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EINAL “KVITRAFN” SELVIK discusses WARDRUNA’s epic closer to the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy…



It seems like they’ve been with us a long time, but only because we have gotten so used to the exciting and refreshing company of Wardruna that a music world without Einal “Kvitrafn” Selvik’s vehicle for delivering Norse mythology, traditions and spirituality seems tremendously less interesting. But no, it was a mere seven years (although the band/project has existed since 2003) since the Runaljod trilogy started with ‘Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga’, continued with ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’ and reached its conclusion now in the form of ‘Runaljod – Ragnarok’. In this relatively short meantime, and based on this trilogy alone, Wardruna have become massive, both in terms of inspiration to many a half-stale scene and also in terms of popularity, a popularity that has nevertheless been wisely managed. Playing beside Viking ships, on castles and on select cult events like Roadburn, each Wardruna live appearance still feels special and still carries an aura of magical elusiveness around it, the images evoked (all the traditional instruments used in the recordings are faithfully played live as well) still transport us to a very specific age and despite increased demand, it seems the ending of the trilogy won’t change anything.

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I love reading Album Of The Year features and it’s always fun compiling them – generally because they are often a great reminder of all the great albums that have come out over the last twelve months, as well as providing an opportunity to see how much in agreement we are all in here at Terrorizer HQ when it comes to displaying our own individual musical tastes. I’m sure you’ll read somewhere how 2016 has been a weak year for musical output, I read such articles every year and have done for as long as I can remember, but taste is in the ears of the beholder and frankly I reckon 2016 has provided some quality moments. I write this on the first day of hearing the new Metallica album as well. We didn’t get to hear the album prior to release – it would appear that someone in the band’s Ivory Tower didn’t consider the Terrorizer readers worthy of having a review in this issue. A shame really, and consequently the album hasn’t made our AOTY list. Rest assured that everything else that HAS made the list has been lovingly enjoyed for more than one measly advance stream anyway. We always try and keep things real at Tezza HQ. So who did make the Number One spot? Turn these ‘ere pages to find out! That’s also why you’ll find the mighty Crowbar on our cover. One of the most reliably heavy and honest bands out there – Kirk’s in mighty fine form and it’s a pleasure to have them on our final cover of the year. We hope you enjoy the story behind their new album and why he and Todd are back backing music once again. Here’s to a storming 2017! Adios Darren Sadler