Taken from NÍU: Blood of the Amali — our two-year-old debut album — the new, reworked single ‘Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið’ (release: May 13, 2022) features not only additional, ancient instrumentation but also Alvtýra’s haunting, warlike seiðr-song (and, of course, Valgam’s powerful vocals.) Alvtýra is the real deal — she understands on a deeper level the role seeresses (“vǫlur”) had in the preparation of ancient battles.
As the warring song title indicates, our ancestors would rarely go to battle (“strið” in Old Norse) without the prophecies and advice of crafty seiðr-women — who played no small part in Hunno-Gothic or Viking wars, and many other Gotho-Germanic tribes.
The ancient Nordic berserkers who hailed from time immemorial would sometimes clash with the more recent elite warriors mentioned in Old Norse literary sources as the Úlfhéðnar of Óðinn (Odin).
“Draugablíkk does not think neofolk, whether Norse or otherwise, is meant to always applaud nature or this or that mountain or animal, or frequently sound like mournful honey. The music video of ‘Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið’ aims to capture a believable vibe of warrior mood via reasonably grounded material from older, big-budget films.”
To give an example of the impact psyche-charged, cult-initiated warriors had in ancient times; without berserkers (“Berserkir” in Old Norse) or wolf warriors (Old Norse: “Úlfhéðnar”) as shock troops, Harald Hairfair of the Yngling bloodline (intriguingly, his ancestors ruled the eastern parts of Sweden at the time, who were often at war with the Goths) would have been unsuccessful in his quest to unify what ultimately became Norway.
On a side note, Odin’s wolf warriors, the úlfhéðnar, are said to have been the best warriors at the time, and some even claim they were feared even by berserkers.
‘Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið’ Tracklist:
- Wolfclan Rising: Berserkastrið (feat. Alvtýra)