Norwegian avant-garde/black metal act Solefald (“Sundown”) have announced they will be releasing their first new album in four years. The album, titled “Norrøn Livskunst” (The Norse Art of Living) is slotted for release November 15, 2010 from Norwegian label Indie Recordings. The band is also streaming the first new song “Vitets Vidd I Verdi” from the album on their Myspace page.
With “Norrøn Livskunst,” Solefald looks to the early 19th century Norway, when a young nation zealously engaged in exploring its cultural roots, for inspiration. Writers, painters and composers rediscovered Norse mythology, the Edda and the sagas. Houses and buildings were designed in the Norse “dragon style” and decorated with medieval motifs. Sports clubs were named after Norse deities, and Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla had a natural place in every home. Explorers went out to conquer the most inhospitable regions of the world. Some of that same madness is underlying in black metal: When others hunt for fame and fast money, leave it to the Norwegians to colonise frozen continents and old cemeteries. As Cornelius Jakhelln’s saga novel The Fall of the Gods states: “They called it evil. They called it True Norwegian Black Metal”.
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Solefald – Norrøn Livskunst
1. Song Til Stormen 04:56
2. Norrøn Livskunst 04:16
3. Tittentattenteksti 04:14
4. Stridsljod (Blackabilly) 05:49
5. Eukalyptustreet 09:24
6. Raudedauden 03:11
7. Vitets Vidd I Verdi 05:35
8. Hugferdi 05:53
9. Waves Over Vallhalla (An Icelandic Odyssey Part 3) 06:28
10. Til Heimen Yver Havet 04:15