Wardruna at the Roadburn Festival 2015
|Genres||Nordic folk, ambient, dark folk|
|Labels||Indie Recordings, By Norse Music|
|Associated acts||Gorgoroth, Sahg, Trelldom, Gaahlskagg, God Seed|
Lindy Fay Hella
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 primitive deer-hide frame drums, flutes, kraviklyr, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn and lur. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are also used.
The band have since released three full-length albums, each based on a set of runes.
TeamRock.com described Wardruna's music as "a conjunction of the earthy, the organic and the ethereal" with "runic-based rites inhabit[ing] a frequency that once heard have always seemed just adjacent to everyday consciousness".
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 2014, 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 in Lithuania. In early 2018, they embarked on their first tour of North America.
The band's fourth album, the acoustic format Skald, is scheduled for release on 23 November 2018.
- Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik – vocals, all instruments, composer
- Lindy Fay Hella – vocals, flute
- Arne Sandvoll
- HC Dalgaard
- Eilif Gundersen
- Jørgen Nyrønning
- Gaahl – vocals
- 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)
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