Windir

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Windir
Origin Sogndal, Norway
Genres Black metal
Viking metal
Folk metal
Years active 1994–2004
Labels Tabu
Head Not Found
Associated acts Vreid
Cor Scorpii
Ulcus
Mistur
Website www.windir.no
Members Valfar
Strom
Sture
Hvàll
Steingrim
Righ

Windir (Primal Warrior in English) was a black metal band from Sogndal, Norway. The band combined black metal with folk music and mythology. The band was formed in 1994 and released its debut album in 1997. Windir was a project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terje "Valfar" Bakken.

Windir produced four albums in their almost ten years of existence. The band broke up when Valfar died of hypothermia. Many of Windir's lyrics are written in Sognamål.

Valfar's death[edit]

On January 14, 2004, Terje "Valfar" Bakken went to his family's cabin at Fagereggi, Norway, by foot. On January 17, his body was found at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. He died from hypothermia.[1] He was buried on January 27 at Stedje Church in Norway. In March 2004, Windir officially disbanded.

A compilation album containing Windir outtakes and B-sides, Valfar, ein Windir, was released in 2004 as a tribute to Valfar. On September 3, 2004, in Oslo, Windir's remaining members performed their last concert to go back to their roots and keep base with what they thought was real.[1] Enslaved, Finntroll, Notodden All Stars, Weh, E-Head and Mindgrinder were the guest bands. Three bands would be formed by some of the remaining members of Windir; Vreid, Mistur and Cor Scorpii.

Members[edit]

Final line-up[edit]

  • Valfar – vocals, accordion, and additional instruments
  • Hvàll (Jarle Kvåle) – bass guitar
  • Steingrim (Jørn Holen) – drums
  • Sture – rhythm guitar
  • Strom (Stian Bakketeig) – lead guitar
  • Righ (Gaute Refsnes) – keyboards

Past members[edit]

  • Sorg – guitars (1994 - 1996) and choir (on Det Gamle Riket)

Session members[edit]

Det Gamle Riket[edit]

  • Ulvar - choir
  • Annette - choir

Arntor[edit]

  • Steinarson - clean vocals
  • I. R. Aroy - lead guitar (tracks 2, 4 and 6)
  • Harjar - lead guitar (tracks 3 and 5)
  • B. T. Aroy - keys (track 7)

other session members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Demo albums[edit]

The demos feature Valfar on vocals, Sorg on guitars, and Steingrim on drums.

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Videos[edit]

Sognametal[edit]

With the coining of the term, the genre "Sognametal" as established by Windir has inspired many bands from the small region of Sogn og Fjordane, most of whom are ex-members of Windir or friends of them. These bands include: Vreid, Cor Scorpii, Mistur, Sigtyr and Feigd.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "AllMusic ((( Windir > Biography )))". AllMusic. Retrieved July 21, 2013.

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