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Wardruna - Runaljod – Ragnarok album review

Album Review

Bergen band Wardruna’s spiritual third instalment of Name That Rune.

Although you could reasonably argue that Wardruna’s dark, runic folk soundscapes are, by definition, wholly regressive and in thrall to an arcane, ancient aesthetic, it’s equally easy to recognise the quiet musical revolution that Einar ‘Kvitrafn’ Elvik’s ensemble represent in the modern age. The third in a trilogy of albums that has seen the band move from underground curio status to something approaching a cause célèbre in left-field art-rock circles, Runaljod – Ragnarok confirms that echoes of the past may still have the power to enlighten and enchant, even as we mindlessly gawp at our smartphone screens.

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