Enslaved and Wardruna To Perform Skuggsjá, The Sound of Norway's Norse History at Roadburn Festival 2015
We're elated to announce that Enslaved and Wardruna will perform Skuggsjá, the sound of Norway's Norse History at Houses of the Holistic, Ivar Bjørnson's and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik's curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Written by Bjørnson and Selvik for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and premiered this past weekend at the Eidsivablot festival, this will be Skuggsjá's first performance outside of Norway, and will certainly be one of the highlights of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival.
Skuggsjá translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language, and the commissioned piece not only contextualizes harder music’s role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies harder music’s position as Norway`s most important cultural export.
By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, Skuggsjá will tell the history of Norway and reflect relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of this they will reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments, and poetry in Proto-Scandinavian, Norse and Norwegian, Skuggsjá will be a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.
We simply can't wait to experience it ourselves, to hear how how Norwegian metal has developed from its rebellious roots into the highly acclaimed artistic expression of a complex music genre, under Norway's constitutional right to freedom of speech.
Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Zombi, Fields of the Nephilim and The Heads as Artist In Residence among others) will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Read more on Skuggsjá and it's origin on our homepage.
Taking the best parts of 1970s progressive rock - just think King Crimson and a bit of early Genesis - 1980s post-punk, horror movie soundtracks and avant-metal, London’s The Osiris Club follow an occult path based on the writings of forgotten British novelist Margaret Cavendish.
Four years in the making, The Osiris Club's debut album, Blazing World, released through Norway 's Indie Recordings, has a definite cinematic feel - part other worldly mystery, part eccentric urban wizardry, part playful whimsy and always with twinges of a John Carpenter film score.
With members who have played with such luminaries as Angel Witch and Electric Wizard, The Osiris Club's rare live performances to date have been a riot of masks, robes, film backdrops and theatrics.
The gates will be open for an invasion of Lovecraftian beings at the 20th edition of Roadburn when The Osiris Club will take to the stage, along with Claudio Simonetti's Goblin playing the soundtrack to Susperia, on Sunday, April 12th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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