NÍU: Blood of the Amali (Ásaland Metal Cut) is Draugablíkk’s debut album, showcasing nine atmospheric folk metal tracks inspired by the legendary Amali bloodline and dedicated to Odin’s nine virtues.
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- Serpents in the Mist (Ásaland Metal Version)
- From the Ashes of Aujum (Ásaland Metal Version)
- To Særkland and Back Again (Ásaland Metal Version)
- Wolfclan Rising (Ásaland Metal Version)
- Battle of Brávellir (Ásaland Metal Version)
- Across the Varangian Sea (Ásaland Metal Version)
- Húnagaldr (Ásaland Metal Version) [feat. Valgam Akatziri]
- Draugablót: The Fall of Indra (Ásaland Metal Version)
- Beyond the Silkroad (Ásaland Metal Version)
In Memory of Hávamal
With each track, the music transports the listener back in time to a world of mystery and wonder, where the echoes of the Amali still linger. To match the number of tracks, we have dedicated each to one of nine important virtues listed in the poem “Hávamál” from the Poetic Edda, attributed to Odin (known as Gaut to the Goths.)
- Courage: Face challenges and overcome fear.
- Truth: Be honest and sincere in all that you do.
- Honor: Treat others with respect and dignity.
- Fidelity: Be loyal and faithful to friends and allies.
- Discipline: Practice self-control and resist temptation.
- Hospitality: Welcome guests and treat them kindly and generously.
- Self-reliance: Take care of yourself and not burden others.
- Industriousness: Work hard, and be productive.
- Perseverance: Stay committed to goals despite any setbacks.
Shrouded in mystery and lore, the origins of the Gothic people and the Amali dynasty are said to lie in the misty lands of what is now modern-day Sweden. The dynasty played a significant role in the history of the Goths, as they were one of the most prominent Gothic ruling families.
The dynasty produced many legendary Gothic leaders, including the great king and warrior Theodoric the Great. The name “Amali” derives from the Gothic word “amal,” which means “work”, “active”, or “deed.” The Amali called themselves Amalings or Amalingar and were later called the “Gothunni”.
Like the Yngling dynasty of Scandinavia, the Amalings are remembered as powerful and proud, with tales of bravery and battles woven into their rich history.
Amidst the Shadows: the Gothunni
Legends speak of a tribe formed by merging Gothic and Hunnic groups, who lived on the eastern fringes of the Gothic territories. The origins of this mysterious tribe are shrouded in speculation, but sources suggest that they were a mixed group of Gothic and Hunnic peoples.
“Legends speak of a tribe formed by merging Gothic and Hunnic groups, who lived on the eastern fringes of the Gothic territories.”
One such source is the historian Jordanes, who wrote in the 500s AD and relied on earlier sources that are now lost. Jordanes wrote extensively about the Goths and their history, and he described the Gothunni as a tribe formed from the merging of Gothic and Hunnic groups.
Another source is the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus, who wrote in the 300s AD and described the Gothic and Hunnic peoples in detail. Ammianus Marcellinus referred to the Gothunni as a tribe that lived on the eastern fringes of the Gothic territories and noted that they were skilled in Gothic and Hunnic military tactics.
While much remains shrouded in mystery about the Gothunni and their history, their legacy persists through the whispers of ancient tales and legends.
What about the album’s subtitle, Ásaland?
Norse mythology and European antiquity are veiled in a web of intricate and entangled histories beyond the cognizance of mere scholars.
In his book “The Hunt for Odin”, Norwegian adventurer and DIY-archaeologist Thor Heyerdahl delved deep into the mystery of the Norse god’s origins. What he found was nothing short of remarkable. Based on his research, Heyerdahl became convinced that the mythical realm of Ásaland, the ancestral home of the Aesir gods, was a real place.
“It implies that the origin of Norse mythology and European antiquity are veiled in a web of intricate and entangled histories — far beyond the cognizance of mere scholars.”
According to Heyerdahl’s theory, the Aesir were partially the descendants of the Scythians who had migrated to Scandinavia and brought their culture, beliefs, and mythology with them.
As he continued his investigation, Heyerdahl uncovered evidence suggesting that the Saxons, a Germanic people who had played a significant role in European history, also descended from the Scythians. Saxon was spelled Saks in Old Norse. The royal Scythians were known as the Saka.
The idea that the Aesir were, at least partially, the last remnant of the Scythians, a people whose history has been largely forgotten, is fascinating and provocative. It implies that the origin of Norse mythology and European antiquity are veiled in a web of intricate and entangled histories — far beyond the cognizance of mere scholars.