A perfect offering for Earth Day, Norse legends Wardruna have released a majestic two-part album titled Kvitravn – First Flight of the White Raven. The first 11 songs are a re-release of Kvitravn which debuted in 2021 and scored numerous international chart entries, while the remaining 13 songs are live recordings consisting of new songs from Kvitravn as well as old favorites from across the band’s discography. Everything fans enjoy about Wardruna is present here including a use of traditional and historical instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Trossingen-lyre, Taglharpa, Sootharp, Langeleik, Crwth, Goat-horn, Lur, Bronze-lur, flute, and Moraharpa. This album also features guest vocals by a small group of prominent traditional singers, elevating the compositions’ worldly and historical feel while adding a dynamic beauty. With lyrical themes and matching atmospheric elements centering on Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, Kvitravn – First Flight of the White Raven is a deep and prolific artistic release capturing the splendor of Northern nature and culture.Continue reading
And today we drink stouts and red ales at a slightly higher rate than usual.
- Psycho Las Vegas has announced a fresh wave of artists, and holy crap is this thing stacked. Emperor, Mayhem, Mercyful Fate, Carcass, High On Fire… I mean the list goes on and on. Get the full scoop, plus tickets options, here.
- Alright, we’ve got some tours to share. We’ll start with Origin, Abysmal Dawn, Tombs, and Killitorous. Those are May and June dates, and yes, that is a stacked bill. Factoring in their adjacent tour with Misery Index, and it’s going to be a beast of a year for Origin. Tickets are available here.
- And then we have Darkest Hour, who are bringing Deliver Us on the road this coming July. Support will be in the form of Toxic Holocaust, Zao, and Bloodlet on select dates. Tickets are on sale now at this location.
- Wardruna have released a new video for the live version of “Skugge”. Check it out here. First Flight of the White Raven is out on April 22nd, and can be pre-ordered here.
- We’ll wrap up with some Swedish folk metal, in the form of Månegarm. The new video for “En snara av guld” is available below, the second single taken from Ynglingaättens Öde. That album is out on April 15th through Napalm Records… a label that owes me an email and two albums I ordered last year. Casual FYI.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
This is just getting chaotic at this point. Unsustainable will be the word of the year for 2021 in my life. Anyway. What did I miss in the metal world in the past 36 hours?
- Emptiness is streaming their full performance from Roadburn Redux. That event took place back in April (yet somehow feels only like yesterday), but is available again at the Season of Mist YouTube channel. This is obviously in support of their latest album, Vide, which I really wish I enjoyed more… but I still need to spend more time with it. Stay tuned.
- The Wardruna North American tour that was supposed to happen… this year? Last year? Whatever. It’s been moved to 2022, and they’ve added a couple new dates to the excursion. Those dates are all in October and November, so there’s some time to kill before we get there. That said, this is something I would like to take part in when the time comes.
- German post-black metal project Agrypnie have debuted a new track and video ahead of the release of the sixth full-length effort, Metamorphosis. That album is set for a July 30th release through AOP Records (and a few others), but you can check out “Verwüstung” right now.
- This is a fun one to toss in the mix today. Ghoul have announced a free livestream this coming Saturday, the 26th, along with the release of a limited edition “Live In The Flesh” VHS. I mean, I know tapes are making a comeback… but I didn’t see VHS tapes doing the same. But who knows!?
- And we’ll wrap up with a new music video from Nightfall for “Martyrs of the Cult of the Dead (Agita)”. The link below is the censored version, because I guess the original was released via OnlyFans? What on Earth is even happening anymore.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I ran today. DUMB.
- I like starting with a tour, and this Wardruna one seems like a good one to mention. September and October North American dates. That, with the release of Kvitravn on February 21st, means 2020 will be big for Wardruna.
- Archspire vocalist Oli Peters participated in a boxing charity event and has launched a fundraising campaign that supports the Vancouver community through the local Eastside Boxing Club. Sounds like they’re doing good stuff, check it out.
- Hatebreed have announced that they will be performing at the twelfth annual Launch Music Conference and Festival on May 2nd in Lancaster, PA. That event takes place at the Chameleon Club, for those local/interested in the event.
- Here’s a new video from hard rock group NeverWake for the track “Call Out My Name”. Give it a watch.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
On the label Tall Tee Tapes hailing from Cleveland, Ohio Pillars is not your standard power trio. Influenced by the roots of metal as well as the noisier stuff, they produce a blend of upbeat, inspiring music for you to bop your head, dance to or just flat out enjoy. You can check out their beyond promising demo here. So here’s your chance to get to know an up and coming band that will certainly be making waves in the near future. Continue reading