Released in a special runes slipcase, it also contains an extended booklet with original lyrics and translations.
'Runaljod-Ragnarok' is the third and last part of 'Wardruna's planned trilogy on awakening and remembrance of ancient nordic wisdom and the runes of the older Futhark. This disk is based on eight runes, as are the two predecessors 'Gap var ginninga' (2009) and 'Yggdrasil' (2013).
Tracklist - Runaljod-Ragnarok
- 4.MannaR – Drivande
- 5.MannaR – Liv
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Finally, we have the new Wardruna album, "Ragnarok", the third and final part of the "Runaljod" trilogy which includes their first two masterpieces, "Yggdrasil" (2013) and "Gap Var Ginnunga" (2009). This magnum opus has been over twelve years in the making and every second of every track on all three albums shows that it has truly been an inspired work and a labour of love. If you don't know Wardruna's music, it is quite hard to describe but basically it is an ambient soundscape of percussion, chant, bowed and wind instruments, natural sounds and complex studio treatments. It is not "viking music" but it is music largely inspired by Norse runes and their meanings, Norse sagas and legends and the Norwegian musicians of Wardruna's shared cultural history -and it is also undoubtedly modern in its use of studio techniques to enhance and meld together their unique mixture of traditional instruments, voices, throat singing and found sounds. Ultimately, it is music inspired by the natural world as much as by anyone's history or culture and, as such, Wardruna's music transcends national, cultural and linguistic boundaries to speak to the souls of all humankind. "Ragnarok" and it's fellows are not "easy listening" or anything like background music, so don't be put off by the use of the word "ambient" -this is ambient music in the fullest sense of the term: a fully-immersive, spiritually uplifting experience in the hands of shamen. In conclusion, this album should be purchased and enjoyed as part of a trilogy of works of global importance and, if you ever get the chance to see them live -do not hesitate! "The Runaljod Trilogy" is a masterpiece of human cultural achievement which we can all share in and of which we can all be proud.
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