Wardruna - Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga 2-LP (Black vinyl)
Wardruna is a project fronted by Einar Selvik, better known in metal circles as Kvitrafn. After drumming for several Norwegian groups, including Gorgoroth, Bak De Syv Fjell, and Sahg, he decided to take his musical aspirations one step beyond. The first piece of a conceptual trilogy, Gap Var Ginnunga is a thematic exploration of the ancient Norse runes; the Elder Futhark. Each track is a sonic representation of what Selvik feels is the mystical and spiritual connotation of a particular rune, which in addition to serving as the Norse alphabet, were said to be of divine origin and imbued with magical power.