Warduna – Runaljod: Gap Var Ginnunga (2015 Reissue) – If you’ve got a Viking heart and you’d never be caught dead without a sword in your hand, then you’re definitely going to love the passionate performance unleashed on this reissue. I haven’t heard the original myself, but I can say that the atmospheric and transcendental performance unleashed on this folk album is quite remarkable. I mean, I can’t compare it to anything that I’ve heard, even in terms of traditional Viking folk music. There’s something here that definitely has influence from acts like Dead Can Dance and perhaps even Qntal, bringing about a style that’s quite unique and should definitely appeal to those who are deeply entwined with Heathen beliefs. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s as deep as Enslaved, just without the metal elements. Runaljod puts me right in the center of a pagan ritual, where I can almost smell the incense and the whiff of spices from the food being cooked on the fire. It’s actually the closest thing you can get to having a personal ritual in your home and there’s no doubt that one of my ex-girlfriends would absolutely love it. The music of Warduna isn’t for everyone, but those who have heard the Valkyries call will no doubt be flocking to pick this one up on Vinyl, where it will no doubt sound even more rich and full of life that here in my digital copy. The All father commands that you pick up this wonderful piece of music and there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy it. For many, the experience in Runaljod will be far beyond that of mere listening for entertainment. For something ancient and powerful has been encased within this recording, begging for you to release it and experience the wonder for yourself. This is more than music, its spirit.
(12 Tracks, 52:00)