Thursday, February 16, 2012
You guys listen to Wardruna, right?
Just checking! Lately I've been recovering from some sort of stomach virus and lying around reading A Game of Thrones, and Warduna has become my constant soundtrack. To the loremasters among you they're undoubtedly old news, but if you haven't yet listened I can't recommend this project enough. Noktorn did a post many months ago about how much he hates the folk side projects of metal people, and I generally agree, but there has to be an exception to any sweeping generalization, and this is it. An evocation of the past, rather than a clumsy attempt to recreate it. Grounded in post-industrial and ambient music, rather than New Age bullshit or goofy fantasy tropes. Steeped in nightside skaldic lore. The reason Runaljod has a 99% average among four different Metal Archives reviewers is that it's actually perfect. Enough to make me forgive Gaahl for ruining Gorgoroth!
The secret hero of Wardruna, by the way, is the guy who plays mouth-harp. Dubstep bass has got nothing on the original wobbles!
ADDENDUM: if you want to see some more substantial thoughts on Runaljod and ambient music, check the comments section below. A couple people mentioned the lack of apparent pattern in this music, and I wrote a reply that ended up being almost a full album review.