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Arstidir Lifsins

Arstidir Lifsins

Homepage: www.arstidirlifsins.ne

 

The idea to approach Old Norse literature and art in a musically and lyrically sophisticated way gave birth to Árstíðir lífsins ('the seasons of life') which was founded by Stefán in 2008. Due to Stefán's earlier experiences, Black Metal was chosen as the musical form, although traditional Folk as well as Ambient were to be incorporated right from the beginning. The band consists of known and experienced members from bands such as German Helrunar, Kerbenok or Drautran and Swedish/Icelandic band Skendöd.

The over 70 min. long opus 'Vápna lækjar eldr' (a kenning for 'battle') represents the second output of this outstanding band which follows the highly acclaimed debut 'Jötunheima dolgferð', an extensive album with over 70 min. playtime that was released via Ván Records in November 2010 both on Vinyl and CD. Lyric-wise, the album follows the story and history of the first years of Icelandic free state in 930 AD, where the Alþingi in south-west Iceland was started and a new division of the already completely divided land was done. The lyrics are written in (old) Icelandic with a strong influence from Old Norse kennings and heiti that were taken from skaldic sources. Together with patterns from known sagas such as Njáls saga, Egils saga (from which the lyrics of the chant on song 7 are taken) and others the story on 'Vápna lækjar eldr' leads the listener to harsh and merciless old Icelandic surroundings of the 10th century, describing a blood feud between two families. While writing the lyrics great care was taken not to include nowaday´s clichés of that period of nordic history. On the opposite, with help of scientific literature and primary sources such as the aformentioned sagas or scaldic poetry from, for example, Snorri Sturluson´s Skaldskápamál, the lyrics on 'Vápna lækjar eldr' try to create a rather realistic view of a farmer´s life that might have been lived in such a form in 10th century Westfjords of Iceland.

The music on the second album of Árstíðir lífsins is again situated in nordic black metal with influences from Scandinavian folk music and ambient sounds. To create a suitable and atmospheric sound to the listener, again a wide range of unusual instruments was used, including instruments as double-bass, violins, jew´s harp or an organ, playing a chant by medieval french componist Adam de la Halle at the very end of the album. 'Vápna lækjar eldr' is going to be released in late March /early April 2012 by Ván Records. It comes as an extensive artbook with 48 pages, including nine exclusively painted pictures by singer Marsél, English translations of the lyrics and a special chapter that is designed in the way 14th century Icelandic illuminated manuscripts were done. An exclusive scripttype, taken from a manuscript from the 14th century of Iceland (Alexander saga´s codex AM 519a 4to) was used, together with illuminated initials and extra handpainted scenes illustrating a significant part of each song that is initated through them. The original initials were taken from old Icelandic law manuscripts of the same period as the script type. The album is going to be released on a special coloured gatefold LP too, including posters and stickers. The artwork itself was done with a lot of effort and heart blood by Christopher Duis (1gemachtes), the same artist and designer who made the layout for the first album of Árstíðir lífsins and did magnific works for other bands such as Drautran and Kerbenok.

The album was composed in Germany in just two intensive weeks by Stefán and recorded in several different places in Iceland and Germany during the year 2011 with the other members. The mixing process was completed at the 358–Studio in Reykjavík/Iceland in November 2011 by Árni Bergur Zoëga and the album was then mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll of known Strype Audio Studio (Emperor, Ulver a.o.) in Oslo/Norway in December 2011.

 

Discography:

Jotunheima Dolgferd - album 2010 (CD / 2LP)
Vápna lækjar eldr - album 2012 (CD / 2LP)



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