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Wardruna - Helvegen (LIVE)
Performing a song from their upcoming album Yggdrasil. Beautiful.
Wardruna - Runaljod - Yggdrasil
The second instalment of the Runaljod trilogy will be released by Indie Recordings on March 15 in Norway, March 25 in Europe and April 2 in North America.
If you haven’t listened to this fantastic project, you should definitely open a new tab and give em a listen. I’m excited for this!
Agalloch - Sowilo Rune
I was so surprised when I realised how many people weren’t aware of Agalloch’s amazing EP, The White. Imagine their folky interlude songs, and then turn all of them them into a 32-minute masterpiece. This is the result!
Very atmospheric. Very acoustic-based. Very good.
John Haughm (Agalloch)
Wardruna - Jara
Okay, so I haven’t recommended an artist in a while, and this isn’t even black metal… but fuck it. Wardruna is a musical project which includes two fairly big names in the BM scene; Kvitrafn and Gaahl. Their music is based on Nordic spiritualism and the runes of the Elder Futhark. I’m sure lovers of anything Norse will adore this folky ambient masterpiece.
Their first and only album, as of yet, is called Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga, and makes great use of horns, percussion and all manner of Nordic/folk instruments. The 12-track album flows with the fluidity of a mountain stream - it’s a piece of art, honestly. If you’re a fan of late night/early morning walks in the woods, this is, without a doubt, the album for you.
Do you have any artists that you’d like me to add to my recommendations page?
Uaral - Depression
Uaral are a Chilean folk/doom metal band. They utilise the acoustic guitar, flute and piano to create melancholic, but wonderfully harmonious music. Many people dislike the growly vocals, and it’s all a matter of personal opinion, though I love the style. A few examples of the more black metal-like high shrieks can be found in a few songs, but the low growling is the favoured of the two.
They have a few releases out(3 demos, an EP and two full length albums) that I’m sure are available on the internet for download, but I imagine they’d be much harder to find in person. I really enjoyed listening through the Sounds of Pain(2005) album - whilst waiting for a bus in the rain, actually… For fans of folk influenced metal, atmospheric dark/doom metal, or generally dark acoustic music.
I should also note, the videos found on YouTube for Uaral’s music are full of cringy pictures. I’d advise last.fm, or closing your eyes. Or something.