two years after Runaljod – Ragnarok, Norwegian band Waldruna announced the release of a new album. Skald is out on November 23rd via By Norse. Vocals, poetry and ancient instruments like Kravik-lyre, Taglharpa and Bukkehorn lead the way of the album. About the album Einar Selvik comments:

“Skald was recorded live in the studio with the intention of capturing the raw and uncompromising energy of a live performance rather than aiming for a flawless and polished expression. It sets out to give voice to the ancient craft that once lay at the heart of the Norse oral traditions, presented as it takes shape in the hands of a humble contemporary skald today.”

They shared a new video for the track “Voluspá“. It is a collaboration between Einar and the Finnish company Koski Syvari led by Tuukka Koski and filmed in Finland where Einar spent intense days of training with wild wolves, preparing for the shoot.

About the experience, Einar Selvik comments My respect for the craft behind this grand old poem is profound, so the task of making visuals for it was not taken lightly. After Tuukka and his team’s outstanding work on our previous video for “Raido”, it was a natural choice to work with them again. The film itself ended up with a production of over thirty people, and I am deeply humbled by the effort everyone put into it, and mighty proud of the result! On a more personal note I have to say that having the privilege to interact so closely with the wolves featured in the video, is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Tuukka Koski comments “It was a great journey to collaborate on this new video for Wardruna. Knowing that Einar doesn’t settle for little and seeing him this happy makes me proud of myself as well.”