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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!

Álfheimr by Secret Archives of the Vatican

January 21, 2021

Here’s a video for a tune from our recent Halls of Stone album.

In Norse cosmology, Álfheimr (Old Norse spelling) , “land of the elves” is also called Ljosalfheim “home of the light-elves”. In the 12th century Prose Edda Gylfaginning, Snorri Sturluson says it is the first of a series of abodes in heaven: “That which is called Álfheim is one, where dwell the peoples called ljósálfar (light elves); but the dökkálfar [dark elves] dwell down in the earth, and they are unlike in appearance, but by far more unlike in nature. The light-elves are fairer to look upon than the sun, but the dark-elves are blacker than pitch.”

Halls of Stone
The album Halls of Stone was written after we discovered the amazing music of artists such as Wardruna, Eldrim, Danheim, Agðir, Forndom, SKÁLD and others…we’ve found this music very inspirational. Check all these artists out if you haven’t heard the. They’re all different and all amazing.

New album release: Halls of Stone

January 15, 2021

Here’s our new album, Halls of Stone.

Vikings and dwarves
We grew up with science fiction and fantasy books, comics and films. Much fantasy is rooted in mythologies, legends and old religions of northern Europe in particular. The races of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, particularly elves and dwarves, were not derived from twee Victorian-era fairy tales but were drawn from Norse, Saxon, Celtic and Old English mythology and legends. With this collection of tunes, we’ve tried to capture a little of that legacy, exploring where ancient tales and modern fantasy share some common tropes. This collection works like an old fashioned album – you can listen right through from start to finish and it’ll take you on a journey.

Halls of Stone on Spotify
Our YouTube channel

Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone…

January 11, 2021

Here’s a video for a tune on our Halls of Stone album, release date 15 January 2021.

Seven Rings
This track features various drones, orchestral strings, middle eastern and Viking percussion, throat singing, a lyre and a Turkish ney flute. All out of a computer, as if by magic.

Seven Rings is where Norse mythology and JRR Tolkien meet. Tolkien‘s dwarves were very much rooted in the imagery and attributes of the dwarves or dark elves of Norse mythology.

Halls of Stone
The album Halls of Stone was written after we discovered the amazing music of artists such as Wardruna, Eldrim, Danheim, Agðir, Forndom, SKÁLD and others… We’re not trying to sound just like them or to be them but we find their music inspirational. Our own unique sound is still in there.

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