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September 23, 2021

We’ve been quiet on here lately, mostly because a lot of our effort has been going into Instagram and YouTube instead and because almost no-one ever reads our blog or responds. Anyway, we should rectify that, somehow.

Here’s a single, Thrymheim, due out Friday 24 September 2021. It continues with our current explorations of northern European traditions. If you’d like to download it, we’d suggest using Bandcamp.

Hiraeth is out now

July 9, 2021

Hiraeth is out now on all major streaming and download sites.

We’re very happy with this collection of tunes. It brings together our newer neofolk, Dark Ages, music with elements of the electronica we’ve released in recent years. We think our older and newer fans will like it.

Hiraeth is a Welsh word, hard to translate, meaning a spiritual longing for a home which maybe never was, a nostalgia for ancient places to which we can never return. It is the echo of lost stories, our ancestral memory. It is in the wind, the rocks, the waves, the deep forests. It is nowhere and it is everywhere.

The downloaded Bandcamp version has a bonus remix and has individual track art and notes.

Links to all the major places you can stream or download Hiraeth from are here:

The Great Heathen Army

July 2, 2021

Here’s the second single from our forthcoming album, Hiraeth. Its’s exploring slightly new musical areas for us and features band member Louis Counter on bass guitar, an instrument we haven’t used very much in our musical history.

The Saxon Shore

May 27, 2021

Here’s a new tune. It’ll be released as a single in June 2021 and then it’ll be on our next album shortly after that. This is unusual for us in that it has a vocal of sorts. As you know, this last year we’ve been exploring Viking, medieval, neofolk sounds and here we’ve started to bring that into our more traditional transglobal breakbeat dub science sound. Some Croydon bass wub wub in the mix! Please let us know what you think.

Carve the Runes

May 7, 2021

We’ve just released our latest album, Carve the Runes. In these tracks, we explore iron age and pre medieval history and mythologies, using mostly real or sampled medieval and Viking era acoustic instruments.

We have used drones and repetition often in our music but here we’ve dug deeper, working to attain a ritualistic feel to some of the tracks. Recently, we’ve been listening to artists such as Heilung, Wardruna and Danheim, and we’ve tried to capture some of that epic primal feel, particularly with our percussion.

The Battle of Clontarf

March 26, 2021

We’ve released five single tracks so far this year, The Battle of Clontarf being number five. The title refers to a historical event, a battle between Vikings and Irish Gaels in 1014 AD. We’re very happy with the video too – you can see it on the Bandcamp page linked to below or on our YouTube channel.

Seven Crow Defiance

March 12, 2021

We’re releasing tracks on a weekly basis at the moment (will take a short break soon and record an album!) and here’s this week’s tune. It has no particular meaning but it is in 7/4 time (you musicians will know what that means).

You can see the video on the Bandcamp page too (right click on the image and open from there). We’re very happy with it!

This Hand Opposes Tyrants

March 3, 2021

My roots run deep
Many bloodlines
Many tribes but fighters all
Our word remains
This hand opposes tyrants

Here’s a video for a new tune, This Hand Opposes Tyrants, release date 5 March 2021.

Vince says: This is a very personal track. The title is a translation from the Latin of my family motto and coat of arms. The coat of arms appears a few times in the video and the ruined medieval tower house you can see is our old family home in Ireland, now owned by cousins. I am fully a republican and have no time for royalty or so-called nobility but I am proud that someone in the family, back in time, decided that opposition to tyrants was a good motto to live by. We live in a time when there are tyrants rising up. This hand opposes tyrants.

Skjaldborg Dub: video

February 22, 2021

We’ve been listening to a lot of Norse neofolk lately and recording some tracks in that vein…but we haven’t forgotten our roots in electronica and dub. Here, we’ve used a Bill Laswell bassline in a Viking-flavoured tune. All the instruments are Viking or medieval (plus some orchestral strings). No drum kit – the drums are hand drums.
We hope you like it. It’ll be available on all streaming and downloaod sites from Friday 26 February 2021.

New release: Álfheimr Undying Lands Mix

January 28, 2021
Here’s a new remix for a tune on our Halls of Stone album. we hope you like it!

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