Photo Credit: Íris Dögg Einarsdóttir
Baldur Ragnarsson – Guitar, vocals
Björgvin Sigurðsson – Lead Vocals, guitar
Gunnar Ben – Keyboard, vocals, oboe
Jón Geir Jóhannsson – Drums, vocals
Snæbjörn Ragnarsson – Bass, vocals
Þráinn Árni Baldvinsson – Lead guitar, vocals
“SKÁLMÖLD are back and hungry! With ÝDALIR, the sextet retells an old saga in a new way that likely no one has heard before.” Metal Hammer Germany
“Extreme and very intense” Rock Hard Italy
“On Ýdalir they sound more serious and mystical than ever without losing the fun.” Metal.de
Viking metal icons SKÁLMÖLD have revealed their epically catchy second single, “Verðandi”, together with an official music video. With their first record in five years, the Icelandic six-piece will unveil their highly anticipated sixth studio album, Ýdalir, on August 18, 2023 via Napalm Records.
Dominated by a chant-like rhythm, “Verðandi” represents an unforgettable track, with catchy guitar and oboe-driven details. While the first half of the track is driven by the heaviest of folk and death metal elements, strong vibrations of growls subside with the sound of the ocean and fragile organ melodies.
Fans can look forward to the band’s brand new material and energetic live shows this summer – including their return to huge European metal festivals like Wacken and Summer Breeze!
Björgvin Sigurðsson on “Verðandi”:
“The second song we present to you from our upcoming album is ‘Verðandi’. Parts of the story of Ullur presented on the album are told through the eyes of the Norns – Urður, Verðandi and Skuld. Past, present and future. The Norns live at the foot of Yggdrasill where they spin the threads of fate of all men. The three Norns all get their own song on the album and here we enter the realm of the present with Verðandi.
In two ways this song has a really classic feel to it. Firstly it is heavily inspired by the more classic styles of Metal and has a very old-school vibe. Secondly it can be seen as a classic SKÁLMÖLD song, driven forward by a really catchy and folk inspired melody, yet still heavy and epic.”
Watch the impressive official music video for “Verðandi”HERE:
“This is one of my favorite songs on the album and I am super happy with how it turned out. It is also really fun to play and we realized when shooting the video and playing along to the track that this is one of the songs from the new album that will most definitely become a constant in our live shows. But before you press play, I must tell you that the main melody is insanely catchy and will probably haunt you in your sleep for days. Consider yourself warned.
Pre-Order Ýdalir HERE:
Icelandic Viking metal giants worship the heritage of Norse mythology!
Starting off with soothing opener “Ýr”, gentle acoustic guitar and organs are the calm before the storm. Catapulted to a dwelling owned by the god Ullur, the unsettled “Ýdalir” builds with its hypnotizing guitar rhythms and galloping drum sounds, building a solid ground for ominous and dark growls. Based on Norse mythology, the sister “Skuld” makes up a trio of Norns, responsible for deciding the fate of people. Remarkable clean tenor vocals guide through the mystic mood, breaking up the heavy horizon with a fast-paced guitar solo and underlined by eerie bass lines. Closing the album, the stunning ten-minute track “Ullur”invites the listener into a colorful journey of melodic folk metal. Accompanied by roaring fire, the lyrics conform to some of the Old Norse poetic forms and create a magnificent interaction of oboe and keyboard elements, while the catchy guitar riff rises dramatically with the more eerie-like harmonies, providing a cinematic, epic ending. With Ýdalir, SKÁLMÖLDshowcases a blend of both ancient and modernized cultural heritage, and connects precious sagas with thrilling black metal elements while folk metal melodies give them an enigmatic touch.
Ýdalir will be available in the following formats:
2-LP Gatefold Splatter White/Blue
1-CD Digipak with Sleeve + Shirt Bundle
T-Shirt – Cover Artwork
Experience SKÁLMÖLD live 2023:
04.08.23 DE – Wacken Open Air
17.08.23 CZ – Moravsky Krumlov / Rock Castle
18.08.23 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze
22.-24.09.23 NO – Oslo / DE – Hamburg / Full Metal Cruise
15.09.23 IS – Reykjavík / Háskólabíó
16.09.23 IS – Akureyri / Hof
Ýdalir European Tour 2023:
w/ Metsatöll & Atavistia
13.10.23 DK – Copenhagen / Lille Vega
14.10.23 DE – Hamburg / Headcrash
15.10.23 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
16.10.23 DE – Cologne / Gebäude 9
17.10.23 FR – Paris / Backstage O’Sullivan
18.10.23 CH – Monthey / Pont Rouge
19.10.23 CH – Solothurn / Kofmehl Raumbar
20.10.23 FR – Sélestat / Rock Your Brain Festival
21.10.23 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion
22.10.23 DE – Munich / Backstage
23.10.23 AT – Vienna / Szene
24.10.23 AT – Graz / Explosiv
25.10.23 HU – Budapest / Analog Music Hall
26.10.23 SK – Kosice / Collosseum
27.10.23 PL – Bielsko-Biala / Rude Boy
28.10.23 PL – Lublin / Studio