Taken from the depths of our debut album, “NÍU: Blood of the Amali,” a reworked single growls forth with a fierce intensity, heralding the rise of the Wolfclan and the unbridled might of the Berserkers. This reworked masterpiece features new yet ancient instrumentation combined with the haunting seiðr-song of Alvtýra and the powerful vocals of Valgam.
‘Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið’ Tracklist:
- Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið (feat. Alvtýra)
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For too long, folk music has shied away from the true nature of ancient times, opting instead to focus on nature and the beauty of the world around us. But we know that the past was a time of unrelenting violence, where the strongest and most ruthless emerged victorious. It was a world of blood feuds and family rivalries, where death lurked around every corner.
Berserkir, Ulfheðnar, Kóryos
We embrace this violent history not to glorify it but to acknowledge it for what it truly was. Our music reflects the harsh reality of a bygone era when strength and power were everything. With Wolfclan Rising: Berkserkastrið, we seek to honor the memory and legacy of those who came before us by capturing their raw energy, lean physique, and fearless determination.
Join us in Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið on a journey through the violent past of ancient Scandinavia to witness the berserker’s and ulfhednar’s unbridled might and hear the power battle. Our music is not for the faint of heart but for those who seek to embrace the darkness within us all, that place where difficult answers to life lie buried.
“It is remarkable that even amid such turmoil, the ancient power of seeresses held sway, guiding the warriors toward their ultimate fate.”
Alvtýra deeply understands the role of seeresses, known as vǫlur in Old Norse. These crafty seiðr-women were highly valued by our ancestors, who rarely entered the fray of battle, or “strið” in Old Norse, without their guidance. Through their prophetic wisdom and sage advice, these spiritual women played a significant role in shaping the outcome of wars fought by the Huns, the Goths, the Vikings, and many others.
The prophecies given by these wise maidens were considered invaluable, and their counsel was held in the highest esteem. They were revered for their ability to see beyond the veil of this world, and their words often carried the weight of destiny.
The world trembled beneath as the traditional Nordic berserkers clashed with the “newcomer” wolf coats of Odin, the “úlfhéðnar” in Old Norse. It is remarkable that even amid such turmoil, the ancient power of seeresses held sway, guiding the warriors toward their ultimate fate.
Initiated into secret cults and imbued with otherworldly power, these wolf-men struck terror into the hearts of their enemies. The berserker of ancient kings and Odin’s retinue, the kóryos wolf coats, known as the ulfhednar in the Icelandic sagas, are two different traditions of psyche-charged warriors. However, they share some traits in their view that killing their enemies was an art, perhaps not unlike the Samurai.
“Recent film “The Northman” does a good job portraying the kóryos initiation rite and the mysterious spear god some historians believe to be Odin.”
Few records have survived, and reliable information about the ulfhednar is scarce — the mysteries of the past are not easily unraveled. The true extent of their influence may forever remain shrouded in darkness. Without them, the great Harald Hairfair of the legendary Yngling bloodline would not have triumphed in his quest to forge the kingdom of Norway from the strife-ridden lands of his ancestors.
Renowned director Robert Egger’s recent movie “The Northman” convincingly portrays the “kóryos” wolf warrior initiation rite and the mysterious spear god that some historians believe represents Odin.
“Whether Norse or otherwise, folk music is not always meant to praise nature, this or that mountain or animal, or to mimic burial songs.”
In conclusion, Odin’s ulfhednar is said to have been the best warriors at the time — some claim they were feared even by berserkers.