Steeped in Norwegian history and ancient symbolism, Ansur : Urkraft is the follow up to Byrdi‘s self released debut, Eventyr. The folk influences from the debut are still very much present throughout Ansur : Urkraft – indeed, the band identify primarily as a folk band, but the scope and interpretation of these tracks has been broadened further still, meaning that this musical offering will very much appeal to openminded metal fans.
By utilising traditional Norwegian instruments, creating imaginative vocal arrangements and recruiting a stable of formidable guest musicians, Byrdi have produced an album weighted with history and traditional culture, re-imagined in the present day. With much of the material for Ansur : Urkraft being written in a cottage built in 1870, and by musicians who strongly identify with old Norse culture and the studying of runes, the themes of the album focus on life, death, nature and the afterlife.
The band are premiering the track ‘Celebrata’ below, and they had the following to say about the track: “Celebrata has a special place in the history of Byrdi. The song was written as an original piece for the festival Celebrata Hindrheimr, to which we were invited to play our first concert in 2015. It is also the last song Jørn and Nash did together before Jørn left Byrdi to walk the path of Nordjevel. The song was written as a ritual for the festival and the lyrics deal with the topic that you cannot gain anything without sacrifice”.
Ansur : Urkraft will be released on March 17th through Trollmusic and is available for pre-order through here.