songs from both albums in the group's in-progress "Runaljod" trilogy — 2009's "Gap Var Ginnuga" and the upcoming album "Yggdrasil", due out April 2 in North America. Make sure to tune in to "Vikings" on the History Channel on Sundays at 10/9C to hear WARDRUNA!
You can hear a sample of the first seven tracks from the upcoming album "Yggdrasil" along with insight and commentary from founding members Kvitrafn and Gaahl (GOD SEED, ex-GORGOROTH) in the two teaser videos below.
"Yggdrasil" is the follow-up to "Gap Var Ginnunga" and is the second album in the group's planned "Runaljod" trilogy based on the interpretation of the runes of the elder futhark.
"Yggdrasil" track listing:
01. Rotlaust Tre Fell
Total running time: 66:14
"Yggdrasil" will be available as regular jewel case CD and as digibook CD with an exclusive 32-page booklet. Vinyl version will be available through Back On Black. The digibook version will also be sold together with a limited-edition necklace as a package.
About the new album, Kvitrafn commented, "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 'Yggdrasil', the second part of the 'Runaljod' trilogy. The creative process has been time-consuming and demanding, but I am very happy...
"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 'Gap Var Ginnunga', the nature of the set of runes featured on 'Yggdrasil' have naturally made it a very different album. It is also worth noting that this time I've 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!"
WARDRUNA recently performed at the medieval/fantasy festival Castlefest in the Netherlands, about which Selvik commented: "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."
Additonally, the band has been confirmed to perform at this year's Inferno metal festival, set to take place March 14-16 in Switzerland, alongside acts such as ANAAL NATHRAKH, PRIMORDIAL, DARK FUNERAL, MY DYING BRIDE and AURA NOIR.
In September, WARDRUNA will make its American live debut at the Stella Natura Festival, an ambient/folk/black/doom-centered event to be held at Shinnyboo Creek Resort in California's Tahoe National Forest.