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on 27 March 2013
I have followed Wardruna since the release of Gap Var Ginnuga in 2009, and I have to say, their music never fails to impress me. Its persistence in opening the mind allows the imagination to wander freely; something which popular chart music seems to lack. Do not take Wardruna's music at surface value - it routes far deeper than mere entertainment! This is an absolute masterpiece of soul and mind!
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When Wardruna released 'Gap Var Ginunga' in 2009 they changed the musical landscape forever. A work of profound creativity, and with great respect for ancestral roots and Scandinavian culture, it took me completely by surprise. I was familiar with the previous music of - and had respect for - Gaahl and Kvitrafn, who make up two thirds of Wardruna. Their previous bands were unashamedly metal, but with Wardruna they jumped forward light years by going back to the musical roots of their people: the originators of the runes. This is modern folk music made by musicians with tried-and-tested cultural credibility. Gaahl and Kvitrafn were long revered as heavy metal musicians, but they sound much more at home on Wardruna's music. Their voices are astounding, their musicianship out of this world. This is what they were born to create.

'Yggdrasil' takes over where 'Gap Var Ginunga' left off, in vast swathes of powerful percussive rhythms and chanted vocals. Gaahl and Kvitrafn are in finer voice than ever before, now free to explore dimensions that their previous metal bands didn't allow. Wardruna's female member, Lindy-Fay Hella, sounds angelic, her voice alternating between ethereal vulnerability and Viking menace.

Since 2009's 'Gap Var Ginunga' I've noticed many metal bands adopting elements of Wardruna's sound. This is both testament to the impact of Gaahl and Kvitrafn, and proof that they are looked at as trailblazers: those who lead without ever feeling desire to follow.

Both Wardruna albums take the listener on journeys through Scandinavian forests, over ice-capped mountains, along fjords and out to sea on longship voyages into undiscovered waters. Their music is timeless, rooted in the past but ever contemporary. 'Yggdrasil' features more keyboard than its predecessor, but those sounds fit in perfectly, adding another layer to the profound sound that already had more levels than you could shake a goat horn at.

This is music of substance. It won't just improve your mood: it'll change you for the better.
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on 29 May 2014
A fantastic concept. Highly evocative! Not to be missed. Transports you to that byegone Nordic world. Brings alive the viking spirit.
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on 10 February 2016
hard to describe but imagine laying back as the water cascades, the crows call and the world turns beneath you pulsing and alive with the gods and goddesses, your veins thrill to the sound of old norse instruments and vocals calling you to the time of the runes being the revealed to odin and his people living free among the stars before the christ lead us to mournful self flaggalation and you have a whisper of what this cd is like.can only recommend you listen and enjoy as I did. well worth buying and loving.
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on 13 August 2015
Got into Wardruna thru the soundtrack to ' Vikings ' , and having been a longtime fan of all things Norse and I am totally hooked.

Their music takes you to another time and place. ... My next quest, to see them live.!
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on 12 May 2015
Fantastic CD, very Pagan Oriented with fantastic Drum beats. Great to hear original instruments being used and wonderful ritualistic tunes.
Really love this Cd and have bought more from Wardruna.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 December 2013
I was introduced to the sound of this band very recently and they're very difficult to define. The rhythms reach into your soul. The percussive sound is absolutely mind blowing and mixed with the chanting is quite hypnotic. And what a bargain with free auto rip as well as the hard copy. The album has bowled me over and I'm keen to hear more of this strange Icelandic sound from this and similar bands. Put simply, it's brilliant!
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on 31 January 2016
Good as Gap var Ginnunga's elemental runic innvocations. Excellent male and female vocals. Goose bumps in good way. Roll on part 3 of this brilliant original runic trilogy.
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on 20 November 2015
A fantastic album by Wardruna, I can't wait for more from these talented musicians who clearly pour their heart, soul and spirituality into what they do.
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on 5 February 2014
Each and every track is a joyful experience, taking you on a mystical voyage of discovery. Immensely looking forward to their next album.
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