BNM014 – Wardruna – Skald
(2018, By Norse Music/Fimbulljod Productions) –
OUT NOVEMBER 23rd
Red colored LP Gatefold – Limited to 500 copies, webstores exclusive
White colored LP Gatefold – Limited to 500 copies, webstores exclusive
Black LP Gatefold
3. Ein sat hun uti
4. Voluspá (skaldic version)
5. Fehu (skaldic version)
10 Helvegen (skaldic version)
Skald was recorded, mixed and mastered by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio in 2018.
Produced by Einar Selvik and Iver Sandøy.
Vocal, Kraviklyre, Taglharpa and Bukkehorn performed live in studio by Einar Selvik.
Backing vocals on Fehu by Iver Sandøy.
Cover design by Øivind Myksvoll.
Front cover illustration by Jakub Vaniš / The Raven from the North. Runic illustration by Ræveðis.
Photos by Tuukka Koski and Øivind Myksvoll.
For years now Wardruna founder Einar Selvik has done acoustic concerts and lectures, performing Wardruna songs on his own, as well as creations made for the TV-show “Vikings” in an acoustic format. Now parts of this material has finally been recorded “live in studio” in Solslottet Studio in Bergen (Norway), and is set for release through By Norse Music on November 23rd 2018.
“Skald” takes the listener on a musical journey outside the massive soundscape that Wardruna is known for and into a simpler and more direct form, where voice, poetry and ancient instruments like Kravik-lyre, Taglharpa and Bukkehorn lead the way.
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.
All formats of the album contains an extensive booklet with all lyrics translated as well as a solid introduction to the Skald and Old Norse poetry written by the acclaimed Icelandic author and Old Norse philologist Bergsveinn Birgisson.
BNM010 – By Norse Music – Compilation Vol.1 – OUT FEBRUARY 16th
1. Enslaved – “Midgards Eldar”
2. Wardruna – “Odal”
3. Enslaved – “Heimvegen”
4. Enslaved – “Isa”
5. BardSpec – “Bone”
6. Kaunan – “Vallat”
7. Einar Selvik – “Snake Pit Poetry”
8. Enslaved – “Balfor”
9. Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – “Hugsjá”
BNM009 – Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – Hugsjá
(2018, By Norse Music/Hovudlausn) – OUT APRIL 20th
Blue colored 2LP Gatefold – Limited to 250 copies, webstores exclusive
Silver colored 2LP Gatefold – Limited to 250 copies, webstores exclusive
White colored 2LP Gatefold – Limited to 500 copies worldwide
Black 2LP Gatefold
3. Ni Døtre av Hav
4. Ni Mødre av Sol
7. Nytt Land
11. Um Heilage Fjell
Einar Selvik: Lead vocals, Kravik-lyre, Taglharpa, goat-horn, Bronze-lure, flute and percussion.
Ivar Bjørnson: Guitars and electronics.
Silje Solberg: Hardanger-fiddle and backing vocals.
Iver Sandøy: Drums, percussion and backing vocals.
Håkon Vinje: Backing vocals.
The songs ‘Ni Mødre av Sol’ and ‘Um Heilage Fjell’ feature a mixed choir under management of Stine Kobbeltvedt with the voices of Anna Lisa Lekven, Laila Moberg, Marianne Evensen Østrem, Lisa Nøttseter, Lise Renee Aase, Kristine Bjånesøy Tikkanen, Linda Nytræ, Leif Østrem, Brede Lærum, Jan Helge Kordts, Jan-Ove Hansen, Richard Myhre Gåssand and Stine Kobbeltvedt.
After the success of their previous collaboration «Skuggsjá»; Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) are now following up with an imposing new piece entitled «Hugsjá». The word ‘Hugsjá’ means to see with, or within, the mind – and it reflects the idea that one’s mind has the potential to see further than the eyes can reach. By weaving together indigenous and contemporary thoughts, sounds and instruments, they are inviting you on a vivid journey – exploring the distant history and traditions along coastal Norway.
Hugsjá was first commissioned by, and performed at, Bergen International Festival in 2017, as part a series of concerts named Nordvegen (“the northern road”); inspired by local history and traditions in each of the places visited. The Nordvegen concerts created an acoustic and intimate basis for the grandiose commissioned work, “Hugsjá”. The piece received its world premiere in Bergen’s premiere concert hall Grieghallen, and ultimately the material was recorded and became this full-length album. Roadburn 2018 will be both the release party and international live debut of “Hugsjá”, the album.
BNM008 – Enslaved – Hordanes Land re-issue
(2018, By Norse Music/EnslavedUnion) –
OUT MARCH 2nd on CD and digital, APRIL 20th on LP
Green colored LP with embossed logo and title on cover incl. a 3 fold-out inlay – Limited to 333 copies worldwide (Enslaved webstores exclusive)
White colored LP with embossed logo and title on cover incl. a 3 fold-out inlay – Limited to 666 copies worldwide
Black LP incl. a 3 fold-out inlay
CD Digipack featuring a 20-pages booklet
All formats include the bonus track “Enslaved”
1. Slaget i skogen bortenfor (Epilog / Slaget)
2. Allfǫðr Oðinn
3. Balfǫr (Andi fara / Prologr)
4. Enslaved (Bonus Track)
Grutle Kjellson – Vocals, Bass
Ivar Bjørnson – Guitar, FX’s, Fretless, Keyboards & Synthesizers
Trym Torson – Drums, Percussions
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, a reassembled layout respectfully done by Marcelo Vasco, 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.
BNM007 – Einar Selvik – Snakepit Poetry
(2017, By Norse Music/Fimbulljod Productions) – OUT OCT. 20th!
10-inch vinyl with etched B-side – Wardruna’s online stores and tour exclusives
1. Snake Pit Poetry
2. Snake Pit Poetry – Skaldic mode
This two-tracks EP from Einar Selvik contains an acoustic version as well as the complete studio version of his much requested piece “Snake Pit Poetry”, written for History Channel´s VIKINGS and Ragnar Lothbrok´s fatal encounter with a Northumbrian Snake pit in season IV. The song features the extraordinary talent of Icelandic singer Hilda Örvarsdottir, a featured soloists on film scores such as Man of Steel (Hans Zimmer), The Eagle, Babylon AD, Mortal Instruments, Colette (Atli Örvarsson) and 300: Rise of an Empire (Junkie XL).
BNM006 – Kaunan – Forn (2017, By Norse Music) – OUT OCT 13th!
Special LP Gold Edition limited to 300 copies, available exclusively on the By Norse Music webstore
Double gatefold black LP
CD Digipack – including a booklet rich in illustrations, photos and background stories about the folklore traditions that lie behind the songs as well as English and German versions of the lyrics
2. Polska Svit
3. Elve Fert
5. Svärdsjö Polska
7. Noaks Pennkniv
8. Byss Kalles Vals
9. Den Gamle Sordølen
10. Polska från Älvdal
11. Dansen Ungdom
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.
BNM005 – BardSpec – Hydrogen (2017, By Norse Music) – OUT JUNE 23rd!
6-panel CD digipak – limited first press to 1000, including bonus track “Teeth”
Double gatefold LP – limited to 500 black vinyl
Digital format – including the bonus track “Teeth”
1. Intro – Deposition
3. Fire Tongue
6. Teeth (bonus track)
BardSpec is the Ambient project/band from Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. This June, By Norse will release the debut album Hydrogen. 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.
BNM004 – Enslaved – Roadburn Live
(2017, Roadburn Records/By Norse Music) – Exclusive Record Store Day editions out April 22nd; Black vinyl, CD digipak and digital out May 19th!
Limited and exclusive Record Store Day color vinyl editions (including original A3 Roadburn
poster and color stickers)
1. Building With Fire
2. Death in the Eyes of Dawn
3. In Times
5. Convoys to Nothingness
6. As Fire Swept Clean the Earth
8. Immigrant Song*
* «Roadburn Live» exclusive song! / Original by Led Zeppelin
« Roadburn Live » is Enslaved’s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. Enslaved is a band widely known for being one of the best live bands in the scene. The album was recorded during one of the band’s headline shows at the renown Roadburn Festival 2015; an edition curated by Enslaved’s guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.
« Roadburn Live » will be available on limited and exclusive Record Store Day color vinyls editions including an original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers, as well as on regular vinyl, CD and digital formats. The album features a brilliant layout created by highly demanded artist and Roadburn’s regular graphic designer Costin Chioreanu.
The album was mixed by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio, mastered by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Opeth, Sepultura) in Fascination Studios. It is also the last official release with Herbrand Larsen on keys and vocals.
After celebrating 25 years in 2016 showcasing a majority of older material, « Roadburn Live » displays songs mainly from the « newer » and more progressive part of Enslaved’s career, with songs from “In Times”, “Riitiir”, “Isa”, “Below the Lights” and “Monumension”. The album features the guest appearances of Einar Selvik (Wardruna), Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (Sólstafir), Per Wiberg (Opeth, Candlemass); and Menno Gootjes (Focus) on « Immigrant Song », the first cover song by Enslaved to ever appear on a record.
BMN003 – ENSLAVED – The Sleeping Gods – Thorn
(2016, By Norse Music/EnslavedUnion) – OUT NOV. 11th!
Limited 250 blue vinyl (webshop edition)
Including an exclusive insight into the history of the recorded material by Grutle Kjellson
2. Alu Misyrki
4. Nordlys (instrumental)
5. The Sleeping Gods
The songs originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between the full-length albums “Axioma Ethica Odini” and “Riitiir”, and is recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band member’s own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south-west coast of Norway. Like the songs itself, the production is a mix of old and new; high tech and no-tech – a mix of concepts that has been essential in achieving the signature sound Enslaved is famous for today. Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson from Enslaved co-produced the material together with long-time collaborator Iver Sandøy.
BNM002 – WARDRUNA – Runaljod-Ragnarok
(2016, By Norse Music/Fimbulljod Productions) – OUT OCT. 21st!
Limited Box Edition
2LP Gatefold (black)
2LP Gatefold (GOLD – Wardruna shop only)
2LP Gatefold (silver – Retail shops only)
4. MannaR – Drivande
5. MannaR – Liv
Total running time: 58:36
Einar Selvik: Vocals, taglharpe, Kraviklyra, goat horn, tongue horn, bronze lure, flutes, drums, percussion and electronics.
Lindy-Fay Hella: Vocals.
Eilif Gundersen: Bronze lure, birchbark lure, goat horn, willow flute and ice percussion.
Arne Sandvoll: Vocals.
HC Dalgaard: Vocals.
Kjell Braaten: Vocals.
Ask Einarson Nybro and Tuva J. Einarsdatter Nybro sing on ‘Odal’ and ‘Wunjo’.
Skarvebarna Children’s Choir sing on ‘Wunjo’. Conducted by Ingjerd Almås Arnfinset.
BNM001 – ENSLAVED – Vikingligr Veldi re-issue on Vinyl
(2016, By Norse Music/EnslavedUnion) – OUT SEPT. 23rd!
Limited 2LP Gatefold Black
Limited 2LP Gatefold White
Limited 2Lp Gatefold Green (Enslaved webshop only)
1. Lifandi Lif Undir Hamri
3. Midgards Eldar
Enslaved re-issues “Vikingligr Veldi” – for the first time ever on vinyl this September! The re-issue of “Vikingligr Veldi” will co-incide with Enslaved’s 25 European Tour and will be available in a LIMITED Enslaved 25 Webshop edition and a regular edition! The astonishing new layout was done by Z. Bielak (Ghost, Mayhem, etc.) and includes four brand new illustrations specially made for this legendary album. Z. Bielak has stayed true to the ideals of the era (it was originally scheduled for release in 1993); this 2LP Gatefold with illustrated pockets has been respectfully remastered for vinyl by Iver Sandøy; preserving every bit of original dynamics!