Kvitravn

Wardruna - Kvitravn
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #68 / 98
User Score
Based on 158 ratings
2021 Ratings: #13
Liked by 11 people
January 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Dark Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Metal Hammer

Haunting, powerful and deeply immersive, it is an unmitigated triumph and a career high for Wardruna.

80
Kerrang!

While there’s an undeniable eeriness to Wardruna’s sound, there is more light and hope in the grandiose swells of sound throughout, and that, together with the repetitive beats, makes Kvitravn a truly meditative listening experience, one to get lost in.

78
Beats Per Minute

It has the ability to be haunting, captivating, rousing and ethereal in equal measure. It’s an album that certainly requires your attention – and it deserves it, too.

60
The Arts Desk

Kvitravn has plenty of depth and could even (at a stretch) be described as meditative, scared music, while just about avoiding prog’s po-faced tendency towards self-indulgence.

60
Mojo

Packs a surprising emotional punch.

Chode
80
Picture this: You are sailing down the Nordic shores in the 11th century. On your left, it’s the icy Scandinavian landscape, populated by battles that are raging on between two opposing clans over some barbaric reason and burning, raided villages. On your right, Vikings are strolling down the same shores that you’re on, en route for the seas to hunt for mythical beasts. Then there’s you, caught in the middle of all the calamity and only able to observe the destruction as you ... read more
Jamobo
75
Wardruna return with some more Nordic Dark Folk

Kvitravn is my first foray into the Norwegian group and their tribal take on Folk music. Pounding drums, drones, touches of field recordings and throat singing, throw the listener into a world that is completely its own. Like you've been bound by the hands and pushed into the centre of some unknown ritual circle, maybe you're the sacrifice, maybe they just want you to watch, who knows.

The foreign nature of their singing feels more like a ... read more
leolucia
75
VERY GOOD

The Norwegian music act have released an album for the end of times, or to listen to as you prepare for battle. While listening, my mind was full of images of vikings dancing around a campfire and celebrating the final night before all hell breaks loose. Sounds of nature could be heard in the background to further strengthen the tribal and ancient feeling of the whole project. The nordic language added to the mysteriousness. During "Gra" I put on old AC/DC Viking horns, ... read more
Valeyard
80
Songs that make me wanna blood eagle somebody
avernannes
80
★★★★★★★★☆☆
8/10

When the album is so long, that its grandness and spectacularity lose their weight.

I love how Norwegian musicians use their voices as another instrument, and this shtick fits p e r f e c t l y here. I mean, when the low, rough voice in the second, title track, "Kvitravn", suddenly transformed into this HUGE, absurdly glorious and dark hum, followed by astounding chord progression, my jaw honestly dropped - this is absolutely the best musical ... read more
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Track List

  1. Synkverv
  2. Kvitravn
  3. Skugge
  4. Grá
  5. Fylgjutal
  6. Munin
  7. Kvit hjort
  8. Viseveiding
  9. Ni
  10. Vindavlarljod
  11. Andvevarljod
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Added on: February 7, 2020