Viking folk music constellation WARDRUNA — which features multi-instrumentalist Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Kristian “Gaahl” Espedal (ex-GORGOROTH, GOD SEED), and vocalist Lindy Fay Hella — will release its second album, “Yggdrasil”, on March 15 in Norway, on March 25 in the rest of Europe and on April 2 in North America via Indie Recordings.
“Yggdrasil” is the follow-up to 2009’s “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
The second trailer for “Yggdrasil” can be seen below.
“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.