Drottnar

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Drottnar
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Drottnar live at Elements of Rock 08 (CH)
Background information
Origin Fredrikstad, Norway
Genres Unblack metal,[1][2] death/doom,[3] Viking metal[1][3]
Years active 1996–present
Labels Endtime (2006–present)
Momentum Scandinavia (2003)
Plankton (2000)
Associated acts Horde
Website drottnar.com
Members Sven-Erik Lind
Karl Fredrik Lind
Bengt Olsson
Håvar Wormdahl
Glenn-David Lind
Past members Bjarne Peder Lind

Drottnar is a Christian extreme metal band from Fredrikstad, Norway. Formed in 1996, the band has released three albums, Spiritual Battle (2000), Welterwerk (2006), and Stratum, and an EP titled Anamorphosis (2003). The first album was released on UK label Plankton Records. They are currently signed to Swedish label Endtime Productions (Extol, Antestor, Crimson Moonlight).[4][5]

Drottnar is the plural (sing. Drottinn, Norwegian "Drott") of an Icelandic word for master, ruler or king. Originally adopting a Viking image,[6] the band is currently known for their peculiar thematics and live shows where they use military uniforms reminiscent of the Soviet style.

History[edit]

The band was originally formed under the name Vitality in 1996 by four Lind siblings:[7] vocalist Sven-Erik Lind, guitarist-keyboardist Karl Fredrik Lind, drummer Glenn-David Lind, and bassist Bjarne Peder Lind. They recorded their first two demos at X-Ray Studios. The first one, titled Doom of Antichrist, was released in May 1996.

In 1998, the name was changed to Drottnar and a demo titled A White Realm was recorded in September.

In 2000, the band released their demos together as an album titled Spiritual Battle. It was published by UK based label Plankton Records. The demos were remastered for the album, and Spiritual Battle was well received by Cross Rhythms Magazine.[3]

A year later, Drottnar entered the studio of Black Woods Productions and recorded a song called "Trellebaand Maa Briste" for the Swedish label Endtime Productions' compilation album In the Shadow of Death.

The band changed its image a bit and used more militant elements such as gas masks as part of its live shows. In 2003, Drottnar recorded an EP titled Anamorphosis on the Norwegian label Momentum Scandinavia. The EP was limited to 850 pieces, and contains an intro and three songs with violins on the intro and other parts. Bass player Bjarne Peder Lind left the band before the album was recorded. Drottnar was joined by guitarist Bengt Olsson and bassist Håvar Wormdahl.

Vocalist Sven-Erik Lind wearing a military uniform.

In 2005, the band was signed to Endtime Productions, and entered Subsonic Studios to record new material. Some elements such as trumpet were recorded in Ostrava, Czech Republic by Jan-Espen S. Schildmann. In April 2006, the band released an album titled Welterwerk.[8] A 7 inch vinyl single titled Ad Hoc Revolt was also released for promotional purposes. Around the time of the album's release, the band began using early 20th century military regalia as part of their image, mocking Nazi and Communist regimes.[2]

Drottnar has performed with bands such as Grimfist and Extol. The band played a short tour in the U.S. in summer 2008, performing at the Cornerstone Festival.

On February 1, 2009, the band announced that it was recording a new album.[9] The next day, Drottnar announced the departure of guitarist Bengt Olsson.[10] However, later that year, on August 12, the band announced that Olsson had rejoined Drottnar.[11] Recording continued for the next few years. A single from the album, "Lucid Stratum", was released on November 8, 2011.[12] On October 13, 2012, the band released the new album, entitled Stratum, in digital format, as well as a music video for the song "We March".[13][14]

Festival performances[edit]

Drottnar has played at notable festivals such as Sweden's Endtime Fest,[15] Norway's Nordic Fest,[16] Switzerland's Elements of Rock,[17] and Finland's Immortal Metal Fest.[18]

Lyrics and themes[edit]

In the beginning the band's lyrics dealt with Christianity with a brutal and extreme approach; the lyrics on the album Spiritual Battle were inspired by the Book of Revelation and dealt mostly with the battle ravaging the spiritual world. The band members have said "The Norwegian black metal scene does not influence our lyrics, but the lyrics are still written in a black metal way, fitting our music well."[7]

Megaphones are a recognizable element of Drottnar's live shows.

Currently Drottnar has had a special feature for several years, the use of Czech or "Soviet" style elements: the song titles and lyrics contain Soviet-sounding words and metaphors, some songs contain samples of radio play or radio communication elements involved in the 20th century,[8] and at concerts all band members use Soviet or "DDR" type uniforms,[19] "mocking notorious Nazi and Communist regimes".[2] The vocalist Sven-Erik Lind typically uses effects such as megaphones to create a militant atmosphere.

Musical style[edit]

Drottnar's general style has been described as unblack metal,[1][2] death/doom,[3] and Viking metal.[1][3] On Spiritual Battle, the band was compared to Groms, Extol, and Antestor, and Sven-Erik used a vocal style ranging from growling to a more high-pitched style.[3] With the release of Welterwerk, Drottnar broadened their style, "aiming somewhere between Atheist, Extol, and the most complex Mayhem material and almost hitting the mark."[2]

Discography[edit]

Members[edit]

Drottnar live in 2008.

Current lineup[edit]

Former members[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Drottnar". MusicMight. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Wagner, Wilson, pp. 276–277.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cranson, David (February 2001). "Drottnar - Spiritual Battle". Cross Rhythms (61). Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  4. ^ (name redacted) (2004-08-20). "Drottnar - Anamorphosis". Metal.de. Versus: Media UG. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  5. ^ Skjæringrud, Morgan (2003-09-20). "Drottnar". Musikkavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  6. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Vitality". MusicMight. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  7. ^ a b Sharpe-Young 2001, "Drottnar", p. 133. Quote: "Although just as vicious and chaotic as many pure Black Metal band, Drottnar are in fact ardent Christians. The band employs strong use of mythical imagery from the books of revelation to achieve their aim."
  8. ^ a b Haustein, Christoph (2007-05-26). "Drottnar - Welterwerk" (in German). Crossover AGM. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  9. ^ "Recording new album!". Facebook. February 1, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bengt leaves Drottnar". Facebook. February 2, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Announcement". Facebook. August 12, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "DROTTNAR - http://itunes.apple.com/no/album/lucid-stratum/id478202731?i=478202733&l=nb". Facebook. November 8, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ C., Taylor (October 13, 2012). "Drottnar – We March". Indie Vision Music. Brandon Jones. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ Drottnar (October 13, 2012). "DROTTNAR - WE MARCH (OFFICIAL)". YouTube. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Extol, Crimson Moonlight, Veni Domine Confirmed for Sweden's Endtime Festival - Jan. 10, 2007". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  16. ^ "Nordic Fest 2005". Nordic Fest. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  17. ^ "Veni Domine Confirmed for Switzerland's Elements of Rock Festival - Dec. 13, 2003". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2007-11-21. Other bands scheduled to appear at the three-day event are Jim LaVerde and the Sanctuary Worhsip Team (USA), Immortal Souls (Fin), Seventh Avenue (Ger), Drottnar (Nor), Slechtvalk (Neth), Crushead (Ger), Sacrificium (Ger), Arson (Ger), Exaudi (Ger), Demoniciduth (Swi) and Disobedience (Swi). 
  18. ^ "Immortal Metal Fest 2006 (Drottnar was the headliner)". Immortal Metal Fest. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  19. ^ Lockert, Morten (2007-05-26). "Grimfist + Drottnar (Oslo 26.05.07)". Heavymetal.no (in Norwegian=). Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 

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