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London By Norse Live Review - London, The Coronet

Live Review

Venue: The Coronet Theatre, London

Enslaved and Wardruna collide as Skuggsjá for this special London show.

Tonight is a celebration not only of Wardruna and Enslaved, but also of their collaboration as Skuggsjá, a project founded by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Wardruna’s Einar Selvik to mark the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, and of By Norse, a platform for Norwegian music and culture.

By Norse was founded by Selvik, Bjørnson and Simon Füllemann of All Access Agency, and has come to London for four days of concerts and exhibitions that bring Viking and Old Norse heritage to life.

While the figures queuing around Elephant & Castle’s bedraggled shopping centre resemble archetypal metal fans, the collective forces of the musicians on stage tonight go way beyond metal, ploughing progressive turf, resurrecting ancient wisdom and unearthing a spiritual consciousness that’s a far cry from thoughts of pillaging and barbarism.

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