Wardruna at the Roadburn Festival, 2015
Lindy Fay Hella
John Stenersen
Wardruna is a Norwegian music group formed in 2003 by Einar Selvik along with Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella. They are dedicated to creating musical renditions of Norse cultural and esoteric traditions, and make significant use of Nordic historical and traditional instruments including deer-hide frame drums, flutes, kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, and lur. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water, and torches are also used.
Wardruna formed in 2003. Selvik and Gaahl were both previously members of Gorgoroth, appearing together on the album Twilight of the Idols and the live DVD Black Mass Krakow 2004. Selvik had also recorded with other projects including Det Hedenske Folk, Bak de Syv Fjell, Jotunspor, Sahg, Dead to this World, Skuggsjá, and Faun. Gaahl also recorded with Trelldom, Gaahlskagg, and God Seed.
In 2014, Selvik announced on the group's official Facebook page that they would take part in composing the score for season 2 of Vikings along with Trevor Morris. He later appeared as an actor on the show. In 2015, Gaahl left Wardruna on amicable terms.
In August 2017, Wardruna headlined the 20th alternative music, folk music, and experimental music festival Mėnuo Juodaragis in Dūburys Lake, Lithuania. In early 2018, they embarked on their first tour of North America.
The band's fourth album, the acoustic Skald, was released on 23 November 2018.
In February 2020, the band announced the release of their fifth studio album in June 2020. The album will be named Kvitravn, which means White Raven. The album was delayed to January 22, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jonathan Selzer of Metal Hammer magazine described Wardruna's music as "a conjunction of the earthy, the organic and the ethereal" with "runic-based rites inhabiting a frequency that once heard have always seemed just adjacent to everyday consciousness". Hannah May Kilroy of Kerrang! magazine wrote that "Wardruna may be at odds with the modern world, but, perhaps, they are exactly what the modern world needs."
Current members
- Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik – vocals, all instruments, composer
- Lindy Fay Hella – vocals, flute
- Arne Sandvoll - backing vocals, percussion
- HC Dalgaard - backing vocals, percussion, drums
- Eilif Gundersen - horns, flutes
- John Stenersen - moraharpa
Past members
- Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga (2009, Indie Recordings/Fimbulljóð Productions)
- Runaljod – Yggdrasil (2013, Indie Recordings/Fimbulljóð Productions)
- Runaljod – Ragnarok (2016, Indie Recordings/By Norse Music)
- Skald (2018, Indie Recordings/By Norse Music)
- Kvitravn (2021, Columbia Records)
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