Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s “Skuggsjá” – By Norse Music re-issue - on 2x12" Oxblood vinyl in Gatefold! Limited to 300 copies worldwide, online stores exclusive!
Features a completely renewed artwork with the full lyrics and English translations (previously available only in long sold-out limited editions)!
When renowned musicians such as ENSLAVED guitarist / composer Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik – the mastermind behind WARDRUNA, which gained attention far beyond the world of music for their contributions to the score of the acclaimed ‘Vikings’ TV-series – join forces, the outcome is far too easily dismissed in advance as a “super project”.
By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, SKUGGSJÁ speak of the history of Norway and reflect relevant aspects from the past into our present day. Using metal instrumentation as well as some of Scandinavia’s oldest instruments and poetry in Norse and Norwegian, ‘Skuggsjá’ represents a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.
‘Skuggsjá’ was originally conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. The arrangement was performed by ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA as a concert piece in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the Eidsivablot festival in Eidsvoll, Norway on September 13th, 2014.
1. Intro: Ull Kjem
3. Makta Og Vanæra, For All Tid
4. Tore Hund
5. Rop Fra Røynda - Mælt Fra Minne
6. Skuggeslåtten (instrumental)
9. Bøn Om Ending, Bøn Om Byrjing
10. Outro: Ull Gjekk
Release date: November 26, 2021
Label: By Norse Music
Media Type: 2x12" in Gatefold
Enslaved and By Norse Music present "Tón Leithsla I - Hordanes Land": a very limited edition of the all-times classic as a picture disc, including exclusive content! Strictly limited to 500 copies and sold exclusively online.
"Tón Leithsla I - Hordanes Land" is the first opus in an exclusive By Norse Music series that celebrates the label's most iconic releases. The series title "Tón Leiðsla" is a construct that means "a graphic representation of a musical vision" and depicts the creative collaboration between the artists and By Norse Music at the core of these editions.
Each opus in the "Tón Leithsla" series features an illustration by Bergen-based artist Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and a unique poem created or commissioned by the artists. The "Hordanes Land" poem was written by Ivar Bjørnson and evokes the cross-over between History, Tolkien-influence and Norse mythology that was behind this iconic mini-album. The layout of the series was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (Kreator, Slayer, etc.).
In March 2018, By Norse Music reissued Enslaved's debut EP "Hordanes Land" plus a bonus track as a full-length release. First released in 1993 as a mini 12" LP, "Hordanes Land" was also released a few weeks later as a split CD album with Emperor and is considered a key release in the development of Viking metal. The original songs were entirely remastered by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio (Bergen, Norway) and the bonus track "Enslaved", first released in 1992.
1. Slaget i skogen bortenfor (Epilog / Slaget)
2. Allfothr Othinn
3. Balfor (Andi fara / Prologr)
4. Enslaved (Bonus Track)
The Nordic-folk trio KAUNAN breathe new life into old traditional Scandinavian music, re-awakening the ancient realms of pre-Christian folklore by drawing on ancient songs and tunes; odd scales; early folk instruments like the kontrabasharpa, the hurdy-gurdy, various lutes, the lyre, and the bagpipes; and the old Nordic myths.
After nine years of performing and collecting song material, KAUNAN will finally release their debut album entitled “FORN” through the Norwegian label BY NORSE MUSIC later this fall.
KAUNAN is Oliver S. Tyr (Ger.), Boris Koller (Au.) and Göran Hallmarken (Swe). Oliver S. Tyr is the frontman of the well-known German folk band FAUN. Boris Koller is a professional painter and composer who specializes in working with the old types of Nyckelharpa (the Kontrabasharpa, and Gammelharpa). He has contributed to numerous studio productions and concerts performed by various early music ensembles. Göran Hallmarken is one of the most outstanding hurdy-gurdy players on the Swedish folk and medieval music scene. As of now (2017), KAUNAN have played concerts in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. Audiences have been fascinated not only by their virtuous performances, but also by the drive and archaic power that lies behind their fresh interpretations of the old songs. KAUNAN do not simply play a Polska; they celebrate it, with almost religious passion.
The upcoming album features contributions by leading guest musicians such as Einar Selvik (WARDRUNA), Maria Franz (HEILUNG and SONGLEIKR) and the Swedish percussionist Dhani Åhlman. Accompanied by a booklet rich in illustrations, photos and background stories about the folklore traditions that lie behind the songs, “FORN” will open a new previously uncharted doorway into the world of the ancient north.
KAUNAN “FORN” LINE-UP:
Boris Koller: Kontrabasharpa, Oktavkontrabasharpa Göran Hallmarken: Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy, Bagpipe, Mouth Harp Oliver s. Tyr: Irish Bouzouki, Mandora, Mandola, Trossingen Lyra, Mouth Harp GUEST MUSICIANS:
Dhani Åhlman: Percussion Einar Selvik: Vocals on “Vallåt” Maria Franz: Vocals on “Vallåt” Ilan Rosén: Mouth Harp on “Den gamle Sordølen”
1. Halteguten 4:38 Min 2. Polska Svit 3:47 Min 3. Elve Fert 5:24 Min 4. Vandringen 4:52 Min 5. Svärdsjö Polska 3:34Min 6. Vallåt 4:09 Min 7. Noaks Pennkniv 4:47 Min 8. Byss Kalles Vals 4:39 Min 9. Den Gamle Sordølen 2:16 Min 10. Polska från Älvdal 4:11 Min 11. Dansen Ungdom 3:37 Min
Label: By Norse Music Media Type: 12" LP Release date: October 13, 2017 Traditional Folk/World Music
"This album marks the beginning of the end. It's the third and final part of our reverse chronological saga, which explores mortality and the perverting nature of loss through the lens of Faroese culture and mythology." - Jon Aldara Roughly translated as Body of the Mist, Tamsins Likam is an attempt to create the most intriguing, honest and unique Hamferd experience yet. It is nothing less than a pinnacle; a culmination of many years of refining both sound and songwriting, spearheaded by a strong desire to keep progressing and expanding. This has resulted in an album bustling with elements ancient and familiar, violent and strange, earthen and spectral - all the while fiercely seeking to surprise and move the listener.
Tracklist: 01. Fylgisflog 02. Stygd 03. Tvi´stevndur Meldur 04. Frosthvarv 05. Hon Syndrast 06. Va´pn I´ Anda
Label: Metal Blade Records Media type: 12" LP Release date: January 12, 2018 Genre: Doom Metal
Live in Tórshavn is a selection of 16 Eivør instant classics from her albums Room, Bridges and Slør. The songs were selected from the recordings of three consecutive shows in the Old Theatre in Tórshavn - Faroe Islands, 2017.
Eivør´s unique blend of Faroese tradition and various contemporary impulses transcends borders of musical genres with her modern yet timeless musical expression. “Live in Tórshavn” offers a great selection of her songs and displays her undisputed talent as a songwriter and what a truly extraordinary live-artist she is. To quote Eivør herself: “The live show is my thing, and the songs truly come alive to me when I can reflect them back to an audience.”
Long-time friends/collaborators Mikael Blak (bass, synths), Høgni Lisberg (drums, vocals) and Hallur Johnsson (FOH engineer) are an essential part of the live show Eivør has been building since the release of her latest album Slør (2015). Live in Tórshavn is the natural continuity of the studio albums, giving them a second life and taking the songs further into the territories of Alternative, Rock, and Folktronica. Interpreting her roots in a modern way and attracting more people from all ages and all crowds, Eivør plays music for the soul and delivers breathtaking performances, hitting notes that only a handful could reach with such precision and grace.
01 Mjørkaflo´kar (Live in Tórshavn) 02 Brotin (Live in Tórshavn) 03 Verð mi´n (Live in Tórshavn) 04 Salt (Live in Tórshavn) 05 Rain (Featuring Konni Kass) (Live in Tórshavn) 06 Bridges (Live in Tórshavn) 07 The Swing (Live in Tórshavn) 08 Famous Blue Raincoat (Live in Tórshavn) 09 Remember Me (Live in Tórshavn) 10 On My Way To Somewhere (Live in Tórshavn) 11 Silvitni (Live in Tórshavn) 12 Trøllabundin (Live in Tórshavn) 13 Boxes (Live in Tórshavn) 14 Tides (Live in Tórshavn) 15 True Love (Live in Tórshavn) 16 Falling Free (Live in Tórshavn)
Label: By Norse Music Release date: April 5th, 2019 Genre: Pop / Folktronica / Alternative Rock
Renown Wardruna co-lead singer Lindy-Fay Hella's second album "Hildring" on Clear w/ Purple and Gold Splatter 12" vinyl in Sleeve! Limited to 200 copies worldwide!
Dei Farne are musicians; Roy Ole Førland, Ingolf Hella Torgersen and new addition Sondre Veland, and with them, Lindy-Fay has found kindred spirits.
Hildring is an intuitively crafted, ornamental and rhythmical record with a dark pop sensibility, channelling the musicians’ mutual appreciation of different genres, from dark synth, folk, jazz, noise/experimental, Krautrock, prog rock, and world music. The soundscapes of Hildring are like moonlight shimmering in running water. Synth drones and fluid melodies are deftly-woven together with the organic sounds of acoustic piano, guitars, harmonium and percussion/drums, elevated into something larger than life by Lindy-Fay’s extraordinary, expressive vocal style.
Lindy-Fay Hella sounds especially liberated on this record, reconnecting to a childhood passion for synths, and her love of “Black Celebration” by Depeche Mode, attributing her vocal experimentation to Dave Gahan’s wide-ranging style. Lindy-Fay also draws powerful inspiration also from traditional Joik singing, unique to the Sámi people of Northern Europe. Lindy-Fay honours her great-grandmother and other Sámi people who suffered injustice when this traditional form was condemned. Harnessing her vocal power is not necessarily about choosing the right words, rather following specific feelings and utilising the voice as an instrument.
4. The Lake
Release date: November 26, 2021
Label: By Norse Music
Media Type: 12" vinyl in Sleeve
Color: Clear w/ Purple and Gold Splatter
Genre: World Music / Folk
Ivar Bjørnson (electric and acoustic guitar, voice, samples, engineering) Steve Austin (electric guitar and bass, engineering) Iver Sandøy (acoustic drums, backing vocals, synthesizer)
BardSpec releases debut album "Hydrogen" on June 23rd! BardSpec is the Ambient project / band from Enslaved composer/ guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. Having launched at Roadburn in 2015, BardSpec has since evolved into a fully fledged band, with Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, with the layout created by Josh Graham (Soundgarden, Neurosis, IIVII, etc.)
BardSpec combines stirring, hallucinatory synth-sounds with mercurial guitar effects and hypnotic rhythms that navigate illusory landscapes. Field recordings, and other found-sounds also drift and evaporate into the ether. Working intuitively with these elements and with sharpened senses, attuned to inner impulses, this is immersive music, that can exist anywhere, and anytime within the minds of the listener.
1. Intro - Deposition 2. Bone 3. Fire Tongue 4. Gamma 5. Salt 6. Teeth (CD/digital bonus track)
Label: By Norse Music Media Type: 2x 12"" LP - Gatefold Release date: June 23, 2017 Genre: Indie / Electronic / Ambient
On March 2nd 2018 on CD (April 20th on LP), By Norse Music will reissue Enslaved debut EP Hordanes Land plus a bonus track as a full-length release. First released in 1993 as a mini 12 LP, Hordanes Land was also released a few weeks later as a split CD album with Emperor and is considered a key release in the development of Viking metal.
The By Norse Music re-issue features exclusive liner notes and quotes by major figures of the Black metal scene such as Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), Lee Barret (Candlelight) and Hrymr (Helheim) among others, the original songs entirely remastered by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio (Bergen, Norway) and the bonus track Enslaved, from the Enslaved split with Satyricon Yggdrasill, released in 1992.
Re-issue on By Norse Music, Enslaved member Ivar Bjørnson’s own label Re-issue features exclusive liner notes and quotes by major figures of the Black metal scene such as Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), Lee Barret (Candlelight) and Hrymr (Helheim) among others.
Original songs entirely remastered by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio (Bergen, Norway) Features the bonus track Enslaved, from the Enslaved split with Satyricon Yggdrasill, released in 1992
Slaget i skogen bortenfor (Epilog / Slaget) Allfoðr Oðinn Balfor (Andi fara / Prologr) Enslaved (Bonus Track)