Solefald - Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord [EP]

7.5 | 22 votes |
Release date: 27 October 2014
Style: Progressive black metal, Avantgarde metal


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01. Norrønaprogen [feat. Alexander, Baard, Einar, Mari & Petter]
02. Det Siste Landskap (An Icelandic Odyssey, Part IV)
03. Norskdom [feat. Einar & Mari]
04. Norrøna: Ljodet Som Ljoma [feat. Zweizz]
05. Songen: Vargen [feat. Alexander & Mari]

Cornelius Jakhelln - vocals, guitars, melodica, programming
Lars Are Nedland - vocals, keyboards, programming

Guest musicians
Alexander Lewbowski Bøe - bass
Petter Hallaråker - guitars
Baard Kolstad - drums, percussion
Mari Skeie Ljones - hardanger fiddle
Einar Selvik - vocals
Svein Egil Hatlevik - drums, bell hell

Additional info
Written and produced by Solefald.
Track 4 written with Sturmgeist & The Fall of Rome.
The poem "Norrønasongen" written in High Norwegian by Olav Aukrust (1883-1929), published in 1915.
The poems "Tvisyn", "Norskdom" and "Vidsyn" from Cornelius Jakhel'n's book Trisyn (Det norske Samlaget, 2010).
Drums recorded at Strand Studio. Selvik's vocals recorded at Fimbulljod Studio.
Nedland's vocals recorded at Mezzanine Studio. Von Jahkelln's vocals and all strings recorded at Svinestien Studio.
Vocals for "Det siste landskap" recorded at Toproom Studio. Sturmgeist & The Fall of Rome recorded in The Temple of the Flesh God.
Tracks 1, 2 and 5 mixed by Børge Finstad at Toproom Studio.
Tracks 3 and 4 mixed by Marius Strand at Strand Studio.
Mastered by Marius Strand.
Design by Trine + Kim Design Studio.
Track 4 and 5 are a collaboration with Sturmgeist & The Fall Of Rome.

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11.09.2014 - 21:46
J. N.
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"After four years of silence, Solefald return with Norrønasongen, an experimental soundtrack to the fjords and mountains of Norway, and a hymn to the nature of the North. Norrønasongen (Kosmopolis Nord) is a prequel to Solefald's forthcoming album Kosmopolis Sud (set for early 2015), conceived as a hybrid release for the LP format. With a crew totaling ten musicians, Solefald venture into new collaborations and soundscapes.

Cornelius von Jackhelln comments: "Norrønasongen picks up the torch from Norrøn livskunst, illuminating the same barrenness through the prism of Prog Rock, Electro, Folk and Noise. Norrønasongen is our first release with all the lyrics written and sung in our mother tongue. Norse Jugendstil for eyes, minds and ears: Solefald are delighted to be back with the boots on!"

Lars Are Nedland comments: "As long-time fans of the progressive movement of the late sixties / early seventies, it was in the cards that Solefald would dive into the world of melotrons at some point. Norrønasongen is a progressive folk-pop-noise release, and sets the scene for the forthcoming album Kosmopolis Sud by being nothing like it. We're Solefald after all!"

The songs: The opener "Norrønaprogen" is a Progressive Rock composition clocking in at 11.30 minutes, owing its sound to the 1970s acts that inspired Solefald's debut The Linear Scaffold. "Det siste landskap" is a small suite of new poems by von Jackhelln, written during a bumpy jeep excursion with Sólstafir in the Icelandic desert. The apocalyptic song describes the desolation of Iceland with an ambient pop sensibility. The hymn "Norskdom" invokes windy treks through the Jotunheimen mountains.

Sturmgeist & The Fall of Rome, a noise outfit from Oslo's underground resistance, have remixed the centre track Norrønaprogen and delivered a B side of epic noise - "Norrøna: Ljodet som ljoma" & "Songen: Vargen" - in turn added to by Solefald.

Einar Kvitrafn Selvik of Wardruna contributes with skaldic vocals. Mari Skeie Ljones plays the Hardanger fiddle, traditionally held as the Devil's instrument in Norwegian folklore.

Previously self-described as "two stubborn goats pretending to be a band", Solefald have outsourced the rhythm section to the young talents Baard Kolstad (God Seed, Borknagar) on drums, Alexander Bøe (In Vain) on bass and Petter Hallaråker (ICS Vortex, Rendezvous Point) on guitar. All three performed bravely with Solefald during the 2013 European tour and summer festivals with In Vain.

Norrønasongen takes its name from Olav Aukrust's (1883-1929) poem by the same name. Written in 1915, the vitalistic poem describes the horrors of WWI as seen from the Norwegian mountains, with metaphors from Norse mythology. With the timing of its release, Norrønasongen marks both the century passed since the First World War, and the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. As storms sweep the globe yet again, the poet's apocalyptic words can be read as a sorrowful warning.

11.09.2014 - 21:54
I do love the artwork from Trine+Kim, as well as the previous artwork both on Norrøn Livskunst as well as the three poem books (Trisyn, Kosmopolis and Umgangskrigen) Cornelius has put out.
"Self crucified - Missed the right tree
Tore the wrong eye out"
14.08.2016 - 10:41
Rating: 8
Metal Addict
An interesting EP. Especially the collaboration with Sturmgeist & The Fall Of Rome.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"

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