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Wardruna
Yggdrasil
June 2013
Released: 2013, Indie Recordings
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Normally the word “folk” conjures up images of over abundant joy, a hint of skipping and generally images of Fintroll without electricity, so when approaching this album there was a sense of trepidation. However, this is none of that, and the classification of folk belies and cheapens the actual content of this work.



What you find is the re-imagined sound of Norse nature, a kind of new age interpretation of an era of long ships and pagan Gods gone by and what could very well be the soundtrack to an epic film set back in the golden age of Norway that so many people romanticise about. The album is rhythmically charged, never pushing, but always steadily propelling the traditional instruments and natural sounds in a trance like voyage.



It is an ambitious project and album, that could have fallen flat on its face but instead manages to take the listener on a truly unique journey from start to finish.



Review by Sarah Angelise
Track Listing

1. Rotlaust tre fell
2. Fehu
3. NaudiR
4. EhwaR
5. AnsuR
6. IwaR
7. IngwaR
8. Gibu
9. Solringen
10. Sowelu
11. Helvegen

Lineup

Einar Kvitrafn Selvik: Composer, vocals and all other instruments
Lindy-Fay Hella: Vocals
Gaahl: Vocals

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