‘Baldur’ was mostly a Viking story, ‘Börn Loka’ was more about the Norse Gods and the old belief and the new album is a story of Iceland itself…the metal scene is a great pact of people, fans and bands alike. Being a metalhead is probably the safest and most fun thing you can do with your life.- SR
Snæbjörn Ragnarsson, bassist and lyricist of Skálmöld, is one of the more well spoken ambassadors of heavy metal. The Icelandic band have a 3rd voyage Með vættum (Among Vættir in Icelandic) out now on mighty Napalm. The epic feel of this band is something you cannot feign. They are one of the finest modern metal bands with incredible arrangements, hefty and metal/punk heart on sleeve riffing and a sense of self purpose.
The songs on the 3rd record continue the band’s success as a group with strong narrative to their tales. This excerpt is from Wikivikingpedia:
Með vættum tells of a woman, Thorin, born on the north coast of Iceland. During her life, she travels around the island from north, to east, to south, to west. As she does so, she grows older and dies. On each coast she must fight a battle against enemies coming in from sea. She acts as a guardian to the island. In each battle she is aided by a wight, of which there are four traditional versions in Icelandic mythology: bird from the north, dragon from the east, giant from the south, and a bull from the west.
The protagonist was named after the daughter of the band’s keyboard player, Gunnar Ben. Songwriter Snæbjörn likes to use names for the characters which are familiar to him and to which he has some connection.
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