Wardruna are a band from Norway that is known for having Gaahl (Gorgoroth, Godseed) as the vocalist and instead of the black metal that the singer is known for this band goes for more of a a mixture of neo - folk, ambient and world music and this is a review of their 2009 album "Runaljord - Gap Var Ginnuga" which was re - issued by Indie Recordings.
A very shamanistic sound starts off the album along with some folk instruments that also bring in a feeling of a fantasy movie soundtrack to the recording and you can also hear melodic chanting being utilized at times in certain sections of the recording and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
A great amount of the music on the recording has a very ritualistic and tribal feeling being produced in most of the songs along with a great amount of percussion beats and you can hear a great amount of world music and new age elements in the bands musical sound along with a great amount of fiddle playing and some of the whispers that are utilized bring in a black metal influence to the recording.
As the album progresses more Nordic style instruments are brought onto the recording bringing in the folk music sound and culture of the country which they also mix in with a very dark and atmospheric ambient sound at times and some of the tracks also bring in small amounts of female vocals and spoken word parts.
Wardruna creates a musical style that brings in a very shamanistic and tribal Nordic pagan folk music and mixes it with ambient and world music to update their sound for the modern day, the production sounds very dark and powerful while the lyrics are written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto Norse and cover Paganism themes and the Futhark alphabet.
In my opinion Wardruna are a very great sounding mixture of folk, world music and ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hagal" "Jara" "Kauna" and Dagr". 8 out of 10.